7.10.2010

Weekly Wrap-Up #5: July 4 to July 10


Since 2003 - when the girls were just one and two - we've skipped the boisterous, crowded downtown fireworks in our city and have, instead, opted to spend the Fourth of July with Jeff's parents. So we happily made the short trek south after church last Sunday and were greeted not only by Grandma and Grandpa, but also Aunt Nancy; her two dogs, Flick and Jigger (a new addition); and Uncle Chris's dog, Alex, who was spending the week while his family made a trip to Ohio to visit Jeff's other brother, Eric, and his family.

After whiling away the afternoon (trying to stay cool in oppressively humid conditions), we all headed to Ravine Park in Kohler, some thirty minutes away. Before it got dark, we enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and snow cones, and the girls delighted in rolling down the hill and wrestling with each other. And then we settled in for the the Kiel Municipal Band concert - with Grandpa playing bass drum - before and during the fireworks show. The fireworks began as the band played The 1812 Overture and ended with them wrapping up a series of Sousa marches - awesome "choreography!"

We slept overnight at Grandma and Grandpa's, and the girls decorated Aunt Nancy's Flag Cake in the morning. Then, before heading back for the girls' swimming lessons, we stopped for a time at the New Holstein Aquatic Center. I really enjoyed watching the girls put their swimming skills to good use; it was so nice to not feel nervous having them in the water without me!




On Tuesday, we said a final farewell to Pastor Chad, Miss Bliss, and Cadence - who then headed down to Missouri on Thursday - when we went to their place to get their swing set. It's a solid, strong wooden set, handed down through several Spring Lake families over the past few years - ours now because the lady buying the Baudhuins' house doesn't need it.

Our old set - given as a birthday gift from Grandma and Grandpa way back in 2004 - has given us lots of good use but was starting to show its age. We put it on the curb today with a sign Abigail made that said, "Free to a good home." I believed it would simply be picked up by the garbage men, but a family drove up not long after we'd set it out and asked if we were really giving it away. Jeff helped them load it into their pickup and found out it'll be used by a little boy and girl, Navi and Ava, who are just two and three years old - the same ages the girls were when we got it. Abigail, especially, is sentimental about things, so she's relieved to know it'll be put to good use instead of finding its way to the junk heap.


"Old Faithful," 2010


Brand New in 2004

We only did school three days this week - but I think that's pretty good considering that Monday was really part of the holiday weekend. The girls got quite engaged with crafting projects on Thursday and begged me to let them continue instead of doing school. I had them do a math worksheet in preparation for Friday's test - which they both aced - and called it good. One beauty - among so many - of homeschooling!


With my writing, this week I:

As always, there's lots in the hopper for the week coming up. You'll have to check in here next week for all the details!




6 comments:

One Christian Mom said...

Sounds like a wonderful week! You sure do know how to get a lot in :) I could use a few lessons. So far the summer is going by and I cant figure on where it has gone!

Monica said...

Hi Tina
Thanks for stopping by my blog on the MFW Blog Roll. Sounds like you had a fun weekend. The girls look like they really love one another! The cake is cute.
I will check out your MFW posts too!
Monica

Bridgett said...

We made the flag cake last year too!

Kimberly said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. I enjoyed reading yours as well. It is so nice to be able to connect with others in this way. You have beautiful daughters. Isn't it great to have MFW as a curriculum? I am so thankful to have found it. Blessings to you.

stnicholasandchristmas said...

Oh, I loved the swing set story! I agree with Abigail; it's so hard to let go of a trusted and true "friend" even if it is inanimate! But so much easier if you know that someone else is going to enjoy it. And your girl's new swing set... so much better for their ages!It's pretty too!
God Bless you and your lovely family!
Ann Nichols

Lloyd said...

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God's blessings too you. Lloyd

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