Where do I begin? These first few pictures are some leftover when we visited Louisville. Funny that we are headed back there tomorrow for Ms. Ruth's wedding (Hadley's special teacher and dear Louisville friend of ours). Figured I better get these up of the first trip so we can be caught up. We stayed with Tommy and Kelly (and Nate and Caleb who Hadley still calls her best friends). The kids had so much fun together....as did the adults. Brushing their teeth....
and of course, I know you all have been missing these zoo pictures. The zoo was the one thing I really wanted to do while there but the forecast said rain and more rain. Kelly is awesome though and suggested we just try it and I jumped all over that and we went and it was great....and no rain :)
Everyone trying to get a good look.....
Running down the yellow brick road....
Joni is "swimming"
the baby polar bears aren't babies anymore....still fun to watch though.
Cute kids we have there....
Eating dinner together....
and ready for bed.
We are staying there again and Hadley is having a hard time holding back her excitement.
So as far as Leavenworth is concerned, WE LOVE IT! Our church family, our house, the area, the things to do and see, we are so blessed and thankful to God for bringing us here. Andy has really been focusing on the youth part of his job (actually just started music full force this month too). One of our seniors is the quarterback at the high school and so we went to one of his games....by far the BEST (as in my nerves and my voice we both totally shot) football game I have ever been to. The girls had fun as well. Hadley can yell and scream and hoot and holler like the rest of them but we already knew that :)
Then one of the college girls had the youth group girls over for afternoon tea. My girls thought it was awesome and I had them bring their little tea sets. They were so darn cute and I decided we needed to have our own little "real" tea parties more often.
The girls learned how to sit like ladies and practiced balancing books on their heads while sitting down and going up and down stairs.
We had a little devotional, sampled some different kinds of tea, ate wonderful little treats like scones and cucumber sandwiches and ended the afternoon with a game of Apples to Apples. Jolly good time! :)
We try to have family fun nights and since we all enjoy watching movies so much, it usually turns into family movie night. However, one night I decided we should do something different and came up with family science night. It was a hit. 1st stop: color wheel. We learned which colors make other colors.
Next stop: what happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar? An explosion...kind of :) If you are super observant and noticed Andy's attempted beard, let me explain. No, I have not had a sudden change of heart about facial hair on my husband, nor have I agreed to just on a whim, let him grow it :) Our church does a thing at Christmas time called Walk Through Bethlehem (WTB). The church is transformed into Bethlehem and everyone is involved in some way or another. All the guys think that it makes everything more authentic.... if you grow it, they will come. So after Andy asked nicely (many many times) and gave me a back massage, I agreed....but the evening that WTB is done...lets just say I'm looking forward to it :)
These are their faces during the "explosion."
Then we mixed oil and blue water together and watched them separate.
And finally ended with playing with cornstarch and water (which makes a cool liquidy-solid goop for those of you who have never tried it). I'm not entirely sure the girls learned a whole lot but they got to get their hands messy and we had fun.
And one more of Jo at the park. The wind wasn't blowing...that is static from the slide. Sweet girl! Getting so big. :(
Hope you are all doing well. Love to you all!