I really do love having this for memory keeping, so here goes a quick "Cliff Notes" version of spring and summer. Then hopefully I can start fresh again and keep up! Maybe.
This guy is somehow growing up. He finished 7th grade and finished well. Earned excellent grades and a prestigious award from the faculty at his school. Played soccer in the spring (and every chance he gets.) on the school team, continues on the path in Boy Scouts and is such a joy to be around. Gets my goofy sense of humor and laughs at my jokes. Love him. Love his choice of friends. Love being his mom.
I can't say how proud I was of Samuel as he finished well at his new school. A one year transition was a tough decision, but we had a great experience and I think he learned a lot--not just book learning, but about who he is, about life and how to live it to the fullest. He, too, won a prestigious award and I will never forget the principal saying, "if we could only have him for a year, we'll take it." What a joy to a mom's heart. He crossed over from Cub Scout to Boy Scout, turned 11 and continues to live life with zeal.
Has some pretty great friends, too. :)
Our sweet Molly--always has a smile. Such a joy.
Nature lover, built a compost pile after learning about it at school.
Some LONG, but fun summer evenings spent here....
Our 'Spicy Girl'. Still definitely that! Also an award winner of an IB award at the end of the year. SO SMART. Learning about being a big sister and growing into that role. Full of life.
Is continuing to learn about life in a family.
Has spent a lot of time following everyone else around.....
Fireworks on the 4th were a hit!
And even made it through his first dentist appointment.
One really neat thing we got to do this summer was to participate in an art project for the waiting room in my office. We needed a lift and the children/grandchildren of the doctors in the practice painted pictures of the days of creation. The final project is great and really gave it a lift. Here are our contributions....
We had a short family vacation/adventure this year. We borrowed "Doreen" from some friends and headed to a camp outside of Charleston. What a fun time!
Well, it doesn't really do it justice, but if I can post something, I will feel like I can move forward, so check back and see if I keep up any better....Happy Fall!