Friday, August 21, 2009

Catching Up

Thanks for the comments on my last post. It's good to know that most of you can see the pictures, even though they seem to have disappeared for me. Right now, I'm still having problems with F*lickr, but certain photos are loading and others are not. I'm going to give it a shot to post some now and hope this works! I am so far behind in scrapbooking, so this blog has turned into our family scrapbook. One day, I'll want to look back for dates and details when my memory fails me. So bear with me as I play a little catch-up...

VBS 2009 - VBS 2009 was a huge hit for all three girls. Kara loved the music and dancing, but I can't wait until she can fully understand the message that was delivered at VBS. The girls still dance around the house to "Jesus is my Superhero." I look forward to the day when all three realize He really IS their superhero!!

Getting ready to leave for the first day of VBS
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The girls give VBS three thumbs up on Pajama Day.

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Kara's first trip to our local zoo - Although this is the third zoo we've visited with Kara, this was the first time we had ventured out to our local zoo since returning from China. In truth, we spent far more time riding rides than we did visiting animals.

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Reflections - This month's "We Picture This" theme was Reflections. Here was my attempt at the theme. You can view it larger here.

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Our First Out of Town Soccer Tournament - This past weekend, we traveled to another town for Leila's first soccer tournament of the season. She is playing on a new team this year and these were the first games these girls have played together. They seem to be such a nice group of girls with nice parents, too. (YAY!) They have had lots of practice together but no games, so they are still trying to mesh together and learning to play as a team. Even without any wins, we were still so proud of Leila. We are just amazed at how far she has come in the past year. She really seems to love the sport and has just blossomed in her soccer skills. She scored three out of seven goals and did a great job defending the goal as goalie. This Mommy and Daddy give her an A++ for effort!

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King's Island - We had planned to tack on an extra day to our trip to take the girls to King's Island amusement park. It turned out to be such a fun family day.

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Mother/Daughter Day - Two years ago, I started an annual tradition with Leila to take her to a water park right before school starts for our last big summer mother/daughter outing. Yesterday, I took my two big girls. While the girls get along great most of the time, they do fight over getting my undivided attention. And I truly mean undivided. It's impossible to meet their expectations, so we had a bit of pouting yesterday that put a damper on about 40-minutes of of our 7-hour day at the water park, but they both got over it and realized that we were there to have fun, and that's just what we did! Both girls were scared to do the dark tunnel slides at the beginning of the day, but they ended up loving them by the end of the day. This was our favorite...

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Well, that about catches me up for now. We get to see Jorge, Joe and Lucy tomorrow, so you know I'll be taking my camera with me. I hope you all have a great weekend!


Jill said...

The pics are incredible!! (Lucy has the same PJ's!!)
I am so in awe of you Michelle! Things seem to be going sooo well for you and the girls!
I hope to actually get to meet you and your family sometime soon!
Hugs, Jill

Marla said...

Great pictures, your girls are so cute! I cant believe summer is almost over! Have a great weekend.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love that idea of doing one last "mother/ daughter day" before school starts. I am all over that! Now... if only I could think what to do...

I'm glad to hear things are settling down and the transition continues to go smoothly. I know the sibling rivalry has got to be intense at time, but hang in there! We are all praying for y'all.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you have been having a wonderful summer with your three girls! Sorry you have been having photo problems though:)

Small world, but we were at King's Island over the summer too! My sister lives outside of Indianapolis and we went with the older two and some friends of the family. Too bad we didn't just bump into each other, as I would love to meet you "in person":)

Blessings, Ashley

Courtney said...

Great pictures. So glad to hear that things are going well!

LaLa said...

BUSY BUSY!! So happy you guys are enjoying each other so much!

Joe and Jane said...

You guys have been busy as usual!! What a fun thing that Kara loves the water so much too!

Terry said...

What great pictures! And you are always having so much FUN! That's what summers are for right? I like your mother daughter day - Emily and I do similar with out her brother (who complains) is always fun! And girls have so many more clothes to see, LOL.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Ohilda said...

As always, beautiful pictures! Love the REFLECTIONS one!

Glad things are still going great. What a blessing your sweeties are.