Friday, September 23, 2016

Youth Group Kick-Off Ski/Tube Outing

On Saturday, August 20, the CURC youth group had a kick-off gathering Black Canyon Reservoir.   The kids did some boating which included skiing, wake boarding, and tubing; and they also just had a good time sitting around chatting, swimming, or playing volleyball.  

The youth group sponsors' kiddos

Our generous boat drivers

Monday, September 19, 2016

Seth Turns 10

Hard to believe the baby of the family is ten already.   Ten years ago when Seth was born my parents were planning a celebration for their 40th wedding anniversary.  I remember that I left Seth in the NICU in Sioux Falls join the party for awhile.  (So thankful we could celebrate their 50th with them this summer!).  We often tease him that all of his "problems" are because he wasn't fully "cooked."   Despite his under cooked status he has added lots of color, love, laughter, and fun to our family!

This year he asked for a swimming pool birthday cake.  Not sure it tasted that great, but we sure had fun putting it together.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The End of Summer

Anna and Nicolas are finishing up their third week of school at CVC, Seth and Lydia their second at home.  Nicolas is busy with football again this fall as the team's kicker, and Seth is playing his second year of flag football with Upwards.  Russ agreed to help coach Seth's team which they both think is pretty cool.  Music lessons also started back up and Bible studies will begin after Labor Day.  Whew!  
Since the school routine is up and running, I thought I would post the last few summer pictures that have been reposing on my phone and camera.  Sigh.  I like routine, but I sure do miss the summer.

On beautiful days when Caleb, Nicolas, and Russ were all working the younger three and I would often just explore/hike the Boise River.

Sometimes Russ would join us.

This was our Bogus Basin hike.  The drive up to Bogus is probably a good 45 minutes on curvy roads, but the hike is well worth it!  

Seth joined about 8-9 other boys on the annual church Cadet camp-out in August.  Russ drove a couple of them to the camp-out and stayed the first night and day with them while the rest stayed one more night and came home the next day.  They tented by Boulder Lake near McCall, ID.

He informed me that he did not actually catch this trout, but he did help clean it!

Beautiful Boulder Lake

Western Idaho Fair!

We took in a couple shows while at the fair:  the Olate dogs and the racing pigs.

One of our favorite 4H exhibits is the decorated cakes.  We loved the Hobbit hole built on the Lord of the Rings books, but the turtle and some of the others were pretty awesome too.

Free tickets to the Boise Hawks game courtesy of the library reading program. 

Humphrey bonding with Pastor Russ.

And when you're bored by the 6th inning you grab mom's phone and draw what we are watching.

I'll end the post with a few pictures of one of our favorite places (Big Sand).  These are courtesy of Nicolas.  They have just been hiding out on his phone since our vacation.

A reflection of the sky in the water.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Nicolas Senior Pictures

Before Caleb left to go back to college we had a little photo session with Nicolas.  Caleb was the creative one--location, props, posing, lighting--and I just took the pictures. 

Cousin Matthias also took a few pictures of Nicolas while at Newton Hills State Park this summer.   Check out the groomed vs hair contrast.  I think he is a good-lookin' chap either way!