July 25th to August 8th in Pictures:
One of the things we enjoy most about summer is time at the park!
While William finished up his second week of woodworking we spent a few mornings at the park in Essex Junction. The kids had fun trying out the skate park on their scooters.
Our family pictures are hung!
Our Library had a mini, kid-friendly Renaissance fair. The kids loved it!
The children were able to practice jousting and sword fighting.
We said good bye to our Chinese exchange students. We miss them already!
Thomas won a Curious George book and stuffed animal.
William won a brand new bike - the grand prize!
Luke won a free ice cream cone. It was a fun day!
Miriam was able to participate in a young producers workshop where she got to participate in the making of a game show.
Each of the children had a turn as game participant, show host and camera person as well.
Luke and Thomas enjoyed a game of chess while we waited for Miriam.
The kids did the "Fairfax Egg Run"
Father Harlow came over for dinner on Sunday - one reason this post is a day late.
The past two weeks have flown by in a whirlwind. We had a wonderful time with our Chinese exchange students and were sad to say goodbye - yet they are in our family's prayers!
Phil is getting ready to do a number of presentations all throughout the diocese beginning tomorrow on "Starting the conversation on the New Evangelization." He's also been working hard on our family shrine - it takes a lot of rocks to build a shrine & some are quite heavy!
We have 12 meat chickens which are growing quite well.
The garden is doing well - my kitchen is being taken over by zucchini...now I just need some more time to shred it and freeze the amazing broccoli crop we have as well.
Luke is our first child to learn to ride a two-wheeler in 1 day. Phil took him to practice on Saturday and he was off and riding after 1 short lesson. Thomas is our first 3 year-old to be able to pedal on a large two-wheeler with training wheels so we are now enjoying some family bike rides.
William began soccer tonight, Miriam begins next Tuesday and Luke the following Saturday. We will then have one child at practicing every night of the week until mid-October with games on Saturdays. This is a first for us and it's a little intimidating. We'll see how it goes.
We have really enjoyed the benefits of our local public libraries this summer. While each small town has their own independent Library and programs, 26 of them have joined together to allow people on a "home card" system to check out books from any of these libraries. Every library has it's own set of passes to Vermont museums, and state Parks that you can check out for the day and so get in for free. They have some really neat summer programs including chess club, Lego club, a gymnastics workshop, a young producer's workshop, archaeology, a summer kid-friendly Mini-Renaissance Faire and other really fun summer science workshops. The summer reading program was great as well and every child got a t-shirt for reading 10 books as well as other small prizes and 3 of our 5 children won grand prizes including a really great bike for William. We are so grateful for this great community resource!
William finished his final "Stern Center" tutoring session and is doing well. We will be continuing his instruction at home with the Barton program, using the Stern Center as a resource as necessary.
On the school front, the lesson plans are almost ready, our classroom is almost ready and we are slated for a start date of August 22nd. We are looking forward to the next school year!
The tickets to San Diego are purchased. Now we just need to work out all of the details. :-)
John Paul has an almost complete set of toddler teeth as he has his molars and is finishing up with his canines. We'll be grateful when the teeth are fully in and he an sleep a bit better at night. Between the teeth and an ear infection sleep hasn't been as plentiful as we'd like it to be.
Praise the Lord for His many blessings! The days are full with joy and the challenges inherent in raising five little people with their own ideas and personalities. We are so grateful for this time even as we pray for wisdom and strength and maybe a bit more sleep. Our prayers are with you - may God bless you and your families abundantly as we seek to grow ever closer to Our Lord. Please keep us in your prayers!