Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Celebration and Vacation

It has been a very busy two weeks for us! On Saturday, July 18, we celebrated Shane's first birthday with our families! The weather was beautiful, the food was great, and the kids entertained us well!

Being the big sister and having some experience in opening gifts, Faith found it necessary to show Shane how to open gifts.

At first, Shane wasn't sure what to think about cake, but figured it was okay to eat as he saw everyone else eating it.

He soon realized how good it was, and took hold of the piece of cake with two hands and ate it! My guess is he was wondering where this delicious food had been all year!

He thoroughly enjoyed his cake and birthday. Faith did well too, not having the spotlight on her. She loved watching Shane eat his cake, and she laughed and laughed about how messy he was eating the cake!
The next evening, the kids and I flew back to Michigan to spend a week with my family. It was a great week of visiting with family and friends. And Shane had the chance to celebrate his birthday two more times! We spent an afternoon at the Meijer Gardens, we went to the zoo, and I actually played golf twice, which was fun as I have not played in over 4 years!
Here we are at the Meijer gardens with one of my roommates from Calvin, Emily, and her two kids. Two more sets of future roommates??

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Walking on Water

Faith is absolutely loving VBS! It's called Son Rock Kids Camp, and everything is decorated to create a camping adventure. Each day when I sign Faith in, I am given a flier with the highlights of the Bible story the kids will be taught that day, the memory verse they will learn, and questions to ask Faith at home. In addition we were given a CD with all the songs that they will be learning. And the songs are good! Of course, Faith wants to listen to the CD over and over again, but I don't mind because it is really well done! I even find myself singing along. It has been a great experience for all involved! I'm sure all the other VBS's do these same types of things, but as this is our experience, it's all new, exciting, and impressive! The Bible stories so far have been about Jesus and Peter - the fishers of men story and walking on the water. I share this because of what happened this afternoon...

Upon request, I set up Faith's water table for her. As I came back outside from grabbing a towel, Faith was not only in her water table, but she was standing up in it! My "safety alarm" immediately went off, and I asked Faith, "What are you doing??!" She looked at me and said, "I'm trying to walk on water like Jesus and Peter." I was so surprised by her response, and was happy that she remembered the Bible stories she was learning, I smiled and went back in to get the camera!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vacation Bible School

Tomorrow Faith will begin her first week of Vacation Bible School! This is something she has been looking forward to since, well, since I had to break the news to her that school has this break called summer vacation! She wasn't too thrilled about not being able to go to preschool until fall, but quickly became excited when I started telling her that she would have the chance to do fun things such as VBS, swim lessons, and family vacations! Last week Monday she and I went to sign her up, and all week long Faith has been asking when she will get to go and stay at VBS. I'll be sure to update mid-week and share the fun things she does there.

We've been keeping busy by enjoying the great summer weather through walks at the beach, eating dinner outside, and the wadding pool of course. Here are a few of the latest pictures...

Wanting to be just like Daddy!
Now it's Faith turn...

Shane is already being taught about football...especially Michigan football!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Fun!

The weather this past weekend was absolutely beautiful! We had gorgeous blue skies, perfect temperatures, and no fog! What a great blessing for the holiday weekend! Yesterday we took full advantage of the great weather and spent quite a bit of time outside. We went for a walk at the beach, and then we took out the wadding pool for the kids for the first time this summer. Both kids loved playing in the water.

Faith especially enjoys the pool when Daddy fills it up with buckets of warm water!

Shane loved all the toys Faith brought in the pool.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

So Big!

This morning I finally was able to capture a picture of Shane doing one of his "tricks." Here he is showing us he is "So big!" He loves to show off for us, and really anyone else whose attention he can capture! Faith, wanting to steal the spotlight away from her brother, slung her purse over her shoulder and announced she was going to work.

When I asked Faith where she worked, without missing a beat she said, "The fire station, with Daddy!" It was cute.

Here she is ready to walk out the door!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Today we had a fun play date with some of our friends. Faith's friend Bodie and his sister Libby came over to play with us for the morning. Bodie and Faith play very nicely together, which always makes for a good play date! The two kids have been friends for about two years now - and that's quite a long time when you're only three! What is really neat about Faith and Bodie is that they are just two days apart. And what is even more amazing, is that Shane and Libby are four days apart!
Thankfully, the sun came out today (we've been experiencing quite a bit of the "June gloom" lately) and we were able to enjoy a beautiful morning in the backyard. We look forward to many more play dates with our friends!