We started July with Kaylin going to Gwenyth’s birthday swim party. The party was at the Corle’s pool. I took Kaylin & Kolby with me. It is amazing the kids aren’t raisins now. They stayed in the pool for hours. It was a perfect day for swimming as it was 90* I believe. The party started at 11:00 and we stayed until 4:00. Abby had prepared a snacky lunch so we took a little break from the water for lunch and then the kids swam again until it was time for cake and presents. After presents were opened the kids were back in the pool. Abby convinced me to try to see what Kolby and Kaylin would do if they tried to swim without armies. She worked with Kaylin for a bit. Kaylin was excited to be swimming without floaties. Kolby was ECSTATIC (that almost seems like an understatement) to be without any armies. He kept pointing to his arms, then he would shake his head no, grunt and grin letting us know he didn’t have any armies on. That kid was a fish. He would dive in and swim to Abby or myself. He didn’t mind being under the water. If he thought he couldn’t make it he’d turn around and swim back. He only drank pool water once even though when he swam he had the biggest cheesy smile on his face. He would come up and be ready immediately to dive back in and go somewhere else. He LOVED it!
July 2 Kaylin wanted to send this picture to Grammie so she could see how Kaylin and her doll have matching jammies. July 4 We got up and got breakfast eaten and raced of to the Stanardsville Parade. Cooper & Bryant were carrying a banner for the Vietnam War Museum. The kids and I got a place to sit and watch the parade. Laura, Grandmommy, and some of the Mesa family joined us. The Vietnam War Museum was at the front of the parade because Mr. Craig was the grand marshal of the parade. I was watching for the boys behind the sheriff’s car when all the sudden I looked up and there was Chester riding in the sheriff’s seat waving at everyone. You never know what he is going to get to do. (The sheriff wanted to walk along and talk to everyone so he needed someone to ride in his seat.) The boys were right behind the sheriff’s car. They did a great job carrying the banner. I missed getting a picture of Shane and Sam Mesa carrying another banner for the Vietnam Museum. Oops! As soon as the boys and Ches finished their part in the parade they ran over and joined us so they could watch the rest of the parade. We ended up with 2 buckets of candy (not counting the stuff we ate while we watched). After the parade finished we walked over to the square to see Pegasus land but just as they were going to land they had to respond to an emergency call. Oh well! We enjoyed a piece of watermelon before heading home.
That evening we had Bobby and Laura and Granddaddy and Grandmommy over for homemade ice cream. The kids set off their fireworks that they bought in Indiana on our trip. At dark we decided to run down to Bobby and Laura’s neighbors to watch their fireworks. They weren’t doing very neat ones so we ended up going back to Doe Dr. where 2 neighbors were competing to see who had the best fireworks. They saw us standing in the road watching so they invited us to come sit on the porch and watch. I have never been so close to such big fireworks. We really enjoyed watching.
July 5 Bobby and Laura wanted to do a surprise with us today. We were told to bring boots, splash clothes and drinks for a picnic. We picked up Bobby and Laura at 6 and headed out to South River Rd. in Stanardsville. It is beautiful out there, very pretty farms. We pulled off the road and a had a picnic on the side of the road in a grassy area. After dinner we waded in the creek (or river, whatever it is) and then we picked wild raspberries. It was such a relaxing fun evening. The weather couldn’t have been prettier. It was almost chilly by the time we loaded up and headed home.
July 6 We were expecting a small crowd for meeting so we decided to change up and enjoy the beautiful weather. We invited everyone over to a Bible study in our yard. We sat out in the shade and had an encouraging time talking about Prayer. After we finished up we enjoyed some visiting while the kids played before everyone left. After lunch we went and sang at Morningside. (Nursing Home) We headed back home for naps and to pack up a picnic dinner before heading over to Sherry Martin’s for the evening. It was a very small crowd there. I believe it was just Robby & Abby, Chris & Mellissa, Vann & Elizabeth, Lydia, and Mrs. Martin, April and Kathryn and our family. We ate a picnic dinner out by the pond. The kids and Dads fished. They caught quite a few. We really enjoyed the fantastic weather this whole weekend.
July 7 I realized that it just isn’t going to slow down so I needed to get busy potty-training Kolby before school starts again. I just dread this part of parenting. I realized the reason is because I feel TOTALLY out of control. You just can’t force a kid to go to the bathroom, much less in the potty chair. Kolby did really well though the first day!.
I had to run to Ruckersville this afternoon to get some groceries. I stopped by the Goodwill and made a haul. I found Kalylin this Razor scooter for $2.95. She was so thrilled. She has been wanting a 2 wheeled scooter for a bit but I haven’t found one in my price range until today! Kaylin and Kolby enjoyed riding scooters while Ches and the boys were gone to a rehearsal with The Band of Brothers at Merrie Meadows.
July 8 Tonight I got my CERT certificate. Our class was completely a hands on class practicing everything we had learned. We divided into 2 teams to do our drills. We had a first aid drill where we had to separate “victims” into 4 groups (black-dead, red-critical, yellow-not as critical, green-minor medical needs), then we had a fire drill where we had to go in a dark room and rescue victims. Some victims were fine and could walk out but some were trapped under debris, one had a “broken” leg and one was unconscious. We had to carry them out of the building. That was a LOT of work! We had to chuckle though when our blanket that we were carrying the broken leg patient out on ripped. So real to life. The next drill we had to do was search and rescue. We were looking for evidence for a bombing. We had to comb and area of the yard looking for things that might help find the bomber. I was proud of our team for finding ALL the pieces of evidence. After that we had to put out a fire with water tanks (thanks to the Stanardsville Fire Dept.). While my team was doing that drill it decided to rain. We almost ran for cover but decided we needed to stay put because when would be called for an emergency? When it was perfect weather or when a storm was happening? More than likely the latter! By the time we were through we were soaked through! We looked like a group of drowned rats. The other team had a pets and missing persons drill. We ended up running out of time so didn’t do that drill before we had to review our drills and then get our certificates. After that we all had a potluck dinner before cleaning up and heading home.
July 10 Ches took Cooper and Bryant to Forest Lakes this evening to play Lacrosse. During the summer some guys in Forest Lakes are doing Lacrosse practice for any kids who want to play. The boys had a great time playing. I think it is neat that ones are willing to take their time to teach kids to play. It is good for the kids to learn to work with others as a team also.
July 11 Today Patrick and Jana had their triplets. So excited for them! Can’t wait to meet the girls. We had sing at David and Janelle’s. Enjoying yet another beautiful evening. Kaylin went home for the weekend with Tara. Gwenyth went as well. Kaylin was just a little excited about getting to go somewhere and play with other girls.
July 12 Chester took the 3 boys to Lowes to do a Build and Grown project. I decided that it was a perfect time to paint Kaylin’s room and surprise her. She has been wanting to have her room painted pink and purple. I was able to get paint yesterday so today I just got in there and started in. Bryant was dying to help me. He helped paint the pink. He was a big help! Thanks bud! I worked on the painting all day except for breaks to fix meals. Chester got the boys in bed so I could keep working. I was able to stay up and get it all painted. While I painted I called Nittie. It was a perfect time to talk to her as I had all the time in the world to talk. I talked to her until 12:15am. when I finished up the painting.
July 13 I got up early and worked on putting Kaylin’s room all back together. I was able to get it arranged and straightened except a laundry basket of stuff. I of course didn’t get pictures hung or anything as I need to paint a couple shelves to go in there. We raced off to meeting. After meeting we headed out to Orange to go to a Homecoming that The Band of Brothers were playing at. Ches was running sound for them. We were invited to come out and eat lunch there at the church. We had a yummy lunch of fried chicken. At 2:00 it was the Homecoming. It was encouraging to listen to music about our Lord. I was encouraged by the appreciation ones there had for the Band of Brothers taking their time to come share with them. Neat to see how everyone has a unique place in the body. After we finished up there we stopped by McDonald’s for 49 cent ice cream cones. Perfect for the 90* day. We headed over to David and Janelle’s from there for the evening gathering. It was a nice time of visiting. David and Janelle fixed Chicken Burgers for dinner. We headed home at 9 with some very tired kiddos. When we got home we surprised Kaylin by showing her her newly painted room. She was quite pleased! Glad it worked out to get it done.
We got to go as a family to the boys lacrosse practice today. Eric and Jeannine’s whole family minus Austin were there as well as Laura. The kids enjoyed playing. Channing was up in the tree pretty much the entire time.
July 24 We are trying to cram in as many fun summer activities as we can before getting back to school. Tuesday (the 22nd) we decided last minute to run over and go swimming as a family at David and Janelle’s pool for a couple hours in the early evening. Meeting was canceled on Wednesday because of whooping cough exposure so we stayed home as a family and watched Future Family by Andy Stanley and Take a Hike (a kid’s devotional series). I have really appreciated the Future Family series. There are lots of points for me to work on to help our family be more of what God wants for us. Thursday I took all the kids to the health dept. to get their chickenpox shots. That is always a joy! They did really well. We stopped by the library on the way home and got a bunch of books and videos. It is amazing to be looking for school stuff again. Where did the summer go? Thursday night Chester decided we should have a slumber party with the kids. We picked up some pizzas from Papa John’s and ate in the living room while watching a video that the kids had picked out at the library. After the video we played Monopoly and then fixed popcorn and watched Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang before calling it a night. We all slept out in the living room.
July 28-We went to the Paramount and watched the play Fiddler On The Roof with Robby & Abby, Robert & Jill, Rose Ellen and Bobby. It was their final full dress rehearsal before the show actually opened. (So cheaper to watch) After the show we went to Cookout and had dinner.
July 29-I took Kaylin & Kolby and met Lorianne & her kiddos at Chile’s Peach Orchard over in Crozet. We took the kids on the Peach Orchard tour. They listened to a story about the life of a peach and a book about the life of an apple. Then they made a peach craft. After the craft we went out and picked peaches. Most of the peaches had been picked that were on the kids level so Lorianne and I had to lift the kids up for them to be able to reach the peaches. It was quite hysterical as Kaylin and Gracie held onto us life we were just going to dump them on their heads. Not real easy to lift someone up that is wrapped around your head. We finally filled our bags and headed back to the picnic tables for peach ice cream. We visited for a little bit before heading our separate ways. I was able to go on to Sharp Shopper and get some groceries.