Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Stuff Going On

When I began keeping up this blog, Thomas was a baby, and it was so much fun to sit down everyday to write and add pictures maintaining a high-tech daily scrapbook of our lives in which to capture memories perhaps otherwise that would be destined to be forgotten. Lately, I have found myself just so busy keeping up with life itself(with 8 kids, go figure!), that it has saddened me to have fallen so behind on the blog. I still take pictures daily (and have 1000's to prove that!), but to take the time out to sit at the computer and invite creativity to flow....well, that time just isn't available these days. So my poor neglected blog sits dormant for days and days, weeks, and weeks on end, as the memories I wish to capture are beginning to already fade. For crying out loud, I still haven't told you all about the exciting conversion to exclusively cloth diapers after 7 kids in disposables....and I have been meaning to write in detail about that since January!

So, without wasting another moment, here is a quick snapshot of some of the things that have been going on around here over the past few months........

Crispy has been playing soccer:

Having taken last year off, Crispy renewed his interest this spring. Though on a team that never won a game, and which only scored a handful of points all season, he had a blast, loved playing goalie, and got some really good exercise. I think being on a team with his best friend helped greatly. And it is always fun when one of our favorite neighbors happens to be the coach!

As adoring fans, we were treated to many a beautiful Saturday morning and some very lovely evenings this year. No rain, coldness, or extreme heat to contend with which is usually a challenge to get through every other year.

Melissa has been riding horses again:

My favorite activity for my special girl. Nothing compares to Melissa in the saddle, riding her horse with confidence, watching her self esteem renewed. Melissa remains on her horse from last year which she is so happy about. Melissa and Doc are matched quite well. Doc listens to her directions, but in no way is passive enough to give her a free ride. Melissa works hard, gets stronger, has fun, and is making some good friendships this year with her fellow riders. Can it get any better than that?

Melissa also is blessed to have her own fan club to accompany her each week. She has fun, they have fun, I get to watch Melissa ride which is one of my absolute favorite things in the world....we all win.

Concerts of all kinds:
Alex with band concerts at Mankato State University.
Alex and Michael with Jazz concerts, solo competitions, and Ensemble Concerts

Jonny with Jazz, Choir, and regular Band Concerts:
all with solos and followed by ice cream, of course!

Melissa with Musicals and Recorder recitals.
Paired with our now weekly piano lessons that I have finally begun with the kids, the music around our house is nearly constant. And perfectly lovely.
End of the Year Events:
This is what really keeps me hopping. It seems as though there is some sort of thing going on every other day/night at one or more of the schools. Sometimes, I need to split myself down the middle to attend them all! Here is just a sampling of a few of such events.....

Wacky Hair Day

School CarnivalEnd of Year Parties

Kites & BubblesShopping Night with Good Friends

Track & Field


Tug of War Contests


Pet Day

The list is much longer, but hey, I am so far behind, I need to catch up quick!

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