The first few weeks of summer have been a great. Everyone is staying on task with piano practice, scripture reading and other reading (this is how they earn money for school clothes), jobs, service and eating somewhat healthy food (ice cream sundaes and homemade cinnamon roles may not count in that equation). We've picked tons of peaches and plums from our fruit trees, freezing the fruit in gallon bags and then using them in smoothies, waffles and cobblers.
But, the kids! It has been so much fun and so far, the heat hasn't bothered us much. The boys do tennis in the morning and basketball camp (thankfully indoors) in the afternoon.
Eden starts every day with a little dancing.
It's no secret this little girl loves to dance, so I'm always on the lookout for cute tutu's and dancing characters when shopping thrift stores.
Eden and her dancing
No doubt her favorite twirling partner is her Uncle Sam.
Reef and Eden also are having fun with the puppy who had a near-death experience a few months earlier.
Read more about Parker and his NDE here.
Reef and Mayer have taken an interest in puzzles.
We have shopped every Goodwill in Mesa for more puzzles.
Sometimes the hunt is more fun then actually doing the puzzle.
Like when Eden and I find gorgeous dresses and end up paying around $10.00 for both.
Thank you Goodwill.
On Thursday, we found this $1.00 dress and the little puppet became a must-have accessory.
You may see more photos of this little kitty in upcoming blog posts.
Payson is helping with Eden and finding fun games to play inside. The little wagon was $2.00 from Goodwill.
Chandler experienced his first scout camp. I'm not sure who had the harder time letting go.
Ok, I may have cried the first night during family prayer and the second night too (thanks to Mayer for letting me cry on his shoulder).
I love that I found Chandler's sleeping bag a few weeks earlier at a garage sale for $3.00. That came in handy.
He left a boy and came back smelling like a full-grown mountain man, that's for sure.
I was able to spruce up my entry way with these .99 cent milk glass vases.
And don't get me started on Eden's reaction to playing UNO.