Monday, July 18, 2011
Gravelly Point, which is right on the Potomac at the end of runway 19 at Reagan National Airport. They say it is one of the most difficult landings in the US. Incoming planes skim right over your head and land and taxi a stone's throw away. The boys loved it! (No pics because I was nursing the babe.)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I inherited some beautiful prisms from both of my grandmothers. In fact I think they both had them hanging in a few windows to catch the sun. I have one in my kitchen window and every sunny morning our kitchen becomes a whirling dance of tiny rainbows. It definitely helps me cheer up on some sleepy mornings. Harry is the latest child to be charmed by the little colorful dancers and we had fun one recent morning, watching them spin and then slow, and then being very still on the counter... until we caught some on his nose! Just one of those moments, so sweet to delight in his delight as the rainbows spun.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Petey, relaxing in the shade.
Here are the "twins." Everywhere we go people ask if they're twins.
While at the pool, Ruthie fell and busted her chin open so we spent some time at the ER that afternoon. No stitches, just the skin glue, which we were thankful for. (I didn't get a picture of it.)
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
We had a lovely 4th, grilling out for lunch and then meeting up with friends at the US Air Force Memorial to watch the fireworks in DC. It was a wonderful celebration with kids playing, flags waving, good conversations, picnic dinners, listening to the Air Force band, watching the Air Force drill team, and then the fireworks over our nation's capital. How patriotic can you get? I also thought it was notable that the families in our group represented 4 of the 5 military services; Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
5. Fun mornings for the kids, out of the house, with friends
4. Free mucus green shirts
3. A little social time/errand time/VBS helping for me while the kids were occupied
2.Watching kids from the local Latin community hear the gospel
1.Hearing the kids sing praises to the Lord, and yes, I admit, I actually enjoy these songs too! What?
The National Museum of the Navy is located at the Navy Yard in DC, and we went recently to a special event they put on that was built around the American Girl Dolls. Yes, it seems that is all we do lately, but really it is just coincidental that they happened two weekends in a row. I think. We've been wanting to check out the museum anyway and it seemed a good way to engage Ruthie. It really was an amazing event- the volunteers were so helpful and welcoming, and they had so many cool crafts that tied each American Girl Doll's historical period to Naval history. I was told this museum does monthly events for homeschoolers during the school year so we will definitely check those out.
The museum has lots of "hands-on" displays that the boys loved.
Even the boys got involved in making Addy's (the Civil War era doll) Newspapers, with stamps of boats and cannons.
Ruthie's sweet friends Julia and Maggie were there too!
We toured the USS Barry which is docked near the museum.
P.S. The day after we were there, a girl I knew at our church in Mobile messaged me on Facebook, saying she thought she saw me at the Navy Yard in DC, and was it me? Chalk up another Kevin Bacon.
|Pete, representin for Jay|
|very serious, and oh, the cheeks!|
This below is what I walked in and saw one morning recently...
Ruthie had gotten one of her baby bonnets, and Pete was wearing it. He looks rather Amish, I think.
What a wake-up committee! Peter will never lack for attention, that's for sure. These three LOVE him to pieces. It is so sweet to see.