Monday, September 1, 2014

Final Weekend

Our final weekend in the USA, we headed up to the lake house to enjoy some time together and time on the beautiful lake.

 I took a shot of all the kids with our two new ones included this year. It has been a long 2 years of waiting.

 The oldest and youngest girls.

 And we took some final inner tube rides. The weather was beautiful, and the kids loved it!

 Waiting to load back up in the cars.

 When we returned, the girls took one final bike ride to Puckett's to buy an ice cream.

 And we had sweet cousin M over for a playdate. Do note the 10 gallon bucket of animal crackers at their feet. I am sure someone asked me for a snack, and I said sure. 10 gallons ought to do it!

And then the packing commenced...duffle bags and stuff all over the upstairs hallway. Soon, it would all be packed, weighed, and loaded up!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

What Else We Did

We learned to drive the tractor for the first time.

We recognized a famous person and got this autograph (Drummer for NewsBoys).

We sunbathed and hung out by a pool.

We braved the waterslide.

We played with cousins.

We learned a few new chords.

What is something random and fun you did this summer?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Black and Whites

I needed some updated photos, so I snapped these summer black-and-whites of my fabulous kids!

Friday, August 29, 2014


When we got back to Nashville, my nephew had bought a new road bike. He and CC enjoyed tinkering with it.

We also had a swim day at a community pool. We met a beautiful little girl adopted from the Congo.

We enjoyed meals together. The back porch is the overflow room!
 My big bro

My dad and CC took these 2 boys on a little field trip to the big Lego store in Nashville. Thankfully, Big Ben does not read my blog, so I can post that, while he was being loaded up in the car, his Christmas present was being purchased!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Africans Welcome

As I mentioned earlier in the summer, my two new nephews from the Congo arrived about a week before we did. It was a real highlight for us to see the transformation of their lives in just the short time we were there.

One got glasses. He could hardly see, even if if something was right in front of his face. He looked so handsome in his new glasses.

It's funny that one twin grew close to CC, always high-fiving him and playing around when Uncle R would play with him. The other twin, this one, I played peek-a-boo with, and that was all it took. After that, I'd find him snuggle up next to my side sometimes.
 We all went out for Indian Buffet. What a sight! 11 white kids and 2 black at the Indian buffet!
 It didn't take long at all for them to learn the cousins' names and start to play and interact. We can learn a lot from kids!

Bless them...hardly ever got meat in the first few years of life, so they are making up for it!

It was fun for the kids to teach them even simple games like leapfrog. I hope they'll teach us some of their games once we can communicate better next summer.

I am thankful to the Lord for bringing them to our family.
We feel like a complete unit now!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Celebrating ...again

Sweet Cheeks had her actual birthday in Memphis,  when we did the Putt Putt night for the cousins. But she had to have a little cake and ice cream in Nashville, too. (Her teacher sent home a note last night saying the summer birthdays would be celebrated on the 1/2 I guess this puts her at a minimum of 3 parties per year!)
 She was happy to get lots of Lego Friends stuff from her Memphis and Nashville families. She even wants to be a lego friend for Halloween. Not sure how I can create a snap-on head....
 She got a cute weekend shirt.
 And lots of hugs!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Finishing Up Memphis

We really had a wonderful visit in Memphis. Our family there were so gracious and hospitable to us. We made lots of fun memories. The kids made new friends at our church. It was super. Here are a few last shots of our time.

Miss Middler and her sisters began to see the calendar days being crossed off and decided they'd better get busy on some of the assigned summer reading!

Aunt K treated us to a kid movie. We saw Planes. The big bucket of popcorn was enough for me...didn't matter what movie! 

Here is a photo taken IN the movie theater with no flash! I love my camera! One commenter asked what is a Sony Nex 5T. 
We were unable to get a family shot of all of many folks not overlapping to squeeze it in, but we've got it on the list for next summer!

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