Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 29

We have hit the "dog daze" of summer.  It is SO HOT!  Ugh.  No one wants to go outside--it is so hot and humid.  Trying to stay in and stay cool.  Take a look at our week. . .

Trying to stay cool--Mr J and Miss E playing some checkers

On a slightly cooler evening, we were out on the porch while Ben read to us.  It is nice when you can be outside for a little.  

One of the things on the girls' summer bucket list was to make macaroons.  They did some mini lemon ones.  Yummy!

Miss E has been teaching swimming lessons that last couple of weeks.  She enjoys that in addition to her lifeguard duties.  It is something different besides just life guarding.

Ben and Mr J relaxing on the trampoline after a fun water balloon fight--thinking of ways to keep cool.

Miss E gets Ben with a water balloon this weekend.  We needed a way to cool off, so Mr J suggested a water balloon fight :) Lots of fun and felt good!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a great week!

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 28

Got away for a little bit this week.  Went up to Omaha, Nebraska.  Ben and I have been there several times for his work retreats, but we haven't taken the kids in several years.  Had a lot of fun!  It was hot, but found ways to cool off and just enjoy being together!  While in Omaha, you MUST...
Go to the Henry Doorly Zoo!  It is awesome!  Our kids loved it as little kids, and still loved it as big kids!  It is a cool place!

Visit the desert dome at the zoo--soooo cool!

Visit the aquarium at the zoo--so awesome!

Stay downtown in the Old Market area!  There are so many places to eat.  We chose some yummy ones.  Had dinner one night at Block 16 which Alton Brown says has the best hamburger in the U.S.--Ben tried it--it had ham, a fried egg and huge burger patty.  He said it was very good.  Their unique fries were also amazing--"Dragon Fries" and "Crab Rangoon Fries" were our favorite.

Walk around on all the trails and around the Heartland of America Lake.  So pretty with it's huge fountain.

Eat ice cream at Ted and Wally's---the best ice cream in Omaha.  It was right across the street from our hotel which was perfect.  Yummy, unique homemade ice cream.  Flavors change everyday.  Perfect on a hot summer day!

Visit the art museum!  It was really cool!  Omaha is a fun place that we really enjoyed.

Hope you had a great week!  Come back soon!



Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 27

Love the 4th of July.  One of my favorite holidays.  Love flying my flag.  Love honoring my country!  So grateful for the many men and women who have given SOOOOO much so we can be free.  Love our founding fathers.  Love this quote by author David McCullough about the founding fathers, "They were not perfect.  They were imperfect---that's what's so miraculous."   So true!  Great week.  Take a look. . .
This boy Loves shopping for fireworks.  We have him the money he could spend, and then we went to three different firework stands until he found the cheapest price for what he wanted.  Love it! 
Swim meet this week.  The last of the season for Mr J.  He did awesome!

A 4th of July tradition at our house is our Jello flag :)  Been making it for years.  Yummy!

Another fun 4th of July treat we have is this magical layered drink.

So awesome how it works.  Got it from Mel's Kitchen Cafe here--the key is lots of ice and pour the drink onto the ice!   
The kids on their own decided to make cookies and take them to people today.  Awesome!

And summer fun on the trampoline for a minute before it gets too hot!

And finding ways to beat the heat--tried out a new shaved ice place Saturday night.  Yum!  It hit the spot!

Hope you had a great week!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 3, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 26

Busy summer week.  Said good-bye to some very dear friends, enjoyed some cooler summer temps and did fun stuff outside.  Mr J wrapped up his two weeks of summer theater camp with a play, Miss E spent a week in Colorado for church girls' camp and on the school board we said good-bye to our retiring superintendent.  What a week!  Loving summer!  Take a look. . .
We have been friends with this amazing couple since 1998.  Raised our kids together, been though a lot, we moved a few hours away, but we still get together.  They are the kind of friends you can go 6 weeks or 6 months without contact, but as soon as you are together it seems like no time has passed.  They are moving really far away now, and we were so sad to say good-bye.  Will be much longer between seeing them now, but friends forever!  So grateful they are part of our lives!  Good friends are such a huge blessing!

Hello summer and smores!  Enjoying this classic summer treat in our backyard fire pit.  One of the first things we made when we bought our house over 12 years ago was this fire pit in the backyard.  So glad we did this!  Ben and the kids made it.  So grateful they did!

More summer fun...croquet :)

Mr J has been doing a children's summer theater camp the past two weeks.  To wrap it up, they do a play.  He was Prince Charming in a mixed up fairy tale play.  He said he didn't realize some people had the same shoe size, and the shoe fit Cinderella's step sister, so he married her :)  It was a cute play.  He really enjoys things like that.

I have been on the school board for 2 years now.  Our superintendent was retiring end of June.  Had a thank you and good-bye luncheon for him.  He did a great job and will be missed.  Looking forward to working with the new one for the next few years now.

Miss E and her group of girls who were in Colorado this week for a high adventure church girls' camp.  She loved it!  So grateful for the people who planned it and took such good care of them!


Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great 4th of July!

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 25

A great week!  So grateful for amazing fathers in our lives!  Ben especially!  Swim meets, t-shirt quilts, stitches out, family temple night and ice cream!  A great week!  Take a look. . .
Happy Father's Day to this amazing father!  Our superhero!  How blessed we are to have him!!

Miss E working hard on her t-shirt quilt.  This is her summer project.  Pretty cool!

For his birthday, we got Mr J the piano music from La La Land.  He is really good at it!  So fun to hear him play the songs.  We all loved the music in that movie.  Fun movie too!


Miss E showing off our front porch swing pillows.  They match our front door and flower pots.  Nice to have some cute color!

And Ben talking out Miss O's stitches in her pinkie from her fall 10 days ago.  Ugh.  Thankfully it healed up well!

Swim meet!  Mr J doing away in the butterfly race!

First time we got to go to the temple as a whole family!!!  Yeah!  

And more weekend fun--ice cream!  One of our family's favorite things!  We let each of the kids choose a flavor and this was what we ended up with. Yum!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans week 24

Vacation week.  We got away to the Lake of the Ozarks.  Soooo pretty!  Had a great time hiking, boating, and just being together.  Take a look at our week. . .
At Ha Ha Tonka State Park we saw the old Castle


Beautiful natural bridge on our hike

Loving the hiking!

And Lake here we come!  Rented a boat and had lots of fun on that and tubing.

Poor Miss O with her stitched up finger had to be really careful in the water to not get her pinkie wet.  Love her water pictures with her watertight glove on :)

Miss E loving the tubing on the lake.

A beautiful lake!

Another fun hike--the wildflowers were so pretty!


Hiked to this Lake overlook.  Pretty awesome.

Went exploring in some caves which we had never done before.  Hard to get pictures down there, but here we are at the entrance.  The kids thought the caves were pretty cool!

And enjoyed some really good food!  Our yummy pizza one night!

Thanks for visiting and hope you had a great week!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans week 23

Busy week!  Miss O went to Sunflower Girls State.  She had a good time with the exception of a emergency room visit the last night.  Anytime your phone rings after 10 p.m. you know it isn't a good thing.  She was wearing her formal dress and heals and carrying a glass vase down concrete steps when her heal clipped the step and she tumbled down the whole flight of stairs landing on her back at the bottom.  The vase broke and sliced her finger open.  Thus emergency room visit in the middle of the night..... ugh.  But thankfully she was okay after 6 stitches :)  ouch!  An adventure for sure!  Mr J had his first swim meet and summer is going well!  Take a look at our week. . .
Sunday Miss O reported to Sunflower Girls State for a week.

Her dorm room for the week.

The girls from her school that also attended.  This is the last evening and right before she fell down the stairs and ended up in the emergency room.  Ugh!

Mr J's first swim meet of the summer.  He is diving in on the far right.

Picked up Miss O end of the week--don't you love her wrapped and splinted pinkie?  We went to a really good homemade ice cream shop in the town she was in to celebrate her being done and surviving the week :)

These cute girls got some new dresses this week that they had to show off.  Beautiful girls!!

And a card making night--got working on Father's Day cards to send out this week.


Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!