Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 37

It has been a good week.  Another cross country race, another football game, more homework and life, and a dance concert.  Life is good--I wish we had more fall-like temperatures to go along with it, but we will take what we get.  Take a look at our week...
This amazing young lady received her Young Womanhood medallion at church today--see that beautiful necklace?  It represents hours and hours and hours of work.  It is equal to the Eagle scout award for Boys.  LOTS OF WORK!  And I am so proud of Miss O for doing all that work!!!

Miss O running hard in her cross country race this week.  It was HOT!  Where are our fall temps?  Running in over 90 degree weather is not fun, but she did awesome!

And Miss E and her teammate staying strong.  Their team did awesome again and both girls medaled.  It was a good meet despite the heat!!

The awesome JV girls team before the race--all happy and ready to go :)

Friday night lights mean half time band shows which we love!  Miss O rocking it on her mellophone at halftime on Friday night.

We got some season tickets to a performing arts series in the city this year.  Tonight we enjoyed a contemporary dance concert that was awesome!  A fun night out as a family in the city.

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 36

We sure enjoyed our Labor Day weekend.  We need 3 day weekends more often!  Miss A started school this past week on Tuesday.  Another cross country meet, and we will be hosting a foreign exchange student this year from Thailand.  She is here the whole year, but will only be with us for a few months as she is living with other families in our town too, but we got to meet her and have her a few days this week.  Exciting week.  Take a look. . .
To start off Labor Day Miss E and Ben decided to experiment with different pancake recipes, so they made 4 different kinds for breakfast--Yummy!

Showing off their pancake creations--banana, chocolate chip, strawberry cream cheese and lemon blueberry. 

After a yummy pancake breakfast we headed to play pickle ball.  Have you ever played that?  It is similar to tennis only on a much smaller court.  It was a lot of fun!

And Miss A on her first day of her sophomore year of college!  

Cross county meet for the week.  A friend took this picture.  My girls are on the sidelines very enthusiastically cheering on their team mate!  LOVE the cheering section!  

And my girls during their race.  Miss O with Miss E right behind her.  Their team got 2nd which was awesome and both girls medaled.  It was a good meet!

We had our foreign exchange student who will be living with us later in the year come for a few days.  Her name is Miss M, and she is from Thailand.  We had a bonfire and roasted hot dogs and had smores.  She had never done that nor had those foods before.  We thought it was a pretty good American thing to do :)  Smores are a favorite at our house, and we were happy to share them with her!

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 35

Busy full week of school!  A hard week as well as Miss A headed back to college, and we won't see her until Christmas!  That was hard!  First cross country meet, first football game, lots of stuff this week.  Take a look...
Once a week we have what we call family home evening.  We have a lesson, sing songs, play games, eat treats, and someone shares a favorite scripture.  Miss O was on scripture, and she shared one that was on our egg carton :) "This is the Day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24.  Love it!

And this is the last time these 4 will be together until Christmas.  Makes my heart hurt!  Will sure miss that Miss A!!

My lunch date at Chick-fil-A before I dropped her at the airport.  The frosted lemonade made it a little easier to say good-bye :)

Last first cross country meet for Miss O, and her sister has her back--Miss E right beside her.  Their team got first!!!  A great way to start the season, and I love watching my girls run together.  

And this was Mr J's first ever cross country meet as a 7th grader.  7th graders are only supposed to run a mile, but this meet had them running 2 miles.  His coach was not happy, but Mr J had a good attitude.  I asked him how it went, "Well, it wasn't the worst race ever.  I didn't get last and I didn't throw up, so it was pretty good."  Ah!  Love his attitude!

These cuties were unintentionally twins as they went to school today.  They are both involved in Student government--Miss E as class pres and Miss O as student body secretary.  These are their Student government shirts that Miss O designed.  
And love football season because it is marching band season :)  Miss O is out there playing the mellophone.  Miss E is only doing jazz band this year, so no marching band for her.   And we even had some fall like temps to go with the first cross country meet and first football game, so Life is Good!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you had a good week too!

Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 34

First full week of school, and we had a guest from Japan staying with us.  Enjoyed the Eclipse--we were in a 95% location which was pretty awesome.  Kids all got glasses at school and got to watch it.  Last day of work for Miss A and then my kids spent the weekend with my sister in the city as a last summer get-away.  Take a look at our week. . .
Mr J and Miss E Teaching our new Japanese friend how to play checkers :)  Takumi is visiting us from Japan for this week.  He is in college and majoring in social science teaching and wanted to see what schools were like in the U.S.  His family and ours have been friends for many years, so he came to stay with us.  It has been fun having him here to experience small town USA :) 

The Great American Eclipse---pretty awesome!  We were not in the path of totality, but 95% and it was pretty cool to see!  The lighting was awesome!

Boy Scouts court of Honor--the 50 miler award goes to these guys after their amazing 55 mile canoe trip beginning of the month.  Pretty awesome!

Takumi showing us some Japanese calligraphy.

Us showing Takumi some very American things to do---like make a bonfire, roast marshmallows and make smores!

Miss A has been working full time this summer in the advertising department of a local company.  It has been an amazing experience for her!  They have been soooo good to her!  Today was her last day as she heads back to college next week.  

My sister sent me this-- curry dinner with my kids at her house this weekend.  Yummy!  They sure get spoiled when they go to their aunt and uncle's!  

Hope you all had a great week!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans week 33

Good-bye Summer, hello school!  School started for us officially on Thursday last week.  We have a senior, sophomore and 7th grader plus a sophomore in college who still has a few more weeks of summer left.  New school year here we come!  We tried to enjoy the last few days of summer this week and then headed into the school year pretty excited, except I have to freely admit I am not ready to do another senior year again.  One of my least favorite things, but I am going to try and enjoy every minute of it because it goes by way too fast!  Take a look at our week. . .
One night Ben decided to make pancakes for dinner.  I had an old box of pancake mix that he used, turns out it was really, really old and the pancakes were gross!  So Miss O put them to good use and made some art (after going to several art museums this summer and seeing some pretty interesting stuff) she made her own and called it "Fire Engine #6."  We all loved it :)

There is a little zipline at a park we had heard about that we tried on one of our last days of summer.  It was pretty fun!

And to celebrate the official last day of summer we went to A&W for lunch.  Root beer floats make everything seem better! 

Mr J's last day of sleeping in (and on the couch downstairs).  It is going to be a hard thing to wake up early again!  

Hello school!  Miss E ready to be a sophomore in high school!

My senior---Miss O ready to go!

And my boy ready for 7th grade with his saxophone all ready for jazz band and band, here he comes!!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope your back to school went well, and if you still have some summer left at your house, enjoy!!!  Now we just want the cool fall weather to come and get rid of this hot and humid summer weather already!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Week 32

Summer is officially over here.  School has started.  Last week we had one last get away before the chaos starts :)  We went to St. Louis to explore and also attend our nephew's wedding reception.  It was a really fun time, very busy, and we did a lot.  There is A LOT to do in St. Louis, and so much of it is free!!  A great place to visit!  Take a look at our week. . .
These three things have gone with us on all 3 of our summer mini-vacations this summer.  Girl scout cookie knock-offs.  Love them!  Wouldn't be a proper get away without them!

Got to St. Louis in time for lunch and went to the Nathaniel Reed bakery.  Wow!  It was yummy!  I knew croissants were good, but these were really good!  He is a world renowned pastry chef and it did not disappoint.

Forest Park in St. Louis is huge and is home to many wonderful and free things--like this awesome St. Louis art museum which we enjoyed visiting.

Forest park is also home to the free St. Louis zoo which we enjoyed visiting too!

Our nephew and his new bride. It was nice to see some family while we were there!!

When in St. Louis, you need to visit the Gateway Arch.  Pretty impressive.  Mr J and I don't do well with heights or enclosed spaces (the tram car going up is really small) so just Ben and the girls went up to the top.  Mr J and I enjoyed the downtown while they were up in the arch.

The St. Louis Gateway Arch

Downtown St. Louis has some pretty parks and is fun to explore.

We went to the St. Louis City Museum which was just bizarre--climbing stuff, 9 story slides, like a 9 story McDonald's play place on steroids.  Wow!  the kids loved it.  A very unique place!

When in St. Louis you need to get Ted Drewes frozen custard, a St. Louis tradition since 1929!  So yummy!

Also in the awesome Forest Park is the outdoor Muny theater.  It seats 14,000, and each performance they give away 1,400 free seats!  First come, first served, so we got in line and got in one night and saw Newsies.  It was SO GOOD!!!  The weather was not your typical August weather either--but cool and so nice!  A perfect evening!

Another day and another section of Forest Park (seriously this place is huge with sooo much to do) this is the Jewel Box.  Forest Park was where they had the 1904 Worlds' Fair.

Then near Forest Park is the amazing Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis which we went to see and had a tour of.  Amazing!!!  So beautiful!

We felt like we were in a European Cathedral---so huge and so beautiful!!!  We got there at the end of mass and heard the organ being played.  Wow!  Loved it!

Hope the beginning of your school year goes well!!!  We are not ready for early mornings, but here we come!

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 Blue Jeans Momma week 31

Ben and Mr J had an amazing adventure this week.  Mr J's boy scout troop went on a 5 day, 55 mile canoe trip.  It was his first experience doing something like that.  Normally the first week of August is triple digits and extremely humid, but the boys had amazingly beautiful weather with highs in the low 80's and low humidity.  Amazing!  They slept along the river on sand bars and had to pack all their water and food in the canoes.  What an adventure!  So glad they could do it together!  The girls and I had a fun week at home and enjoyed the nice weather here too!!  Take a look at our week. . .
I love Costco!  Whenever I get up to the city I try to stop.  It is probably a good thing I live a few hours away from one because if I lived closer I would spend way too much money there!

National Cheesecake day!  We got a cheesecake from Costco to enjoy today!  Yummy!

Tuesday the boys headed off on their canoe trip.  They went on the Kansas River.  These are the boys and their dads and scout leaders.  Adventure here they come!

Some pictures Ben took on the trip.

Each night they would camp on the sand bars in the middle of the river.  Ben said it was so nice--no bugs :)  Looks beautiful to me!

The girls had the job this week of watching our neighbor's dogs.  They enjoyed walking them during the week.

And we enjoyed the cooler weather and walking on the trails.  Such a pretty place!

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