Monday, July 9, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 27

Love the 4th of July!  I love my country, love to fly my flag, and love to honor and remember the brave young men and women who have given all so I can be free.  So grateful to those who have served and currently serve to keep us free, and so grateful to their families.  They give a huge sacrifice also!  We had the opportunity to go to a Major League Baseball game to see the KC Royals play.  Two of my girls were selected to sing in a youth choir at the game to sing The National Anthem.  That was pretty awesome to see them!  Enjoyed a BBQ on the fourth with friends and then enjoyed going to the temple as a family on Saturday.  Take a look at our week. ..
Miss O and Miss E singing The National Anthem at the Royals game Monday night.  They were part of a 20 member youth choir picked to sing.  They did awesome!

John Bytheway was throwing the opening pitch at the game, and the girls love him!  He is a religious motivational speaker.  They got to meet him and get a picture as they were getting ready to go in to sing before the game.

The choir getting all lined up and ready to sing.

What is more American than baseball?  And what is a baseball game without cotton candy??  Hello summer!

Our family at the Royals game.  It was fun!  We had good seats right above home base and out of the sun!

4th of July fun involved a water balloon fight at our house-- Mr J attaching Ben

Mowing lawns has been a big part of Mr J's summer.  He ran over a wire and had to spent quite a bit of time getting it off the mower one day this week.  Fun stuff!

Saturday we had the opportunity to head to the city and be together in the KC Temple to do baptisms as a family.  So fun to all go in together!  Sure love these people!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a good week!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 26

Busy, busy week--we were all over the place--literally!  Miss E was in Colorado all week at church camp, and Miss O and I were in Baltimore, Maryland for her National FBLA conference.  Wow!  What a week!  It was a lot of fun, but it was nice to all get back home together on Sunday!  Take a look at our week....
Sunday afternoon before everyone went their separate ways Mr J and Miss O watching videos on her phone

Monday--Miss E and her church camp group on their way to Colorado to camp up in the beautiful mountains!

They went rafting one day they were there.  Miss E back left.  She loved it!

And Miss O and I went to Baltimore.  We had driven through it once a few years ago, but never been there to officially visit.  It is a fun city!  We stayed in the Inner Harbor area which was full of things to do, see and yummy things to eat!

We went out on this boat to tour the Harbor.  That was fun!

The is the Star Spangled Banner Flag house museum and the house on the side is where the first stars and stripes flag was made.  Pretty cool!

This is Fort McHenry with the same type of flay flying that Francis Scott Key saw from about the same place in the water as we were when he wrote The Star Spangled Banner.  This was awesome to see and then hear it played at this spot on the water during our boat tour.

The view from our hotel.  We were close to lots of fun things!

Lots of yummy food!

Another view of the harbor and city from Federal Hill

A view of the Harbor at night

This is the basement of the Baltimore Basilica--the first cathedral in the US--it was pretty cool!

The beautiful Peabody Institute Library

The first Washington Monument--made 50 years before the one in DC, with LaFayette on the horse in front

Enjoying some street vendor food--gingermint lemonade and a chocolate banana crepe--yum!

At the grave of Edgar Allan Poe

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

Monday, June 25, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 25

Loving summer!  Had a great Father's day--our kids are blessed with the best dad ever!  Mr J and I made some freezer jam--one of my favorite things ever!  Enjoyed some girlfriend time and just had a good week overall.  Take a look at our week...
Father's Day--these kids are truly blessed with the Best Dad EVER!  Sure love this guy and so glad he is mine!

Strawberry freezer jam is seriously one of my favorite things ever.  Mr J and I made some batches of strawberry freezer jam and then he wanted to try a mixed berry (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry) kind.  Yes, there is a lot of sugar in those recipes, but man, you can't beat a piece of toast with butter and jam on it. Pure comfort food in my book!  I was raised on strawberry freezer jam and I can't live without it!

Got to go to lunch with some great fiends this week!  Sure love all these ladies!!!

And after a long days work for these ladies, they enjoy relaxing and reading on the front porch.

Thursday nights in the summer they always have a free community band concert and ice cream social in our small town.  We try to go at least once in the summer.  This Thursday the weather was so nice--actually cool--so we went to town to hear the band concert, and it was a lot of fun!

And after a very long week of hard work, these two have fun on the trampoline Friday night.  So ready for a weekend!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!

Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 24

Loving summer!  Girls are all working full-time jobs Monday through Friday and Mr J is mowing lots of yards, so the days are pretty quiet here with everyone gone, but we enjoy our evenings home together!  Take a look at our week. . . 
Mr J was asked to play a special musical number for another church this past week.  He did a great job!

Ben, Miss O, and Miss A working on Father's Day cards.  We need to get them in the mail!

Miss O decided she needed something different with her hair, so this is her "before" shot

This is her after--about 8-10 inches off, layers, and some subtle coloring.  So pretty!

She loves it!  It is so cute!  She is excited for college now!  Just a few more months!

We watched some friend's kids this week, and Mr J had fun with them jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler on.  It just wouldn't be summer with out doing that at least once!

A quiet evening with Ben showing Mr J and Miss E something interesting on his phone :)

And these girls are working super hard this summer cleaning out and fixing up an old school that a friend of ours bought.  They either come home covered in dirt or paint, so today they were paint covered!  Definitely earning their money this summer!

Mr J and Ben relaxing and playing Mastermind one evening.

Hope you have a great week!  Come back soon!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 23

Loving summer!  It is nice to catch up on some things!  My girls are very busy working full time M-F and Mr J is mowing laws this summer.  My house is pretty quiet during the day, but we sure enjoy our evenings with the whole family home.  It was a good week this week with Mr J heading to scout camp and Miss E had a church youth conference.  Take a look at our week. . .
Miss E and her 'tribe' from youth conference.  A great group of girls that had a lot of fun together!

Mr J's summer job consists of lots of this activity!

Mr J and his troop ready to head off to boy scout camp.  They had a lot of fun!

Miss E and Miss O have a summer job working for a friend who bought this old school and is fixing it up.  Lots of work!  It is something different for them, but they are enjoying it.  This is the old gym.  They took us out there to see what they were up to and working on this week.

A taste of summer--shaved ice!  Perfect on a hot day!

Over a month ago I lost one of the side diamonds in my wedding ring, so I took it in to get it fixed, and it took over a month to get it back.  I was without my ring (which I never, ever take off) for over a month.  I was SOOOO happy to get it back this week!  While it was gone I would freak out every time I felt it gone and think, "AH!  Where is my ring???  I lost it!!" and then I would have to remind myself it was getting happy it is back!  

Miss A and I went to visit the family of her old roommate, and this is her cute little brother that we enjoyed visiting with.  

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a great week!

Monday, June 4, 2018

2018 Blue Jeans Week 22

Finally catching up!  And our last few days of vacation were this week and then we got back to "normal" life--whatever that means.  "Re-entry"--what I call returning to life after vacation-- is always sort of rough, but we sure enjoyed out time together as a family.  Take a look at our last week. . .
Spent a fun day in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! And Yes, we did see two black bears during our time in the park!  Pretty impressive!

Enjoyed some amazing Southern food at Paula Deen's restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN.  So good!!!

Spent a fun down down by the River Bottoms in the park.

Hiked up to an old school house which was a short mile hike round trip, but as we were leaving the school house it started pouring rain!  We were so soaked by the time we got back to the car!  The longest half mile ever! 

And one last look at the beautiful Smokies before we head home....

Got home and Miss O had her seminary graduation.  Seminary is an early morning (6 a.m.) scripture study class that our church has for all high schoolers.  Miss O has gone all 4 years--every day she has school she has 6 a.m. seminary!  Way to go Miss O!!!  We are proud of you!

In the summer my kids enjoy cooking and doing creative things in the kitchen.  First summer kitchen project was decorating cupcakes.  Miss E got some cool new piping tips--Russian piping tips--and enjoyed trying them out.  Looks pretty impressive to me!

Thanks for catching up on us!  Hope you are well and have a great week!