Friday, July 25, 2014

Postcards From the Peanut Gallery Wks. 7-8

July 7 - 20th Gratitude pretty much sums up the past two weeks. 
I'm thankful for:
* Healthy Kids - Both Noah and Natalie have been working and playing hard this summer. Through daily reading they've expanded their vocabularies and are able to read for longer stretches of time.  Noah has outgrown his shoes and some of his food aversions.  He's been trying new things like cottage cheese, ham and peaches!  And, Natalie, my sweet, petite girl, is finally tall enough to enjoy the water slide with her friends.
* My Hunter Husband - Steve awoke at the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to fight chiggers and dodge thorns so that I may enjoy wild blackberries all year long.
*Friends with a Heart of Gold - Whether it's a phone call or a play date...even an email to know that I'm thought of, I appreciate them all.  Last week, I celebrated my good friend Barb's birthday and our friendship of 10 years.
* Helpful Parents - My mom and dad helped Steve and I to be in two places at once.  They helped me drive Noah to Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO. so that Steve could represent our family in Ohio at our niece's wedding.  Not only that, but they treated Natalie and I to a 4 day Branson vacation.  I was able to give Natalie my undivided attention while Noah received 1 on 1 support to grow and try new things at camp.  It was also a special time for me to reconnect with my parents and the opportunity to sleep past 6 a.m.

The cutest bookworm on our block.
1.5 gallons of fresh blackberries
A sweet-smelling surprise from a dear friend - Natalie Ulrich.
"Welcome to Camp, Noah!"
Prior to introducing each camper, they ask whether they prefer loud or more reserved cheering.  Noah answered, "in the middle" so the crowd used their bodies more than their mouths to express their excitement to have him at Camp Barnabas.
Noah with his camp buddy, Jack.  The two boys have shared three summers at Camp Barnabas.
Each night Camp Barnabas hosts a themed party.  Campers dress up, play games and dance til dark.
They ARGH having a blast!
Noah with his camp counselor, Justin.
Noah gives Natalie a tour of the grounds.
Enjoying a dip with her Grandma and Grandpa.

Dad enjoyed the blasterball attraction at Silver Dollar City as much as Natalie.
My mom - forever young at heart.
Blasting targets in the Flood Mine attraction.
Our beautiful niece, Heather, took the plunge.

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