Saturday, June 4, 2016

Moving to Private Settings

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Our First Week of Summer Vacation

Our first week of summer vacation has started off with loads of fun! We started the week with a trip to the boys' favorite park in town. It was a rather windy day, perfect for flying a kite. So Ezra brought his kite and had it up quite high.

Obed is really good at making friends at the park. He made several young friends and they played tag and also made up a game where they pretended the slide was a colon and they were poops coming out of the colon. Good times.
 Asher brought his scooter and did some pretty sweet jumps.

 Solomon peeking through the scratched looking glass.

 Uzziah playing "Starbucks."

Then when we got home, we started building a tree fort in our tree in the backyard. Ezra and Asher worked hard, and the three of us got a very mediocre fort put together... which daddy quickly fixed and improved upon when he got home from work.

And today we decided to go on a hike to Horsetooth Falls. It's a little over a mile from the parking lot to the falls. It was an absolutely beautiful morning, perfect for a hike.

Ezra was super helpful, walking Kevin the majority of the time. And when he wasn't walking Kevin, he was helping with one of the younger boys.
Uzziah hiked like a champ. It was close to 2 1/2 miles round trip and he did it all! He grew a little weary near the end, but that's to be expected.
 Water break.
Asher was Uzziah's hiking buddy for the majority of the trip. I was so proud of him and his patience with Uzziah. He walked slowly with Uzziah, treating him with so much sweetness and held his hand most of the time, helping him down steep slopes and up big rock steps.
Obed hiked so well the whole time. He was cheerful and ready to help any time we asked and did not complain even once on our hike. He did amazing!
Before we reached the falls, we found a little stream run off that the boys enjoyed splashing around in. Kevin really liked it too, and ran all over the place like a crazy dog.

 There was lots of rock throwing.

Just when the boys were reaching the point of wanting to turn around, we came upon the falls, and they were beautiful! Because it's early in the season, it was flowing beautifully and the pool at the bottom was nicely filled.
 There were some large boulders around the falls that the boys climbed on. Can you see them?

Uzziah wasn't too sure about down to the water, but enjoyed sitting on the rocks and having some left over waffles from breakfast.
 Ezra in the wading pool.
 My boys.

 Kevin wasn't too sure about the waterfall. He was a bit skittish in the wading pool.

 A lady at the falls offered to take about picture, after our attempts at a selfie (as seen above).
 Throwing more rocks.
 The hike back up from the falls. Sweet Asher helping Uzziah up the steps.
 The stream below us, after we hiked up the hill away from the falls.
Kevin carried his own water and snacks. He did well and had a great time sniffing all sorts of wonderful smells.
Near the end, the little boys started to lose energy, but the big boys were still going strong, so they ran ahead as I walked with the little boys. Here are the big boys across the valley on the switchback.

Uzziah really wanted to carry a "pack pack" for awhile. So as we neared the end, he wore one of the backpacks. He didn't last real long wearing it, but felt pretty proud as he did.
 Solomon taking a slightly different trail.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Brotherly Love and Shenanigans

The other morning Solomon came into the kitchen. He and Obed had been drawing on themselves in the school room (thankfully with Crayola Markers and not Sharpie!!). Obed "helped" Solomon draw his mustache, as well as a loving message of "I stink" on his forehead. Ah brothers. Never a dull moment!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Another Soccer Season Finished

Well, we've just about finished up another crazy soccer season! With four of the five boys playing, we have soccer 5 nights a week and on Saturdays. It's always a crazy 3 months, but the boys have so much fun and enjoy time with friends. Vince has coached both Solomon's and Obed's teams for the past 2 years, which has been special. We've also had good friends from church and school on both teams, so it has made it extra special this year.

While the younger boys play, the older boys sit on the sidelines and play. Here, Ezra is being sat upon by Uzziah and his friend, Sadie.
 Obed is dragging his young friend, Trevor, around as Solomon plays soccer.

 Solomon and his friend Sam, sitting on soccer balls, waiting to sub in.
 Solomon and his good buddy, Tommy, after their last game.
 Solomon and his other good buddy, Sam.
Obed got to have two of his closest friends, Benjamin and Tyler, on his team this year. They had loads of fun together.

 And a few action shots of Obed's last game (played in high winds and rain).