Thursday, August 28, 2014

Caleb in France

Caleb sent a few pictures this week along with his email.  Thought I would share them.  
Caleb thought it was cool they found a corn field...and so he wanted a picture in front of it.    
 Caleb said this is how he cools off after a run with his companion.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Color Run 8/23/2014

This past weekend, Mark and I (plus a group of friends) did the Color Run (the "happiest 5k on earth").  Through this 3 mile course, there are 4 different color stations that throw color at you as you run.  Mark ran pretty fast, so he is pretty clean.  It was a good time, a fun run and something we would do again.   

Before the race
After the race
 Our group of friends, before the race
Group after the race


Thursday, August 21, 2014

First day of school

Big things have happened in our house this week.  We started school.  Not just any first day of school...
Madeline left her elementary school and is now attending the 6th grade in Middle School
 Cassie left the middle school and started as a freshman in High School.  
 They are both up early in the morning (school starts at 7:30am) getting ready together and then both go to the same bus stop (although they each get on a different bus).  Madeline has never taken a bus before (she has always walked to and from school), so this year is full of change for her.  


We had a free weekend, so we decided to take a quick camping trip to McCall, Idaho.  Kacey was on a church camping trip, so we missed having him with us, but we had a good time.  We drove to our camp sight on Friday night, had some dinner, went on a walk to explore the area and hung out (as typical for camping).  Next morning we woke up, drove a few miles into town and had breakfast at the famous "Pancake House".  The food was huge and delicious.  After that we returned to camp, took it down and then headed to the lake for swimming fun.  The area had a beach and docks to jump off.  After a few hours there, we packed up and headed back into downtown McCall, got chicken for our beach picnic and then enjoyed a few more hours on teh beach, eating and swimming.  Then it was time to pack up and head home.  It was a good time and a "must do" again for next year.  

 The Pancake House for breakfast

Swimming Lessons

This summer kept us busy with swimming lessons.  Chase was first signed up for 2 weeks of swimming, which he passed with flying colors, so we enrolled him for 2 more weeks.  We had 20 days of swimming lessons all in a row.  Needless to say, we were just as excited on his last day of lessons as he was.  He did a great job and is such a fish.  He has no fear.  He jumps off the diving board...backwards and LOVES the deep end of the pool.  After swimming, we took all the family to the water park and had an enjoyable day.  Chase and all the kids loved the rides and just having fun in the sun (no pictures-sorry).

Cassie turned 14

July 30, 2014 Cassie turned 14 years old.  She got what every teenager and beauty products.  We as a family went out to dinner at her chosen restaurant, had her mint ice cream cake she wanted and she had a great birthday.

 The following Saturday night, she got to attend her first church dance with a group of friends and Kacey (his first dance too even though he is 16 years old).  She had a good time and got asked to dance by many.