Monday, May 30, 2011
Well, summer is here, and for our family summer means eating meals in a loud dining hall full of crazy kids, making new friends with our summer staff, and of course, theme night costumes! Tonight is the "Quest for the Key to Outback Island" so we've gathered up our best pirate garb and are going to set sail for another delicious dinner at camp tonight. Enjoy a little sneak peak... Oh, and in case you're still wondering what our lives consisted of between last December and the beginning of camp...stay tuned. The regularly scheduled updates will continue shortly!
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
One of the highlights of October was our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We were so excited to get to go to Pappy's Pumpkin Patch while we were in Tyler. I am convinced that this place is every bit as fun as any other pumpkin patch in the country and it is FREE!
We also went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood behind ours. This particular neighborhood closes off the traffic to their streets, and nearly all the kids in Columbus stop by to fill their goody-bags!
Is that not the cutest little puppy face you've ever seen?
I love the adorably awkward faces these two are making!
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Monday, March 28, 2011
The big event in September was Hank beginning his first soccer season!!! Here in Columbus, they pack a lot of soccer into a short amount of time. Hank had just one practice, then 5 or 6 weeks worth of games with a game every Tuesday and Thursday.
Soccer for 4 and 5 year olds is a hoot to watch. Everyone on the field is within a 5 yard radius, with the soccer ball smack dab in the middle. Hank's tendency was to run around the circle of people just waiting for the ball to pop out of the pack...which it rarely did. And bless his heart, his shorts were way too big his first game so he was running around pulling his shorts up the whole time. He didn't get alot of contact with the ball, but he didn't seem to mind. He just ran and smiled and sometimes giggled! He did get one goal this season...in his own goal. But he seemed surprisingly unbothered by that fact. He enjoyed playing goalie on occasion, and was surprisingly good...like his Daddy. Jeff was one of the coaches, so that was special for Hank.
Landry and Tucker were great little cheerleaders for Hank. I just had a hard time keeping them off the field...
It was fun, but we were ready for it to be over when the season finally ended. Columbus doesn't have soccer in the spring, so we're getting ready to do t-ball instead. But we're already looking forward to soccer next fall...when Hank and Landry will be teammates!!! Look out Columbus!
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So, I really have no explanation for why I haven't posted since last August. I've even had persistent reminders and strong nudgings from some dedicated readers...you know who you are - wink, wink! Anyway, I've finally had the urge to blog again, and don't have any idea how to pick up after such a long break. Sooooo, I decided to give a quick little review on each month since my last post to catch us up to present-day. I'll go ahead and post September's review right after this, then I'll do the following months here and there over the next week or so. Enjoy! And welcome back!
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
You may have noticed that it's been nearly 4 months since I last posted. Most of you know the Lay fam well enough to know that it's only because of our crazy summer schedule. It has been a wonderful summer, and I could spend hours telling you all about it, but instead I'm going to attempt to summarize the past 100 or so days with some of our favorite pictures and stories of our favorite moments (in no particular order)...
Deo was our first half nanny... We love her and miss her dearly! She was our nanny second half last summer, so it was fun to grow even closer to her this summer. She is back at school in Tennessee, but we are hoping to see her at Winterfest in December, if not before! Deo, thank you for the amazing ways you served and blessed our family this summer!!!
I don' have any pictures to prove it, but during week 2 the kids and I took a quick little "tour de tejas" to see some family (more on that later), but on our way to Keller, we drove through Waco and got to see Skwirlie, another nanny from the past! It was fun to have a quick little Chick-fil-A lunch date with her and to caravan part of the way to Keller.
Deo left after week 5, and our second half nanny wasn't scheduled to start until week 6, so we had the pleasure of spending a week with Hidden Treasure. The kids and I had a ton of fun with her!
HOP was our second half nanny, and was a wonderful blessing to our whole family! She was so creative and always so willing to help! We were sad to see her go when camp ended, but we also know we'll be seeing a lot of her in the months to come since she goes to school in Austin, only about an hour away! HOP, there aren't enough words to express our gratitude! Don't be a stranger!!!
highlight #2: being outside
Well, the weather since the last week of camp has NOT been conducive to being outside (heat index today was 110 degrees), but in the early part of the summer, we had some fun rainy days and some nice moderate sunshiny summer days. We loved being outside...
rain or shine...
highlight #3: visiting family and visits from family
During our "tour de tejas" we went to Keller to visit my brother Jesse and his wife Cassie and see their gorgeous new home. Thanks, Aunt Cassie, for taking us to the neighborhood pool! We also went to stay with my parents at their new barn-house on the Lucky 13! Unfortunately, I have no pictures to show, but it was a fun visit!!!
My grandfather, Dad-Dad, stopped by to see us on her way to Mexico. Always good to see you Dad-Dad!
We had a couple of brief visits from my parents. We always love it when Grammy and Pops come to visit!!!
And toward the end of camp, we had a last-minute visit from Aunt Claire and Baby Kay!!! And we even got to see Uncle Joey for a few minutes too!
Of course, one of the things we love most about our summers is camp! And what would camp be without the staff? This is a picture of the leadership staff. We loved getting to know all the college kids who served the Lord at Outback this summer, and we sad to see them go. Please keep in touch and come back to visit!
One of my highlights of the summer was getting to lead a group of girls each half through a "half-time" Bible study. We went though portions of a book called "Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild" by Mary Kassian. It was such a privilege and such a joy to study truth with those girls. (And I highly recommend this book to any girl!)
We had our first family movie night (minus Tucker, who was in bed). We popped popcorn, ate movie candy, and watched Beauty and the Beast. It was a blast!
Hank and Landry got to go to VBS for the first time ever. They were worn out by the end of the week, but had a great time. I got to work with the fifth and sixth graders, and had fun doing hands-on ministry with some kids besides my own for a few hours that week.
Big news: we broke ground on the treehouse we've been dreaming about for months! But that's all the details you get for now...more coming soon in a treehouse exclusive!!!
And this will merit it's own post, as well, but let's just say we've had some sweet conversations with Hank lately. Some of them have stemmed from reading this great book "The Jesus Storybook Bible" that we read to the kid at bedtime. More on that later, too...
Well, that's our summer in a rather large nutshell. If you were part of our summer, know that we miss you and definitely want you to keep in touch! If you weren't part of our summer and wonder where on earth we've been, give us a call or shoot us an email. We're back into the swing of "normal" life...whatever that is!
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