Sunday, February 26, 2017

{ Michigan Summer Vacation - At Grandma and Grandpa's House!

One day while we were up in  Michigan,  we helped Eric's Dad put up hay. I think it was the first time I've driven a truck while picking up hay! It was really fun to help unload the hay off the truck too! Eric's sister Ashley (our nephew Mason's Mom) dug a big hole on top of a sand pile, and her and Eric's Mom put a tarp in it, and filled it with water, and made a plastic slide for the kids off the hill, so they could get wet, and slide down. They had so much fun with that! We also had Jasmine a little birthday party, one day after we got back from South Haven. Eric's Mom made her a birthday cake. It's the first birthday cake any of our children have had that was baked by a Grandma of theirs'. Not usually having family around for birthday parties is a hard thing about living so far from our families. We also did a Garage Saleing Day one Day at Sandy Pines. Eric's Mom rented a golf cart for us, and we rode around shopping. I was blessed to find a lot of nice clothes for Samuel, and some for the girls too!
Jasmine riding this cute little car at Grandma's house. All of the children have enjoyed 
riding on it!

Hanging out with Aunt Jessica on the Trampouline 

Samuel out in the hay field the day we picked up hay!

Samuel and Mason walking in the hay field!
I love this picture of the boys in the hay field, taken from the truck where I was driving. 

The children enjoying the water hole that Ashley and Grandma made them!

The children by their water hole and slide. 

A lot of watery sandy fun happened that day!

Eric with Jasmine on her party evening! Her Great Grandma had given her this 

Jasmine with her Grandma and her First Birthday cake!

Jasmine, Eric, and her Grandparents with her cake!

The children anticipating the cake 

Jasmine's Grandpa helping her eat her cake!

Below: Jasmine's pretty First  Birthday cake her Grandma Vicki made her!

{ Michigan Summer Vacation - Beach pictures

We had so much fun at the Lakes in Michigan. Eric's parents work at a resort that has camps around Sandy Pines Lake, so we are blessed to be able to get in for free! It is close to their house too, so we can go often! We got to go to Lake Michigan twice while we were up there. Once, we went to a park on Lake Michigan, and the waves were very rough that day! The boys and Samuel had fun in it anyway! Another day, we went down to South Haven, and walked out on the pier to the Lighthouse, and then the children and I waded in the water. The boats were coming in from the Lake in the evening, and it was calm, and so nice.  I LOVE being at the Lake! I just love beach towns! 

Jasmine wearing a cute sailor like dress and sitting on a nautical bench at her 
Grandma's house 

Jasmine at Sandy Pines Lake. She loved the sand!

Naomi at Sandy Pines Lake 

Jazz was kinda scared of the water. But she liked the sand 

Samuel jumping into Sandy Pines Lake 

Jazzy on the beach 

Mason at Sandy Pines beach 

Aunt Jessica helping Jasmine build something at Sandy Pines 

Samuel and Mason at Lake Michigan 

Mason about to jump into Lake Michigan 

Naomi playing on the beach at Lake Michigan 

Cute Jazzy on the beach at Lake Michigan 

Naomi looking at Lake Michigan 

Eric, Mason, and Naomi at Lake Michigan 

Naomi and Jasmine at Lake Michigan beach 

Eric and Samuel in Lake Michigan 

Samuel in Lake Michigan. The rocks were so pretty there! It would have been so fun to walk for miles along this beach!

Mason playing at Sandy Pines Beach 

Samuel and Mason enjoying ice cream after their swim! There is an ice cream shop almost on Sandy Pines Beach, so it's fun to get ice cream after a swim!

Jasmine with her ice cream face and wearing her birthday outfit from her Grandma

Naomi enjoyed her ice cream cone too!


Mason's cone had lots of sprinkles!

Me at the beach at Lake Michigan!

{ Early June - At Home Pictures }

Here are some pictures from Early June here in Kentucky.
 Naomi - I love little girls in sundresses in the summer!

 Naomi and Jasmine in the backyard one afternoon



 Jasmine wearing 2 cute little pony tails 

 Jasmine sleeping so cutely one afternoon in her little old-fashioned dress!

 Jasmine enjoying some outside time 

Below: Naomi and Jasmine playing with little pop things that you throw on the ground and they make popping noises. 

{ Mothers' Day and May 2016 Pictures }

I love May and Mothers' Day! I love all the flowers blooming, and on the campus here where we live, there are lots of pretty flowers. My favorites are the beautiful pink peonies! Every year I am always so excited to see them bloom! Our church had a very nice service where they honored the Mothers and gave us lots of treats, and flowers to plant! My gift from Eric was getting to pick out several flowers to plant in our backyard! That was fun! Our backyard is looking really nice! On May 11, was Jasmine's first birthday, but we didn't actually have a party for her, because of things being pretty busy. I did give her a piece of birthday cake in the Dining Hall, and taking a picture of her. I kept thinking we would have a party for her, but didn't end up doing it, till we were up in  Michigan for our Summer vacation! We will have to do better next year!
 Naomi by the pretty peonies one Sunday in early May 

 Trying to take a picture with both girls by the peonies, but Jasmine wasn't really enjoying it!

 Naomi walking by the college fountain after church one Sunday 

 Another picture of Naomi by the fountain one Sunday 

 Sweet Jasmine by the College fountain one Sunday after church 

 Samuel and Naomi looking at the peonies on Mothers' Day 

 A Mothers' Day picture with the children and I 

 Me on Mothers' Day! 

 pretty peonies on our table! 

 Jasmine with her piece of birthday cake 

 I think she mostly ate the icing!

 Some nice people from Florida send these t-shirt dresses to the little girls here on our campus. They make nice summer play dresses for the girls!

 Jasmine who was just beginning to walk!

Below: Jasmine one of the first pictures of her beginning to walk.