Thursday, July 27, 2017

We went to the Pierce County Fair,
and it was fun!
 We went to Pig Wrestling.  The kids have all said they don't ever want to do that again.
Denali does not want to do it, because she thinks it is to mean to the pigs, and she did not like to hear them crying.
Quinn said it was to hot and the pigs screams were to loud.
Isaiah said it was to dirty.  The wrestlers would flop in the pig poop mud water and it would splash on him.
So I guess that was our pig wrestling experience.
We are more then ready for pig races that have no mud and oreo cookies for the winning pig.

 We had to give lots of love to each other, as the week before this, the kids were at camp, and Quinn missed them so much.  So much in fact that she was sick at the end of the week, but as soon as she saw the kids, she was just fine again.
 This is how the whole fair went.  Denali would ask to touch every animal, and the other two did not want to get dirty or ask to pet anything.  We did take Quinn's new chair, and got it all dirty with all kinds of gross stuff.  So we have already had to clean it.
 Denali loved seeing pigs like this instead.  She is a pig lover!
 We watched ATV races.
 Played with the animals.
 Checked out the machines.

 and ended the night with the demolition derby.  
 A fun recap.  It was warm, and it tired out my kids, and exhausted them!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I mentioned how the kids got back from Royal Camp.
They got back with lots of new stuff, and our home went from clean to
cluttered within moments.

 The kids also came back with photo's from camp.  So fun.

 They got to dress up for a party one day, and then they got served dinner fancy style and everything.
 Denali tried a few times to do the zip line, but did not get it done this time, but good for her for getting up there two different times to try it.
 Isaiah's wonderful painting!
 Denali's cool painting!

 They rode horses.
 Went swimming.

 Oh I love these two pictures of Isaiah.

 Isaiah all dressed up!
 Isaiah got the award for being such a great listener.
 Denali got the award for being brave and being willing to pray.
 A couple grouping of pictures too.
 What an amazing camp.
 Quinn kept working hard on her driving while they were gone.
 Just look at that giggle, it's hard work, but so worth it!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Goodness, the summer is flying by so quickly!

 Isaiah and Denali went to an amazing camp for kids who have been in foster care and / or adoptions.  They were spoiled rotten, but the thing that made the whole week worth it, beyond them being treated so well, was that they came back talking about how they related to so many kids, talking about bioparents making bad choices, but still being good people, and how they could really understand each other so well, as they have walked in the same shoes.  Amazing and so thankful for such great experiences.
 The kids said see you later to Quinn and I and the girls had to have their moment to love on each other.
 Then Buttercup and Quinn loved on each other like crazy all week,
while sharing in their sadness of having the other two gone for the week.

 Quinn and I continued meeting with folks to work on getting her chair into better positions and make more things work right.  She is also working on driving.  With a new chair, it's totally new figuring how how to drive it, and she is very cautious on driving.  So we are working hard.
 We are also working on getting her computer back into the right position for her to talk with it.  Again, this is a work in progress.  I have to say baby steps are so important, and I can not explain how long it take to get the chair, while it also take time to get things set up and going, along with practicing to get her driving and so on.  So we are patient, we are hard working, and we are improving and so thankful to be where we are, and look forward to more practice.
 All that work is exhausting!
 Then we finally got to pick up the kids from camp.  I was a camp counselor and it was hard work, and such fun work, so I have such mad respect for these counselors who work so hard to help my kids grow and develop into amazing people.

 Denali got the Flexible character trait, which is so true.  She is good at figuring out how to help with situations, and she is so good at being able to change up her plans and her thinking to make things work for everyone involved.  She is a very flexible kids.

Isaiah got the Gentle Spirit character trait.  This was told to us for him from another camp he was at this summer as well.  He is such a kind hearted sweet kid.  He wants everyone to be included, he wants everything to be as fair as possible, and he is so open hearted.  He is a wonderful kid, and I'm so lucky to have him in my life.

Quinn did not attend this camp, but just to add on, she would have to get a determined character trait, as she continues to work so hard and be so patient with her new chair and getting it going.  She is also so in love with her siblings, by the end of the week, she was sick, and in hind site, I think her heart was breaking she was missing her brother and sister so much.  As once we picked them up, she did not act sick at all after that.

We are so lucky to have these three kids in our lives.  They are so much work, and so expensive, but so worth it, and we are so thankful!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Another busy summer week has flown by.
We started by dropping Isaiah off at Science Camp.
We stopped by Mahoney first and did some golf and peddle boats.

 That was a fun morning!

 I did good to wear them out.  Then we dropped Isaiah off.  He is not my picture kiddo, so I did not make him take any pictures.

 So it was a girls week at home, especially when dad was at work.
 Nurse Amanda, Quinn and Denali had a slumber party.  Well that was the plan until Quinn fell asleep 15 minutes into the fun.  She is usually up a few hours with Amanda, but when they plan for a night of fun, she was so excited she did not take a nap during the day, and missed most of the fun.
 Here is what I woke up to, two girls sound asleep in the living room.  If you look the dog was also sound asleep with them.
 We still did our therapy sessions.
 and before we knew it, we were picking Isaiah up from camp.  Here is a favorite counselor.  He had fun.  His highlights were Worlds of Fun, swimming, Gaga ball, and spending time learning about God.
 Then back to Saturday Soccer, friends, bible studies, and lots of love.

Oh we love love love summer!