Monday, July 20, 2015

What We Have Been Doing...

I realized that it has been a long time since I wrote a post about what we have been doing around here!  We have been so busy the last 5 or 6 months that I have not taken the time to update about all the fun we have been having!

November started basketball season for us.  We had five playing ball this year.  Maddi and Makenna played for the JH teams.  Zane, Dillon and Zeke played on the elementary level.  Olivia was not old enough to play but she did do a cheer camp and got to cheer at halftime of one of the varsity games.  Basketball took up almost every night during the week.  It also took up every Saturday.  One Saturday we had 11 games between the four oldest kids!  Our first games started the weekend after Thanksgiving and our last games were on the 28th of March.  During that time we had two Saturdays off - the one right after Christmas and one in early March.  It was crazy, we were all tired, but we had a lot of fun!  Here are a few pictures from our basketball season:

During basketball, Maddi hurt her shoulder.  She has loose ligaments so they were not able to hold her shoulder in place properly.  As a result she had to end her season early and start physical therapy in order to prevent surgery.  Her job was to strengthen the muscles around her shoulders so that they could help hold her shoulders in place since her ligaments can't do the job.  She has done well and they are getting stronger.  She still has a lot of work to do.

Track season was fun!  There were a lot of meets and the weather was pretty nice for all of them!  Maddi and Makenna ended up making it to state in the 4x800.  They worked hard, beat the odds and made it!  Their team consisted of 2 7th graders and 2 8th graders.  It was a great experience for them to be able to go to state together.

The end of the school year came quickly and there are so many other things that took place - field trips, awards ceremonies, AR points and prizes, spring concerts, birthdays, science fair, and the list goes on and on. 

Things didn't slow down once summer started either!  We finished off the track season the end of May.  In June we started basketball camp for the boys and basketball workouts for the girls.  We also started our summer workouts.  The first day we had 30 kids here!  We have had youth conference, girls camp, scout camp, hunters safety, basketball camps (2 different ones), and volleyball camps. The four oldest kids picked rock for a month or so.  The girls have been working at the school once a week.  We have been doing yard work, cutting down trees, hauling logs, chasing chickens, gathering eggs, hunting predators, playing with friends, and enjoying the weather.  We ran one 5k and have another one to run next month.  We have gotten horses and sold horses.  We have gone for bike rides, gone swimming, gone bowling and we have almost gone crazy a few times!  It has all gone by so quickly!

Things are winding down now.  Our summer workouts are coming to an end.  Rock picking is done and so is work at the school.  The camps are over.  School supply shopping has begun.  We are still hoping for a few more days of swimming, bowling and playing.  We are looking forward to a trip to the race track to watch the horses run.

I think the most special thing that happened this summer was Olivia getting baptized.  She turned 8 in May and she was finally able to get baptized a few weeks ago.  She was so excited!  She is the last of my 6 to get baptized.  It has been such a blessing to be able to see all of my children make the choice to be  baptized and to be so excited about it.

They are all growing up so much! Maddi is driving and she will be in high school.  Zane will be in junior high with Makenna.  Dillon will be the top dog at the elementary school.  My little Zeke is in 4th grade now and Olivia, though still our little princess, is growing up way too fast!  It is fun to watch them grow and change and watch them as they reach new heights and experience new things.  We are so blessed!