Sunday, July 23, 2017


July has been a fun, busy month for us.  We started out the month with a visit with Maddi.  We went to visit Troy and McCrossans (a must if we're in Sioux Falls) and then went out to lunch with him.  Afterwards we went to Falls Park and walked around. We stopped at the mall on our way out of town and took Maddi out for supper before we had to leave.  It was a fun day.  Makenna had to work so we missed her but it was good to spend time with Maddi.  Here are a few pictures of our day...

The next week, my brother, Spencer and his family came for a visit.  We had so much fun iwth them!  It's been 4 years since the kids have all been together.  It took a couple minutes for them to wamr up to each other but then it was nonstop fun for the next couple of days!  I was sad to see them go Friday morning.

The next week we met them in Nauvoo and spent a few days there with them.  We got to see some of the sites and hear some of the stories from the history of our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Their faith through their trials was inspiring and humbling.  The kids had a lot of fun going to the plays and pageants, making ropes, pulling handcarts, sawing logs, learning to walk on stilts and doing the stick pull.  Thursday morning came too fast as we had to load up the car and head back home.  

Zeke doing the worm ☺

 waiting for the pageant to start

 Zane and Will posing for the camera ☺


 View from the top of the hill in Nauvoo up by the temple.

It was so good to be able to spend time with Spencer and Kimberly and their kids.  I love their family and miss being near them.  They are such good examples of kindness and faith and they are so much fun to be around.  

This last weekend some of the kids participated in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament here in Astoria.  It was a lot of fun too!  Super hot, but well put together so the kids got the needed water breaks and everyone had fun. I didn't get a picture of Dillon's team.  They took first in their division.  Zeke's team took 2nd.  Olivia was able to join a younger team and play with them.  They ended up second in their division too.

Lots of pictures with this post, but I just couldn't pick a few!  Now we wait for Michael's mom and sister to come for a visit this weekend and July will be over.  So thankful for the things we have been able to experience and the fun we have had this summer ☺