Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Vacation

Last week, our little family had a special sort of "vacation"... DSC_0692

It was time for our Vacation Bible School and Justin decided to take the week off {which was technically only 3 days} so that he could help out and spend time with the girls.

{Violet might try and convince you that VBS stands for "Violet's Bible School", don't believe her.}

With this year's theme being "Amazing Desert Journey", we decorated the old school building with a tent to look like a desert oasis tent. It was pretty cute!
And what a good use of that space. I sat right where that tent is during my 8th grade school year. Being in this building brings back a lot of fond memories...

Everyday at VBS last week had puppets, songs & lessons, crafts, games, and snacks. It's such a great way to get kids in the community involved. Our church is small, but our turn out was great.

Violet & Eisley loved spending time with the other kids, and their daddy.
Although they didn't always appreciate sharing their daddy with the other kids, that was clear. 
Each day was a different lesson--our church organist who also happens to be a teacher at LHS helped out with his wife (also a teacher) and they planned awesome lessons. Above, Justin plays a type of Pictionary, but there was also manna falling from the sky (Justin got on the roof), rocks with water flowing from them, game-show style games, and lots of funny dances.

Thank goodness there were actual cool teachers involved, because if it had been only Justin & I, we just would have been yelling at these kids all week ;-)
Eisley was pretty captivated by the lessons, as you can see.
Violet shares a cookie with her new "frenemy", Kiley. Kiley was such a sweetheart all week--but her & Violet were so funny to watch, sharing snacks one minute, wrestling the next.
On Friday, the final day, there were water games. It was pretty darn exciting for everyone...
This was really good for Eisley, she's needed more experience working with groups of other kids. It took her some getting used to, however, the first couple days were full of time-outs.
Water balloons!!
Violet tried to break them all while no one was looking. I think she smashed about ten before I noticed her...
For the last day, I also made these cupcakes {Jan's look better} and they were a total hit. I've never injected cupcakes with Jell-O before, but whoever thought of that was brilliant.
Don't get any ideas, Viv...

I told Justin that I think we'll have to make this an annual thing, him taking the week off. Not only did he get lots of time with the girls, I had some help with them also. Plus, in the afternoons after VBS the girls napped SO well and Justin worked on projects around the house--much needed things by all!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June Happenings

May was long, but June is finally here. June for our family is full of birthdays and celebrations. So far, though, it's just been good old family time.
A Floral Affair
Our girls have turned into garden fey with all the roses, peonies, irises, and clematis blooming around here.
My "Vicious Vivi" is especially rambunctious among the floral growth. She likes to eat it, basically.
They love when daddy cuts them big, poofy peonies to carry around like magic wands.
A Canning Date
Sometimes during the summer months, when Justin and I aren't able to schedule babysitters and movie tickets, we plan a "canning date" instead.
We stay up late after the girls are in bed, drinking wine together, and cooking things like this blackberry jam to can in jars. It's a really lovely way to spend time together without having to plan a night out. We joke, and talk... and can.
And maybe we flirt and kiss just a bit. 
Hey, you gotta keep the romance alive, right?
The Pool
We purchased an inflatable pool after temperatures reached close to 100 degrees this week.
My fierce Violet is surprisingly shy when it comes to the pool water, but I think she'll adjust. Meanwhile Eisley talks non-stop about swimming.
The Indoor Pool
Our heated indoor claw-foot pool always makes these pies happy, however.
Bath time is the favorite pre-bedtime activity in Lark & Lola House.
For those days when we want to put them to bed early, bath time is the perfect wind-down experience.
The Year of the Boot
My mother has declared 2012 "The Year of the Boot". She gave us Wellies for Mother's day. Then, today she took my sister & I to P.F. Chang's for lunch followed by a cowgirl boot shopping spree at Sheplers. {For Christmas, she has vowed to get us new snow boots. Well, shoot!}
And so my sis and I picked out a new pair. It was the best birthday gift ever, thanks Mom!
These are the boots I picked out. I love them. What a great start to June.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mom! I love them!!!

Much love to you all!
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