Tuesday, July 6, 2010


June found us frantically getting ready for our youth camp! I always think I will be better prepared but so much can't be done until the last couple weeks. I think my kids were beginning to think they might be orphans!! :) The Sunday night before we were to leave on Monday morning I got 1 hour of sleep and headed out at 5:30 am with Heidi Boardman to go pick up the groceries! I don't think Heidi had any idea what she had gotten herself into! :) We made it safely and before we could get caught up on our sleep...it was already over!!! The wonderful thing is that it is so totally worth it that I would turn around and do it again next week....okay maybe next year will do!!! We did have a wonderful week with many getting their spiritual lives back on track!! That makes all the sleepless hours and days worth it all! We brought our 2 nieces and nephew home with us so my sister could hopefully rest up and get ready for their little baby girl who was due to arrive July 29th. To my amazement I received a call from my sister early Monday morning telling me that she would be here before the day was out!!! She arrived almost 5 weeks early weighing 6lb 7oz! Her name is Ashlynn Paige Jones and she is one of the most beautiful little girls I have ever seen! There will be many more pictures of her next week! ( we are going down to spend a week with this coming Monday.) Little Ashlynn wasn't quite ready for this world yet so she spent over a week in NICU but is now home and being loved to death!! We had a great time entertaining her brother and sisters while they waited for her to get home! Everyone was sad to see them leave and I think they were even a little sad to go! I can't believe I didn't get more pictures of them while they were here!! I guess it was due to the fact of 8 kids in the house.....7 of them under age 11! :) Lauren was also gone that week....she was at my sisters house spending some time with her best buddie, Katie Snodgrass! So I lost my right hand and didn't get much more done than cooking and doing laundry~ :) I loved every bit of it!!! I'm so glad my kids have cousins they are close to and get along so well with!!!

Troy and the boys decided to give our house a much need bath!!! Tyler was more than happy to get up on the roof and assist!

I was in the house when I heard this terrible CRASH!!! I was almost to scared to come out and see who had fallen off the roof....much to my relief it was only the ladder that had gotten knocked over. Luke came to the rescue so they wouldn't have to spend the night up there! Am I ever thankful for the "sparkly" clean house!!

Best Buddies for life!!! These two have so much fun together!

What a serious moment!! I'm not sure what he was thinking about but I love this picture!!
That brings us to July....actually July 4th.....