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Be JOYFUL always, PRAY without ceasing, give THANKS in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18

Friday, July 20, 2012

Camp Hamilton 2012

Mid June Michael and another couple from church took some local inner city kids to a camp in Missouri called KAA.  It is a gospel centered, awesome camp that does fabulous ministry, and Michael and the kids had a blast!

Well while Mike was at camp the kids and I went down to Mississippi for a camp of our own... Camp Hamilton, as my sister, Erica directed.  She sent the kids agendas about at week before we left in the mail and they were so excited to spend two whole weeks at Marmie and Papa's house.  We also had a blast.  We swam everyday, went on "field trips", had awesome food, and got to spend lots of fun time with family and friends down there.  Below is a little video I put together of some of my favorite pics from our two weeks t here.  Thanks Papa, Marmie and Aunt E....Can't wait to come back next year!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Little Man turns 3!!!!!

Yes, this is exactly a month late, but I wanted to post some pics from our Little Man's birthday party.  I had it all planned out.  It was going to be the perfect day for Rivers.  It is not an understatement to say Rivers loves animals, so I thought it would be super fun to take him to Henry's Ark.  Its not your average petting zoo here in Louisville.  He would get to see zebras, buffalo, emus, etc. up close, and we would have a picnic complete with adorable lion cupcakes (which he had requested).  I had lunch packed up, the cupcakes finished, and all the kids in the car by 8:30.  We picked up Michael at the firehouse, stopped by McDonald's for a quick breakfast and were meeting his cousins and a neighbor at Henry's ark at 10:30.  We got there a little early.  As we drove up the kids could see the zebras and other animals off the road (they had been talking about this for weeks), we turn into the gates..... and they are SHUT with a sign that said closed on Mondays (It was a Monday).  Nowhere online had I found times, but knew friends had gone during the morning.  To say the kids were disappointed was an understatement.  Both of them broke down in tears.  Michael and I scrambled for a back up plan.  The zoo... no it was getting way too hot outside and we knew it would probably be crowded.  The only thing we could think of was the movies.  It's a treat for our kids to go to the theater, and I knew Madagascar 3 was showing... it had  animals, right?  So we took all 3 of our kids, including Gloria (during her morning nap, none the less) to the movies. Only the 3D one was showing so we thought that would be extra special since they had never seen a 3D movie.  Well, Rivers wouldn't even put on the glasses so poor guy watched a blurry movie the entire time!

We made it home, gave them naps, and concluded our festivities with Rivers favorite meal, hot dogs and mac n cheese.  I didn't mention we didn't get to eat the lion cupcakes because we passed them off to River's cousins so they wouldn't melt in the car during the movie.  Thankfully he forgot about them and we had chocolate cake instead that night.

It wasn't the birthday I had planned or had hoped for, but it was still a fun day celebrating the little guy I love so much!

It's no lion cupcake, but it was yummy!

He got a Woody to go with his Buzz

My little cowboy

Happy Birthday my Little Man!  I love you my rough, silly, moody, cuddly, rowdy, unpredictable, hard headed, courageous, melt my heart, son :) Still figuring you out, but you have brought me more laughter, joy, and gray hairs than I could have imagined these past 3 years! Thanks be to God for your life and letting me be your mommy!