Wednesday, July 6, 2011


One of the benefits of being unemployed has been the time I've been able to spend doing things I actually want to do and being with my family.  For the last 3 summers I worked full time and I always felt like I was missing out on so much.  This summer however I've had more chance to play and to help out, so while my Sister-in-Law Nancy was at work, I got to hang out with her kids and it was so entertaining!  They're pretty self-sufficient, as Kale is 12 and Tavyn is now 9.  Coming up with things that both of them would like to do was a little difficult at first but we figured it out pretty quick.  One day I took 8 kids down to Snoasis and boy did we create a long line!  I didn't get a chance to snap a picture, but sometimes I think that's a sign of just how much fun you're actually having.  Another day we grabbed some friends and went down to the park so the girls could swing and the boys could play soccer.  The girls had to get "beautified" before we went though because as Eleanore said, "We might meet some boys at the park."  Then we got in my car, put the top down and cruised.  After I did both girls hair and drove them to the park Eleanore offered to do my hair, in case I met any boys, and then told me my car would definitely get all the boys to like me!  Who knew I needed dating help from 9 year olds!?

On another day with the kids we made tie dye shirts using fabric paint from Hobby Lobby (which is waaay better than traditional tie dying because you don't have to pre-treat the shirts, it's not nearly as messy and it cleans up in a minute) went to the park to play soccer again and then swam.
    Check out this awesome video of our friend Jonas and his amazing soccer skills...

I also babysat 3 of my sister's kids, and they were so crazy!  A lot of fun, but the frequency in which they consume Macaroni 'n Cheese is slightly alarming!

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