Saturday, June 30, 2007

Cub Scout Camp June 25th - 29th

Cub Scout Camp was the week of June 25 -29. It was a great time, as usual, despite the rain, cooler temperatures, and lack of sleep. The camp this year was held up on Sembach base, which is about a 30 minute drive from our house. The camp was really well organized and ran very smoothly. It just rained almost every day and since it was all outdoors that made it very....... um...... well, let's say interesting. The camp was every day from 8 AM - 4 PM. The boys earned so many achievements and belt loops, it would be impossible to list everything here. The highlight (As always) for Noah (and Rob) was Archery and BB gun shooting.

Look at that form!!! Despite the odd way he shoots he hit a few bulls-eyes and shot really well this year.
Rob worked at a lot of the stations, but his favorite was "ropes and knots". Krissie was a den leader for the "sibling den". Volunteers' daughters who were scout age got to walk around in a den of their own and do all the things the cub scouts did. This picture was taken during the sibling den's turn at the ropes and knots station.

Sarah and some of her Girl Scout troop volunteered in the tot-lot. The tot lot had about 20 of the volunteer's little guys, including Micah. They ranged in age from 2-5, and being trapped in a tent for most of the 5 days while it rained was quite a challenge.

Notice our attire, typical Germany weather for the end of June.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Our Trip to Switzerland June 18th - 23rd

Our trip to Switzerland was amazing! We had such a great time and saw such amazing scenery.
We went on a week long church retreat and stayed at the Beatenburg Bible School which is located above Interlacken on the Thunersee (Lake Thun). The retreat schedule was going to be a great time of study and fellowship.
We arrived on Monday the 18th after a lovely, albeit long, car pool with a few families from church. Rob was the only husband in the car pool due to jobs or deployments, but he did not mind a bit. I think there were 18 kids between us!!!
After a long day of traveling we arrived just in time for the evening session with Dr. Justly only to discover that our transmission fluid was leaking and BIG TIME! We didn't know what was wrong. After a bit of freaking out (by Krissie, Rob was cool as a cucumber) we called ADAC (the German version of triple A) and they called their Swiss equivalent who sent a mechanic to look at our van. He determined that he was going to need to tow it to the Ford dealer in Interlacken. SO there we were, stranded in Switzerland. But after calming down and praying and being prayed for we (I) realized that there were so many blessing surrounding us. Nearly our whole church was down in Switzerland for this retreat and they were all offering their support and help. We spent the next couple of days keeping busy with church and sight seeing activities (more on that later); and after a few days we discovered that these little weasel like creatures had chewed our cables and our spark plugs weren't connecting - so it wasn't nearly as bad as we thought. Our van was returned to us and we had no more problems with it the rest of the week.
We would all meet in the morning to sing hymns and pray; then the kids would go off to VBS and the adults would stay for an insightful time of study and listening to Dr. Justly.
We would break to have lunch and then do some kind of day trip around in the surrounding beautiful area. Tuesday and Thursday we met for an evening session and VBS; but Wednesday and Fridays we went out for longer trips.
In the evenings after dinner we would meet in the "green room" on the bottom floor of the main building. The kids would play across the street in park or play games in the green room.
The trip was so great - I have created this slide show with some of the explanations of some of the things that we did. There's probably plenty of spelling errors (feel free to write me about them and I will correct) and it has taken me a week to try and get them all uploaded and captioned, but here it is. ALSO, if you Trinity people are checking my blog and you were on retreat, PLEASE send me any pictures you have of Switzerland from your digital camera. Thanks to those of you who already did.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

a Day with the Dinosaurs

The "Dinosaur Park" in Kaiserslautern is a popular attraction in the summer. We headed out there to spend the afternoon. It turned out to be perfect weather and lots of friends came to play, too. What a fun afternoon! Here are some pictures from our adventures.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Fun Filled Fridays of Summer

What a FUN Friday! We started the day at swim lessons, then on to the end of the year home school picnic/BBQ, and finally ended the day at TRC's annual talent night. Sarah had 2 friends accompanying us on all our adventures that day and then home with us to sleepover. Noah performed in the talent night and did a GREAT job. Micah was exhausted by 9:30 PM and fell asleep durning the talent night. My camera was acting up again, so some pictures are fuzzy, but these are all I have.

Here is Noah's piano performance during talent night.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

A Shower of Blessings

TRC had a "toddler" shower for Mike & Jenn's new daughter from China, Grace. I am so HAPPY to be able to have a house that can accommodate such activities now, so I was thrilled to volunteer to host the event. Here are some pictures

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

What we have been up to lately.

One glance at our calender and you would instantly understand why my blog posts have been so few and far between. In addition to all our "required" activities for school, sports, and hobbies we have been spending a lot of time with some of the dear families from our church. I have created a few of these great collages to show you just a few of the fun times we have been having.
Sunday May 20th we headed to our friends house after church to celebrate Bekah's 2nd birthday. There was also an anniversary to rejoice in!

May 3oth we went to farewell dinner for a dear friend, Shawn. The whole family is PCS'ing this summer, but Shawn went ahead to attend a school. Rob and Shawn worked in the same career field and had become good friends. This family is also dear to us as we attend church with them. It is always hard to say farewell, even as accustomed to it as we military families become. Shawn and Nancy. I did not get a picture of their fine son, Rob. A few of the great guys from Trinity Reformed Church that were able to attend Shawn's send off. Pastor (Doug), Nathan, Rob, Mike, Shawn, Nick, and Brent (he's a Pastor, too)Tuesday June 5th we had dinner at Chili's w/ a few families, then walked to the "Bike Inn". The Bike Inn is a great little "snack shack" located along the bike path close-by our village. It was a nice dinner and the Bike Inn was special because we were also saying goodbye to another family. Margaret and Robert along with their kids Megan & Ryan will be PCS'ing in a few days. Mike (of Mike and Jenn fame) and Robert are brothers. The cousins have enjoyed living close to each other for a few years, rare in this nomadic life-style that we lead.

Friday, June 1, 2007

"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do." - Lucille Ball

Do you all have Alice Cooper in your heads now? (thanks Heather!) Do you even know who that is? Probably better if you don't.....
NONE THE LESS, We are done with school! Sarah completed all her 6th grade work and Noah completed all his 2nd grade work. Their grades were excellent (if I do say so myself). Sarah did so well on all her finals, and Noah is really coming along with those multiplication tables.
In addition to finishing up our academic year, all the kids extra curricular activities are having end ceremonies and performances. I forgot the camera for some, was disorganized for others, or just plain didn't have the time to worry about blogging and pictures. I thought I would do ONE blog post with a few highlights.
1) Sarah and I have been involved for two years in a group called "Keepers at Home". It is a neat mother/daughter activity where we take turns teaching the girls Godly character traits and useful skills that will help them to be practical and well rounded KEEPERS AT HOME. This year I had the privilege of coordinating the group. Sarah and I won't be doing this activity next year to make room for all Sarah's other pursuits, so it was a very special time for us to close out our Keepers career.
2) Sarah and Noah's gymnastics class closed out their year with a "meet". The kids got to show off all the progress they made on all the different equipment. You can see from this video how much progress Sarah has made on her cartwheel!

3) The gymnastics meet happened the SAME NIGHT and TIME as Noah's cub scout cross over ceremony. Unfortunately we couldn't time them so Noah could do both, but we got a picture of Noah on the last den meeting a week later all dressed up in his new attire. He has now graduated from Wolves to Bears. This year Rob and I led the den; although we will continue to be active in scouts next year we will NOT be the den leaders. We had a great end of the year party with all the boys and parents to celebrate our achievements and also that Rob and (especially) I survived leading the den for a year!

4) Swimming lessons end for this year in 2 weeks. Sarah's Girl Scouts will continue through the summer, as will Noah's Piano lessons.