Monday, August 30, 2010

what happens when you read a manual......

....... and have someone willing to come over and "dumb it down"  or SHOW you what you're doing...
  My friend is trying to help me to better understand the technical side to taking pictures and make better use of my fancy camera.  I am JUST working on aperture and think I finally grasp it's relationship in the photographic triumptive.  Here are a couple of shots I grabbed while playing around today.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rain Gutter Regatta

Micah all ready to go to the annual Cub Scout Rain Gutter Regatta with his VIKING ship. 
Micah working hard to finish the race.  He was working against the wind - every time he'd puff and puff and make a little headway he'd pause to take a breathe and his boat would blow back all his progress.  So, while he didn't place in the competition he did earn the "Chug-a-Lug"!  The judge was none other than Mr. Briggs!
 Here is Micah among the other scouts with his boat and certificate at the end of the day.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

just a walk, but so much more

I think that our whole family is ready to be done with our European adventure.  We're all ready to live closer to family again.  We are done with the translating troubles.  We've had some precious, dear, unforgettable memories here that will make it hard to leave, of course - but for the most part we are ready to be done.  And then.... there's days like today.  All we did was take a walk with some friends on a trail about 15 minutes from our house.  The beautiful countryside, quaint villages, gorgeous imagery make me realize that a part of me will never be ready to go and when that day finally does come I will leave behind a little part of myself here in Germany.  

headed out. 

Something I do NOT love - the stinging nettle.  Worse than poison ivy and ABUNDANT in our region.  
My kids will miss Germany more than they know.  For Micah, especially, who has been here since he was 2 - it is all he's ever really known.  

Friday, August 20, 2010

Game On!

This evening we went for a delightful dinner at our friend's, the Mays'.  We ate salad, pizza, and yummy apple cake AND we also learned a delightful new game called "Carcassonne".  Afterwards we swapped out boys for a sleepover.  

The finished game - Micah and I were partners and we won!  I let Micah make all the decisions - he is really good at strategy! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back-to-School, Bowling, Besties, and the Blues

We started school back in July - just easing into it with the review lessons and only doing 4 lessons a week or so... We like starting school in the middle of July because it allows us a very relaxed schedule while we get back into the groove.  We sleep in and take breaks, or if the weather's nice we just take the day off.  BUT..... all that's about to change with the onset of school-year fall activities.  They all kick-off in the next 2 weeks and then our relaxed life holds all the craziness of zoo!  To commemorate the "lazy" first days of school we invited some friends out for bowling and a movie.  It had been cold and raining for 4 days straight and everyone was feeling mopey and trapped indoors, an afternoon out is just what the Dr. ordered because we had lots of kids show up to play.  
all the kids in the bowling alley

Some of the keypads have letters that don't work.  The girls just happened to get a lane where the letter "A" was not working.  We put all the names in with spaces where the A's would be (except if they were the first letter).  The girls (and their siblings) had a great time calling out the new names at the start of each turn.
Apparently all the Moms were supposed to wear red, didn't you get the memo?
Friends at the food court, bed head is the new in-style for all pre-teens, and pizza sauce is "the" look for all eight-yr olds!
we went to see, "How to Train Your Dragon" at the base theater.  VERY cute movie and all the kids young and old enjoyed it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Cub Scout Field Day

As part of our packs summertime activities one of the dens put together a "cub scout Olympics".  The boys competed against 3 other boys in their age group in shot-put, 100 yd dash, long jump, and disc throwing.  Then they had a team relay race.  Micah was the KING of the 3rd place ribbon!  He had lots of fun hanging out with his friends and that's better than all the ribbons combined.
(Left) Micah trying his hand at the shot-put
posing with this ribbons
All the scouts who came out for the field day

I captured a shot of the supportive teen sisters.
  Look at the love.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Tonight we had dinner with our friends, the Briggs, to celebrate Leisha's 13th birthday (on the 13th).  We LOVE hanging out with this family and the kids have certainly found kindred spirits among all their children.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

twice the bling

Sarah and I spent the day shopping and snacking in downtown K-town.  On a whim, during a visit to Claire's, we decided to get a second piercing.  It took Sarah about an hour to convince herself to do it, and in the end she did it and then said, "Oh, that wasn't too bad".  She LOVES earrings - matching, mis-matching, funky, weird, huge... she will wear them all and now she is SO excited to be able to express herself with TWICE the fun!

Friday, August 6, 2010

too cute to be crazy

The boys participated in the Chapel's week long VBS on base.  Here is Micah all ready for CRAZY HAIR DAY.  Mohawk courtesy of his big sister, Sarah.