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Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Strawberries are Here!

Mmm! Mmm! Mmm! This is one of our favorite times of the year. We love strawberries of which my family especially loves homemade strawberry freezer jam. This year I also had to put up my mom some so in all I made about 60 jars. Hopefully this will get us through till next year, but between Tanner and Jeff its hard to know because they are always getting into it.

Here is a picture of the beginning the process:

And here is the finished product:

Now into the freezer they go until we need them. They stay in the freezer even after you open one and they never freeze completely solid so you can scoop some out and put it back into the freezer till the next time you need some.

Graduation Day for Jody!

Well what can we say except that we are so proud of Jody. This is a day that all parents look forward to but are not in a hurry to see. Well we know that this is a very important step in Jody's life that he has navigated successfully there is still a thought or two that drifts to that feeling of separation that is so hard for parents to face at times. Lucky for us Jody is number three and we have had just a little bit of experience in this area; however, that does not mean it is easy. Here are a few of the pictures we captured of Jody on his Graduation day.
Jody and Brittani were the two students we had graduating this year from Eva Homeschool Academy.
Here is Jody receiving his diploma from Pastor Wilbanks.
Here is one of the whole family! Tanner will be our last one to graduate next year then what? Well we will leave the details to God and besides there are still a lot of great moments to look forward to especially since the family is expanding.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Our Fishing Trip

We decided the other day when all the boys were gone that we would take a little trip to Lake George and go fishing; just the two of us together at the end of a beautiful day.
Here we are together enjoying the time.

We had so much fun, well except when I got my line caught in the tree and my reel fell into the water!
Don't worry though because Jeff was determined to find it, so he got out the boat paddle and put one leg out of the boat and started raking the bottom as we were only in about 3 foot of water at the time. About 20 minutes later he was successful in retrieving the pole from the bottom of the lake (myself, I would have left it there, but don't tell Jeff...Shhhhh)
The sad thing was we didn't catch any fish, but we sure had a great time together! Just look how peaceful the water was.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Vacation Time!!!!!

Here was the view from our beautiful cabin!
Here is the front of the cabin as we drove up
This is the Living Room
Here is Jeff making coffee in the kitchen!
Here are our squirrel friends right above our porch. There were five in this family.
Here we are mini Golfing with the Wiseners and we had a great time!




Can't wait until next year when we get to go again because it was soooo relaxing to wake up every morning and enjoy time on the swing overlooking the beauty in the mountains.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I'm Back

I know it has been forever since I blogged last. I have been very busy. Even though I have been busy I have been keeping up on your blogs, some of you have been very busy yourselves. I'm hoping to stay updated on my blog now that I have prioritized a lot of things in my life and I'm learning to say no which all of you know is a big deal for me.Well we have 12 days of school left and I can't wait. It is also time to put in our garden and I am so excited that I have all my plants bought just waiting on the weather to clear up. Since my last blog we have now taken another vacation to the mountains and it was beautiful. The Wiseners came up and spent a day with us and we had a great time mini golfing and grilling. I will be posting pics. of the trip later on. Our daughter also got married it was a beautiful wedding. That Friday night before the wedding we went to Joey's (her husband) parent's cabin because they grilled out for both families . It was very nice meeting more of his family and getting to know them as they are some really nice people. Well I guess that's all for now stay tuned for more updates. It is great to be back in blogging land.