Friday, May 15, 2009


Mark blogged again, so it got be in the mood. Over Easter we had a nice visit with Kathi, Michael and kids. We rented the bikes at Lakes Park. Mark is a brave man escorting 11 kids around the park. They all had a great time.

Katie looks like such a big girl sitting up front by herself.

We spent a lot of time swimming at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Katie and Ty are both doing great with arm swimmies. Katie loves to jump in and seems to be working on her diving form.
I bet the neighbors thought it was loud! :) Lots of laughter and fun times.

We seem to have fallen into a routine of Donuts and the newspaper on Sunday morning. Emily and Sarah love to read the comics.
We took Brenna with us to a "Cooks in the Kitchen" program sponsored by the Junior League.
They had all kinds of things for the kids to try. Emily and Sarah loved the Yoga Class. A couple of ladies asked me if I had the kids enrolled in yoga somewhere. Ummm, no. :)

Mark spent a few days in DC for the National Math Conference. Before he left, he took the kids out for a daddy day. They went to lunch and Chuck E. Cheese.
Ty likes to plan his own outfits now. Many days that means PJs, but now he is exploring other things.

Here Sarah is preparing for the King's Kids Jamboree. The girls worked very hard this year.
When Mark packed for DC he took a bunch of tracts to pass out. I thought that was a great idea.

My mom planned a Tea Party for the cousins and their dolls.
Ty and Katie got to come by default. I knew Katie would get messy so she went topless!

The King's Kids Jamboree is always a fun time for our family. Mark and I work with the kids on Wednesday nights to get them ready for the big day. We also have practice the night before.
Here are Mark and another worker, Scott.

Emily and Sarah were 2 of the 5 people on the quiz team. They won 2nd place! We were very proud of all 5 of them. The team that beat them have 3 6th graders that are amazing. Our team only lost by 2 questions.

Grandma, Grandma, Grandpa and Abby all came to watch. Tay, Logan and Chloe were there too. Tay was a huge help because she volunteered to watch Ty and Katie during part of the time where Mark and I both had to be in the sanctuary. Thanks Tay!
This is the lineup for the Memory Verse Contest. Sarah worked so hard this year and got 3rd place! She was beat out by 2 of the 6th graders I mentioned earlier. She had over 50 verses prepared word perfect. This was a very stressful moment, but so rewarding to see the hard work that was put in to memorizing Bible Verses.
Part of our Winning Team.
This is the Great Missionaries Relay Team. I love practicing the relays with the kids. They are so fast! I would have loved this as a child.

Ty isn't part of the team yet, but he ran up to get in the picture. Such a poser!
I love to see Kiara in there. This was the twins first year and they both did a good job.

Sarah came away with many ribbons and 1 book. She and Emily both memorized Psalms 75 and were awarded a book. She also got first prize in Story Telling. Great job, Sarah!

Emily also won several ribbons. She won 1st place in Bible Storytelling. She told the story of the 10 plagues. I was so impressed with her stage presence and how she interacted with the audience. She is going to be an awesome Sunday School Teacher or Teacher one day.

Afterwards we took Alison and Baileigh with us to the beach and to Dairy Queen. The Huxley Family is heading back to Michigan for several months. I think we are all sad to see them go.

Matching Batman(Batman?)
Ty has a thing for PJs.

Mark and I spent 3 days in New York. We love the city and found loads of new places to enjoy. We saw 4 shows and ate way too much pizza. There are so many place in New York to get pizza, so we sampled many.
This is a restroom in the middle of the road. Hmm.

This was for Emily. There is a HUGE billboard advertising Sims 3 in the middle of Times Square.

I love the hustle and bustle of Times Square.
Spring was starting to ...spring in the city. Tulips are my favorite so I had to get a picture of this in Battery Park.

We traded picture duties with another couple.

We also toured the Tenentment House Musuem. It was the best historical tour I have been on. I highly recommend it.
We went on the boat to see the Statue of Libery and Ellis Island. We go there early and were able to get a Pass to tour the pedestal of the Statue of Libery.
Here is the inside with the spiral stairs that lead up to the crown. They are closed right now, but that would be very exhausting!
At the M & M store we found out that Mark was in a pink mood.

We bought the kids a few souvineirs. We went to a comic book store and were able to buy a bunch of cheap Archie comics. The girls love Archie Comics! They spent most of the day reading them. I wish I would have thought to pick up some Richie Rich for them. They don't know him ... yet.

We went to the Mother Daughter Banquet with Grandma June, Mom, Keela, Kiara, Kaylie, Tay, Chloe, Grandma and Abby. The girls sang 2 songs with the girls choir.

I was the lucky receipent of a delicious Mother's Day breakfast.

Ty is in the 'giving up nap' phase. Yuck! The other night it was about 10:30. I thought he was asleep and I look down the hallway and see the picture below. He had changed into different pajamas and was now sporting a Batman mask.

Emily and Sarah enjoyed playing in the rain recently. We are so glad to have at least a little rain. We need it so badly here.


Anonymous said...

I actually climbed that staircase to the crown back in 9th grade ( almost 15 years ago). It was tiring and kinda scary. By the time you got to the top, you just wanted down. The steps are very narrow and its a big step up( or down). They re-open it on the 4th. Glad you had a good time! I would love to go do it again! (hint hint)

kellyd said...

You have been really busy. I love the seems like you have had a really fun past few weeks. I love the picture of Ty in the batman mask..too funny!!
I'm glad you had a good time in New York. I really liked visiting New York too.

Hope you're doing well!!


christy said...

i love your update! i keep wondering why no one keeps up on their blogs......then i remember i never write on mine! glad to get a glimpse of your life, you have an awesome family....with lots of adventures :)