Saturday, August 24, 2013

And if that wasn't enough...

Tired yet??  We bounced from activity to activity all summer long.  On our "down times" we threw in a few more activities.
 Alex and Birch coached Nate and Cooper's baseball team, the Pirates.
 Coop has some AWESOME hits!
 Birch was commenting all season how Nate just has this natural talent when it comes to sports.  He just knows where he is supposed to be and what to do.
 I was kind of a loser team mom.  The games were in the field below our house so often I would stay home and finish the dishes and Chloe to bed early and then pop down to watch the last fifteen minutes of the game.
 Alysee grew wheat!  She started her plants at the end of the school year and then transplanted them into a larger container where she nourished them all summer.  She harvested the wheat and now they are laying on our counter to some day grind into wheat flour.
 Lots of bike rides!
 Lots of soaking up the sun which I am starting to see is having an effect on my skin with some "sun spots."  I'm not sure I can ever give it up, though.
Swim lessons for Alysee, Nate, Coop, and Chloe early on in the summer!
Birch and I did ten photosessions over the summer months.  We opened up a limited number of sessions for the summer months as we were out-of-town so much.  With Birch's new calling and our limited family time we have gone into retirement for the time being.  Don't worry our personal photography will not go into hibernation!
  All of the kids took tennis lessons for one week during the summer.  They had a great time and learned some great techniques.  Their instructors were full of praise!
 The day after Alex turned fifteen year's old he stared Driver's Ed.  Talk about expensive (like $400 bucks) and time intensive (3 weeks of 3 day/week 2 hour classes PLUS 8 hours of instructor driving behind the wheel).  Upon completing the class Alex passed with flying colors his written and driving test.  The final step to his license will be turning sixteen years old and proving he has logged in 50 hours of driving (8 being night driving).  As posted from my facebook account on my first drive with Alex, "I'd like to shout from the rooftops -- I JUST SURVIVED MY FIRST CAR RIDE WITH MY CHILD DRIVING!!! Chloe was begging to go with us. Once she got in the car she said, "I don't think I want to die today." Alex did a pretty good job and I only hyperventilated a couple of times."
This was our fifth year (I think) taking part in the the national program called First Tee Golf.  Alex, Tyler, and Nate all participated this year.  It involves weekly golf lessons and learning nine core values.  Alex assisted in coaching Nate's golf class.  Due to all of our fun trips this summer Tyler and Nate ended up missing quite a few of their lessons. (Hopefully they don't kick us out of the program.)
 B.R.A.C.E.S. Alysee has LOTS of orthodontic appointments throughout the summer in preparation for our oral surgery in the fall.  She had her bottom braces put on in mid July -- ouch!!!  Lots of soft foods for Alysee this summer.
 And more bike riding.  The boys made this jump that got a lot of use with bikes and scooters.
Coop loved all the time to bike to the school with his brothers and learn cool tricks!

And we survived the summer of 2013!  It was awesome...it was tiring...it was fun...it was filled with unforgettable fun family adventures!

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