Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Best Summer Ever!!

Summer 2013 has been our favorite summer...a collection of pics tell the story :) We started off with swim team, an annual cousin trip to Pennsylvania which included Niagara Falls, a quick trip for Kyle and I to Puerto Villarta, and by far the best family vacation we've ever had...Kanakuk's Kamp Kauai. Kamp was so satisfying on all levels...emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically.  Rachel and I are still training for a marathon in January, so of course I needed to run while there...on the last day, I had to run on the track...36 laps to get 9 miles in :) But it was so nice because it's right beside Lake Tanakomo...the lake is 48 degrees so it made the track cooler :)  The most powerful part of the summer comes from Psalm 127 shared by our Kamp Pastor, Matt Chandler (my favorite)!

Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to his beloved sleep.

There is no magic formula to have children who will grow up to love the Lord...He must save...He must build the house.  All I can do is pray God will save Erin, Brooke, and Kameron.  He is the author and the finisher of our faith.

Oh yeah, Brooke and her game face.

Erin backstroking :)

Kyle and I resting in our new hammock out back.

After our plane landed, we found a nice little place to eat on a river in Pittsburgh...

Mom and Dad got 5 bunnies, for the 5 grandkids...they soon became rabbits if you know what I mean.

Take me out to the ballpark, take me out to the game!

Yep, getting Kam to wear her seatbelt is still an issue.

How we kill time in a lobby...
O Niagra Falls!

Dad bought us all cute umbrellas!

Fireworks at the Kulp Farm.
Our view in Mexico...

A lot of relaxing, but man, I'm looking old :(  Tis life.

Cha Cha sent us this pic of the girls while we were in Mexico.

Kamp bunk beds!

Kamp view from our cabin...

Ropes course!  Erin and Brooke were brave and did the whole thing!

Kyle and Erin...

Mom and Brooke...
All meals family style...and so much fun...lots of chanting! 

Water day!

Girls LOVED tubing!!

They found a friend who really fell in love with them...I hope we get to see Kamry next year!!

Kameron is FIVE!!

She is awesome.

'Look Mom!  I have one tooth'. 

Then they both fell out :)

End of the summer slumber party!

Back to school!  Erin in 3rd and Brooke in 2nd!


Lipe Family said...

Looks like a super fun summer! Funny that you posted Kamp pictures the same day as another blog that I follow - the Wolfe's...did you go the same week they did? She takes fantastic pictures and has 5 boys (totally don't know her in real life, though - definite blog stalker!)

sarah watson said...

I met and hung out with Sarah :). And Brooke played one of her boys all week, Joseph :). She is so kind...she even emailed last week to share a book that she hoped would be helpful to me...didn't know she's a popular blogger :)

Lipe Family said...

I don't know if she's super big, yet, but I just love her photos, particularly the baseball ones (I found her blog through Instagram through some of the more popular bloggers).. http://packofwolfes.blogspot.com/

Lacey said...

What a fun summer!!! No wonder we didn't see you guys around much!! :) And you do not look old---you look beautiful!