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Archive for July, 2008

Beach Night

After a day of rain, we were ready for some outside time this evening.  Toria was sleeping over at a friend’s so it was just me and my boys!  We biked to the beach and hung out there for the night.

Noah got to show off some of the new skills he's learned in swimming lessons the past two weeks.

Noah got to show off some of the new skills he's learned in swimming lessons the past two weeks.

Alden getting dowsed by his daddy and brother.

Alden getting dowsed by his daddy and brother.

Sweet Revenge!!

Sweet Revenge!!

The local lake wildlife were big fans of Jason's!  He tried and tried but never did grab one!

The local lake wildlife were big fans of Jason's! He tried and tried but never did grab one!

I know I am biased and all, but seriously, could he be any cuter?!!

I know I am biased and all, but seriously, could he be any cuter?!!

We were treated to some beautiful masterpieces in the sky.

We were treated to some beautiful masterpieces in the sky.

It was an awesome night.  Until…

On the bike ride home, Noah took a tumble and got some pretty impressive road rash on his forehead, arm and leg.

On the bike ride home, Noah took a tumble and got some pretty impressive road rash on his forehead, arm and leg.

Alden was very sympathetic!

Alden was very sympathetic!

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Camp Arbor

Today, I took the kids to Kid’s Camp at Arbor Lakes, something a local shopping area does every summer on Tuesdays.  Today was sponsored by a local nursery and the kids got to plant their own flower.

First they decorated their pots.

First they decorated their pots.

Then they filled it with dirt.

Then they filled it with dirt.

And here are the beautiful results!

Then we waited in line for about a HALF HOUR to get Toria’s face painted.  But the results were TOO CUTE!

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SDFFN 4

It was Blindfold Night!  The kids wore blindfolds throughout dinner.  (The adults got a pass to help out where needed.)  The kids were silly and we had lots of fun, but it also provided an opportunity to talk about people with “different abilities” and the obstacles they overcome.  It also was a good chance to be thankful for things we take for granted, like our sight! 

Alden was a sport, but tended to cheat!

Alden was a sport, but tended to cheat!

After dinner, I gave each of the kids, still blindfolded, some paper and a pen and instructed them to draw a picture.  I had them draw a scene with a house, a person by the house, a cat, a dog, the sun, clouds, etc.

The artwork!

The artwork!

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FDF: Catching up

So I’ve gotten behind on the Forty Day Fast links, so instead of trying to get them posted each day, I have put them all in a box in the sidebar.  Just click on the name to be connected to their post.  Check back each day to read the posts!

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FDF:d12

Today, there is a post about SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, which is a really cool organization that allows students to use the skills and knowledge they are learning and teach people who, for whatever reason, face barriers that prevent them from stepping into a free market economy.  Today’s second post comes from LeslieBrooke.com and focuses on Water Aid, an international charity whose mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.  What is cool about this group is that it works within the communities themselves to build the water source, so that the community not only gains some ownership in the project, but also is able to manage and/or fix any problems that may arise with it.

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FDF:d11

Today includes a post from Steven at steven.russell in which he discusses the vast difference between the haves and the have-nots in our country.  It includes a video from the guys of Under the Overpass, (a book you should definitely read if you have not.)  The second post for today comes from Sarah and she discusses persecuted Christians throughout the world.

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FDF:d10

Today, Laura at Texis in Africa offers a heart-wrenching post on the violence women face in the Congo.  The second post comes from Beth at Bulletproof Living.

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