Thursday, June 30, 2011

Swim Lessons and Summer Fun

Summer time in Arizona is of course filled with lots of swimming and we are definitely doing are fair share. This summer I enrolled the kids in swim lessons through Parks and Rec. They completed 2 sessions for a total of 12 lessons. I think it really helped their confidence level.

At the end of their session they received a completion certificate and a free lunch at
Chick-Fil-A ...Score!!

We also spent time at our favorite public pool and this year we took the youth from our church along with us.

We try our best to stay cool in this "dry" heat of 110-115. Yeah a dry heat still feels like an oven! ;)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Vacation Bible School

Hear It! Believe It! Connect It!

This year's VBS theme was "Big Apple Adventure" I normally love being a part of VBS. I have been involved in one form or another since Anastasia was in preschool. The last two years however have been disappointing from a leadership position. Thankfully the kids didn't know what was going on behind the scenes as there was major lack of organization and the fact that Jay and I had to "fight" our pastor (for the 2nd year in a row) about not allowing Mormons in any type of leadership role!!!Yes you read that right! CRAZY!!! I have nothing against them participating in our VBS as students but should not be in leadership.....Well more about that later.

I tried really hard not to let that steal my joy for being there with the kids. Anastasia and I were teaching 2nd graders and they were a wonderful group of kids.

Praise the Lord for this lovely lady on the right! If it wasn't for her and her incredible prayer life we would of had no decorations at all. She was a life saver!

During our Bible study time we had a Roman soldier and the "woman at the well" come visit us.

Craft Time

Cousin Jocelyn was in town and got to come with on one of the nights!

So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Jesus Christ. — Romans 10:17 (HCSB)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Natasha's Birthday

It's time for another BIRTHDAY!!! We love birthdays around here! This time our beautiful Natasha is turning 3!! It was a very "Dora" day.

When she woke up in the morning she found this bag in our room.......

and of course it was filled with Dora things!! ;)

Donuts for breakfast!
Then she had to hurry and get dressed since it was a Friday it was time for our morning movie at Harkins.....

New outfit complete with bubble gum!
Wearing her birthday ribbon at the theater.

We ended the day with cake and ice cream. I think she had a very special day!