It's been a crazy busy summer so far...and my kids aren't even in any sports right now. Once school got out we had one week to finish up gymnastics for Alexis and swim lessons for Blake. We had a week of dressing up as pirates, going to the park and the pool, video games, signing up for the summer reading program at the library, etc.
Week two of summer break was spent on vacation with friends in Tennessee. I think this is the fourth summer we've done this and we've grown to love Douglas Lake. It's big and beautiful without much boat traffic at all, and we're so fortunate to have good friends with a cabin on the lake. They are so generous to share this with us.
The cabin is in Sevierville which is very close to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. So any rainy days are often spent trying new museums and other attractions. This year we explored the Forbidden Caverns and the WonderWorks Museum. Both were big hits with the kids.
|In the Forbidden Caverns. Not sure why they're forbidden.|
|Blake (left) and Nick (right)|
|Can you spot Blake in the blue shirt between the two red staircases?|
We were blessed with some great weather and spent 3 of the 5 days on the boat. We came home tired, happy, and a little bit crispy.
We came home on Saturday, spent Sunday in Kokomo for Father's Day, and were ready for VBS on Monday morning. I was hoping Alexis could have participated this year but since she wasn't potty trained yet, I knew she'd be in the nursery while the boys participated and I volunteered. As it turned out, Alexis started summer school this week and couldn't have participated anyway. I was nearly in tears though when 4 different adults at our church that help out with the kids programs approached me separately about Alexis participating in VBS because they wanted her to be with the other kids and not miss out. I was so happy, so touched, and I'm still hoping that Alexis will be potty trained by the fall so that she can participate in preschool at the church.
|200 kids participating this year. I won't try to point out where the boys are.|
|Blake (left) and Nick (right), Photo by Pop Pop.|