Thursday, July 31, 2014

Random July 2014 Asher Pics

Asher smelling the flowers at my mother's home...


 He kinda loves his Daddy...

And corn.

His sisters teach him well...


Had a great time at Amazing Athletes this summer!




He's a hot, sweaty mess when he's done with that class but he loves it!


Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A...



Well hello there, little guy. Guess I'm done doing my quiet time for the morning...


How does this happen in two seconds flat?!?!


Getting so big. Love that smile!


Playing dress up...



Summer fun is blowing bubbles...



And sno cones!


Asher and his entourage...



How many toys can a kid sleep with?


July 2014 Wrap-Up

I love that my girls and their friend, Emily, care about staying fit and healthy and have been doing classes with me and my friend, Nicole, on occasion. Hopefully it's a habit they'll carry on forever...


 Beautiful day to break out the paints...


We had the privilege of meeting up with another family that has adopted from Uganda. Allie lives in Indiana but her parents live here in Oklahoma. We've been facebook friends for a while now and I have followed Allie's journey all along and continue to pray for her now that she is home with her sweet Ugandan princess. (Allie also has an etsy shop where she sells digital download prints that she has created on the computer. They are super cute - check them out here!)
 





Summer is sleepovers and sno cones...







Kenzie and her friend, Sage, participated in Camp Old Navy and learned about different jobs at their store & what it takes to run a business. Kenzie also participated in this program last year with some of her friends. Kenz thinks it would be fun to work there when she's older but I'm pretty sure her entire paycheck would go towards her love of clothes ;-)


Monday, July 14, 2014

"Fix My Eyes" - By KING & COUNTRY



Hit rewind, click delete
Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes
All of the heartbreak
Here's what I'd do differently

I'd love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
On You

I learned the lines and talked the talk
(Everybody knows it, everybody knows it)
But the road less traveled is hard to walk
(Everybody knows it, everybody knows)
It takes a soldier
Who knows his orders
to walk the walk I'm supposed to walk

And love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
On You

The things of earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I'll set my sights upon Heaven
I'm fixing my eyes on You, on You
I'm fixing my eyes on You, on You
I'm fixing my eyes

Love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
On You

I'll fix my eyes on You, on You
I'll fix my eyes on You, on You

Thursday, July 10, 2014

So, We Buried Our Trampoline

Our girls are now 14 & 12 and Steve and I FINALLY agreed to let them have a trampoline. They have wanted one forever but we've never had one because, frankly, I don't want to deal with broken limbs. Also, we get a ton of wind where we live & I don't want to have to chase a tramp down in our neighbor's yard.

I recently saw on pinterest where people had sunk their trampoline into the ground & I thought that was a brilliant idea. So after Steve & I read up about it and watched youtube videos on how to install them, we thought maybe we should give it a try. It was a lot of work but worth it & so far it's worked out great. Here's how we did it...

First, we assembled the frame of the trampoline, then Steve & his dad attached 2x4's and aluminum sheeting to the outside of it...




Next, we decided where the hole should be dug...


We hired a man to come and dig out our hole for us. Asher was a little excited about having a backhoe in our backyard...


The morning our hole was dug, he watched every minute of it from our living room window. He was in heaven...





The bottom of the hole was leveled and the walls went directly up. The inner bottom of the hole was then sloped inwards to allow for proper drainage...






After the frame was placed in the hole on cinderblocks, we backfilled it with dirt to the top of the aluminum sheeting on the outside of the frame (leaving about 6 inches at the top for airflow) and lined the inner walls with dirt but didn't come up quite as high as on the outside.

A smaller hole was dug towards the middle of the larger hole and a bucket was inserted into the ground. Rock was then placed around it to hold it in place and to allow for drainage. After that, Steve placed a hose in the bucket and the other end was secured to our trampoline. Now, if we do happen to get a lot of rain that doesn't evaporate quickly, we can hook up our dry vac to the hose and suction out the extra water. (That's the plan, anyway. We'll see if it works or not!) ...



Then we began the laborious task of inserting 80 springs into their holes and attaching them to the jumping mat...


As you can see, Asher was a big help...



The finished project!...









The kids LOOOVE it and it's great exercise. Well worth the time and investment!