08 July, 2007

Summer Fun

A few of our favorite people/things of all with which the Lord has blessed us ~

~ Afternoons and evenings with friends - these are some of our oldest best friends. We've done a lot of things together from camping and traveling to singing together (even on TV!) in studios on recording projects. Cathy helped me lead worship once at a Charlotte Mason homeschooling Moms conference in which I brought Cindy Rushton in as our guest speaker for the weekend.

Judy (left) teaches lower school classes at the same school where I've been teaching this summer. Cathy is a voice and piano teacher, and I am on the right. I teach Spanish, primarily, (or other lit or language type classes) and have homeschooled our four kiddos from the beginning. We just graduated our oldest son this past spring.

~ listening to piano duets
~ Cathy and her hubby are also our constant symphony friends. We have a monthly date with them during the regular symphony season, but have been known to win extra tickets (via classical radio stations) to summer concerts in the park together. We like to sing and play Handel's Messiah or Beethoven's Ode to Joy together at Christmastime. We used to perform in Easter musicals together pretty much every year throughout the 90's. Now that some of our kids are older or graduated, they have taken the baton in the music arena on a more active basis. We are semi-retired, playing or singing from time to time.

~ catching toads
~ all our kids at one time or another have been huge critter collectors.

~ playing silly games! ~ Judy's hubby on the left, mine on the right in the "Hank the Cowdog" T-shirt. The older we get, the more they look alike (BIG grin!)

~ playing with cool pool toys ~ Ever wondered what it would be like to play *inside* a ball?

~ photo ops ~ spider web "blowing" in the streams of heat coming up from the grill

~ then of course... we enjoy eating together and sipping homemade cherry limeade.

~ peering at Jupiter and her four visible moons through our friends' telescope.

What have you been doing this summer? What are some of your favorite things to do?


1 comment:

Carol said...

I think I learned a lot more about you in this post.

My summer has gone quickly so far, with little done. We celebrated my 3 yo's b-day Saturday, and our anniversary is today (we went out to dinner last night and drove the long way home). Our fun won't really begin until we go on vacation in August.

We do like to play some games with friends once in a while here. Lately we've been gravitating to Skipbo played with partners. It is a fun twist to the game. We do a little camping here and there. Our church is having a campout this weekend down the road from us, but I haven't decided whether or not I want to do it because my dh has to cook Friday lunch and supper, and Saturday lunch. Being alone with the kids is no problem at home, but on a campout...I'm not so sure. I've been watching the Harry Potter movies over the last few weeks. I hadn't seen any of them, so now I am caught up so I can go with a couple of the gals here to the new movie. I haven't read any of the books yet. I am not ready to answer the questions of my girls about why I can do it but they can't!

I was in a neat choir at my old church in Illinois. I am not very gifted but it was a neat group of gifted people that were in the choir and I really enjoyed being a part of it. Now we live to far to really be a part of much of anything in town.

I better stop. I don't want my comments to be longer than your post!