Thursday, October 01, 2009

"52 Weeks" ~~~~11/52 Photos of Me

Forever In Blue Jeans

"52 Weeks" is hosted by Carin at "Forever in Blue Jeans". It is a year long carnival that encourages us moms to get in front of the camera since we are the ones usually taking the pictures. I have decided to accept her challenge and it's been a lot of fun.

This is kind of a combo post: a little 52 weeks-ish mixed with a bit of family journaling.

Last weekend, Austin and Braaten were heading off to their youth group's weekend away in Cae Canol in Gwynedd, Wales. We had mixed emotions when sending them off. You know, we were excited because they were, but sad because we wouldn't see them for the entire weekend. It did allow us more focus time for our 3 younger ones and that was pretty special.

There she is all packed up and ready to go.

Amy, Amelia, Zoe, and Braaten
She and her friends were happy to be together.

Austin has been away with this group before, so he was both excited and expectant for a great, fun-filled weekend.

Austin and Harry
I asked these two to pose and they found it somewhat awkward at the time. Go figure.


As soon as we said our farewells, we all headed off to a local restaurant.

Shawn with Cooper and Melanie

Grant and I

During our weekend together with a lesser amount of children we were able to lots of fun things. Shawn took the kids bowling as I went shopping in a quaint town called Knutsford. We later got together and made a nice dinner. We played Uno, watched some t.v., played outside, and walked Fletch together. On Sunday we went to church and afterwards Melanie and I did a little quilting together. I am teaching both of my girls that beautiful art. I love it and they seem to as well.

I found it interesting and very sweet when our 3 youngest kept inquiring about Austin and Braaten and what they might be doing as they were away from home.

"Do you think they're there yet?"

"What do you think they are eating?"

Do you think they miss us?"

When they're all together, sometimes they wish they had their own space, and when they are apart, they can't wait to be together again. I think it's very sweet.


He & Me + 3 said...

Your family is so beautiful. I hope that they had a great time away. Gorgeous pictures.

fullertribe said...

It was great talking with you today you. I love the gift that God has given you to help others even if you don't know you are helping.

Lois Lane II said...

That is too precious! I love how your younger ones were so concerned about their siblings!

Carin said...

You have such a beautiful family. I thought it was so cute the way the younger ones asked about the older kids. So sweet. Glad you all had a great time.

Darcie said...

How exciting for the two older ones, and how sweet that the younger ones missed them.

What beautiful pictures of you with your children, we have such a sweet family.

Mimmy said...

Our children and grandchildren have always enjoyed Bible camp and weekend outings with their youth group. It makes for growth in a lot of ways.

God Bless,

ourtinydot said...

Wonderful busy, happy family pictures and journaling. I read through your bio, and find myself at a similar place... enjoying the blessings of growing with children. I love your blog title, "Joy in the Journey".

Catherine Anne said...

Love it here! Beautiful family! We HS aswell!

Heart2Heart said...


This is a beautiful post! Not only are the older ones getting to do something fun just their age type stuff, but it shows the younger ones, where they will be headed soon but for now, you get to enjoy them all a little bit more.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Rachel said...

That sounds awesome! Glad you guys had a good weekend, all around. And Knutsford sounds like somewhere straight out of Harry Potter...

☼¨`*•.♥RocĂ­o♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Great pictures!
You have a beautiful family! =)

McCrakensx4 said...

Great always feels weird when part of the family is gone! Great time for you though and nice pics! Hope they had fun!