Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Look Back at 2012 ~ Part 3

Well, I had to take a break from this series for a couple of days...organizing a year's worth of photos is exhausting!  I'm sure that the fact that I have 1,372 photos on my iphone alone has nothing to do with it...

 I started blogging again in July which means my picture taking took a dramatic increase.  In an attempt at keeping this post at a readable length, I'll just focus on July and August.

 My niece celebrated her 1st birthday in July and J1 showed her how to properly eat a cake.

 Remember that little pup we brought home in February?  Yeah, he seriously quickly turned into an 80-pound pup.

 The Color Run....appropriately named the Happiest 5K on Earth!!!

 Chad's sister, Amber, talked us into this fun craziness!

 The next time the kids will go with us!

 Just hanging out at Grandma's!
Some Summer movie fun!

 We appreciate a year-round school approach and begin the new school year in July.
 This was a special school year because we teamed up with great family friends to do history and science together once a week.

 We also had our first field trip of the year to the Falls of the Ohio for fossil exploration.

 Our big boys signed up for a Kid's Triathlon in August.
 E8 heading out for his swim.

 At the finish!

 G11 getting marked up.

 They both did an amazing job!
 Yes, I was a proud mama. :)
 G11 even won a super cool doorprize for free running shoes!

The best part about homeschooling is going on field trips with friends!

 I'm sure you won't be surprised...but we did some more hiking in August.

 So independent!  I'm super blessed to be the mama who gets to run after this boy!

 L2 decided to do some acrobatics that landed us in the ER for staples on his head.  Despite the staples, he still announced "This is SO MUCH fun!" since he got to watch Cars 2 and have a blue slushy at the Children's Hospital.

 The girl's got super-cute hair cuts!

I crashed the guy party and did the Rugged Maniac 5K mud run with Chad and some of his friends.
 This was by far the most fun of all the obstacles...a huge waterslide.  Other obstacles included scaling 8 foot walls, crawling through mud under barbed wire, and climbing up ski slopes.

 August always means a trip to the State Fair.

 It also means celebrating the birthday of my sweet L3!  This year it was a go-cart trip!

 Also, in honor of L3 we collect homemade preemie blankets and hats to donate to the families staying at the NICU that L3 spent 11 days at as a newborn.
 L3 handing over the first blanket/hat set.

 A10 giving one that she made herself.

 The whole crew plus over 40 blanket sets.

 Our girls spent a fun day being pampered with manicures and pedicures to help with a friend's adoption.
 We concluded August and our first 9 weeks of school with an Egyptian Feast to wrap up our Egypt studies.

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