Monday, June 28, 2010


I've had lots of things going through my mind lately. Lots going on here on the Hilltop. When am I going to get it through my head that summer does NOT equal calm? It did when they were all elementary age. Now summer just means a different kind of chaos.

So to stick with the theme of summer's a very chaotic post.

1. Gunnar and Ev went to church camp two weeks ago. Gunnar had fun. Ev did not. I would not go back to jr high for all the tea in China. Jr high girls are mean. Even church girls. It's made Dave and I seriously rethink the whole youth group thing. The boys love it and it has served them well. So far, Ev's not having the same experience. This makes me sad.

2. VBS was last week. Only one of my children is of the age that is eligible for VBS. Wow. When did that happen? Gunnar and Ev worked in VBS. They did awesome. They're awesome kids.

3. Bryce is working full-time pulling wires for an electric/construction company. He is also house sitting for the summer. Oddly enough, he still comes dinnertime.

4. Gunnar took the motorcycle training course this past weekend. When he goes in next week to get his drivers license, he can also get his motorcycle license. This was his dad's idea.

5. I am looking for a company that sells anti-anxiety meds by the case.

6. The instructor said he is a very talented motorcycle rider. He will be fine. She said he's a natural. Of course, I knew that. He's been on a motorcycle since he was old enough to walk. Only he was on the track or out in a field. Now he will be riding in Dallas Fort Worth. In Traffic. With all the 5 trillion other crazy people who live here.

7. I wonder where I can also by chocolate by the case...or chocolate covered anti-anxiety meds.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

Yesterday we went to my sister in law's house for Father's Day. My mother in law, who is a very brave soul, wanted to try a family photo. I do not have a copy of the entire family because my nice, expensive, super-duper camera was too complicated for me to figure out how to work the timer. sigh. I guess I'm going to have to read the manual after-all.

I was, however able to get a few shots of all the kids and men.

But really, the fun is in the attempts. What is it with this crazy family that can't ever be serious for a photo?

Here's try 1.

Not bad! Is it possible we got the boys photo in the first try? Wait? Where are the little boys? Darn-it!

Here's try 2.

Well, we got the little boys, but the dog came too and ran through the photo at just the wrong time, getting everyone's attention.

Here's try 3.

Then they all start laughing...

Here's try 4.

And then someone says something else funny (or toots, if I know this crew!).

Try 5.

Finally! A WIN!

The Grandparents with the grandkids. I love this one!

And then there's this one. This is what Father's Day is all about.

A man and his sons.

I hope you had a blessed Father's Day.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A New Day

Today, Will went off to his first real, big boy, 8 to 5 job. Bob and Eve went off to Church camp for a week, and Ann went to a friends house.

It was weird.

It was quiet.

I took a nap in the living room accidentally.

Strange days.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

End of School Vacation Celebration

We took the family, packed up the RV and headed to the lake.

It was H O T! The first 100 degree day we had happened while we were camping. Figures. However, we had fun anyway.

Sir D in vacation mode!

On the lake.

This is where the kids spent much of the weekend.

Even the sisters got along while on the canoe.

And this is what we did when it got too darn hot outside. We hid in the RV, waiting for the sun go down, and played cards and napped.

This was the view from our campsite.

Sunset over the lake. Now THAT's the way to start summer!!!