It’s been a while since an update- mostly because I’ve been busy/not interested in posting. (Not too much to write about other then the same old same old.) So now, being a month and a few days since I have last posted I think I have PLENTY to share about. Be prepared for a bombardment of events, pictures, and more!
This past weekend, June 20th-22nd, Corey and I went back to my mom and dad’s home. We had given them gifts to a Tailgate dinner and a Saint Paul Saints game for Mother’s Day and my dad’s birthday… it was time to pay up on Friday night. (We had found an awesome Groupon for the event that worked out perfectly!) We had a good time, for the most part. Saints got totally bombed. It was my parents first time at a Saints game, a little different then the Twins.
On Saturday Corey and I began the adventure of painting the in-law apartment attached to my parent’s home (that’s where we will be living for the nine months of school Corey has left). Hopefully, after he graduates in May he will have a placement for a first call and we will be off to that. Crazy to think that that is less than a year away. Corey is mostly done with his Master’s of Divinity and will very soon be a pastor. We are all so proud of him. Back to painting, we only got one room done over the weekend because on top of painting we went to Charlee’s annual family potluck with a new group she is involved in called Homeward Bound. Here’s the link to the website. It’s a really incredible opportunity for her- being she loves to act, sing, and dance! I’m so excited for her and what God is going to do through her.
During our trips home miss Adalynn is getting to know Corey better… she no longer screams and cries when he holds her, instead she goes to sit right next to him and cuddles him. Ella also gets a lot of social interaction with other dogs (she’s still trying to get used to having three dogs around instead of just her and Buddy). Charlee now has a dog, Anna. She is a very sweet dog who is keeping Charlee great company for the most part.
Last week, June 16th-19th, and this week, June 23rd-26th, I am subbing for summer school. I am taking over the middle school science class. We are having a lot of fun, trying to keep it light-hearted, entertaining, and somewhat science related. I am really enjoying the experience and am learning a lot. It really makes me miss the teaching side of things… but after working in the public school system I know I do not want to teach for a career. The administration side of teaching really seems to cause a lot of problems and make a lot of teachers upset. I want to teach- but not deal with the other stuff. Maybe I will just continue subbing… who knows. I’ve just enjoyed this experience for now.
June 6th-14th I was back in the cities visiting my family. Corey came with June 6th and 7th and then headed back for church Sunday, then he came back again on the 12th after he was done with work. On the 6th we visited with Corey’s mom and his sister. We had dinner and then stayed to chat for a while. It was nice. Ann really treated us to an amazing dinner. Kayla and Ann were hosting Molly’s (one of Corey’s cousins) bridal shower Saturday so they showed off all they have planned and talked about all their ideas. I think it turned out to be a fun event. I wasn’t able to attend though, I was busy hosting my own shower for my cousin LeAnn. My mom and I hosted a baby shower for her and baby Finley. LeAnn was in town visiting from Colorado so that Finley could meet everyone. I was so blessed to get some extra special time with the little man… he is definitely an adorable guy and I certainly did not want to hand him back. But, at least I knew he was in good hands with his amazing momma (who got married yesterday- June 21st-to a wonderful man). The shower was very nice- I got the impression that everyone enjoyed it. Usually the aunts throw the shower but I really wanted to help out with it this time. LeAnn is a very special cousin of mine. So, my mom and I decided we would just take care of everything and let it still be a shower from the aunts. I wish I would have taken pictures but I was so busy with all the shower details. We served a waffle bar and yogurt bar, had a Monster’s Inc. theme. (My mom was amazing and found a whole bunch of Monster’s Inc. decorations.) We played a Nursery Rhyme Quiz, The Price is Right Baby Shower Version, and filled out wishes for baby Fin.
I stayed in Shakopee over the week for one VERY special reason- Charlee graduated high school on June 11th. I can’t believe that she is already at that stage in her life. I remember when she was this spunky little girl who drove me up the wall. She sure has blossomed into a beautiful, smart, intelligent lady I am honored to call my new sister. I have always considered her my sister but for the past two+ months I have enjoyed officially welcoming her into our family. I enjoy our time together. She makes me laugh and (I think) I make her laugh. We have a lot of good discussions about life and all things. It’s really fun to have someone around to have those conversations with.
**Charlee- if you are reading this- I love you so much and honestly can’t imagine not having you in our family. You are special to each and everyone of us… even if we don’t show that all the time.
I’ll just post a few pictures of her graduation on here… I have a lot of pictures.
While I was home I got to have some Adalynn time, visit with Brandy twice, and go get a new tattoo which I love.
On June 12th my grandma moved into assisted living. This is a great opportunity, not only for her but for my mom. As much as my mom loves my grandma it has been exhausting for her to be my grandma’s 24/7 caregiver. She has worried about my grandma very consistently while my grandma was living in the apartment… Would she fall? Would she faint? Would she turn off the stove? Would she burn out the candles before they burned down the house? Etc. Now my grandma is in a much safer environment where she can interact with people on a daily basis instead of seclude herself to her home and become lonely. She has a very nice, new apartment. My grandma is the first person to live in the space and she has quickly made it her own. It’s a nice little one bedroom apartment with a kitchen and a large bathroom. If my grandma ever needs help reaching a cupboard, making the bed, getting her shoes on, etc. someone will be there to help her out. How nice is that?!
Let see… now onto the time I was home before that… May 27th-30th. I was home then to visit. Charlee and I kept ourselves busy while everyone was at work and doing there thing. On the 28th Charlee and I went to Chutes and Ladders with Adalynn. I think Charlee had more fun than Adalynn. It was fun to watch Adalynn try to climb up and down all the things there was. She also had a little sprinkler park that she could run through- it was very difficult to get her out of that. She sure does love water. Too bad there were so many big kids in the way. On the 29th Charlee and I went to Como Park to visit the Conservatory and the Zoo. It was toasty warm but not unbearable. After the Zoo we went to Key’s Cafe and she took a nap on the way home. Also, for dinner I went to Ann’s house and she treated me to Mexican food. We chatted for a while and talked about a lot of things. It was nice to have some quiet visiting time. On Friday the 30th Charlee and I went shopping (there’s not much I love more than shopping). I think my love of shopping has spread onto Charlee. Oops. Oh well. I’m teaching her the value of window shopping (or at least I hope I am). The pictures I am posting from this week are only a tiny tiny bit of the pictures I took from the week. Just trying to show a small recap of what we did and the smiles we had.
On May 24th Ella and I went and visited at the cabin. My dad was there, Corey was in the cities, and I had nothing more to do other than clean. So, Ella and I took the 2 hour trip to the cabin to visit with everyone there. It was a work day. Two trees were cut down and they were in the process of building a new shed when I was leaving. It was a pretty nice visit. Ella got to meet a new dog (one of the neighbors had a dog who Ella loved). I got to see Nikki’s kids- boy do I miss them. Lilly was very excited to see me…. but she was off very quickly to play with Savanna and my other cousin Emily. (What can I say, Emily is a great name.) I helped out some with cutting up the pieces of a tree and putting them in a pile- it was a gigantic tree.
After helping I went fishing with two cousins, two aunts, and one of my cousins friends while my dad babysat Ella at the cabin. I bet you can guess how many fish the six of us caught. That’s right. None! I’m going to guess I bring bad luck because the next day they went out and they caught a lot of fish without me there. On our way to the lake to fish we had an exciting moment. I saw, back in the trees, some black things moving. I thought maybe dogs… but why would there be dogs in the trees. Soon, I realized it was a bear. Even more exciting it was a bear and her two cubs. Really adorable, really dangerous. We pulled over to take some pictures (because really, how often do you see that).
After fishing Ella and I headed back home. Ella was exhausted, of course. She got a lot of fresh air and slept in the passenger seat of the explorer, right next to me. It was very sweet. I certainly do love my dog, that’s for sure. It was a nice day-trip. I always enjoy seeing my dad and most of my family. Ha. It had been a while since I saw some of the people that were at the cabin. It was a tough year to get to family events with Corey’s work schedule and my work schedule.
May 23rd was our LAST day of school for the year. I have to be honest, it was bitter sweet, but not as sad as I expected. I knew that I would only be here for one year so I really tried hard to not get attached to anyone. I did get attached to the staff I worked with. The crew that was in my room was amazing! I will definitely, and do, miss them a lot. They are great friends.
The last day consisted of going to the beach and just hanging out. The beach was very eventful… if you’d like to know more message me and I will let you know about it.
As far as Corey’s internship… it’s coming to a close. Honestly, I am very excited because that means we get to go back to civilization! Corey has had, and is having, a very good experience at Zion. The people at Zion have made many comments about how Corey is ready to go be a pastor of a church- so that’s good news. We were really blessed that Corey got this placement with Pastor Dale, he’s been a great teacher for Corey. Along with Pastor Dale, the congregation has been really great for Corey in teaching him and supporting him. Next Sunday, June 29th, he preaches. Corey has July 6th off. July 12th Corey will be preaching at a church in Breckenridge, MN (spelling). After that I’m not sure what the schedule is for his preaching schedule. July 27th is his last day and we will be moving the same day (or at least our stuff will be moving… it depends how much cleaning we have left to do).
We took off June 30th-July 6th so we can do some things. Right after church on the 29th we will be headed off to the cabin with Charlee and the two dogs. We will be meeting my parents, Elizabeth, Raven and Sparrow at the cabin. This will be my first time meeting Sparrow and I’m very excited to meet her. We will be at the cabin until the 3rd probably. After the cabin we will be off too South Dakota to celebrate the 4th with Corey’s mom, aunt, uncle and maybe some other people (I don’t really know who will all be there). On the 5th one of Corey’s family member will be getting married. We will be headed back to Pelican after that sometime.
This next weekend, June 27-29 we will be camping at Buffalo River State Park with Corey’s mom and grandparents. This will be an adventure. We have never been to this state park but I looked at pictures and it looks like a nice place. Charlee and Anna will be coming with us too. Sunday morning Corey will leave the campsite early so he can get to church on time to preach. Charlee and I will be on our own to pack up the tent and all our stuff and leave the campsite at about 8:30 or so to get to church on time. Corey’s mom and grandparents will probably join us. After church… that’s when we will head to the cabin. So… we are very busy this coming weekend.
Well, I think that’s it for this post. Until next time!
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)