What I Did Over Summer Vacation

This summer is just zooming by…and the kiddos returned to school last week.  We tried our best to keep them busy over the summer.

Early in the summer, the kids went to camp for a week.  They always have such a great time!  Jessa even called one night to see if she could stay another week.
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Once they got back home, Joel worked several days a week with Dad and spent a few days a week volunteering at the local hospital.  As excited as Joel was to earn some money, he really enjoyed volunteering more.  He was eager to go every day!

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Of course, working so hard every day can make you very tired!
Joel tired from volunt

Jessa spent several days honing her skills while working with me at our business office.  She was a big help with getting some files put together and organizing some dreaded paperwork.

Jessa at office
Midway through the summer, Joel hit a milestone…his 16th birthday!!  He planned a whole weekend of activities he wanted to do.  We went out for bowling and pizza one day.  The next day he requested a nice steak dinner.  It was a real treat for all of us!  But the biggest event was Joel getting his driver’s license and a car!
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Such an exciting time for him!  New found independence!

Jessa started cheerleading and loves every minute of it!

We took some time to evaluate some of our cooler-month projects…
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…like cleaning out some the jungle….but we completed some other important tasks too (more details to come!)…
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while Milo took a dip in the pond…
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He is getting so big!

My personal favorite part of the summer was spending time with this handsome fellow:
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We make a great team and he is the best partner I could imagine.  We got so many things accomplished around the homestead this summer….I’ll share sometime soon.  We are ready for cooler temps…hopefully that’s right around the corner!

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