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…
Milo Out of Pond
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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Busy is Good

The Fetch Ranch has just been hopping with activity lately.  Let’s catch up!

Joel had a birthday last weekend…15 already!
IMG_3556He asked for a bunny and will be getting one in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, Joel and his dad prepared for the bunny’s arrival by building it a nice little home…

IMG_3562Pearl was close by to lend a paw hand if needed.
IMG_3570The best part of turning 15 is getting your learner’s permit so you can learn to drive.  Well, Joel aced that test this week and got to experience getting behind the wheel!  (Look out world!!)
Joel permitMemom and Poppy visited with us this week.  It was so nice to have them here!  It took Pearl a while to warm up but I think she eventually gave in.
IMG_3544Mali got some extra attention this week too…
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Joel on MaliWe’ve gotten lots of rain this week, but have also had some beautiful sunsets.
IMG_3577Well, after a nice relaxing weekend, tomorrow is the first day of another busy week.