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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Snow Cones and The Game of Life

Little Mini Chip was laughing when Butterscotch pressed this thing on his face. LOL!! It made the neatest impression. I hope you can see his sweet little face in there.  :-)

Butterscotch found this huge agate in a mud canyon while we were camping! Very cool! Except that I almost threw it out with the rest of the rocks the girls are always collecting. I will be paying better attention in the future to what kind of rocks they have fallen in love with :-)

The girls pooled their money and bought a really cool snow cone machine. It is wonderful to see them cooperating together and enjoying each others company. In this state it sure has been fun! It's like summer time "Tea Parties" :-)
It is fun to come up with different flavors and how to make them more "healthy". I am thinking we should see if cherry limeade slushies are tasty tonight :-) Definitely not "healthy" but super nummy for sure!

At church today we were reminded of the 4th commandment to keep Holy the Sabbath day. To rest. So that is what we did. We rested in each others company. Played games, laughed, giggled, and spoiled ourselves with butterscotch bars and cherry limeade. Mmm mmm yumm-o!!

God has been so good to our family! We are currently waiting for Mr. Cookies parents to arrive with our sweet Peanut Butter Cookie. Grandpa and Grandma Cookie are visiting for 2 weeks but the boy is staying and working with Dad for a while! It is hard to believe how old that kid has gotten :-) I sure am glad he decided to age for me since I think I like being young at heart :-)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Our Favorite Mayor

This is Oreo Cookie. I would like to share with you the story of her life this past week.

Amy is the real Mayor of Junior Achievement's BizTown.
The story behind her running for mayor in the first place warms my heart and makes this Mama well up with tears.

Two weeks ago, as we were wrapping up our studies associated with attending JA BizTown, we looked over the citizens running for Mayor and DJ in the town. We discovered that there were 8 people running for DJ including our very own Butterscotch Cookie! Oh, the competition! So exciting!

However, there was not one citizen running to be the towns Mayor. This was upsetting news to Oreo. She was concerned that there could be no town without a leader. She seemed to be distracted most of the rest of that day. She approached her Dad and I late the same day and asked loads of questions, as her sweet self is prone to do, and then asked if it would be okay if she prepared a speech just in case no one else stepped up to run for Mayor. After all, if the town needed a Mayor, someone had to step up and do the job.

The next morning when we checked there were 4 others running for mayor. We went to church and afterwards Oreo told us that she had thought about it alot and was going to run for mayor anyway! So exciting!
The following day at BizTown she gave an awesome speech to her fellow citizens. She stood tall and spoke loudly and clearly. The other candidates did very well also. When the votes had been tallied, she had won! She was voted in by her peers and will make an excellent Mayor!
Due to an unforeseen and sad display of adult behavior, Amy was unable to perform her duties as Mayor that day due to absolutely no fault of her own. Many tears have been shed by her, this Mama, her dear friends, and their Mama's too. These people know who the REAL MAYOR of JA BizTown was that day. No one can change that. The life lessons, hard, sad, and real... will be with us always.

Amy is amazing to us as her parents. She is the most caring, sensitive girl we know. This has been a week so full of emotional ups and downs that it has left us exhausted. But God has got our backs! He has lifted us up, brushed us off, and prepared us for the next wonderful challenge this life has to offer. Go Oreo!!