Monday, July 27, 2009

So much to do!!!

I have been busy enjoying summer and in the last couple of weeks, my blog has been neglected. I have done several back-dated posts of our activities of late. Also please keep Nathanial in prayer. He was infection-free after the last set of new tubes for about two weeks, now is back to growing out several infections in his left ear. He also has another staph infection growing outside his ear again.

And, please also keep Stellan in your prayers. He has been in persistant SVT for days and is not doing well at all. They are currently planning to airlift him to Boston. Please remember his family in your prayers, also. This has been an amazingly difficult battle for them, as you can well imagine, and they need to be able to rest in the Great Physician's arms now.

And now, scroll down and "relive" our summer fun for a bit!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Day at Fontana

We have heard a lot about Fontana Park since moving to Sumner, so I decided we needed to get out of the house and that's where we headed. Because it was just me and everyone, I did not get a lot of pictures. We did have an excellent time, though! And we came home the {very} scenic way through all of the Amish and it was awesome to show Aidan all of that. Plus we saw the round barn, which was cool.

Aidan and Hannah
{she always slumps like this in her stroller, and gets honked off when I reposition I don't anymore.}
Aidan enjoying the ducks

Hannah, Ethan, Austin, Nathanial, and Noah

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sumner Days - Fireworks!!

Saturday night was just as cold as Friday night, if not colder. So we bundled up and headed downtown for the talent show and fireworks. We weren't sure if we really wanted to have the triplets and Hannah up that late for that, but they have never seen them before and it has been three years since we had gone downtown to see the fireworks. Even though waiting got a bit long and, well, nerve-racking, with six children, four of whom are two and under, it was well worth it and we knew it the second the first firework went off. They were absolutely mesmerized and loved every second of it!

Austin and Hannah
My favorite photo of Austin to date

Aidan, quite bored, waiting...

Ethan is getting very sleepy while waiting.

Hannah is still a happy camper

Noah Noah - oh, I'm not tired at all.
{Just please do not make me sit down.}

Nathanial waiting happily.

One of the fireworks...

The look of awe on Noah...

Nathanial loves it...

Ethan can't believe it!

Aidan enjoys the fireworks.

Hannah even likes it.

Austin and Aidan walking home...
Aidan is freezing, so still wearing his blanket.

Everyone is very sleepy...

Hannah doesn't last long at all.

I'm honestly not tired Mommy!!!!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sumner Days - Parade

Saturday morning brought many activities for our family. Aidan got to ride on the Little Mister/Little Miss Sumner float, while the rest of us headed over to the church float. The Sumner Days theme this year is "Go Green" so our float followed that theme...complete with recycled newspaper for our fringe and a cardboard dumpster! Our church's theme was "People Aren't Trash" and we had "Faith Evangelical Church - the Redemption Center" on the dumpster with Psalm 40:2 "He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set me on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand." We did win "Best Organization Float" but more importantly, our church let people know that it doesn't matter what condition you come in, God will take care of the rest!!

Aidan's all ready for his float.

Our church float with all of us on it.
Austin "coming out of the mud and mire" in the dumpster...
Thank you for doing that Austin!!!

Daddy and Hannah passing out candy

Ethan - eating more candy than tossing


Nathanial eating candy

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sumner Days - Part One

Every year, our town has a Little Miss/Little Mister contest for 5-7 year olds. Austin was never interested in doing it, which was fine, but Aidan was approached by a lady at church (who owns a massage place in town) who wanted to sponser him. We discussed it and he decided he would love to be in the parade, so he wanted to run. On Friday night, there were four boys and ten girls who ran. They each are individually interviewed and then they decide a winner. While Aidan didn't win, he had a fantastic time and loved every second of it! And, he gets to ride on the huge boat in the parade Saturday!!

Aidan waiting with the other boys to be interviewed.
{It was 62 degrees outside this evening, which is why everyone else is dressed warmly...Aidan would NOT change what we had bought to wear and decided to freeze instead!}
Aidan during his interview.
He did an awesome job answering questions!

Aidan with Lisa, his sponser.

Nathanial pitching a fit afterwards...right outside our front door.
It was later than bedtime and he was exhausted.

Noah came back outside to pretend he was throwing a fit.
It kind of ruins the illusion when you giggle through your pretend fit, though!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fourth of July

For the Fourth, we enjoyed some time with Steve's family. The boys love going and looking at the animals...and getting filthy dirty.

Coming back to the house
Aidan and Noah
Troy with Ethan...Thano in the background checking out his filth.

I don't actually think they'll's not too dirty.

But, Daddy, I'm not that messy.
And I had fun!

Checking the pond.

While the boys had fun getting dirty, the {only} girls had fun inside.
{Hannah and Kendra}

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Last night, the boys lined up at the front door and watched everthing going on outside. It reminded me so much of the hours they would spend doing exactly that when they were just little bitty guys. I couldn't find a photo of all three of them at the window at once from when they were little - but I remember it so clearly!

Last night's photo:
{Nathanial, Ethan, and Noah}

When they were not even ten months old:
{Ethan and Nathanial}