My kiddos are napping right now though, so I thought I'd take a minute and post just a couple things.
First of all, we had a fabulous fourth of July, mostly thanks to the hard work of our parents! Joel's whole family got together for a cook-out, and that is quite a crowd! Someone made this really yummy ice-cream cookie dessert thing, (I don't know what it's called for sure), of which I would have liked to have had third and fourth helpings! ( I didn't, don't worry! :) I have to find out how to make that stuff!
Then, after the meal, Grandpa Dale (Joel's dad), set up this really fun pool that he had bought for all the grand-kids to play in. Here's a picture:
Here's a few things to note about this picture: Cosette is in the water having a blast---she loves water and will swim until her fingers turn to raisins. Eli was not in the water yet. He loves to swim too, but he was too busy at the time eating cheetos :) And Noah? Well, Noah pretty much hates the water. Which is strange, because he LOVES to take a bath, but absolutely hates the pool. He hated it just as much last fall when we went to the beach! So, he is not in the water here either :)
After the cookout and swimming, we went with my family to see fireworks. They were the first fire-works my kids had ever seen, and they 'oohed' and 'aahhed' quite approapriately :)
Third Thought: We're getting close to the end of our 'no spending money' year, and the reaching of our financial goals. We should be there by the end of the summer or so. With that so close at hand, we've begun thinking about what our next 'step' is. Do we stay here in our little rancher? Do we try to find a bigger place? Do we possibly add on a large addition to our current house? I still have that rather wishful dream of a house with a firplace and cherry hard-wood dining room floor and a stair case with a banister and room for a huge garden.....We've already hit a couple of 'speed bumps' along the way in our decision making process, so we're taking our time to think and pray about it. One way or the other, though, we will probably need to do something before too terribly long, as we are quickly out-growing our little home :)
Fourth thought: Well, there's a lot more running through my head, but this post is already more than long enough, so I'll save it for another day!