After a week of camp, the beans arrived at home Friday night! I was ever so happy to see them. They made it just fine, they didn’t run out of money, and guess what, nobody was lost! Saturday we had a cook out at the church to celebrate the fourth. After the cookout, close to 2,000 tracks were handed out at the fireworks display in Rolesville. We have had several calls asking where the church is located and about the times. Church was packed Sunday. The Lord’s blessing no doubt. After church the Hutchins came home with us and we had a sweet time of fellowship. The beans haven’t stopped telling camp stories since they arrived! Tomorrow, we have some friends coming in from Maryland. It’s been a year since we have seen each other and we both have new babies. It’ll be fun getting all of them together. Here are some of the latest pictures of the beans and what they have been doing since they have been back.
Okay, so it’s been a little hectic around here again. Sometimes I wonder if there will ever be a week that isn’t hectic. This week, all the beans have been split up. The oldest Bean (Jonathan) is with his grandparents out in Lenoir. The middle Beans (Seth, Leah, and Caleb) have been to Camp Grace all week this week. Daddy Bean has been away with the middle beans, so that left me, Momma Bean, home with Baby Bean, Tabitha. Wow, I’m glad we got those identities figured out! Anyway, poor Baby Bean didn’t do too well with all the other Beans away. Monday, she pretty much cried all day! By Friday, we had a system and she was taking long naps and was in pretty good moods while she was awake. She also cut her first tooth! I think she is determined to eat real food. Leah won the Red Rocket Reward trophy for good Christian character. Seth was voted “King” of Camp Grace Friday night. Now, he has quite the big head. This morning, he told me he didn’t have to clean his room because he was the “king”. I told him I was the queen mother and he was going to clean his room. Poor Caleb and Seth decided they didn’t need shirts for swimming this week and blistered their nice white backs. Poor guys are still hurting and that was on Monday. For some reason they think their mom doesn’t know anything. Jonathan has been trout fishing in the mountain streams of NC, cat fishing late at night, entertaining little cousins, playing his uncles play station, painting, golfing, go-karting, and keeping the phone wires hot. I miss him soooo bad, I may never let him out of my sight again! Here are some pics of the last few weeks happenings around here. Bryan’s parents got to come for a visit a couple of weeks ago.
Seth took his Rocky boots just so he would be tall enough. (Just Barely!)
Trying to get a good shot of Jonathan was next to impossible. He was going too fast!
Tabs having a marvelous time!
Before Jonathan left, the Beans decided to play dress up with Tabs. She was their model.
A very cute model!
I’m sure people thought I was crazy sitting on the ground taking pictures while she is swinging above me! Probably thought it was my first child. Ha!
The traffic kept her attention better than I could. She didn’t quite know what to think about those birds shooting water out their beaks.
Inside the gazebo, again fighting the traffic for her attention.
All in all, we have had a good week. Baby boy if you are reading this tonight know that I love you and miss you! Good night!
Wow, I didn’t plan on taking quite this long a break from blogging, but it has been busy times. Leah fell off the zip line and broke her nose and messed up her shoulder and rotator cuff. We had our annual ladies meeting at church, and strawberries have been coming in in abundance! Fluffy had her kittens and they are soooo cute! Hot Shot ran away, and now we have a new puppy name Cocoa or Chocolate. I don’t think we have decided yet. I’ll post some pictures later of the little cuties, but for now just some of the Beans and our strawberry venture.Jonathan with our first strawberry! Ain’t they just beautiful!Jam Time!
All the Beans enjoy helping make the jam! And they all have a job!
Slicing & mashing are good ways to keep them busy.
I wish I could bottle up the smell from cooking strawberries. I’m telling you there is no better smell. So far this week we have canned thirteen jars of jam. And ate I don’t know how many. The Lord has blessed us greatly this year! Now if we can keep the puppy out of the strawberry patch we might get a few more to put up!
Well, I can’t seem to keep up with this thing anymore, and I’m sure It will only get worse as Christmas gets closer. We had a good Thanksgiving. We traveled to Bryan’s parent’s house on Wednesday and were there until Saturday. Do you know how insane it is to pack for seven people? We were supposed to leave at 9:30 and ended up leaving around 11:30. Tabitha doesn’t do well when I get worked up! I guess we should back up a bit. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving Jonathan and Mr. Frances played a duet. Jo on the trumpet and Mr. Frances on the piano. The Thanksgiving play was on Sunday night. The kids did such a good job. Although at one point some lines were forgotten and they got the giggles. They did get them under control and were able to finish the scene, but oh how they reminded me of some of my antics growing up. Seth played for the offeratory that night. Now, back to Thanksgiving, we took the kids and got their pictures made on Friday night. It was a joint effort with Bryan’s brothers kids. Talk about crazy! Eight kids ages 11 and younger. The photographer was good though! He took enough photos that there were good ones of all of them. Tabitha wasn’t thrilled with the whole photo taking thing, but he still got some real cute shots of her. On Sunday, we had a baptizmal service at church. Two men recently got saved and were wanting to be baptized. It is amazing how hungry for the word these new converts are. They can’t seem to get enough. On Tuesday, I took Tabitha back to the Dr. for a weight check and she had gained 1 pound and 5 oz in a week and a half. She is now up to 9.4. Actually, if we were to weigh her today, she would be more I’m sure. She is getting soooo rollie. Overall, she is a good baby, I’m figuring out her cries, and for the most part there is usually something wrong when she cries. Her brothers and sister are still CRAZY over her. They are always fighting over who will hold her next. Although, right now, they all have colds and are not allowed to touch her. One little six year old is having a real hard time with this. We are getting back to school, I’ve missed some drill time with Caleb, and he was behind on some tests, but we are back up to date now. I’m going to work out my calendar today, then we will know what is going on for the rest of the month. They have a field trip next week to Imagination Station in Wilson. Right now, I’m hoping we aren’t leaving the church real early!!! It takes forever to get everything accomplished in the morning! Okay, enough for now, maybe just maybe, the next post won’t be this long.