Sunday, June 28, 2009

Creative Arts Camp

Parker and Chloe attended Creative Arts Camp this week at Northbrook Church and they loved it. The kids were able to choose from a variety of arts - boomwhackers, interpretive dance, drama, banner art, etc. Their favorite was the dance. The kids all got to participate in the worship service this morning. It was really amazing. They were learning all week about how to use their gifts to glorify God. Here are two videos of the practice before the worship service. I like filming practices because then I get to really watch the real thing.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A trip to the Farmer's Market with Chloe

This morning Chloe wanted to go with me to the farmer's market. She also went with me last week. She loves it - mainly because I let whoever goes with me pick out a treat and she enjoys a treat more than any kid I know. Anyway, here is her funny comment of the day....

After visiting the Mennonite booth to get chocolate milk, Chloe said, "Mommy, why do they always dress up like they are poor?"

So, apparently in Chloe's mind, the Mennonite people come across as not poor but they just dress like they are poor. I think this warrants a lesson in history, different religious views and maybe even a trip to visit the Mennonite farm.

And for her treat today - a chocolate, chocolate chip muffin....mmmmm.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

12 Years and counting

Happy Anniversary to us! Tomorrow is our anniversary, but we are celebrating tonight because tomorrow is Sunday. It seems like the time has been so short, but also like it has always been. I know I have said it before many times, but I really do have the sweetest, most thoughtful husband in the world. I am in love with him now more than ever. I had to post a picture of one of my favorite presents. The picture speaks for itself...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Chloe's Dance Recital

Chloe had so much fun the week of her dance recital. There were extra practices, a dress rehearsal at the civic center and then the big day. She practiced very hard and knew her dances well. And this year she was even responsible for changing costumes by herself - no parents allowed backstage after the show starts. Aside from being fun, I think Chloe learns a lot from dance that is important - self control, working together with a group of friends, and some responsibility. Not to mention that she is full of joy as she dances - she is a joy to watch. Here are some pictures and then the dance videos from dress rehearsal - no cameras allowed at the real show.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lilly's Playschool Program

First of all---Sorry I have been absent for a while. The old smith family laptop died (although it wasn't really that old) a few weeks ago and so now I have finally set up the new one with all the appropriate stuff so I can blog again.

So first in line of important events missed: Lilly's playschool program. She had lots of fun singing the songs and getting her certificate. Here are some pictures and video.