A List Maker's Life: July 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

We're Off!

We are headed out for a week of sun & fun in Pentwater

and looking forward to it!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Book Worms

Our favorite summer entertainment is a good book. When we visit the library, in addition to stacks of childrens books, the kids each like to pick a chapter book "like momma!"
Gavin's pick...an old time western.

Anne Hope's pick...a steamy romance novel (the librarian wasn't about to believe me when I said the book was for Anne Hope and not for me)!

I am currently reading Cold Tangerines (a recommendation from my friend Christy, whose book choices I always enjoy)! It is full of great, inspirational short stories.
...In case you think I am crazy for not having the kids playing outside on such a beautiful, sunny summer day, I should mention that we also spent several hours at the playground with friends (and the sweatsuit was Gavin's wardrobe choice despite my warnings that he might get uncomfortably hot)!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Done, Done, Done!

I am thrilled to be able to post that I am officially done with my thesis project, and therefore done with my masters' program. On Monday I had my paper bound and delivered to the college of education. By Tuesday I had my final grade - YEAH! We are especially praising God for this timeline because my laptop officially crashed on Monday night and is now at the "virus hospital" where hopefully the "Geek Squad" will be able to salvage some of my files. But...even this will be okay because none of my major summer project is hanging in limbo! (However, the laptop issue will account for my lack of blogging this week!)

Friday, July 18, 2008


We have had a lot of excitement in our week! Here is the top 10 exciting things we did & heard...

10. Visited the park to play & eat lunch
9. Took a board walk & played in Grand Haven with Gram
8. The kids and I worked on a playground restoration/painting job at Gavin's preschool. (Gavin was thrilled to see & play with several of his preschool buddies for a couple afternoons).
7. We swam with friends in a "big" pool. Both kids were brave enough to jump in to the deep end.
6. Our sweet baby has made it to week 23 of development.
5. Celebration of National Ice Cream Day
4. I have printed my completed thesis project and will be taking it to the binder on Monday.
3. We made vacation plans and actually got a last minute spot for camping in Pentwater!
2. Our family is "moving up" (off the ground that is...). We purchased a pop-up camper! (The tent will now go into retirement mode until someone needs to borrow it)
1. My long-time friend Michelle announced her recent engagement & August wedding! YEAH!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

We Scream for Ice Cream!

We are always looking for an occasion for celebration, so what better day to celebrate than National Ice Cream Day! (For those of you who don't have the obscure "holidays" listed on your calendar it was yesterday). For all the love it gets in the summer, any type of ice cream could be considered the 6th member of our family! During the day the kids and I hosted an open house/ ice cream social. In the evening we made our own ice cream cone art project together - fun! In my opinion, the best ending to the special day would have been a trip to Captain Sundae. However, we have a freezer full of ice cream bars, so we each enjoyed one of those instead. (Well, Kevin actually enjoyed a 1/2 box of ice cream bars on his own! He is the ice cream version of the Cookie Monster!)

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Kevin and I just returned from a very relaxing weekend of camping in South Haven. The kids were away at their grandparents for the weekend, so we figured it would be silly to stay at home and work when we could enjoy some time away in the sunshine. While we were in South Haven we napped on the beach, walked in the waves, read several books, sat by the bonfire for hours, saw a movie in the theatre, and slept in! It was all wonderfully quiet. However, we often found ourselves returning the conversation to the kids...as if we were homesick for them. So, although the relaxing and quiet was a wonderful (much needed) weekend break, we will happily return to the joyful, busy noise of our kids at home!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bedtime Book

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Who's In Charge?

Our littlest baby has already figured this out I am afraid...
There are often times that I softly talk to him/her and wait for movement in return. Gavin will also carefully touch my belly and wait and wait and wait for a little feel of his baby sister/brother. However, when Anne Hope speaks no matter what tone, how loud, singing, shouting, or whispering...this baby jumps to attention! What is the deal???

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My Summer Sunshine

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Take Ten

Sometimes it is just necessary to "take 10" and find something fun to do! Today I put together a list of 10 things I like to do for fun. However, they may or may not be fun for anyone else!

10. Write Letters & Lists
9. Organize Drawers, Piles, Projects, & Events
8. Take Classes
7. Walk
6. Play Board Games or Word Puzzles
5. Brush My Teeth
4. Bake
3. Read
2. Scrapbook
1. Sleep

What would be on your list?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Baby Beat

We had a baby check-up today. All is well with our dear little one, who seems to be growing as expected. But, the best part of the appointment was being able to hear a strong heartbeat! (If you're tracking, today's beat was in the mid to high 160s!)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Hey! Happy 4th of July!

We had a nice 4th of July at the lake. As part of the afternoon festivities, the kids decorated their bikes and created their own parade. Gavin noticed right away that the parade didn't have much of an audience (and LOTS of available candy to throw). So, he did his best to attract viewers by shouting, "HEY! Happy 4th of July!"

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Smarty P-A-N-T-S!

At dinner last night, Kevin and I found ourselves spelling the following pieces of our conversation…
“That sounds like fun, but I wonder if the kids will be S-C-A-R-E-D.”
“While I am gone tonight the kids are going to need a B-A-T-H.”
“Would you like me to pour you some P-O-P?”

Gavin, spoke up and asked, “Why are you guys talking in letters?”
Kevin briefly explained to him that was just one way adults sometimes explain things to each other.
“Hmmm, okay!” said Gavin, “Would you pour me some pop too?”

Oh, dear! Time for us to try “ared-scay” ,“ath-bay”, “op-pay” or something…

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Dutch Village

We spent a fun morning at Dutch Village. Our family actually has picked up season passes and we have been enjoying the amusement. Since we have the summer passes it is okay to just enjoy "the favorites" for awhile, knowing we will be able to visit again soon. Gavin runs around the place like he owns it. He knows exactly what he wants to do first (sit on the horses) and last (sit on the horses)!