My sleepless wonder, Isabelle made another video at 3am. She was wide awake from 11:55pm until 4:30am this morning. It was completely crazy. Here is a funny video I found on my phone while she was trying to keep herself occupied while not waking anyone else up.
We are wrapping up our summer, the girls really are ready to head back to school. I feel as if this summer was about three weeks too long, as the girls are “bored” with the regular summer fun stuff. They miss their friends, the routine of school, and their minds are sharp and eager to learn all the new stuff their teachers have for them this year. Well, their little minds may be a little dulled by hours of meaningless television and iPod games, but I am sure they will be whipped back into shape in no time.
Miss Maddie will be a teenager in a few weeks, although it is no surprise since we always joke that she was born a teenager. She has a keen fashion sense, an eye for beauty, but most importantly, she has a very tender heart and loves Jesus and the world around her. Maddie went to middle school camp this summer and the Chicago mission trip with GSM, the youth ministry of our church. She was marked by both–each experience really making a difference in her life. I am excited for her as she starts her 7th grade year.
Whitney is starting middle school in two days. She’s excited and nervous as most middle schoolers are when they are not quite sure what to expect. Whitney is a fiery, passionate, full-of-life kid that brings laughter and happiness wherever she goes. She is a true friend to whomever crosses her path, no matter their social standing. Whit told us yesterday that she either wants to be a judge or a marine biologist. Funny thing is that I can completely see her going in either direction. She loves the outdoors and any kind of adventure, but has a strong sense of justice that influences the way she thinks and acts. I know she will be an amazing young woman whatever she chooses to do.
Miss Isabelle is starting first grade this year. She made leaps and bounds her Kindergarten year, and got amazing results on her test scores at the end of the school year. She is fiercely determined to keep up with her big sisters, is witty, intelligent, full of joy and laughter all of the time. Her sense of humor and spirit of joy and creativity keep our house buzzing with life and activity at all hours of the day (and night). She has more energy than anyone in our household. If we could somehow bottle that energy for sale, we’d be millionaires. 🙂 She is also excited and nervous about the school year. One of her best friends, Miah is in the same class as her this year, and she can hardly contain her excitement. She already said she knows they will talk a lot and get in trouble. I am sure their teacher will have her hands full!
Thanks for checking in on us. I hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to a glorious fall. I already see the leaves changing at the tops of the trees and can hardly believe summer is almost over.
We are home from our week of vacation in Branson, Missouri. I am so grateful to God for the time we had as a family there. It takes a lot of moments together as a family together to get a few memories that will be golden for all of us in the future.
Our girls are to the age now where they are really funny. They love creating stuff and making up little videos and songs that keep us laughing. My family is truly made up of the best and most fun people around.
Here are two of the fabulous videos they made on vacation. Enjoy!
One of the biggest lessons I have learned as a parent is to try to see the world through their eyes. Perspective is everything. It’s all about looking around when you’re down on the ground, looking up when there’s a storm, and finding the gold at the end of the rainbow.
Sometimes I think my kids teach me more than I try to teach them.
We dropped Maddie and Whit off at Springhill camp in Evart, Michigan yesterday. They are both so excited. They both literally grew up at Camp Adventure, as Rob and I lead camp with the GCC team in various ways over the years. Last year was Maddie’s first year of camp, and this year is Whitney’s first year. I’m super happy for them, and praying for them every time I think about them.
While they are gone, Belle and I have lots and lots of time together alone. I told her to make a list of all the things she’d like to do. Here’s her list:
1. Go to Chmeig Chles (go to Charming Charlies)
2. Go to Diseland (Go to Disneyland)
3. Go to the mol (go to the mall)
4. Go to a wadr prc (go to a water park)
5. Go Boleg (go bowling)
6. Go to the prc (go to the park)
7. Have a prte (have a party)
8. Have fun
9. Play in my fout (play in my fort)
As you can see, it’s going to be a busy week! I’m looking forward to hanging out with Belle. She knows how to have fun.
You’ve heard Katy Perry sing her fabulous song “Firework”, but have you heard Isabelle Wegner? I much prefer Belle’s style and sincerity. She would love if someone leaves her a comment. She keeps checking You Tube every 10 minutes to see how many views she has. 🙂
and if you haven’t had enough yet, here is a version of Belle singing “Firework” in her bed at 4am one time when she swiped my iPhone while the rest of the family was sleeping: