|Julia and My Grandma picking Iris' with my Dad and Grandpa in the back|
Our summer is off and running away from us! I've decided the best way to catch my blog up is to write the traditional "Christmas letter" to you all in the middle of June! So here's what we are up to:
We've been on a week long trip (a 17 hour drive) to Highland IL for my cousin's wedding, went to a funeral (that was 13 hours from home) due to the passing of my Grandpa Mitchell, been to the local pool, worked on our yard, started a pitiful garden, had a garage sale, traveled to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and are currently hosting Dave's mom, Ruth. We have had a fantastic and ever so exhausting last couple of months!
|Great Grandma Daiber (My Grandma) and Julia and Lyd|
|My Mom, My Grandma, Me and my three sweeties|
|My Mom, Lydia, Saige, Julia and My Dad|
We still plan to go camping for two weekends, take our older girls to Kanakuk Kamp in Branson MO, and take a trip to Houston to see friends and family. (Of course we have more pool time, park time and popsicle time also scribbled in....) We are so blessed and so crazy! We've noticed that packing-in the trips in the summer is very common in North Dakota because the winters are so long and cold. And I guess we are following suit!
I'm still working on getting my real estate license in ND, but the red tape is long and the snail mail is slower than ever. Hopefully I will have it by the end of summer if not before!
Dave is still loving his job! Deadlines, deadlines, and more deadlines. He always has them, but the challenge is exciting for him, and he just keeps on keeping on. He gets to do a sleep study soon to see if he is one of the lucky ones who gets to wear a mask when he sleeps...boo bah buh do.
Julia and Lydia are still loving and excelling in gymnastics. I can't even tell you what all they can do now. Cartwheels, bridge kick-overs, and acrobatics off the furniture are all normal parts of life.
Saige is still trying to adjust to being the youngest sister. Her and Julia stay in a tug-of-war about who is "top dog". While my three beautiful daughters fight like cats and dogs at home, they are also all very defensive to the outside world should anyone try to cross their sister. They are three wonderful little messes.
We are very thankful to have seen a lot of family already this summer. It's a difficult thing to do because we live so. far. away. from all of our family, but we are thankful for the time we have had and will have all the same!
After summer, more adventures will begin for our family. Namely, homeschooling. I am excited and scared and overwhelmed and claustrophobic (I know this word isn't really an adjective, but to me it fits) about it all at the same time. But, hopefully hitting the books together will prove to be awesome and will continue to bind us together as Team Stewart. We shall see.
Our new-to-us dog Lulu has been adjusting well, and the girls are loving her. She has attended some of our trips with us and stayed with friends on others. The girls wake up calling for her, and go to bed wanting one more puppy snuggles.
|Team Stewart at my Cousin's Wedding|
|My Parents, Siblings, Niece, Nephews, Kiddos and Hubby|
I guess these are our main (In Summer!) highlights so far. I know there's more...but these are the main goodies.
Thanks for stopping by!
More Stewart fun to come!