Full day

We started the day bright and early so we could go to the swappers meet about 30 miles south of here. We’ve lived here 10 years and never gone before. We had a delightful time. They boys loved the LEGO vendor but Titus scored a pork chop. “This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten.” Jack made his own lunch. LEGO land moved to the basement.

I found got a bunk bed for Adie and Lydia. Poor Lydia couldn’t take any more of Adie’s flopping arms and legs. Still need to work on bedding, but that will come together.

Adventure camp

Lydia spent a week at adventure camp with Youth For Christ after staying for a week at Nana and Papa’s ranch. It turned out to work nicely that Nana brought the kids home the day that the YFC kids went out to camp so they meet up in North Dakota and sent Lydia off to camp with them. She had a wonderful week going white water rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing. She also enjoyed making a sign of psalm 23:6, helping paint a huge picture of the camp landscape and helping make a life size horse out of sticks.

Cousin fun

The big girls played dress up. Hilarious!

New York City

Guest post by Grace

I had the opportunity to go with Dad to New York City for a week while he did a shoot. It was an amazing experience to be in one of the biggest cities in the world and I am sure that I will remember this trip for the rest of my life.

My first experience with NY style pizza.

Dad’s shoot took place in a pent house on the west side of Manhattan on the Hudson River. It had one of the most amazing views I have ever seen.

Walking by the Hudson.

We went to a restaurant called Eataly and it was amazing. Since authentic Italian gelato is my absolute favorite food, we had to try theirs. Let me say that the coconut gelato was one of the best gelato’s I have ever put in my mouth.

We went to Dominique Ansel, a bakery in Soho to try the cronut from the people who invented it. Also we tried the Kouign Amann, which is a cross between a croissant and a caramel roll.

My first experience on the Subway!

I matched the ad on the subway.

We met up with Soniya at Times Square.

All of the random scenic pics my dad took just because.

We went to Hillsong’s church on Sunday night. It was a great experience.

We ate dumplings and a very large bowl of soup, (this is not force perspective, that was the actual size of the bowl.) in Chinatown. It was so interesting that Chinatown started and ended so abruptly. All it took was one block to transform a classic block in Manhattan to an experience very similar to what I imagine China being like.

We stopped at Bouchon Bakery.

Our most instagramable breakfast by far. A gourmet granola parfait, avocado toast and ricotta and berry compote toast.

A black sesame soft serve icecream with white chocolate pearls and kouign amann bits. It was wonderful. (it sounds weird but it’s awesome, trust me.)

Tacos at a place in Chelsea market.

We went to see the statue of liberty and Ellis island. The Ellis island museum was facinating and I learned a lot.

We went to a French patisserie and got this Hazelnut Chocolate Petit Gautaux. It was divine.

We also stopped at central park.

We went to Wicked on Broadway. It was the highlight of the entire trip. Everything was so well executed. The music, choreography, and costumes were beyond fantastic. I loved both Elphaba and Galinda’s characters and both Actresses portrayed their characters in a complementary way.

We took the staton island ferry late one night, the way back was amazing because we got to see the whole city lit up.

Dad’s shoot was for a Jewelry competition and some of the pieces were fascinating.

We ended our stay by taking the subway to the airport with road cases full of gear. That was an adventure.

I enjoyed my trip to New York and I had a wonderful time.

3 day boy adventure

I share life with some amazing moms. Really, I think everyone should move to St Cloud to homeschool their kids. The other moms in my life encourage me, challenge me and help point me to Jesus.

Jill, bless her soul, invited 10 boys out to their hobby farm for a 3 day adventure. The boys told me their goal was to never go into the house. They cooked over a fire for every meal, even caught their own breakfast. Titus told me the pancakes were the best he’s ever had.