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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's Amazing That We Survived. (or "What We Did With Our Summer.") By Alison Sales

Chase (11)
Chase had fun this summer going to summer school and being with his friends. His class took fieldtrips to the grocery store to get ice cream weekly. He got to spend lots of time doing fun crafts and coloring. Chase also spent tons of time in the pool; he’s a regular fish out of water and swims very well. But one of the highlights of his summer was going to the movies every Tuesday with his sisters! Chase has also been talking and singing a lot more, we think it’s because of all the time he’s spent “running” with mom and dad while listening to his iPod. :) He’s getting to be quite the little jogger, stomping along and waving to everyone that goes by. He also allows mom the pleasure of pushing him in his stroller when he gets tired. This year he’s very excited about playing soccer for the Blue Dragons Team. His favorite part of the game is still the snack and the cool uniform. Overall Chasey-boy had a great summer.

Olivia (14)
This summer Olivia had a great time getting involved in the high school youth group at church. She signed up for the student leadership retreat and headed off to weekend of fun and friends. After coming back she had fun planning lots of her signature Thursday night parties, beach outings and sleepovers. She even signed up for air bands and got up in front of hundreds of kids to lip sync pop songs and dance with her friends. Olivia also spent time three days a week helping Gracie teach private swim lessons in our pool. She got to help some very cute kids learn, "big scoops”, blowing bubbles, and “motor boat, motor boat”. She was also very blessed to spend a week at the beginning of summer at AWANA Leadership camp. She played AWANA games, recited verses every morning and ended up getting sick during the first hours of camp. She had a great week especially enjoying the paintball course, the archery range and the intermediate ropes course. Not a bad summer, eh?

Alison (16)
Alison had the pleasure of going to a camp with each sister. First to the Student Leadership Retreat with Olivia, where they spent lots of time brainstorming, hanging with friends, enjoying good worship music and eating junk food. And second to Lake Shasta with Gracie. Where she got to spend a week learning how to wake board, listening to some amazing lessons, meeting tons of new friends, experiencing the beauty of more stars then she’s ever seen and having a very messy mud fight. She came back with a light tan and more Shasta parties and social events then her Mom could drive her too! : ) Alison also spent lots of time relaxing, reading and eating watermelon by the pool. She even got to go see some great musicals with her Mom. All in all it was one of her best summers ever!

Gracie (17)
This summer Gracie continued to lifeguard at the Wave Water Park. She got accepted to the Top Gun training program and taught swim lessons to lots of little “guppies”. Gracie also went to Lake Shasta and had a great week. She even jumped the wake while out on one of her wake boarding runs! She met lots of new people, washed her hair in the lake (just for fun!), went on the ring of fire (a very wild and fast inner tubing run.), enjoyed evening worship out on top of the house boats and laughed a lot with her very silly group of girlfriends. Gracie then came home and planned an amazing Shasta party at our house. There were about a hundred or so teens dressed all in 70's/80’s clothes dancing on our deck, swimming in the pool, jumping on the trampoline and just having fun. It was a great night! Grace finished off the summer by dressing up with her sisters and friends as pirates and going to the movies to see “The Veggie Tales, Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything”. Arrrghhh!

The kids finished off the summer by having a sleepover on the trampoline, going to a movie in the park and getting frozen yogurt with their Daddy. :)


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