Saturday, July 12, 2014

NY day 1

 After we checked in the hotel, had a meeting and showered we headed out to enjoy the city. We are staying in the Bronx so we got to ride the bus then the subway. If you know me well you know I do not do public transportation. Well, I am going to overcome that fear this week for sure. I'm glad I have Derrick with me. I think he has no fear! Our first stop was Grand Central Station. We ate a late lunch here and looked around then headed to Time Square.
 WOW! That is about all I can say about Time Square. I have always thought that I would like to be here for New Year's Eve, but after  seeing how busy and crazy it is in July I'm good to watch it on TV.
 I'm glad Derrick and I get to serve together this week at Graffiti 2 and explore New York. I love doing life with him.
 See the new World Trade Center instantly brought back memories of being in college and 9/11. We are going to the 9/11 Memorial Museum tomorrow.
Deborah told us to ride the ferry at night so we could see the city lights. We thought we should do it tonight because we were not sure if we would be back this way any other nights.
 After teaching first graders about the Statue of Liberty for two years it was neat to see it. I would like to go back sometime and go to statue, but for this trip seeing it was good enough.
 I wish we would have packed a real camera. This is the best my phone would do.
The city is beautiful at night. We had a great first day enjoying the city. We are tired and going to get some rest so we will be ready to worship at Graffiti 2 in the morning.

Friday, July 11, 2014

NY here we come

 We were the last two to get on the bus, and the whole bus might have been waiting on us, but we made it and we are ready to go! Derrick really is happy to ride a bus for the next 18 hours.
I was happy I bought these. I can't go to sleep without brushing my teeth. On the bus this will have to do. Good night, hopefully I can get a little sleep while sitting up.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

so quiet

Derrick and I have the best parents, which means our kids have the best grandparents. My parents left with the kids this morning headed back to SC. Derrick and I are going to New York for a mission trip. My parents will have the kids until Sunday then they will take them to Mike and Nene's for the rest of the time we are gone. Mike and Nene will bring them back to us. That is service! Since we don't leave until tomorrow and I am mostly packed I am enjoying a little time on the porch this morning. It is way to quiet in the house. Thanks Papa, Nana, Mike and Nene for taking care of the kids for us while we are gone. You all are the best!
Starting a new book sine it is quiet and I am about to ride on a bus for 18 hours.

I think Whiskers wants to go with us.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

a good book, beautiful butterfly and BKC night 3

 This was a challenging book to read, but really made me think. I highly recommend it.
 We love that the butterflies are enjoying the beautiful flowers MeMe planted as much as we are.
 Signing their hearts out!
 Listening to the Bible story and reviewing all they learned this week.

 I'm so glad all of these friends came this week. I hope they will come back next year!
 Snack time! I'm not sure why I did not take any pictures of Rec, but I am thankful Jacqulin, Reagan and Maddie came to do Rec with the kids.
I had the privilege of teaching these sweet girls this past year. They stole my heart on the first day of school. I am so glad they came this week. It was nice to see them during the summer.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BKC night 2

 Love these two agents!

 Thanks Mrs. Sharon for letting me borrow all of the neat games you made.
 Mrs. Tara leading music!
 Mrs. Allison bringing the Word!

Monday, July 7, 2014

BKC at our house

We were excited to host this year. It was fun to be able to invite some of the kids I teach and get to share the Good News with them. We had a good group for night one.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

it's almost time for Grandparent Camp

 Hannah was reading over the agenda for Grandparent Camp. They are both so excited!

And they got cool shirts!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bussell Backyard Bash

 A friend had posted a picture of her daughter's hair like this and thought it was too cute not to do.
 Thanks Mrs. Julia for the fun 4th of July nails.
 Hannah wanted her toes to look like flags.
 So grown up!
 This year there were field day games at the Backyard Bash.

 Complete with ribbons!
 The wheelbarrow race was funny! It was also done by the adults!
Spiderman and Captain America are friends, right? 

Thanks Bussell's for a great night of fun, food, games and fellowship!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th!

 Fun morning just playing in the sprinkler.

Fun evening celebrating Ruth's 50th birthday! Complete with a singing chicken telegram sent by her brother.

She loved her cake!

Fun cookies for the Bussell Backyard Bash tomorrow.