Hello Blog……yea I know it’s been forever since I have written anything on this dear blog of mine. The activities of summer leave me busy and with little time for blogging! I wish I could push a pause button on summer, it is going so fast!
I thought I would jump back into the swing of blogging with a post about our Fresh Air Fund teen’s visit with our family.
He just left Tues after spending 2 weeks with us. He has left his cramped Bronx apartment every summer for the past 8 years to come and stay with us. I have blogged about it here and here.
I thought I would post some of his own words from the visit and some of my favorite pics.
When asked why do you like to go outside when you get up each morning.
He replied simply….“because I can” ( he lives on the 6th floor of a city apartment, getting up and going outside in the morning really isn’t an option)
When asked, why do you often wash a clean dish off before using it?
“Sometimes bugs and stuff ( roaches and rats) get in our cupboards at night, so I just rinse it off before using it.”
After watching LOTS of SportTman’s baseball games. I asked if he got bored.
He replied, “Nope it’s great to be part of a team, I’ve never been able to be part of any sports team!”
We are always telling him to eat up while here. I feed him lots of farm fresh veggies and fruit and lots of food from the grill.
He always thanks me and says, “My mom always tells me to save some for the others ( he has 6 siblings), it’s nice to just be able to EAT!!”
Our Summer Family, our Fresh Air Fund teen truly is part of our family. We have watched him grow from a city little boy to such a well rounded teen who aspires to go to college.
We are thankful to the Fresh Air Fund for sending him to us each summer. It has been such a blessing we also brought him down last year at Christmas.
I‘m back!! Feeling like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz……There is NO place like Home!!
I know, you didn’t even know I was over a 1,000 miles away from my home, I didn’t post on my blog that I was flying to of all places…….Omaha, NE.
I decided to keep it hush so all of you wouldn’t rush to my place to rob it while I was away! 🙂
So now the big question that needs to be answered is WHY did Jesus and Dark Chocolate and the fam fly to Omaha??
Baseball of course! 🙂
SportTman got to play in a tournament there and as part of the tournament, we got tickets to see the College World Series. A great thing for a boy who aspires to play baseball in college. And I must admit, I have come to also love the game of baseball! Geez I can now tell the difference between a curve ball, fastball, and change up from 400 ft away! If you look closely at the pic you will notice SportTman’s right hand fingers are “buddy taped.” He had broken his pinkie finger 3 weeks before the trip. But as God so graciously provides, he was good to go and pitched and played well!
This was the first time my kids have ever flown – great experience, especially the small plane we took from Chicago to Omaha!
We also enjoyed this hip rental, the sweet lady in Omaha gave us an upgrade since she thought it was cool that she had actually visited our quaint hometown before!
We were thrilled to see both games of the College World Series. The championship game was wild, chaotic, fun and as a bonus we got to see a streaker! Good thing they put paper boxers on him before escorting him from the stadium!
It was the last year the game will be played at this stadium, so The Inventor and I had fun checking out the stadium before the game.
There was also a cool Water Park in our hotel!! Drums and I were the ONLY parents there that actually joined all the kids at the water park! We had so much fun! Lazy River, cool water slides and a glorious indoor/outdoor hot tub. 🙂
There is also a really nice zoo in Omaha…..who remembers Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom? I used to love that show……so the zoo in Omaha was the setting for the show. Great, modern zoo! Here are my kids in the big desert dome, it was very realistic complete with some nasty snakes!
It was a very active vacation, no real down time, we were up early to play baseball and out late watching baseball. But I must admit, even with out the down time…..it was a true family memory making vacation!
What are your vacation plans this summer? I truly believe family vacations make lasting memories and bring the family closer together!