Monday, November 28, 2016

September Recap

September wasn't too busy after the Barn...

Caleb and Caleb - great friends since they were babies!
The boys bought a broken quad and took it apart to sell the parts
Coloring with Grandma at a birthday party- she's still young at heart!
Apparently Buk wasn't too interested in the gifts ;)

We had the privilege of attending the Student Statesmanship Institute 
annual banquet on the 30th!

Caleb and Lydia, along with 8 other students, received the 
John Quincy Adams award for completing the Ambassador League!

The Ambassador League award has been described as a 
political version of the Eagle Scout award.
Participants have 37 assignments to complete such as job shadowing,
volunteer work, book reports, and Biblical word studies.

If students finish all of the assignments, they receive the John Quincy Adams award!

Jonathan, Grace, Melody, Joseph, and Anna have all completed the Ambassador League as well.

Caleb and his mentor, Mr. Stender

Lydia and her mentor, Mrs. Spix

These two did a lot together!

Mr. Wingrove with Isaac and Jon

Caleb, Kristin, and Lydia

The ever-helpful Aimee!

Both glad he finished!

Caleb and Lydia with Mr. Muffett

A great SSI friend, Mr. Kummer

We were all excited for Caleb and Lydia!
Their hard work paid off!

Next up - an amazing trip to Kentucky!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Barn Trip 2016 #2 - Our last week

On the way back to the Barn from the Leary's, we passed the Shack and saw 
Grandma and Grandpa B's car! We surprised them!





Sammy tried on Buk's glasses :)






The water was super calm and clear!




Mark and Grace brought their little tent and slept in it!

Here are a few pictures from the kids at home:




The morning after the kids got back to the Barn, 
we went out to Boone and Crockett's! (formerly the Four C's)


Out on the breakwater!


Mark and Grace came too!







The boys cut down 2 of Cousin Paul and Bonnie's old trees :(


This is a piece of history...


The spectators






TIMBER!


King of the tree cutting operation


It was a neighborhood event



And on to the second tree...





We were able to help with some projects

We all fit at one table!!

A quick group picture before Mark and Grace left :(










More stump work the next day







Cousins Brian and Kathy had a delicious corn roast!


The threesome :)
Cousins!




The amazing buttering process! Water and melted butter!



After the corn roast we had a concert at the Barn



Birthday pals!



A new game!



There are many steps to this process...



Our last sunset - I'll never get tired of it!

Getting ready to leave :(




A final recap! 
That is our last post of Barn trips for 2016!
We are grateful to the Lord for His provision
of this wonderful place we love!!