Tuesday, June 21, 2022
The boys have been doing karate for around five years now I think. Ben Sparks does SUCH an amazing job with them. They have learned SOOO much. They got to grapple each other the other day, and I got a video. Ben always has to watch very closely when the brothers are grappling because they can get carried away. So fun to watch all they've learned.
Technology can be fun sometimes!
Raven is SUCH a fun dog. She is so much littler than our other dogs and SUCH a sweet heart. Everyone has a favorite dog. Isaac doesn't love dogs but would probably say Raven. Sidge would say Ritter. Abigail would say Raven. Hannah would say Raven. And I would say Arabelle. No one loves Arabelle like I do. Ritter is a pile of fluff, and you can't not like him. But ohhhh, our Raven girl. The girls call her "Buts-uh" because her butt is always a-wigglin'
Monday, June 20, 2022
Today is our 24th wedding anniversary. When my kids saw this picture of us as teenagers, they said:
Here is the tribute post John wrote to me on Facebook.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Abigail just finished her first week of ballet intensives. Following a week of very hard work every day from 11-5, the girls (and some guys -- including Isaac who helped partner!) put on a performance. I managed to get videos of the dances that had a lot of people who are special to us in them. I don't share links to dances of other kids without permission, but because these were already performed in front of an audience, I feel they are free for me to share. Here are the links!
Modern dance (includes niece Ana and our dear friend Maryah)
Partnering (includes Abigail, Isaac, and our niece, Kari)
Ana and Partner (our niece Ana partnering with a young man from ballet)
Gabe with Partner (nephew Gabe partnering with Ay-la)
Class dance (features Abigail and niece, Kari)
Kari (group dance)
Ana dance (includes Maryah)
Abigail's group dance (includes friends Johnna Beth, Ella, and Sarai)
Older girl group dance (includes Ana and Maryah)
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Our friends, Nick and Kristy, and their five children: Noah, Jonah, Liam, Oliver, and Angelica stopped by for a visit while vacationing in the Pigeon Forge area.
The Seeligers were stationed one year ahead of us first in Eglin, then in Turkey, and finally in the Azores. Our families were very connected, and a huge part of support for each other. It truly was AMAZING to see them again.
John is an introvert and doesn't often say "I'm so glad we did that" with company. BUT MAN were we glad we did that!
Way back in the Azores (July 2012)
And way back in Turkey (2010)