Friday, August 22, 2008


Sorry it has been awhile since I've posted, but I just want to review my past week or so with you. I know we are all busy, and I want you to know that I hope to get to blogging next week. Some major milestones have been accomplished in our family. Summer has ended and the boys started back to school this past Wednesday, August 20th. Surprisingly, they were ready to go back, but mostly to see their school friends that they don't get to see too much during the summer. I have been composing the football program for the Columbus Crusaders the past 2 - 3 weeks, which is finally complete as of today. All 60 pages. 
Andrew got his driver's license yesterday, so this is the official announcement to stay off the roads!!  Ha ha....seriously though, he aced his driving test, and had 2 points taken off of his maneuverability portion, just because he stopped and started over. He drove himself and Clayton to school today. Of course I took pictures, but will post them next week too.
Clayton had a football scrimmage last Saturday, and was pleased to meet Maurice Hall, former running back for OSU!! Super nice man, and even posed for a picture with Clayton. His first football game is in September, with another scrimmage scheduled for tomorrow. 
I will be photographing the BWYAA football league Saturday and Sunday, after just finishing up photographing the Columbus Crusaders, from 5th-12th grade.
So, I promise I will post next week with pictures!!!

Monday, August 11, 2008

OK, so it has truly begun. The 2008 football season. Just finishing up baseball season, (which is my favorite sport) we are in FULL swing with football. I'm not just talking about our youngest son Clayton playing for the Columbus Crusaders. ( On our way home from our family vacation, we were able to throw in an added bonus trip to Cleveland to attend the "Cleveland Browns Family Night". A great place to see the players up close and personal as you can see from the pictures , but even better to get autographs from those players. And as fate would have it, determined Clayton
 was able to obtain autographs from Braylen Edwards, Josh Cribbs, and                                        Derek Anderson!       
You see, Clayton's middle name is Mathew.....hmmm....if you know anything about the Cleveland Browns you will know that there was a linebacker by the name of Clay Matthews....(which all of this info came out of my husband's mouth after the birth certificate was signed!)  Regardless, we had a fantastic time for our first time attending family night, and we will definitely return. It was great and gave us a kick start to football season, which I do love too!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Alright, so we've just returned home from our annual vacation to Gull Lake. 4 years in a row now, and we've already booked our reservation for next year! What is Gull Lake? A beautiful spring fed lake, complete with gorgeous sunsets and sunrises (so I'm told on the sunrises), where we rent a house for a week with 8 other families, mostly friends from our kids' school. But the whole purpose behind Gull Lake is Gull Lake Ministries. "Vacation with a Purpose". A non-denominational family church camp, located in Michigan, and you have to check it out! The weekly schedule includes family huddle, break out sessions for kids in their age groups ranging from infants through senior high school, incredible teaching for the adults, family fun theme nights like "Funtastic Olympics", great food, great water time, incredible time for walks, bike riding, and a recreation field that includes a zip line, screamer swing, climbing wall and pamper pole. And yes, I've done all of those activities except the pamper pole! Its only a 4 1/2 hour drive from our house, and its a great time to regroup with your family. Our kids INSIST on this vacation every year. They LOVE it! Check out our pictures and check out GullLake Ministries at  OH - I O !!! We were after all in Michigan, so we have to leave some OSU Buckeyes trails!