Thursday, October 29, 2015

Baking Fun

If anyone saw the posts from last May, they would see a couple of cakes I made in honor the twins' and Benjamin's birthday.  If you missed those and don't want to hunt for them, you can find them here .

During the summer, after the hustle and bustle of moving and unpacking, I made a couple of cakes for the Christian camp that is near here called God's Adventure Camp.  The last two years I devoted my summers to volunteering there, and this year, with the change in Dale's ministry and second job schedule, it just wasn't possible.

The first week was Boys' Adventure week.  It is a scene that includes the 250 foot water slide that has provided hours and hours of fun and thrill.  Obviously, I didn't make the slide 250 feet on the cake.  It was a big cake, but not THAT big!

This next one was for Girls' Adventure week.  I had planned out the design for these cakes a couple of weeks before camp started.  During Boys' camp week there was an "incident" during the canoeing time.  I guess it was due to the river being a little more ambitious than normal, which resulted in several of the boys ditching their canoes.  Benjamin, who was counseling that week, managed to find himself in a tree at one point, and his canoe long gone.  Thankfully, during Girls' week, the canoe trip was uneventful and pleasant. 

Josiah turned 15 on October 3rd.  Can you tell what he is into these days?

I made these cupcakes to bring for a fellowship time after the school play.  They are supposed to be Tragedy/Comedy drama masks.

Hope all that didn't overload your sweet tooth!


Where Are We?

I notice, despite my good intentions blog more frequently, that my last entry was back in May, before we moved.  I am happy to say that we have successfully moved into our new digs.  "New" being relative.  The parsonage is actually an old farmhouse, and I have to say I LOVE it.  We have tons of room here, at least outside.

This view is from the upper part of the property.  There is a baseball field (which I LOVE to mow.  It's like a type of Zen experience for me), and towards the back you can see a pavilion with 6 picnic tables under it.  It also has electric, which we have used at night.  To the left, off the picture is a small swing set for toddlers, and a HUGE tire swing.  There is a fire pit too, which we have used many times for smores, and hot dogs.

I'm going to just interject here that so far the ministry here has been wonderful.  We try and have a monthly youth group meeting, and a monthly fellowship dinner.  Last week we had a hayride and cooked hot dogs and marshmellows and had hot chocolate.  The membership of the church is small.  As you will see in the rest of the pictures it is very much a small farming community.  But that is okay with us.  We like the "small" churches!

One Sunday afternoon Caleb, Isaac and I went up to the ball field to fly a kite.  It was a lot of fun!  We are so glad we have the room to do that here, and not have to wait until we get to the beach to break out the kites.

Here are our neighbors.  There's a lot of them.  In the morning they wake me up with the mooing, but that doesn't bother me.  

When we moved in the resident flag was very shabby, so one of the first things I did was replace it with a new one.

Dale and I like to go for walks together.  Here is a view from the hill across the valley the family that owns that farm is one that attends our church.

I don't like it when I'm on the other side of the camera!

More of our "neighbors".

More gorgeous scenery on our walk.

I think everyone gets the idea.  We live in farm country, out in the middle of nowhere.  There is a small town about 20 minutes from us, so that isn't too bad for a quick trip to the store.  

I have a couple more posts planned for the near future.  If I had the equipment to vlog I would give you a virtual tour of the area.  It is so pretty!  

The other bit if news that I don't think I mentioned previously is that last spring Dale and I decided to go back to homeschooling this year, so we have spent most of the summer reorganizing bookshelves and ordering all kinds of fun stuff to kick off our homeschooling after a two year diversion into private school.  

With the best intentions to keep up the blog,