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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Independence Day!


I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Our biggest celebration was receiving our tax refund that we have been waiting for....and it came yesterday! As I was entering in the web address for our bank, I was thinking to myself "Why are you even looking....banks are closed on the 4th so it won't be there." Lo and behold....IT WAS THERE! We celebrated that by paying off several bills, putting a large chunk in savings, buying homeschool supplies, and we'll be using some to readopt the boys so they can get American birth certificates, to name a few things.

We also went into Omaha (Papillion, actually) to look at a van that we were interested in. Garth and I had been talking about selling our Ford Edge and buying something in cash to get out from under car payments for a while, but then we started taking Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and Dave says "Sell the car!" So that's what we're doing. If you are local and would like to take a look at it, feel free to contact us at 402-685-5211. We did like the van that we saw, but the price wasn't quite right so we walked away. We know that God has the perfect van out there for us so we'll just keep searching.

Of course we did see some fireworks as well. On Tuesday night Garth and the boys went to the Oakland fireworks show and last night we all went to Lyons to their show. It was a lot of fun. I really, really love fireworks. They are so pretty and I even love the smell of them (I know, I'm weird). We got home at about 11:00 and the boys were so tired it wasn't hard to get them in bed...really it isn't hard to get them in bed anytime, but it was especially easy this time since they were so tired.

We will ALSO have another BIG announcement in the very near future. Those of you who are my FB friends probably already know what that is (or anyone who knows me), but if not, you'll just have to wait and see. I promise, you won't have to wait too long. Till then, enjoy the pictures we have from the last month. These pictures include a family reunion at Ponca State Park and snapshots of our days. :-)

Jeremiah's first fish

Cousin Jacob helping Jeremiah

Simon in a canoe in a museum

"It's hard to turn, Mommy!"


Cousin Sarah showing Simon what to do...who was more interested in running up and down the pier

Fishing in the rain

Garth getting a fishing pole ready

"It's wet out here, Mommy!"


Yummy taco

Sour cream on his face

The boys bed. We only packed 1 sleep cap so since Jeremiah had more hair, he got to wear it


Sound asleep

Playing in the canoe still (these pics are obviously not in order)

Playing some sort of video game

Jeremiah and Simon were dancing for the talent show

They had a great time

Playing Cars Sorry with Daddy


Jeremiah just got sent "home"

Big hug

My parents Ned and Linelle Kelley will be celebrating their 50th anniversary next month

Simon fell asleep in the car after swimming and hardly woke up when we carried him back into the cabin

Jeremiah and cousin Josh

Waiting for the talent show to start
Jeremiah getting a ride while cousin David does push-ups
Now there are 2 boys!     

Brotherly love

Now you can see Jeremiah's haircut better

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