Saturday, August 9, 2014

Anniversary, Airplanes, Awards, Bats, Books, Balls, Horses, Henna, Weddings, Wardrobe

Our Summer in Pictures...

We celebrated our 18th Anniversary in Santa Barbara, stopping on the way down to eat lunch at a Greek roadside stand in La Conchita.
For Father's Day, we surprised Eric's dad with lunch in Ventura.
The surprise? Eric's two sisters, from Canada and Nevada, made the trip for the special weekend!

Papa Gow and the girls flew to Denver to stay with Auntie Deborah.

The girls stayed with Auntie Deborah (and Uncle Rich and Chloe the Wonder Dog) for two weeks. Christine joined them for the second week.

While in Colorado, the girls did many things, including making Bat Houses at Berry Patch Farms.

Christine and the girls were richly blessed while in Denver when they got to visit with their closest friends, the Frazees, whom they had not seen in more than four years!

Back in Ojai, the girls had tea with fairies and their friend, Gabi.

The girls went to Horse Camp for two weeks.
They learned about horses, got to groom them, walk them and--of course--ride them!

Amber hosted a Book Club every Monday.

The kids read and discussed "Treasure Maker," a book about finding their true identity in Christ.

We were blessed to be a part of our neighbor's Indian wedding celebration, which lasted all week!

At one of the nightly celebrations, Christine and the girls had Henna painted on their hands.

It was sad when, a week later, the Henna finally wore off!

The whole family joined our church friends at the County Fair one evening to watch the stock car races and cheer on Eric's business partner, Darren, in the Demolition Derby! He got 4th place out of 8.

The Barn Community (our church) played in a summer county soccer league. We ended the season with a perfect record: ZERO WINS! But we had fun. We were told over and over by other teams that we were the most fun team, and the best losers!

At an "awards ceremony" at The Barn, everyone received awards. Eric got MVP for scoring one of only 3 goals that were scored the whole season!

Christine surprised the girls with a trip to Westmont College in Santa Barbara to see the wardrobe that was in C.S. Lewis' home in Oxford, England.

This is one of the wardrobes that was in Lewis' home when he wrote the Narnia series and it is said that this is the one on which he based "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe."

Just checking to see if we can get to Narnia.