Thursday, July 29, 2010
Christina graduated from Iowa State in May, moved home, works all the time, and because she works at a marina, is tanner than she's ever been in her whole life.
Andrew and Rachel are adjusting to married life and working at Village Creek Bible Camp - she as a wrangler and he with the summer camp programming. We hope to see them at the end of the summer.
Anna has worked at Village Creek ever since Andrew's wedding. She does a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Her adventures are about over as we pick her up this weekend.
Kiah is counseling at Camp Shetek. She'll fly to Colorado in August to visit a friend, then will move in with us and attend a local community college in the fall. (The cheerful looking fellow in the picture is a camper, not anyone we know)
Erica is wrapped up in her counseling job at Camp Shetek. She comes home Aug. 9.
The cahoots are home playing a lot, swimming alot, fighting alot, etc. etc.
Introducing my 14-year-old nephew who came home with us from Oregon. Poor kid, he rode 2,000 miles in a back seat with Amy and Lani. We have enjoyed having him be part of our family this summer.
Summer is going fast. Only 33 more days left.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Heather at Oswald Cuties hosts Monday Mugs every week and this week's theme is Purple. I drew a blank thinking of pictures with purple until I remembered Andrew's wedding last May. I never really posted wedding pictures because I was and still am waiting to see pictures the photographer took. These are taken by family and friends.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
One of the job perks is people give her boat rides. A nice couple offered to take her and 10 friends on a cruise for her birthday. Since she hasn't lived here long enough to have 10 friends, she invited her family and a couple people from church.
The marvels of modern technology. Keith got cell phone reception but had a hard time hearing over the boat's motor.
Amy in an unusually calm moment being nice to our friend instead of picking on him like she usually does.
Christina said this was her best birthday ever.
Happy 25th Birthday, Christina. We love you!!!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Yes, we've been back for three weeks. Yes, this is old news, but Kiah had so much fun writing about our road trip to Oregon that I wanted to share her perspective on our travels. This is her last journal entry. (For backstory click here. Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)
Morning came early, but I was thankful to wake up, for the first time on our trip so far, without a headache. We met my aunt and uncle for breakfast in
In usual Vik girl fashion we left the house when we should’ve been arriving. When we got there, they were all waiting for us. The café was a super cute, one-of-a-kind restaurant and the food was really good! .
We said goodbye and piled into our trusty Impala again for the final leg of our
We drove through some of the prettiest countryside that I’ve ever seen in my life! It was gorgeous, but twisty and windy! Trees everywhere, and we followed a really beautiful river for a long time. We rocked out to Onerepublic yet again. Their song “Good Life” is my favorite, and always seems to express the emotions of traveling perfectly.
Lani repeatedly complained that she was dying of thirst so right before
Then Mom suggested we check out Moody Bible Institute in Spokane. Since my uncle had just been talking about Moody that morning at breakfast, I thought it would be nice to see if I it was something I would like.
We took a mini tour and I talked with a faculty member about my college goals. I was really encouraged that they are considering offering a specialized Medical Missionary program. I left feeling like I have another option for the next few years to keep in mind and pray about.
A few hours down the road Lani complained from the backseat, “Mom, I’m hungry.”
Mom replied in amazement, “Lani, how can you possibly be hungry!?”
Lani, “What do you mean how can I be hungry?”
Mom, “We pigged out for lunch yesterday, and then ate a huge supper last night.”
Lani, “Well I didn’t eat that much at supper last night.” (editor’s note – Lani is a picky eater)
Mom, “Well if you didn’t seize the opportunity to stuff your face last night that’s too bad, cuz’ we’re not stopping to eat now!”
A little later another interesting conversation surfaced. I really want to go to
She thought about it, but finally declined, figuring we would get into
So the note Amy handed to the front seat a half hour later completely took me by surprise. I read it to Mom and we laughed and laughed. The paper said:
(Original spelling intact)
I swear on the trip back to
And if I don’t, Kiah has the right to think of a consequence’s for me.
Signature of Signature of
Kiah Vik Angie Vik
This document has been agree buy
Amy Vik and Lani Vik
After I read it to Mom, Lani says indignantly from the backseat, “Hey! What did I sign!?”
Amy said, “Well you should have read it before you signed it!”
Lani, “But you told me not to read it!”
Amy, “I told you not to read it aloud, not don’t read it at all!”
I was more then game to sign it, and mom good naturedly signed it as well. So its official folks, we’re going to
Just east of
When Mom pulled into the parking lot, Lani looks out the window at the waterfall and asked, “Do I have to get out of the car? I can see it from right here.”
Mom let her know it was not an option to stay in the car.
We didn’t eat lunch so we could thoroughly enjoy a restaurant Mom recommended. She assured us that Marie Callenders was worth the wait. We had a great dinner and took a half hour to decide on a pie we all liked, since it was much cheaper to buy a whole pie than to buy individual slices.
At last we arrived at Grandpa and Grandma’s house, thankful for safe travels and to finally be at our destination.
Quote of the Day
We were bugging Mom about going the speed limit, thinking that maybe, just maybe, in less populated highway stretches, she could drive faster.
Mom refused to budge, saying, “Greater minds than ours have determined what a safe speed limit should be, so unless your wife is in labor, you should drive the speed limit.”
Lani, our resident smart-aleck, pipes up from the back seat. “But I won’t ever have a wife.”
Sunday, July 11, 2010
My nephew pointed out that he's yet to see me actually swim in Lake Superior. Well! ...you see...the water is...COLD and my body is not what it used to be so I really don't want to wear a swimsuit in public. But I sure enjoy watching my kids play.
Here are a few photos from a beach outing with friends last week.
why it's not a good idea to splash Christina.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Seems just last month we celebrated our 25th. Now another year has rolled around. Christina blessed us with a gift certificate to Keith's favorite restaurant so we had a nice evening out. Anniversaries are fun except for the unavoidable fact that they mean we're getting older.
If you have any interest in viewing the archives, you can read what I wrote last year in honor of our 25th anniversary:
Peek Into the Past
Popping the Question
When Worlds Collide
26 years later - July 2010