Tuesday, August 30, 2016
We are doing a six week trail of karate right now for Connor. He is really enjoying it. When he started, he had to do an initial lesson followed by a white belt test in order to earn his white belt to start taking lessons with a class. He takes karate very seriously!
After earning his white belt, he had the opportunity to break a board (actually two boards stacked together). He was so excited and so proud!
A few weeks ago, we went to the "Augusta Outdoor Expo". Although we are not hunters or fishers or anything, we knew it would be a fun day for the kids. And, it was! They had a petting zoo that the big boys loved. Connor used to be scared to pet anything at things like this, but he loved it this time.
The big kids loved the petting zoo, but the little one...not so much!
They were also able to pan for gold. They thought this was great! The tiny gold flecks that they brought home were like a great treasure to them!
Connor loved the archery stuff, too. Kyle didn't want to do it, but Connor enjoyed it!
It was a fun day for all of us!
Monday, August 15, 2016
I just thought I'd give an update since I haven't posted lately. Life is great around here. The boys started school last week and we have just been getting used to a busy life again. I did not take many pictures of the boys last week, but I do have a few that I will edit and post soon (well...hopefully sooner than later). However, I am mostly busy editing photos that I took last week for the South Caroline Heart Gallery. I had the opportunity to go to Aiken, SC and take photos of four foster children in South Carolina through the South Caroline Heart Gallery, an organization that advocates for foster children in South Carolina (there are other Heart Galleries in other states that do the same thing for their state). Once a child has been deemed to be available for adoption (parental rights have been severed, child wants to be adopted, etc.), the South Carolina Heart Gallery has the opportunity to advocate for them. They have volunteer photographers (many are professionals who volunteer for this organization and others are hobbyist like me) take photos of the children that can be used for their website, print, and other means to advocate for them. By having nice photos of these children, along with a video that they produce, the Heart Gallery is able to show off the children's personalities better for potential families to see. I was able to go to Aiken and take photos of these children last Thursday (thanks to my parents who came to help with my children) and I am busy editing all of the photos that I will send to the SC Heart Gallery. The kids will also each receive a photo album of their photos for their own keeping. This was such an amazing experience for me and I am so thankful to have had this opportunity to be a part of orphan advocacy!