The latest

I realized that I have not posted in awhile, and maybe that’s been because we have been B-U-S-Y! The summer months seem to keep us hoppin’.ย  So in several pictures and a few words, here’s the latest from the House of Costello:

We practiced for the Olympic Trials, gymnastics, of course. We are now checking into gymnastics courses for G, and maybe J. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jeremiah taught Gabriel a thing or two about car repair…or maybe they were just napping!?

Tried my hand at making some homeade yogurt, with Pride of the Wapsi strawberries. Next up, attempting to make ‘kale chips’ from kale from another friend’s garden.ย  Will keep ya updated on that one! That’s right, I’m crunchy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Attended the Cedar County Fair. Gabriel wore his ‘yee-haw guy hat’, and even got to drive a ‘bombine’ and ride a ‘yee-haw’! He was pretty happy!

Went to our first drive-in movie as a family. (I think the last time we went, Jeremiah and I were still dating!) We ate pizza, watched ‘Brave’ and ‘The Amazing Spiderman’. Ok, Jeremiah watched the last one, while the rest of us slept. Hey, I’m just not that great after about 11pm!

Gabriel attended his first Vacation Bible School! He went for 3 nights; they had dinner, a lesson, lots of fun with water and Bible stories! Here he’s pictured with one of his buddies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Went to ‘First Friday’ at the Mississippi River Distilling Company to promote Seasonal Spirit #5: Pride of the Wapsi Strawberry Vodka! Yes, it is good. Yes, it goes great with lemonade. Yes, you can buy it at HyVee or North Scott Foods or the Distilling Company. Yes, there are only 5,000 bottles so you better run out right now and get your hands on some!

Helped to start and organize a freezer meal exchange group iwth 7 other mamas! Let me tell you, this was one of the best things ever! We all made 7 meals, met at a friend’s farm, chatted, exchanged our meals with each other, chatted some more, lugged our coolers back out to our cars, chatted, loaded up all our kids and were on our way! I came with 7 chicken lasagnas and left with 7 new delicious dishes! We plan to do it again in August. Now, to get my freezer as organized as this one…

And with that, I’m signing off. Have a great day!

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