Our last trip of the year was to the annual Crafters Fair and concert series at the Bluegate Theater in Shipshewana, IN. We were one of four groups that performed over the weekend. 
This is a picture of part of the group.....it was taken at about 11:30pm and various family members had already left for bed. These were the few that were left from the Clark, Balos, and Bontrager families.
 Taylor plays bass
 As we were packing up the last night, "someone" stacked a tote on top of the mixer. The mixer  took a tumble at the bottom of the stairs, and consequently everything in the tote (books, cds, pictures, etc) went flying all over the pavement. So here we are, at 12:00am on Sunday morning, cleaning up. 
We were all on stage singing but as we sang we knew something was going on because all eyes in the audience were focused on "something" at the corner of the stage. Its very interesting to sing and watch people laughing at the same time, especially when you yourself can't look to see what they're laughing at, but you have a pretty good idea of what it is. =) One dear lady I was watching was laughing so hard she was wiping tears from her eyes. I was playing piano and thinking to myself, "I can only imagine what kind of an act little miss Curly is putting on right now." =)
Sure enough, this is what they were laughing at.
We were SO thankful that Danelda had her camera and was able to capture this moment.
The boys set up their chess game in the green room behind stage and then snuck in quick moves in between their songs. Leave it to boys to use those spare moments wisely!
Our mother's dear friends from "olden days" didn't make it to IA this year for our yearly memorial day visit, so they spent the weekend in IN with us instead. They always add lots of life to the party and are a great addition to our already rowdy team. =)
Late one night, after the concerts were over, Allison & I got to spend some time with our friends Bonnie & Jenna, from the Balos Family
We stayed at the "Preachers House" again. The little ones loved the unique stairway.
A sweet local family invited us over for breakfast and to ride their homemade ferris wheel. It was quite something. 
new friends
getting a thrill!
There's a long story behind these shirts.....but basically Denver and his friend Javan were calling themselves professional DJ string cutters, so Javan and his parents went and got these matching shirts made for the boys. Denver was beyond thrilled. =)


Mitchell & Allison's Graduation Celebration

 ::Senior Recital::

 ::Open House::

Congratulations, Mitchell & Allison! We love you both so much!


Daily Life on the Road

Recently some of us were discussing our blog, and what we post here....and we realized that most of what we post is our "off time days", which include cousins, field trips, friends, etc. 
Since all that is definitely not an accurate picture of a normal, typical "bus day"....we all agreed that it was time to show the world what daily life really looks like on the road. =)
These shots capture a few of our normal, daily routines....
Bible time with the littles
puzzle time for Rebecca while school is in session for her playmates
The three littlest doing reading and phonics together
Every week or so we "move in" to an area landromat. =)

Rebecca inserting quarters to keep the dryers going!
more school!
cleaning time....
....and school again
our boys can come up with some crazy ideas. Here is Denver, trying a new hairstyle right before his haircut.
there it goes...!!
Laundry again....
practice time!
we practice whenever we get the chance to leave our sound equipment up and stay at a church a little longer.


Joy in the Garden and Kitchen

This afternoon some of the children helped me make a batch of salsa-Oh! so yummy!  Our favorite recipe is tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt, and lime juice.

 Chop! Chop! Chop!
 ~My diligent helpers~
 We have some lovely cherry tomatoes still producing in our garden.  The little ones love to pick as long as they can eat while they work.  :)
Are you hungry yet?

"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so."  Genesis 1:11