January 30, 2014
Ever wonder what we do on the road when not practicing for, setting up for, tearing down from, or actually doing concerts?  Well, here’s a small glimpse.  Following are several random snapshots from our daily life, as well as some major activities on our “to-do list” while traveling:
The back room of our bus has become rather a sort of office.  It’s the place for making phone calls, studying, writing, and having meetings.
Mitchell helping Liz with school.
Taylor doing schoolwork.
more schoolwork.:)  Mother is really good about giving the kids assignments that they need to complete before they can play.  Typically, they do school most days in the week, taking a break Sunday and one or two other days, as specified by mother.  They do some in the summer, too, in order to get it done.  it’s a little different now that half of us are finished.  There aren’t any more little people learning to read these days.:)  
We take turns with kitchen privileges on the road.
As you can tell, Mitchell is super sweet in helping with the little ones’ school.  Here, he is supervising Rebecca doing her reading drills.
Josh cooking
Denver has become our self-apointed shoe-shiner.  He does a great job!
Some of the younger ones got out there instruments at Tim Horton’s in Canada one day this summer, and the got some nice tips for their playing.:)
Carson makes delicious grilled salmon!
Mitchell is usually in charge of washing the bus.
Who says work can’t be fun?  

Liz helped water the beautiful flowers at one church last summer.  We love doing work projects as we travel!
You never know what position you may find someone sleeping in.  Some people in particular are notorious for activities such as sleep walking, spilling out of their bed, making sounds while sleeping, etc.  Annddd…….. all us kids sleep in the same room (in the bus), so it can get pretty interesting!
This little sweetie wanted to try out one of our violins.
There is lots of music practice going on anywhere at any given moment.:)
Huds looking on as Carson does some target practice.
Mitchell and Carson frequently help dad with the us driving.
laundry.  oh yeah!  We do it anywhere, everywhere: 
*churches- a few churches have laundry facilities.:)
*rv parks
*sweet friends’ houses- some people don’t know what they’re getting into when they offer for us to do laundry at their home. “Are you sure you want all ????? loads of our dirty laundry dragged into your house?”
*laundromats- above we “moved into” the Winkler Clean ‘n’ Wash Center.:)  The dear gentlemen brothers helped haul the laundry in, and Josh and Liz stayed to help me (Allison) do the laundry (and keep me company, I won’t deny:). Yes, some of you may be aware that Chelsy is “the laundry Queen“.  It is true.  I don’t pretend to be her equal when it comes to doing laundry.  But I need a little practice once-in-a-while, not?
and Rebecca had an obviously prosperous shopping trip, above.  Rebecca does enjoy the chance to go grocery shopping, especially to Costco.  Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that Costco often has lots of yummy samples, right?:)  I should also mention that my mother is an excellent shopper, with a great eye for deals on healthy food.  


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  1. Fun! With so many family members, life is probably rarely dull, eh? Love the variety of this post. Great job, Alli. 🙂

    I'll be spilling out of your bunk while sleeping is quite the wakeup call!

    Ali Turner

  2. Thanks for the updates and prayers in your travels are coming your way. The Lord knows your needs! BTW – who teaches the "littles" to sing/harmonize? Do you older ones teach or do you have a teaching instructor back home?
    Love it!

  3. This post is totally us! Especially the part about the laundromat. 🙂 Do y'all get strange glances from people when you carry in a gazillion loads of laundry, too? I don't get why people look at us funny for that. After all, it is normal, right? 😉 Anyway, great job with the diversety and randomness on this post. By the way, do y'all use math-u-see by any chance?
    -AbbyJoy 🙂

  4. Greetings from Texas,

    As a first time blogger, I am encouraged to see joyful times of family as well as in the ministry. Thank you for coming to Texas. The experience was a blessing to me.

    Continued prayer and support,


  5. Hey Bontragers,
    Who was the one half out of her bunk? That's so kind of Mitchelle to help the little kids w there school. That was sweet of that little girl playing ur violin Allison :)! I used to play violin and piano but now I am taking voice lessons ;)! I love to sing! I actually wanna sing on my churches worship team! I love all of the pictures! Rebecca seems like u and I both go to Costco for the samples of food haha!
    In Christ,

  6. WONDERFUL pics! Just a suggestion- there's a picture of Elizabeth practicing violin with her book on the window ledge. I've found that using a skirt hanger clasped to a book then hung works pretty well. I can only imagine bumps on the road would make keeping the book upright interesting. Awesome pictures!

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