Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Break 2015

Spring Break means a whirlwind trip to the great state of Kansas.  It's a good thing Nana and Papa are awesome, because I-35 is the worst. We were pretty bummed to miss out on time with Benjamin, Harrison, and Lauren (sick kids are never a good thing), but we were able to see a lot of Travis and his family!  

It's hard to tell from her smile, but Nana was pretty excited to have the munchkins invade her once peaceful home. She did have to go to work some, but it gave me a chance to hear the kids ask 1,000 times a day when she was going to be home
We always knew that Papa had some mad carpentry skills. It turns out he's also a chess guru. He tried to share some of his wisdom with Aidan- we'll see if it sticks.  That coupled with evening wagon rides to the pond and Papa taking them to play hide and seek at the church building was better than Christmas morning! Oh yeah, and he let Aidan shoot his pellet gun. No big deal.

We don't get to see our older cousins very often but when we do my kids our starstruck!  We missed out on seeing Ali, but cousin Taylor came to the rescue.  Ryla used to be infatuated with Taylor Swift, but not anymore. Taylor Sears is now Ryla's new hero. Both Taylor and Matt were so patient with the kids and played with them for two days straight!
 Of course seeing Travis and Kari is always fun!  I know, he's kind of old, but he's still funny.  Wish we lived closer!  He's a great stress reliever!!!!!

We made some great memories.  It made my heart happy that age gaps didn't stop these 5 from spending time together.  Counting down till the next trip!!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Greetings Tooth Fairy!

      Aidan lost his first tooth a couple of weeks ago.  He has been talking about his friends loosing teeth all year.  He gave us an update, at least once a week, at dinner regarding who in his class had lost a tooth.  His frustration about not having a wiggly tooth got intense in February.  I even got an email from his teacher letting me know that he started asking for prayer requests to get a wiggly tooth.  
      Well, about a week after that I picked him up from school and experienced the most precious moment with him that I can remember.  As soon as he got in the car he SCREAMED "Mommy, guess what?  I have a wiggly tooth!!!"  I have never seen him so happy!!!!!!!  We instantly pulled the car over so that we could FaceTime Dad and tell him.  
     We worked on his wiggly tooth for about a week and finally he let me pull it out.  Dad was very jealous.  The tooth fairy left a dollar.  He already has his second wiggly tooth and we are receiving our hourly updates!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Imagination Inc.

What do you do when you've got a houseful of pent up childhood energy? Apparently, you do whatever you can dream up. Costumes, wars, and epic adventures make up the free time exploits in our family. One of the most dangerous places for us to be is in our backyard, We've always got to be sure that our fiercest warriors are ready for anything.

Of course, this requires a vigilant watchman. And if you somehow manage to sneak up on this guy, then you're in for the shocking experience of discovering a little monster in his underwear...

All of this battle readiness is so that we can protect our darling princess. It's unfortunate that her princess training hasn't taught her how to coordinate colors between her dress and her shoes, but who are we to critique a princess?
 "What are those neighbors up to?"
 Oh yeah, and don't forget the dashing prince with a serious ability to strike a pose. It's only a little awkward.

You know it's serious when the battle moves inside. It's gonna get crazy in here.

And how about we round it all out with some ice cream and cuddle time.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I love how these pics completely capture their individual personalities.  


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Noah turns 3!

Our little bundle of energy turned three over the weekend.  Needless to say, he was pretty excited about it!  Noah has an over the top personality and is constantly cracking our family up.  Right now he is a moody little guy.  When he is happy he makes everyone around him smile.  If he is unhappy with you, you will not walk away not knowing that.  Luckily, there is way more happy moments than sad.

Noah had his first birthday party with friends of our small group on Saturday.  The theme was "Noah's favorite things."  One of his favorite things is Daniel the Tiger.  Family bought him presents centered around Daniel and we had Daniel cupcakes that were yummy!

 Next, we moved onto his next favorite thing which was a dance party!  We had special lights and LOUD music.  The kiddos were super cute in our learning room dancing away.

 And it wouldn't be a favorite things party without BUBBLES!

 Finally, we brought in Uncle Kevin to do some Beat Boxing.  Noah loves Biz Beat of the Day from the show Yo Gabba Gabba and we thought it would be fun for the kids to hear some live beat boxing and have a little lesson of their own.


 Last but not least the cupcakes.  Noah dropped his frosting on the floor but that didn't stop him from getting every last bite he could.  Don't worry everyone, we are just building up his immune system.

 Well, this is the best I could get with a group pic but the kids had fun taking them!

 When I asked Noah who he wanted to invite to his birthday party he told me he wanted his Bible teachers there and "my Zoe."  So Cliff and I thought it would be fun to invite them to got out to ice-cream with us.
Miss Zoe was there wearing a fancy bow she picked out for Noah.  HOW CUTE IS THAT!

 Miss Amy came and brought him balloons and an adorable little mailbox!

Miss Kara also came and brought bubbles and flarp!!  He has been making Flarp noises ever since! We were so touched that so many people showed up to help us celebrate our Noah.  The love he has for his friends and especially his Bible teachers shows what a great little guy we have!