Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Saturdays are for making bread (parmesan herb bread- it was fantastic!)
playing with chalk while it's still nice outside
being silly and running around while Daddy rakes leaves.

and for playing hopscotch.

It was a great day. I love my family.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Gracie has made Graham her playmate, whether he likes it or not! The door to her room will close and it will be quiet for a looooonnnnggg time. Then out will come sis in a new (for the 10th time that day!) outfit and brother in a tutu and hair bows. It's so funny! He just looks at us like "guys, I just go with it, it's easier, trust me". ha!
He LOVES playing with blocks and can stack quite a few. They keep him entertained.
The Christmas tree was very exciting to him. So are the ornaments. We let Gracie decorate it and her sweet spot seems to be middle right so, there are about 100 ornaments there and not to many anywhere else.
He has also enjoyed coloring lately! If he sees the crayons out he starts squealing and pointing to the paper.

He finally got tooth #4! 5 & 6 are not far behind. Those top teeth sure do change how he looks. :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Review: Thank you God for Blessing Me

We’ve had this book for a bit now, and it’s already a well loved one in our house! Thank you, God, for Blessing Me, by Max Lucado is a great way to take Hermie books down to a infant/toddler level. It is about little Hermie the caterpillar who goes through his list thanking God for all He has given him.

This story is told with rhyme and is easy to read and understand. Both Gracie and Graham enjoy the verses and pictures. They idea that we should thank God for all we have been given is clear. Little Hermie takes time to thank Him even for the little things in His life.

I have always enjoyed the Hermie books. This one isn’t any different but I do think that the illustrations are not as vibrant and bright like the usual Hermie books. That was more of a disappointment for me than my kids though, they didn’t mind a bit and this book is requested often! I would purchase this book for any young child (baby to 3ish) as a gift!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011


Child #1 has been busy! She has been going to preschool 2 days a week. Her teacher says her gift is dramatic play. HA!
She loved her "new to her" coat from her friend Norah. She feels like a princess in it!
She is also learning how to write! She actually writes her Gs upside down then turns the paper but it's still fantastic!

She is thrilled with Christmas. We are "working" on a memory verse. (I say working because she has ZERO interest in memorizing or really doing what I ask. ha!) It is-

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Every time she says it she says
"for unto you is born this day in the city of David... and Marah...

David and Marah are good friends of ours. She can't imagine a city of David without Marah. :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall is fading...

I'm going to admit that we put up our Christmas tree this week. We LOVE Christmas and we like to have it up early so that we can take it down right after the holidays. Plus we are so busy that we won't have much time to do it later!
I carved a pumpkin with sister a few days before Halloween. It was definitely an "I" not a "we". She was having nothing to do with that icky stuff inside! When I asked her what she wanted me to make she said a beautiful princess in a pink dress. Uh, not quite in mom's pumpkin carving repetoire....

We settled for triangle eyes and lips. She was pleased!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Flashback Friday

Look at these two! He was so tiny and I thought he had a lot of hair at the time! And she was JUST potty training. Now they are playing and he follows her all over the house. What a difference a year makes!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful Thursday

wow, it's been a bit! I need to catch up. Don't give up on me. I do have things to share. I promise. :)
Today I am thankful for...
smiles caught on camera
a great shopping trip for under $5!!!! (that rarely happens, so I had to document it!)
growing teeth
silly time with daddy

newfound curiosity for everything

We are at an exciting time in our lives. God is moving us and pushing us. I was reminded this week of our church's mission "To Know Christ and Make Him Known". It was a reminder to me that it's not just my church's job, that is MY job. No matter where I am, no matter what I am doing, that is my mission. It starts with my kiddos. No, really, it starts with me. To know Christ... that means have a relationship with Him. Getting into his word, spending time with him. To make him known... that's where I can share what I am learning with my kids.

My patience has been thin lately, especially with them. I want to honor my kids by giving them my best and I want to honor my God by giving him my best. I am so very thankful for new mercies every day and for his gentle reminders in my life.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Minnie Mouse
and Pal the Puppy had a great time last night!
The two "puppies" had a great time playing! (our dear neighbor's dog, Carly)
Graham's puppy ears were in his eyes. There was a lot of bumping into things!

We had a fun night! (yes, that was pre trick or treating chocolate in her mouth- thanks Grandma Sue!)