Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Important Note

(Written by JJ @ 6)

Sunday, December 27, 2015


We have been blessed with special family time as we celebrate this Christmas. 
We have been blessed with these three precious children who are growing and maturing each day.
Most of all, we are blessed that Jesus came to live among us & teach us how to live 2,000+years ago.
Celebrating his birth is definitely my favorite family tradition-Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Best Time of Year

December is a great time with kids.  We have so many opportunities to take part in fun activities that only come around once a year.

I try to work hard to be organized way in advance so that we can study together, have time for devotion, and enjoy Christmas activities as a family. Our kids will NOT grow up knowing Christmas as a flurry of running around and focused only on presents.

The kids were happy to see Santa and Mrs. Claus the night of JJ's Christmas program at school.

JJ did a great job.  (He's in the very back with the Santa hat and light blue shirt.)
I think we have been doing the public library's Polar Express event since Sydney was 2. 
This is an event they still enjoy and ask about-and a highlight is always 
seeing Santa and getting a bell on the way out of the train.

One night before basketball practice, we stopped in to grab some dinner and see this guy:
We are all three beyond being scared of the cow and actually like him a lot....

This was JJ's first year to serve at Affordable Christmas with Sydney and me.
I was so glad he could work with us and I'm proud of them.

He was a pretty good little gift wrapper and Sydney was too.
It is important for them to be aware and serve.

For several years we've taken a "walk through bethlehem" at a friends church.
 The kids love walking through the streets of Bethlehem,
going in the shops and, of course, seeing the Savior's birth!
And we got to visit Vixen the reindeer at Lost River Cave again this year as well.
It's been a great start to December !

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Luke's Christmas Program

Today Luke had his Christmas Program at school.  It was beautiful!

He was a happy little boy and has been excited about his big day. 
It brought tears (of happiness) as soon as I saw him and that sweet face walking in.
I feel so blessed that we have been able to give him
the gift of Christian preschool at this special place.

I enjoyed every second of watching him jingle his bell,
play his kazoo, smile and sing songs about Jesus.
I know Jeff did too.

Your Daddy and I adore you Luke.  You did an awesome job!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A Favorite New Tradition

....They want to shop for each other.

This new tradition started last year.

We are truly blessed that they love each other so much and that God wanted them to be so close in age also.  They have already finished their shopping and (with some help) their wrapping too. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015


November is just about to pass us by.  Sydney said today that it seems like we were just getting ready for 2015 and now it's close to 2016-I agree!

Early in the month, the movie they have been waiting and waiting for
finally came out-they were not disappointed!
They were excited to get back to the Homecoming parade
 and grabbed just as much candy and treats as they had the week before for Halloween.
Their treat bags are so heavy now that it is hard to lift them.
 Homecoming theme was circus related this year so there were lots of neat floats.
Sydney wrapped up volleyball and she and JJ both finished up their first round of Super Saturdays with WKU.  Her class was Learning with Legos and JJ's was Fun With Science.
I enjoyed a fun afternoon out with Lukey one Saturday-and took him to an event for 4/5 year olds at Barnes Noble.  He volunteered to be in the play about the Three Little Pigs....he was so cute.

Jeff, Luke and I got to attend Thanksgiving lunch with Sydney and JJ at Plano. 
They really go all out to make it special and I'm thankful I can be a part of their special school lunch.

We ended the month with Thanksgiving at home and it was just a wonderful time.  I cannot remember a more special Thanksgiving, as we were able to host my Jeff's parents, my parents and my grandmother for food and time together.  I didn't realize until it was over that I didn't have a good photo of all of us and that was disappointing.  I did snap a quick photo of what has become a tradition for me and Sydney to make for a Thanksgiving appetizer.
I think at this point there were only a few bites gone !

Later that night, Buddy and I headed out for some traditional "Black Friday" shopping and this year Sydney joined us.  She was great and so patient as we waited in line over an hour at two stores.
This is where our line started at Walmart-registers not even in sight.

The next morning, Jeff, my Dad and JJ headed to see WKU play Marshall. 
Since both my parents attended Marshall and I grew up cheering for the Herd, it was a neat matchup.
JJ ran into my favorite childhood mascot :), and I love this photo.

This Thanksgiving weekend was one to be truly thankful for.

Here we come, December....

Sunday, November 15, 2015

First Try at Volleyball

Sydney has just finished her first season of volleyball.  
She played on the Orange Crush, and was #6.  She had a great time.
It was neat to watch her try a new sport and get excited about it.

We are proud of her!

Her team was 3rd and 4th graders and all but one player were brand new to the sport.

She was lucky enough to have both sets of grandparents come to one of her games,
Some family friends from church also made it to watch her.
Her teacher even came to her last game.
The girls spent the season learning many of the fundamentals, and by the end they had improved SO much.  They actually won their last three games!
It was a great experience and she is looking forward to more volleyball in the spring!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Halloween Fun

The kids really enjoy the extra fun Halloween brings to school at their parades & parties.
This was Luke's last year to participate in the Halloween parade at ELC...
and my last year to have a kiddo in the parade.  
 I enjoyed every second of watching Captain America in his 
parade and taking in the precious moment.
 The next day, Jeff, Luke and I all got to attend the parties at Plano.
Superman had a lot of fun and good food to eat!
 Wonder Woman was disappointed that 3rd grade= no more wearing costumes, but she had a great party with games, food and friends just the same.

Of course, the big event was on Halloween night.  
The superheroes teamed up with Olaf (and Holly ) for a night of fun.  
They had so much candy that they could barely carry it when we wrapped up trick or treat!

It was a great Halloween and at the end of the night their only regret was that it was over.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

Wonder Woman,
Captain America,
and their super hero dog are ready to gather some serious treats!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fall Break

We got to visit Waterscape, and Okaloosa Island for the third fall break in a row.

 The first full week in October has become such a special week to us.

The kids love having Nana & Buddy to make memories at the beach.
They always find ways to make the days and week extra special for all five of us.

 While the first 2 1/2 days were COOL, it wasn't long before we were 
back into full beach mode for some beautiful weather and fun in the sand & water!
Boat rides, kayak adventures (but no dolphins this year),

and, of course, the SAND!

Friends also made this vacation special for us.
This year, we vacationed alongside the Crosby, Hunt, Byers & Bledsoe families.
For a couple days in a row, this crew dug and dug and dug....a huge! hole on the beach.  It was big enough for all of them and when Luke would get down in it, you couldn't see him until you were a few feet away.

The kids played and played all day long together each day of the week and got along so well.
They really had a ball!
The girls tried volleyball, while
the dads and the older boys played football til they wore themselves out.
We enjoyed great seafood and some extra fun at night, including shopping, putt putt, go karts, 

and the first time to try these giant beach balls that blow up while you are in them:
After it's blown up around you, it's time to go in the water and run around inside the ball, while trying to bump into your brother and sister:)

One morning we made our first drive to Navarre Beach and had a great time collecting seashells.
Their beach had bigger shells and our three were thrilled with their findings:

We sure were blessed with such a wonderful week and cherish every new memory!
Sydney says we are beach people and she's right again-

Can't wait til next time :)