Friday, December 30, 2011

New blog.

I am starting a new blog today. It is for my kiddos. It is very basic and may even be a bit boring, but something that I have been wanting to do. I am making it private, but would always love to have visits from friends and family. I will keep this one as well, for the handful of folks that keep up with our family here. :) We will probably only do our major family updates on this site. The other blog will have a bit more of a personal touch for my little ones. :)

If any of our friends or family would like to visit mine and the kiddos blog, just let me know. I will send an invite. The link is here


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas and Advent 2011

This year's Christmas and Advent was a wonderful time. Dand'un filled the children's days with special activities and treats. There were 24 gifts to open. Each one was something special. We had muffins to bake, cookies to cut out, gel sticks for the windows, movies to watch. Just lots of activities that she put a lot of thought into. It was really a treat for the children and for us.

 We also did a few random acts of kindness for some strangers. It was a lot of fun leaving money on drink machines, buying coffee for the person in line behind us, and giving cookies to our mailman. Our favorite reaction was the middle aged gentleman at Starbucks. He was almost speechless when Annalise handed him a gift card for his coffee. It made me smile. I didn't really take any pictures because I didn't want the children to have the idea that we were doing it "for show." But, it was a real treat for me to watch them. 

We were able to spend time with our Mobile family at Miramar Beach. We all rented a HUGE house together and had a great time eating, and believe it or not swimming. :) It never got over 60 degrees or so, but the kiddos (and Jake) were not going to miss opportunity to swim in the Gulf or the pool. It is always a gift to spend time with our family... especially at such a beautiful beach.

                                                            Cold, snotty G Coy.
                                                               Sweet Auntie Kara.

Okay...still more Christmas pics to add. Gingerbread house, gifts. etc...I will get them on here sometime. :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A few pictures.

Here are just a couple of pictures before I start posting all of the Christmas/Advent pictures. I am sure I will get all of that on here before 2013. ;) Our kiddos love their stick horses. A lot of times we just have one of something because it helps them to learn to share. And, we just do not have room for 3 of everything. But, there was a constant "waiting line" (aka fighting) about the stick horses. So, Annalise and Gabriel's birthday presents in 2011 were stick horses. Those horses get a lot of exercising. :)

And, I love this one of Annalise. We use Usborne's Living Long Ago as part of our history lessons. We were reading about European fashions from 350 years ago. Did you know that Europeans used masks and little stick on "tattoos" to cover scars and blemishes?? I didn't. :) But, we made some "tattoos" for our faces and attached them with flour and water. The kiddos had a great time and I loved this picture of sweet Annalise.

Friday, December 16, 2011

My new favorite..

Thank you, sweet Lindsey A.  I LOVE JJ Heller. This song is one of my new favorites. :) The lyrics are so fantastic. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our funnies from the week.

Gideon has a new super hero that he has created. It is Superhero Missionary. He flew around the house quite a while Tuesday evening demanding that we all stop worshiping other idols and worship "THE ONE TRUE GOD"!!! (said in a booming voice) Afterwards, he decided that I needed to be the Old Testament Israelites that were constantly following their neighbors pagan ways. He would jump out from around the corner shouting "Aha!! You must worship the ONE TRUE GOD!! I will now have to punish you!! :) :) I am very anxious to  finish up the Pentateuch in our Bible curriculum and move on to the New Testament... and talk about grace. HAHA!!

And, this little beauty requires no explaining. Nothing cuter than a masked snotty toddler.

Gideon the marksman.

Gideon has discovered a new love...shooting. His Uncle Pete has loaned him a beginners rifle that is perfect for little guys. He has had several shooting sessions with it and I have to admit that he is getting pretty good. His cousins were over on Thanksgiving weekend and they had a ball shooting together. :) One of the many perks of living in the woods. Dand'un and Grandaddy were able to stay with us over the long weekend and it was wonderful having them here for several days. We love when they are at arms reach instead of 4 hours away. :) Grandaddy helped Jake burn the huge brush pile that was left from some clearing Jake did last year. So, that is the smoldering pile that is in the background. Oh...and I love the hand me down boy scout shirt Gideon is wearing. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Gabriel!!

Gabriel had his 2nd birthday last month. Since he is still little, we all picked his theme for him. We had a manly mustache party and it was just too fun. We had lots of fun with all of the fun ideas we found on Pinterest. I am not very creative on my own, but we found tons of ideas to copy-cat.

We were so happy to have sweet cousins and Uncle Jeremy, Aunt Amy, and Grandmama come celebrate our G-Coy with us. We are so thankful for him. He is such a bright, energetic, and really just hysterical little boy. He brings joy to all of us everyday. His brother and sister are so proud of him and they do such a good job in taking care of him. We love you G-Coy. We love watching you learn and grow. We are thankful that you belong to us.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Our News Writer..

I am so behind on blogging. I have pictures from Gabriel's birthday and Thanksgiving weekend, but, this was just too cute to wait its turn. :) Gideon has been writing tons of newspapers lately. We love it when he reads them to us, so I decided to make a video of him reading one of his latest editions. I have no idea where he got his "news anchor voice" since he has only watched the news once or twice in his lifetime. :) I feel like I need to apologize for the condition of our table. I would give an excuse for the mess, but is like that all of the time. We just eat around it. ;)
Goodbye, sweet Grandad. There are no words to express just how much we love you ... We will miss you forever.