Monday, November 7, 2011

San Angelo and halloween

Highlights from our trip... We went to two of Seth's football games (they won the second one!), and did some thrift shopping...which I love! I think that's one of those things that I get too busy for (it does take time to rummage through and find those treasures!) but still enjoy when I get the chance. Reminds me of my high school days of searching for vintage t-shirts and bell bottoms!
The kids had a great time at the fall festival and chili cook-off at my parents church...we all did! The highlight was getting to see Malachi...he's so much fun and absolutely adorable! I still can't believe those big eyes of his!
Then back at home just in time to hand out tracks and candy to our neighborhood kids.
I just can hardly believe its November! Thanksgiving here we come!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Piano Makeover

* 1 piano (preferably one in good condition inside but in need of some TLC outside)

* 1 electric sander

* 1 amazing husband (preferably your own...and preferably one who knows how to use the above mentioned sander)

* 1 quart of tinted primer

* 1 Quart of satin enamel paint

* various wood appliqu├ęs to beautify your worn out and possibly plain piano

* 2 (or more) enthralled children to cheer you on and "help" you paint

* 1 weekend with nothing better to do...well the desire to fix up your piano has to at least outweigh your never ending to-do list...enough to spend a weekend on it

(I'm having trouble getting the picture order right on my blogger app which is why we are going from the after to the before shots...)

The finished product.....

Friday, October 14, 2011

Comal County Fair

The County fair was a couple of weeks ago and it was so much fun...the kids absolutely loved every minute of it! We decided to participate in the exhibits this year at and I'm so glad we did! Emma's nativity (complete with cave and all!) won 1st place and her rag doll won 3rd. Alex made cinnamon pumpkin muffins that got 1st place. The best part was the reaction of the kids toward each other as we ran from building to building to see if we had placed. (btw, i think all the kids got ribbons of some kind...which is awesome...I mean how could you not reward all those kiddos for their effort!). Anyways, they were very proud of each other and rejoiced at the others accomplishment as much as their own - if not more... A very happy family moment for sure. ;). The rides and the animals were exciting too, but I think they will always treasure their ribbons, and forever love the fair because of them.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Summer Vacation...Mustang Island

Our Trip to Mustang Island in September was nothing short of amazing. I absolutely love being in the midst of such beauty...God is so good...I mean, He did not have to give us beaches and mountains oceans and everything in between. This year the water was the clearest we've seen it in a long time. Just beautiful. We simply reveled in the beauty, and being together...and having nothing to do but just be!

Since school had already started, we only got to have Grandpa and Seth for a few days but Grandma got to stay for the whole week...oh and since school had started, we basically had Port Royal and our little section of beach to Much. Fun. Can't wait to go back. :). We praise Jesus for the blessing of this much awaited and badly needed vacation!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Homeschooling and Horses

Welcome to our schoolroom!   I finally took my dear husband's advice and moved all of our homeschooling things upstairs.  I have to give him credit...he was so right!  It is so nice to have everything in one place, and less distraction for me and for the kids.  We started August 1st, and had the BEST first day of school!  I was in tears over how well it went...only by the grace of God!  The kids are thriving in their new space.  I think they really needed that sense of "we're in school now - this is not play time"  They are doing so well and learning so much already.  
Which brings me to another thing that I'm super excited about for this year...Adventures in My Father's 
World - our curriculum for this year.  So far we are loving it!  Alex is doing parts of the My Father's World 1st grade curriculum - mostly just math and reading, and joining in Adventures for history, Bible and science.  

 A lady at church asked Emma what her favorite subject was, and she said "Clay!"  We don't really talk about subjects, and I realized that the kids think more in terms of "work boxes", so it made since that she would say Clay, since that's her favorite work box.  :)

Emma had her first horse back riding lesson on Friday.  It was amazing!  I am so thankful that she's getting to do this.  It is going to be so good for her, and she absolutely LOVES it!  She's our animal loving nature girl, and this is so her element!  She did natural with the horses, and just wants to do anything with them...clean poop, brush them, hose them down - anything!  The horse's name is Pancho...what a great experience!  Hopefully I'll get more pictures up soon...

More Summer fun and Birthdays!

 Meet PJ!   The newest addition to our family...Emma is in LOVE with her bird!

Our day trip/mini vacation to Port Royal

Emma had her 8th birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese this year.  She was so excited about the ticket blaster (that's pretty much THE reason she wanted to have her party there  - you can only "experience" the ticket blaster if you have a CEC birthday!)  It was a ton of fun...she hasn't had a party in a couple of years, so this was a special treat.  ...Although I think my favorite special birthday thing for her was our mother daughter weekend trip last year...hoping for another one of those...maybe next year!   Notice my attempt at making Chuck E Cheese less cheesy...I tried...  :)

Alex wanted a Wii perfect for him!  He absolutely loved it!  Mike set up the projector and darkened the windows upstairs, which was the perfect atmosphere for the party.  The boys played a HUGE game of Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and New Mario Bros.  It was great...and I attempted to make some Mario star cookies, and cupcakes...Alex was so excited about all of cute to watch him!  I cannot believe he is 6!  Both the kids were so sweet and fun at their just could not have gone better!
Oh yes...a word of advice to those who might consider using icing gel on the cookies that they slaved for hours on...DON'T!  It will NOT dry!  Wish I had known that before I designated the bigger cookies a "take home"!  Oh well...the kids still loved them.

Friday, July 15, 2011


I was just sitting here thinking of how I love summer.  I love these relaxed days of hanging out with Mike and the kids, getting to see more of friends and family, and having less of a schedule.  We have been reading through the Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos, and continuing with our scripture memory at a lighter pace.  We've been reading books, and the kids are reading some too, although I'm not making a big deal out of them missing some days.  I'm taking the advice of a friend, and taking much more of a break from school work than I thought I would.  I originally thought we would continue with math and writing and of course reading. However, now that we've slowed our pace down a bit we've been doing some of those things here and there in more of a real life scenario...they're adding up their own money to buy something at the store, or writing a thank you note to a friend, etc.  It's a good reminder that we are always learning, even if it isn't scheduled learning.

One thing that Mike and I are trying to be very purposeful about, is being very alert to opportunities to bring scripture into our every conversation, and taking the time to stop what we're doing to talk about things as they come up.  One of the verses we're memorizing is Psalm 1:1&2 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.  We'll be learning the rest of Psalm 1, but this is where we are so far.  Emma and I had a great conversation after reciting this verse, about what it means to meditate, and that God's law is His word...and what it looks like to truly meditate on His Word day and night, as well as what the reward is for doing this.  These little opportunities are a good reminder to me that when I get too busy, or when our schedule is too full, conversations like this are what we miss out on...and I'm not willing to miss out on these seemingly little things in order to do more,  because they're actually the important things.    David Hazell (coauthor of My Father's World) has some cd workshops out that are AMAZING, and they have one titled "Family Ministry, teaching your children to reach out".  I'm ordering it, and I'll let you know what ideas we get from it.  For now, the kids have been taking the initiative - coming up with ideas to reach out in our own neighborhood.  It's been such a blessing to see their hearts for the Lord, and it's challenged me in my own walk and actions as well.

Well, there's a little peek at "what we've been up to this summer".  (I've been getting this question a lot lately :)
I was hoping to add more pictures but this is the best I can do for now...I basically only take pictures with my phone now, and it's so hard to download my stresses me out messing with it, so, for now, here you go...  :)

Friday, March 4, 2011