Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall fun at Buchues Pumpkin farm

The first weekend of October was beautiful so we went to the pumpkin farm and enjoyed the afternoon together.  
We fed the animals, "Goat!  Come HERE!"

Made it safely through the "corn maze"

Rode the piggy train

And went down the hay slide.

What a beautiful day!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Family Bible Time

Several time a week, Daddy reads the family a story from the Bible and then we talk about it a little.  After that we pray for a family in our small group, which has been an incredible thing to do together as a family.  Amazing.  I am so thankful for this tradition and time together.  But to be honest, sometimes having a toddler as part of Bible reading makes things interesting.  Here is a typical evening shown in pictures...

Perfect :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Elsie's first day of Kindergarten!

Today Elsie starts a brand new life adventure.  Kindergarten.  She is ready and excited.  She is going to do fantastic.  My spunky, active, never listens to an entire book without rolling around on the ground a few times, sweet, empathetic, kind, friendly little 5 year old is ready for this big step.

I love this picture.  

Meanwhile, brother will be home taking a nap and this mama will have 2 1/2 hours of quiet house to clean, study, think, sit, work, or do whatever else people do with a quiet sleeping household (I barely remember how to have free time!)

It's going to be a great year!

Jenna's first day of 3rd grade!

Jenna loves school.  She loves learning, she loves the friendships, she loves projects and schedules and school supplies.  She loves every bit of it.  Here's my precious (baby) girl on her first day of 3rd grade.  I am so proud of her!

She was so excited to begin, even though her best friend moved to a new school.  Over the summer she only had one break down of emotions about losing her best friend.  After talking about what school is for (learning mainly, loving people, new friends, and more learning) she embraced what a new year would bring.  She is, like, way more mature and confident than I ever was :)

((PS...Every summer I wonder if we are sending the kids to the right school.  So many friends of ours homeschool, private school, or charter, especially at church and among very close friends that I love and respect.  But yet again once school started, I had/have total confidence that we are doing the exact right thing for our family and for our kids right now.  Phew.  It is good to be where God has you, even when it is very different than what He has for others.))

Friday, June 08, 2012

Happy Birthday Paxton!

Happy 1st Birthday Paxton!!  
One year ago today sweet Pax-man joined our family!

Dearest Pax-man, you are ONE!
You were not a big fan of being out of the womb... a week late!

 You cried for the first hour or so of life with the saddest little face.  You still have the sad face mastered with your square mouth cry and insta-tears.  But now you are a happy little guy!  
 You love to stand up, especially in the bath.  Look at that belly!  Adorable.  
 The kids love to play with you and laugh with you...and at you :)  You're so funny!
 You shake your head "no", sign "all done" when you are finished, scream at the top of your lungs when you need something (seriously buddy), and dance any time there is a beat.
 You love to discover new things and conquer new feats.  Your newest achievement is climbing...up stairs, onto the fireplace, and onto the couch (via the ottoman).  You loved these pinwheels at the beach!  You didn't like the sand, no matter now many times you tasted it :)
 This is my favorite cheese it up all the time with squinty eyes and a huge grin.  It just melts my heart.  How can you not smile when you see such joy!!  
What a year it has been!  Happy Birthday Pax-man!