Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Love For Show And Tell

It was about this time last year that Thomas chose "Show & Tell" for his reward, and insisted that I bring in his new baby brother in to show all his classmates.

I guess he decided that his friend needed to see how much he had grown and wanted a chance to show his Tobias off again.

I know I have blogged about it before, but the love between these two is amazing to watch and is more precious beyond words. Thomas couldn't be a prouder big brother, and Tobias worships the ground his brother walks on!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Curly Love

I don't care what daddy says, those curls are too too precious and I LOVE them!!!

Thin Mint Love




 I think it is safe to say he loved his first Thin Mint!


Youth Love

Look at my girl!

She is standing in front of the entire church performing!

I remember when she was 3 or 4 and thinking that she would never be brave enough to do something like this.

Her father and I are so proud of her.

We are proud she finally got brave and joined the Youth Group.

We are proud that she got really brave and decided to join the youth band.


We are over the moon that she was excited to stand and play for not one, but all three worship services this Youth Sunday!!

She has come so far in her short life, and God has big things still in store for her!



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Love In Bloom


This is the tree in our backyard. I have no idea what type of tree it is, but it isn't the prettiest in the world. In fact, most of the year it is pretty sad looking.  But, the one or two weeks it blooms it is breath taking!

Usually it will bloom in time for Easter pictures of the kids in front of it, but this year's unseasonably warm weather has forced it and all the other blooms to come much earlier than they planned.

That's okay. I will enjoy the fluffy pink for as long as it lasts.



Friday, February 24, 2017

Best Friend Love


These two boys have been best buds since they were 3, and they have celebrated each other years 4-8. Thomas already had his turn, and now it is time to celebrate Bryce.

Being the athletic friend, Bryce chose Peak Experiences, an indoor climbing place.

Bryce got to choose 3 friends to take with him, and I love that Thomas was one of them.

I also love that Grace knows how much I love pictures and sent them to me this afternoon and evening.

And, I love that I stayed at home--because if I had seen this in person I would have been the crazy mama yelling "you go up there and bring my baby back down!"

Now, Thomas isn't shy, but he isn't athletic at all, and moderately adventurous, so I am floored that he even attempted to do these things. a

And, now that my heart is back to making regular beats--I have to say I am super proud of him for trying.

He is already asking him when Daddy can take him again!

Happy Birthday Bryce! Thank you for bringing Thomas back in one piece!







Thursday, February 23, 2017

Embriodery Love

Garren "got me" embroidery downloads for my birthday, and the first thing I wanted to try out was monogramming.

Turns out it is a little harder on the computer side, but my tech savvy husband figured that part out so I could focus on the sewing side.

Monogramming will open up a whole new world for me personally and in my "business."

And of course this means my poor kids will find almost everything they own in their closets with beautiful initials on them!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kids Class Love

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This is as close as I come to being a "teacher," but let me tell you this was a proud teach moment!

In addition to our 8 week lesson on Fruits Of The Spirit, I also had my kids learn and memorize the Lord's Prayer. We also learned in sign language as the older kids had already mastered the memorization.

Tonight they led the dinner prayer and showed how awesome they are.

Weather Channel Love

This kid.

He has been obsessed with storms for most of his life. He is terrified of bad weather and will worry himself into a frenzy at the mere mention of "thunderstorm."

I think I have tried everything. We have prayed with him, we have talked about what we would do during an emergency, how we predict weather & storms, what we can do to stay safe.

Nothing really works.

You'll find him like this most mornings before school and then after. He uses his TV time to turn it to the Weather Channel.

If you want to know the forecast at a glance for the Richmond area, just ask Thomas!

I figure, I'll stop trying to fight the fear and just let him watch.  Seems like the more he knows ahead of time the less panicked he is. Although, it sure doesn't cure the obsession, and in fact feeds it.

On the bright side, maybe he will grow up to be a Meteorologist! I have been a news producer for many great ones :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vroom Vroom Love

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How do boys instinctively know how to make the sounds of cars?!  No one taught him this, and it is too too cute to listen to!

Center Stage Love



That's my ham in the front!!  You can not deny that my boy is selling it!

Tobias and I loved a chance to see the first performance of the 2017 Talent Show at his school where he entire class did a performance to "Fight Song."


After the class performed, Mrs. Tapper walked up to me to proudly say how much Thomas was loving his chance at performing and how much they have all loved watching him really get in to it@

That's my boy! I (honestly) don't know where he gets it from being in a family of hermit crabs!!!


The kids will perform their talent show again tonight for parents and tomorrow for 3-5th graders. This morning's show was for the K-2nd graders at schools and us overzealous camera moms :)


**I probably don't have to point him out, but white hat between the two microphones**

Monday, February 20, 2017

3 Day Weekend Love


It's President's Day and I am sure that I should be something more meaningful or educational with my kids, but Tobias is still struggling with his stomach and daddy ended up going into the office for part of the day, so this is how day #3 of our weekend rounded out:

* Trimming box tops for school

* Assembling and figuring out how to use daddy's new toy (pressure washer)

* Pressure washing the grill
 
* Thawing chicken

* Playing outside with neighbor child

* Daddy comes home and he and kids pressure was everything they can get their hands on

* Grilling out

* Rushing Gracie to last minute called youth band practice

* Bed

Hey, it's no day for the history books, but it was our day off, and we used it the way we could--most of which was outside in the phenomenally warm weather!