Thursday, February 28, 2013

Our " Brave" 10 yr old Gracie

Gracie loves the movie Brave. So for her 10th birthday that was our theme. She also told her teacher at school she wanted long hair...I think because of her affection for Brave. I had this idea to make her a Brave wig for her party and she loved it. We ate her favorite foods and she requested pudding for her dessert. 

We played bingo and had light sticks.

I bought butter cookies and we always try to eat them into as small a ring without it breaking...Rachel won.

Happy Birthday to our sweet Gracie.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What do you do when it has rained for dance

Trying to get the kids moving when we have been inside for days is not hard when we dance. We use the Just Dance on the Wii but don't play it competively . They love it. It helps to let them get some exercise and much needed large muscle movement.

We will also go to Walmart and do a photo taking scavenger hunt or we have even played hide from the other part of the family ( mom's team vs dad's team) in Target.

What are some of your late Winter need to get out ideas ?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well, we tried to teach them to sign , I love you

Jesse did pretty well we thought .....

Until he displayed this :) 

Oh well...finally he did get it and loves to show us his sign of I love you. Judah tries too.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Whoo knows what this is ?

We are wrapping up our 2 week study of owls this week. Today we dissected owl pellets. It took hours for them to finish but it was interesting and we learned a lot. We will finish by going owling at nite . Hope we can find some . If you ask the kids they can even identify the different calls of an owl.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

God's Provision

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise- orange, reds, yellows all the way across the horizon. I did not have my camera or there would be a picture . This afternoon we had warm weather in the 50s , black, dark clouds, rain, a period in the am where it snowed huge flakes for an hour,wind, cold temperatures, a thunderstorm, hail and then this beautiful double rainbow.....Sort of reminds me of God's provision as we walk thru the journey of life. We have our times of peace and safety and our times of storms and darkness but God always is there beside us no matter what comes our way…this rainbow was a good reminder of His presence.

God is the provider...

When it is His work....

He provides !

Saturday, February 16, 2013

You have to get by these 3 first if you broke into our home

Our guard dogs, Sadie, Emma and Willy. This is how I find them taking naps sometimes when the front door is open.

Willy is the old man of the group at 12 yrs ...We actually delivered him along with 12 other puppies. We had the momma for just a week . She belonged to another man who could only have one dog in his apartment ...He was recently divorced. The momma had been brought to the vet where our daughter, Laura Jeane worked at to get her spayed...She was too far along and we stepped in to have her stay during her whelping and raising the pups till they were 8 wks. old. Willy was the alpha male of the litter...but now he is deaf and aging quickly. The last 2 winters we think he might not make it thru but always seems to. He has seen alot of children come into our family.

This is Sadie and Emma our pups...2 yr old. If you remember we got them for the kids at Christmas....It was a great decision and we certainly love our dogs. 

They would protect the kids for sure but they are as gentle as a baby with the kids.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

They have something to tell you :)

Have you ever seen anything cuter ? Our twins, Jesse and Judah are starting to wear underwear during the day. They are doing pretty well too. Of course they go a zillion times because they are rewarded with an M & M. Two and a half yrs old and we are proud of their effort....of course this was all started because their favorite little person in the whole world - Mady has been on this potty training journey as well.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Some of the things we have been doing around here....

These were the cups I bought for Selah and Sari's party...we will use them many times for lots of celebrations.

This was the bird's nest treat we made last week when we studied birds....

I love the colors of this pic of the girls decorated table.

Joseph turned 23...Love this guy so much. He is out eat with us at the Outback...He loves his steak.

They could not believe Joseph was that " old " :) 

My two sweethearts with their precious smiles.....