Monday, October 31, 2011
My favorite images from Halloween.
Andrew counting down the hours & loving being a storm trooper.
Katie in a full on excited sprint as she ran from door to door and declaring,
"I love Trick Or Treating!!!"
Andrew's bravery as he'd lead the other kids up to the doors of the "scary' houses.
Matthew's nice manners.
Andrew telling someone he didn't like their candy. (Oh no!)
Sweet alone time for Daddy with Matthew walking back from trick or treating with the other 2nd grade boys.
Daddy & Matthew tricking us at the front door "I lost Daddy."
PILES of candy and happy cheeks full of sweets.
Matthew sorting his by type. (of course).
Katie getting a crazy wild woman sugar high.
Kids asleep within minutes after their heads hitting the pillow.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Love this photo of the Bug at Andrew's soccer game.
Grammie and Grandpa were able to come and watch.
Grandpa's hand is bandaged because he had to have surgery after an infection set in to a stabbing wound he got while dressing a deer when hunting.
They were treated to Andrew's best game of the season!
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Matthew lost another tooth at school!
He left this note for the tooth fairy.
"Dear Tooth Fairy, I lost my tooth at school today. I hope you lik it. From Matthew"
She replied that it was her favorite tooth yet!
It's his upper second on the right, next to his front tooth.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Andrew had an "M" worksheet at school.
He had to draw 4 pictures of things that started with "m."
I could not stop smiling over this.
The "MAFU" is his writing.
The little smiley face and "Matthew" is from his teacher, who had Matthew as a student as well.
Oh, how I love Kindergarten. :)
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sadly, Shannon's grandfather passed away today.
And while our hearts are so very sorry for their loss, we were happy to keep Gracie today so Shannon could leave town.
The girls were thrilled to have their first sleep over (Grace in Katie's bed and Katie on our floor).
Shannon was such a rock to me when my Dad passed away...I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to do anything at all to help.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Happy Hour (or five hours) at Lapellah with our small group ladies (with the happy new addition of Katie!).
I love the diversity of personalities and yet the common ground of our faith that we stand on.
Conversation always ranges from funny to thought provoking with a lot of commiseration on parenting and managing family life.
I always leave feeling grateful for these friends and wishing we had even more time to talk.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Go Portland Timbers!!
Isaiah turned 9 today!
Party at his house.
Green Hair & Face coloring.
Timbers game (VS Salt Lake City ~ tied 1 to 1)
Delicious Brats & other yummy soccer game fare.
Oreo Cupcakes and chocolate chip pound cake soccer ball cake.
A relaxing, REALLY fun party!
And one fantastic 9 year old.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Isaiah and I spent the evening baking oreo cupcakes and decorating his soccer ball cake (in his favorite colors). He did all the purple! Matthew and I did the gold (Isaiah did some of that as well). This photo was actually taken at his party on the 22nd. I loved the opportunity to spend some time with Isaiah. He is such a great kid.
On a side note. Isaiah loves "Cake Boss" on TLC. So Dan, Matthew, Isaiah and I spent part of the evening yelling dramatically at one another as we decorated the cake so that he'd feel like he was on the show. :) We had a fun evening together.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A smile at Dad's grave as we talked about what Grandpapa might say if he were here.
Plenty, I assure you. :)
Flowers from Dad's garden to the cemetery.
Lunch at Red Robin.
A beautiful afternoon at the park with Winnie.
Chasing squirrels and Butterflies.
Catching falling seed pods.
Climbing on the play structure.
Many kind thoughts, words and deeds from friends.
Time with Mom.
God works all things for the good.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The second graders at church were presented with their bibles today.
Matthew asked to wear a tie for the occasion. :)
We celebrated afterward with lunch at the Stardust Cafe (his choice).
We are so proud of you Matthew, what a joy to see the beginnings of your own faith growing in your heart.
I hope this bible is the beginning of a love of studying God's word, and realizing the wisdom & truth it holds.
I hope you tuck the words of this book into your heart so that they may be a refuge for you in times of trial, challenge you to always be growing in character, and bring you into a life changing relationship with God.
May the Lord Bless you, sweet boy.
We love you & are so proud of you!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
We spent a glorious day in our PJs at home during our day off of school.
Katie was playing in the laundry basket and I was snapping photos.
I love this shot...it will always remind me of exactly what she looks like at this age when I lean in to kiss her cheek.
I'm sure there will be a day when I'll look at this photo and wish I could hop in and do just that!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Andrew and Katie have dramatic good-byes on school mornings.
Andrew wants me to drop him off so he doesn't have to watch Katie cry when he gets on the bus.
This particular morning they were standing and hugging before pre-school and Andrew asked for me to take a photo.
Later that night was "Open House" at preschool!
Preschool is my favorite.
I'm so glad Katie gets to share it with Grace.
She LOVES school and loves going with Grace!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
It's so rare that my 3 kids cooperate for a photo with me all at the same time and all smiling!
This photo just made my day.
I love my kids so much and just looking at this picture makes me happy.
Those little loves mean the world to me.
I have a photo of me with the kids every year on that little step since Matthew's first visit to the pumpkin patch when he was 5 mos old. (Some better than others!) I think this is my very favorite photo yet.