Sunday, December 25, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Yesterday we started the Christmas celebration!! This is Aidan's first Christmas and he is a pro at it!! Abigail really had lots of fun getting the presents and opening them, loved each one of them!!








Today we will enjoy a special breakfast, open Santa gifts, and then head to church. Today will be extra special day for me as I will be re-baptized and become a member at First Missionary Baptist where we have been going to church. It is a glorious day, celebrating our savior Jesus!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas is almost here!!

Are you ready for Christmas? We are, we have been doing our Advent puzzle and countdown!! Abigail reminds me every morning, which is a good thing, because otherwise I might forget. We visited Santa at the library the other day and when asked what she wanted him to bring her, her response OJ and this wasn't the first time she said that. She had visited Santa a few weeks ago, but didn't want to sit with, but when we asked her what she wanted she replied OJ. She is going to be in a bit of a shock on Christmas day!
We also have been taking in some wonderful Christmas light displays. One of our favorite things to do is go for drive and look at all the lights or go through Mike Miller Park. I am not really sure yet what she thinks about Santa and I don't talk about him too much. Honestly I find it a little hard to tell her Santa is coming and bringing gifts, feel bit guilty. I know I believed in Santa for a time, but don't really remember when I found out that he didn't really bring presents. I do feel that Santa does help bring in the Christmas spirit and I enjoy seeing Santa's out and about, but that we must remember what Christmas really is all about. So I tell her Santa brings gifts and these gifts are brought to remind us of Jesus birthday on Christmas day. So we are having a celebration to celebrate Jesus birthday and she loves birthday's!!

Here is an email I received recently, I think it sums it up!!


Why Jesus Is Better than Santa Claus

Santa lives at the North Pole ...
JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh ...
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year ...
JESUS is an ever-present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies ...
JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited ...
JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your
heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa ...
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap ...
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name; all he can say to the little
boy or girl is, "What's your name?" ...
JESUS knew your name before you did. Not only does He know
your name, He also knows your address. He knows your history
and future and He even knows how many hairs are on your
head.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly ...
JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO ...
JESUS offers health, help, and hope.

Santa says, "You better not cry" ...
JESUS says, "Cast all your cares on me, for I care for you."

Santa's little helpers make toys ...
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken
homes, and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle, but ...
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree ...
JESUS became our gift and died on a tree.

It's obvious there is really no comparison. We need to
remember WHO Christmas is all about. We need to put Christ
back in CHRISTmas. Jesus is still the reason for the season.

Yes, Jesus is better, he is even better than Santa Claus

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Preschool Christmas Parties

This week at school Abigail has a fun week! Monday Christmas party, Wednesday PJ Day, Friday making cookies!! Monday was a blast at her party. I went in to help, such a joy to watch the little one's interact and see them at school. On this day they had special treat plate, played some games and swapped presents.








Today is Polar Express PJ day at school!! I just know she is going to have a fun day!! First thing this morning she said getting up, wear pj's to school!! You can see the excitement!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Abigail's Preschool Christmas Program

Last night was Abigail's Christmas program. I was so nervous and excited for her before the show. We didn't know what to expect, as she always seems shy when I take her places, so I thought she might get stage-fright. But she didn't, she totally impressed me, knocked my socks right off!! It was such a joy watching her, sure made us proud, not that we are not already proud parents, but to see her so happy and enjoying performing with her friends at the program was awesome!! She definitely was one of the loudest singers! She sure did sing her little heart out!!





Monday, December 5, 2011

Fun times with my three year old!!

This morning with Abigail I enjoyed eating: bologna, yogurt, waffles, vegetables, ice cream, milk, and OJ, while taking 1 minute naps in between our snacking. I so love her imagination and playing with her kitchen set!! Can't wait to see what we will be doing next!

This is a very exciting week for Abigail. She is getting ready for her preschool Christmas show, I can't wait to see her performance along with her classmates. She has been practicing and singing away at home, in the car, in the store... She is also great at making songs up, so good that maybe she will have a career in song writing!? It sure does keep her brother entertained, and we love happy babies!! :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Guess who has a special day today?

Our baby, Aidan is 8 months old today, not so much a baby anymore. I also still call Abigail my baby as well, no matter how old they are, they will will always be my babies!
Aidan is one active little baby, rolling everywhere, that is his way of getting around until he learns to crawl. He has been practicing and trying now for a couple weeks, so it won't be long now before he is a master crawler. He has been trying out puff cereal this week. He is very good at picking them up and getting him in his mouth, though a few make it to the floor. Reminds me of one of the reason's I miss about having a dog, always good at cleaning up crumbs and food off the floor.
Aidan loves to swing the golf club around, very good at hitting daddy in the head with it. He also loves to play with balls and remotes, we have to keep the remote out of sight or he gets upset if he can't have it. If he see's it left on the floor he will roll to it, he is one determined little guy!
Playing ball
Throwing ball

Working on crawling!



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving fun!!

Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and remembered all that you are thankful 
and are practicing the gift of thanks daily. 

After a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and time with friends. We headed to Grand Rivers, which is about 15 minutes from us, to walk around Patty's Settlement and enjoy the lights!! Lots of ohs and ahhs from us!! Something magical about looking at Christmas lights and displays. 

Here are a few snapshots of what we saw and some Thanksgiving pictures of the kiddo's.
Aidan ready for Thanksgiving feast!!


 Abigail sitting in Santa's chair and visiting with the reindeer!

 Santa fishing in the pond!

 Loving all the lights!!


Friday night we went to Mike Miller park where there is another huge light display. It is amazing to see all the work and time they put into the displays. We also visited Santa while we were there, however Abigail wasn't wanting to sit in his lap this time, maybe next time.
Locals bring a food donation or some cash for a good cause!
This one is really cute, had to take this photo for my Dad, Nascar! 

Swedish Spritz Cookies

Our grandma's would be so proud of me!! I tempted and succeed to make Ryan's grandma spritz cookie receipe, after one small change in oven temp, there perfect!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We are so thankful this year to be celebrating Thanksgiving as a family together!! You railroad wives know what I am talking about (and military too). And not by ourselves or at a buffet, a lovely friend from church invited us to their home, so it will be nice to spend this wonderful holiday with friends!! It will make missing my family easier.
I am very thankful this year for our friends, both old and new. A MOPS friend reminded me of this song this morning, "Make New Friends, But Keep The Old, One Is Silver, The Other Gold...." I am so grateful for all of my friends that have touched my heart in so many ways!! Y'all know who you are and there are many of you!!! It saddens me sometimes to think I may not see some of those friends again that have have become dear to my heart, but they will always be apart of me!! This quote is so perfect: "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends both far and near and my family!! May your holidays be blessed, full of love, and joy!! Think of all the wonderful things you have to be thankful for and count your blessings!! Peace & love!! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Things that I am so grateful for...

I have been seeing on facebook & blogs many of my friends writing daily grateful posting and I love reading them. So I'm doing a list:
1. My daughter running and yelling mommy, mommy when I pick her up from preschool or church class!! How can you not feel extra special! Shouldn't we all be like that!!
2.  Seeing my son's eyes light up and his little smile when I walk into a room. Sure does melt my heart!! Both my children mean the world to me!!
3. My hubby thinking of me while he is not feeling well and getting medicine, buying me boots!
4. My hubby forgoing sleep to spend time with us during the day after he has worked a long trip!!
5. The beautiful fall leaves and seeing a full moon!
6. How excited my daughter gets over seeing pumpkins for the thousandth time. Another shouldn't we all be like!! 
6. Christmas lights!! My favorite time of year, driving around and looking at lights and Christmas tree's. Always feels so magical!!
7. God's Grace, that is a biggie, not so simple for us, but thankful that God makes it simple!! And yes that be another, we should all be like that!!
8. My hubby's job, it's not always easy, but I am thankful he loves what he does and does it so well!!
9. My family, my dad, mom, brother, grandparents, inlaws, aunts, uncles, etc...we all have family, and mine all mean so much to me, I thank God for all of you (even when we might not see eye to eye)!!
10. My friends, and I have to say I do have some of the most wonderful friends, some I would love to adopt as my family.
11. God's journey for me, wow, it has been amazing, not always wonderful, been some rough patches/bumps, little off-roading, maybe some 4x4 action, but I am starting to see the big picture! Some of those rough patches have been the times where my faith has really grown.
12. Yes, I think my hubby will love this, I am thankful that he moved us to Kentucky!! I love the season's, oh how I have missed fall after living in Texas! Plus closer to our family!
13. Thankful I get to see family more that we live a bit closer!!
14. MOPS
15. Yoga
16. Our good health, which should never be taken for granted!
15. and last but definitely many more, I could write all night, but this girl needs sleep, for which I am thankful for, a cozy warm home and bed to sleep in!!
I am truly blessed, thank you God!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Minnesota Visitor's!!!

We had a nice visit from family in Minnesota!! Thank you for coming to visit, please come back soon!! :)

Taking a few photos, I am not taking the actual photo that be Ryan, I am just snapping a few quick pics with the cell phone. Hopefully Ryan's photo's turned out better then my snapshots!

Now this cute & real life, yes Ms. Sassy pants (and now she isn't sassy but from this picture you might think she is) and Aidan not paying attention (well he is, if you count checking out his feet),
but Joanne & Dick look great!!



OK this is much better :)
Abigail and Aidan with Grandpa & Grandma!!

Party!!

Abigail had an exciting week!! She had an important birthday party to go too!!
She dressed up for the party as a cowgirl, to go to Woody's birthday party, aka Ryan a good friend from preschool. This was a fun party!!


Ready to go to the party!!!                                    


The anticipation!! Waiting patiently for cake!!
Pinata, candy, candy!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Oh my...stop growing up

I can't believe today little man is 7 months old! He is starting to get around, rolling all over, when he see's something he wants he rolls to. I am sure crawling will be next!!

Aidan

Love those smiles, he is a little flirt!

What is new with Abigail, well a couple weeks ago she moved up to a twin bed, no more toddler bed. She loves her new bed and picked out her own bedding!! I suppose I could have made the bed better, but with two little one's this is as good as it gets :) and for us it is perfect!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Preschool Halloween Party

I had the opportunity to help out at Abigail's preschool party today! Always a joy to see all the kiddos and to see how well behaved they are!
At the Halloween party they enjoyed playing games and winning prizes, decorating ghosts, enjoyed a special snack, and at the end had a candy run!!!

Abigail~Kitty Cat ready for her party!

Sitting next to Ryan


  
Abigail playing pumpkin golf!


Snack time!

Ball toss!

Driving car inside circle!

Picking out a duck for a winner!

Candy Dash!

Grabbing candy!

Having fun getting more candy!

 Ryan helping Abigail fill her bucket!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Testing, testing!!

Abigail has a preschool Halloween party on Monday!! While Ryan was off work we worked as a family to put together a couple games for the party. I can't wait to help out and party preschool style!! Abigail tested out the games to make sure they are fun and work!!

PUMPKIN RING TOSS!!













PUMPKIN GOLF!!