Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ORU Rock Exhibit Field Trip

Mackenzie's class went on a field trip to the ORU rock exhibit with their Nature Studies teacher this week. Brian and I were both able to go on this field trip since Madison was at school, and Jonah had a little play date at the Reynold's. I'm pretty sure this was Brian's first Regent field trip, and it was fun to have him along. I was very impressed by the amount of rocks they had on display, and the coolest thing by far was a big piece of a meteorite that we all got to pass around. That thing would flat kill you if it fell from the sky and hit you in the head. Mackenzie's favorite type of rock was definitely the amethysts. At the end of the tour, the kids got to go into the little gift shop and that was instantly what she wanted to buy!
Here is Mackenzie holding the meteor rock.
I look hideous in this picture, but it's the only one I have with her, so whatever...
Mackenzie & Natalie were partners for the day.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I Miss These Days...

Brian texted me this picture the other day and man, how it grips my heart! I definitely miss these days! My "babies" aren't "babies" anymore and it makes me so sad. What I love though, is that I can look at these little faces and see the same personalities and qualities that still make them who they are today. Yes, they have grown and changed in many ways, but they will always, ALWAYS be my babies! They will never outgrow my love or my lap!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Our Crazy Summer"

I found this in a notebook the other day and it was fun to look back on the "craziness" of this past summer. I am definitely looking forward to a more normal summer this year! While we did many, many fun things last summer, it was all kind of hectic and well, we were homeless! There were definitely highs and lows along the way. I love how God met every need we had totally took care of us. When I wrote this out, there were a few weeks that said, "find a place for 7 nights" and "not sure where to stay at this point," but thanks to some amazing friends & family, we made it work! Hopefully we never have to do this again though! =0)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snow Day!

 We woke up to snow falling this morning, which was a total surprise! I'm pretty sure they were predicting rain, but not snow. We worked on cleaning the house up and organizing the playroom most of the day, so the kids were really ready to go out and play once the snow finally stopped. Jonah had a complete melt down over wearing his hat and gloves, and had to spend 10 minutes in his bed screaming before he decided that he would go ahead and wear them so he could go outside. That boy is STUBBORN! Daddy built the biggest, best snowman ever! He even built little ones for the kids. I was planning on staying inside where it was warm, but I went out and played for a few minutes too! I love snowy days at home with my family! Hopefully we will have some more of these this winter.
Madison looks so "beary" cute in her new hat that we got for the ski trip!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day with the Baldwin's

We made it to Grandma & Grandpa Baldwin's house around 4:00 on Christmas Day. We had a fun evening of Mexican food, opening presents, the kids playing & just enjoying being together! The kids got a lot of clothes & toys from Grandma & Grandpa Baldwin and their cousins. My favorite part of the night was when Mackenzie recited her verses from Luke chapter 2 about the birth of Christ, for all of us before we opened presents. She is a little witness and she doesn't even have a clue what an impact that can have!
This is always a fun way to end Christmas for our family. By the time we got home at almost midnight, we were all exhausted! And we had to get up at 6:00 the next morning to head to Newcastle for Aunt Gala's funeral. While we had a wonderful Christmas, there was this constant feeling that something was wrong...no one should have to go through the death of a loved one the week of Christmas.
Madison wanted a picture of just her, me and Pony!
I love these boys so much!
Jonah looks so big in this picture.
Jonah and Cole were buddies the whole night!
Present time!
Mackenzie & Bailey exchanged gifts, Madison & Olivia exchanged gifts, and Jonah & Cole exchanged gifts. It worked out so well to do it this way!
Jonah didn't waste any time with the banana he got in his stocking!