Sunday, May 3, 2015

Madison is 5!

My sweet and joyful Madison, what a gift from God you are to our days! You have a servant's heart and are always the first to ask "how can I help you?" You are quick to notice how others are doing. You are empathic, sincere, creative, dreamer, thoughtful, kind and friendly. You are also spunky, athletic, competitive, you love to learn and you are driven! You are the absolute definition of pure joy! You live such a joyful life and add so much joy to ours! We love you so much and are blessed to have you in our family. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

13 months old

Another month down Caleb! You are walking more and more these days but still more of a crawler than a walker. You say about 4-5 words (mama, dada, God, dog). You sign for "all done", wave bye bye, give high fives and hugs and kisses. You love to be tickled and kissed and held. You love outside, water, food and praise baby in the car. You take 2 naps a day (9 am and 1pm) and you go to bed at 6pm and wake up at 7:00am. You are 24 pounds and 34 inches (big boy)
You are a complete JOY!

Evidence of you on the loose during school time

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 2015

This month we went to Froberg strawberry farm for Audrey's birthday. The kids had a blast picking strawberries. 

Easter Sunday family pic... the best we could get.

Madison has been wanting to do my morning bible study with me. Sweet girl.

Madison has almost outgrown naps which means she and Hunter now have some extended quality time together in the afternoons while the littles sleep. I looked outside to see them basking in the sun just hanging out and talking. 

My computer crashed this month and I had to get a new hard drive and of course software. We spent a good deal of time in the apple store which the kids didn't mind since it meant they got to play with iPads. Tablets are not a part of their normal routine so this was quite the treat for them!

Jordan used this awesome picture of Audrey for a meme for Snap. She gives some great material. 

Audrey is in a phase where she is terrified of shadows. Hunter spent his quiet time one day setting up a movie theatre in his room for a "shadow movie". Audrey woke up from her nap and he brought her to his room and gave her a snack and said "sit here Audrey I'm going to do a shadow movie for you so you can see they aren't scary." She's laughing. Best big brother ever!

Watching tortillas being made is a favorite HEB activity for the kiddos. 

Audrey has been extra snuggly lately

Everyone wants daddy to be the one to put them to bed. 

Audrey has been making her own scrambled eggs lately. She's proud.

Popsicles by the pool

Our neighbor had a baby owl in their driveway one afternoon and the kids thought is was so awesome to get to see it up close!

These 2 play a lot of checkers

We had some storms blow through and we lost 2 trees in one week. One fell into our pool! Jordan didn't have a chainsaw so he chopped the tree into pieces with an AXE! 

 Many hands make light work on the tree cleanup

Watching him leading little ones to God makes my heart explode. I love this man. 

My angel face and her snuggles

She climbed into bed with me and asked if we could snuggle and take a picture.

She fell down and lost her icecream on the ground... big crocodile tears followed but daddy always knows how to make it all better. I love how gentle he is with them. 

School time

Siblings watching Madison do gymnastics

Caleb watching his siblings swim

Hunter assembled this IKEA cart for the girls room all by himself from start to finish! I wasn't even aware he was working on it until he was halfway done. He tells us nearly everyday he plans to be a house builder when he gets older. After he finished he said "well mom I don't usually use instructions bc I like to be creative but this kind of thing you have to follow instructions. Some day when I build houses I won't follow instructions though." 

The kids love to make their own pizzas

We made papa's famous homemade butter finger ice-cream one day. It was a big hit.

Madison's handwriting assignment was the letter F (upper and lower case). However she did not feel as though she needed to practice her upper case F so she made me a sign and hung it next to her at the table to let me know that there will be no upper case F's that day.

These 2 have the best imaginations. They spend their days together well!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Audrey is 3!

Sweet Audrey you are 3 today. Your name means "An incredibly blessed child of God. Audrey is both noble and full of strength." 

Audrey you are a bold little firecracker, full of SO much personality. You are the family entertainer, but with such a sweet and gentle side to you. You have a big personality and the strongest will of the bunch so far. You keep us laughing and entertained on a daily basis. You are so so precious. You love to sing and dance and you have the most expressive face!

You loved your birthday door

and your birthday donuts

I pray that you continue to be bold and that you grow up to be a virtuous woman after God's own heart. Our family is so blessed to have you sweet Audrey. We love you so.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Caleb is 1!

The birthdays come way too fast and often around here. I can't handle you guys growing up this fast!
Today we celebrate you Caleb and the blessing you are to our family. 

Over the 7 years I have been a parent the years just keep getting faster and faster. This year has been the fastest year of my life. Sweet Caleb you are 1! This picture captures your personality perfectly. Your name means whole hearted, faithful and bold and so far you have absolutely lived up to that! What a sweet blessing you are. I pray that you grow into a bold man of God who loves Him with his whole heart and that you are ever faithful! 

"For this child I have prayed; and the Lord has granted me the desires of my heart."

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015

Hunter all dressed up for his piano recital! 

My sweet husband...again

I took Hunter and Madison to pack lunches for Lunches of love one Monday this month

They packed lunches and decorated the sacks for the kids that will be getting them

Assembly line time

We also took the kids to the rodeo this month. They were SO excited. They were anxiously awaiting our departure in this picture (reading a book together).

The girls chose to do a camel ride

craft time

Sweet Audrey reading her book

Jordan and Hunter made a cobbler

My sister came in town and we had a girls morning and got pedicures together. 

Arms full of babies
 Sweet girls modeling their new t-shirts

The boys doing man work

St. Patricks day picture (real life)

We went to the hill country one weekend with our good friends the Bakers. They have a house on Canyon Lake. The first morning the kids and I watched the sunrise from their balcony. 

We went on a morning walk together

One morning when we woke up Abbey asked Maddie if she wanted to join her for her morning bible study. I overheard Abbey teaching Madison out of Galatians. Melt my heart these moments with precious friends!

We went to dinner one night at Gristmill

The last day... view from their balcony. What a fun weekend with great friends!

Hunter made me my favorite sandwich for lunch. Grilled harvarti cheese and apricot preserves. He makes a mean grilled cheese!

Mamaw and Harold came down for a visit. We met them for brunch at Cracker Barrel. 

Then we went to check out their R.V. The kids thought it was awesome. 

They spent the rest of the day with us and went to the park with us. Mamaw and Harold BOTH rode the zip line! 

Cart full of kiddos. They love target. 

The last weekend in March I went on my annual KC girls trip and this year we went back to KC where we all met! We started at the spa naturally. 

We did lots of eating and shopping on the plaza and of course staying up late talking in our hotel rooms. It's always a wonderful weekend with good friends! 

It was a wonderful and refreshing weekend but I was so happy to be home again! 

Siblings gotta hug

Madison really wants to have spelling as one of her subjects in school- it's not a part of her curriculum yet so Hunter decided to "do spelling" with her. SO cute. 

Hunter said "Mom it's 2:20 and you haven't eaten lunch yet have you? Would you like me to make your spinach and eggs? I know how you like it." These are the moments I don't want to miss!