Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Jason! And a birthday party

Today is Jason's 5th Birthday!!!!



It's hard to believe that at one time we didn't think we would have any more children, and now we have four!  I look at Jason and Justin and think "What if we had never had them?"  I'm so thankful that we did and can not believe that my little miracle boy is 5!  We are looking forward to Kindergarten in just a few months.

We celebrated both Jason's and Justin's birthdays today with a party in the park.  Kind of odd to have a party on a Monday morning, but it worked.  A good collection of their friends came.  The weather was perfect and the kids really enjoyed a nice morning playing in the playground.  We served pizza and cupcakes and had a candy rain.  The boys really enjoyed their party.  Thanks to all who came.

Jonathan

Silly birthday boy

Brent

Katelyn

Birthday boy #2


Audra

Singing & Candles



Yum, these are good!


Opening presents

Cars!

Deep Concentration

We love Mcdonald's!

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Checking out the microphone
See what I got!

Jim getting ready for the candy rain
Patiently waiting...

Here it comes!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Um, Guilty!

Yesterday I was cleaning up our computers and I looked through pictures of the boys doing fun preschool projects.

"Awww, look at that.  I wish you still wanted to do preschool, Jason.  We had so much fun."

And then I was informed that Jason lost interest because I stopped planning fun projects and just started giving him printable packs to do.

I could argue that it was because he would beg for printable packs, but really, ummm, guilty.

It takes a lots of planning and prep to put together fun projects for the kids to do.  I am not a last minute mom when it comes to arts and crafts.  So, I let it fall by the wayside as I focused on other things that seemed more pressing.

But, I need to pick it up again.  Maybe not every single day, but once or twice a week.  The boys love it and it's so important to their development.  So, here I head to Pinterest...

Excellent post on Teaching Jeremiah Blog

Most days if you ask me how I'm doing, I will probably answer with a "Fantastic", "Great", or "Blessed."

And I am.

But that's not always true, or maybe the word is accurate.

Somedays, especially here lately, I'm just plain struggling.  Hating the way things are.  Fighting my emotions, anxieties, depressions, attitudes, and probably, hormones.

This post at Teaching Jeremiah was spot on and summed up much of my thoughts and feelings.

I always amazes me when other people express the same things as me :)

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

*********Oh, and I loved this one on We are THAT family, too!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Recent Pictures from my Phone


Tyler doesn't like his picture taken, so he's incognito here.
 



Being a little vain :)
 


 Katelyn won 3rd Place at the Science Fair!  She did her report on stars.  I'm proud of her for the work she puts into both her poster AND her presentation.  This is not a great picture, but I love the look on her face.

Licking the paddle after I made the frosting for his cake.

Pictures from yesterday

Yesterday was Justin's birthday.  We celebrated the day by doing Birthday-themed Preschool papers, going to the park, having cake after dinner, and taking Justin to pick out a present (the kids got a "combo" present in February, a Wii, but Justin never plays it, so we decided to let him get something else).  He picked out a Jeep from Cars, a package of Pez, and a bag of Takis (anyone else think these are nasty?).

I'm trying to remember to use my new camera to take pictures.  It's so much easy to just pull out my phone, because then I can send pics to the grandparents.  But the quality isn't that great, so I'm trying to remember to pull out the camera.