Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This one is for Lindsey (two words: Tonsils Picture) AND to demonstrate the general vibe of the morning.
This is proof that one of our children feels the same about mornings as her parents. Where'd the other 2
They don't really look as bright-eyed and bushy tailed as they actually were.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
L- Do you want to get married someday?
A- I don't know, maybe...
L- How many kids do you want to have?
A- Four is definitely too many. Maybe 2, and HOPEFULLY they'll be boys. Because they aren't as expensive as girls. Although I might like having a girl so that we could do things like: going and getting our nails done and stuff.
The Boys Table:
JD- SW! Santa isn't real!!!! It's just a man dressed up who tells your parents what to buy for you!!!!
SW- Yes he is real!
JV- He really is real because I saw him once on a train and he wasn't dressed up. He was just a regular man!
This continued for 20 minutes (at various volume levels). Neither side ever persuading the other.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
There was once a man who didn't believe in the incarnation of Christ or the spiritual meaning of Christmas, and was skeptical about God. He and his family lived in a farm community. His wife was a devout believer and diligently raised her children in her faith. He sometimes gave her a hard time about her faith and mocked her religious observance of Christmas.
"It's all nonsense - why would God lower himself and become a human like us? It's such a ridiculous story!" he said.
One snowy day, she and the children left for church while he stayed home. After they had left, the winds grew stronger and the snow turned into a blinding snowstorm. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening.
Then he heard a loud thump, something hitting against the window. And another thump. He looked outside but couldn't see. So he ventured outside to see. In the field near his house he saw, of all the strangest things, a flock of geese! They were apparently flying to look for a warmer area down south, but had been caught in the snow storm. The storm had become too blinding and violent for the geese to fly or see their way. They were stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter, unable to do more than flutter their wings and fly in aimless circles.
He had compassion for them and wanted to help them. He thought to himself, "The barn would be a great place for them to stay! It's warm and safe; surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm." So he opened the barn doors for them. He waited, watching them, hoping they would notice the open barn and go inside. But they didn't notice the barn or realize what it could mean for them.
He moved closer toward them to get their attention, but they just moved away from him out of fear. He went into the house and came back out with some bread, broke it up, and made a bread trail to the barn. They still didn't catch on. Starting to get frustrated, he went over and tried to shoo them toward the barn. They panicked and scattered into every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where there was warmth, safety and shelter.
Feeling totally frustrated, he exclaimed, "Why don't they follow me? Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm? How can I possibly get them into the one place to save them?" He thought for a moment and realized that they just wouldn't follow a human. He said to himself, "How can I possibly save them? The only way would be for me to become like those geese. If only I could become like one of them! Then I could save them! They would follow me and I would lead them to safety."
At that moment, he stopped and considered what he had said. The words reverberated in his mind: "If only I could become like one of them- then I could save them." And then, at last, he understood God's heart towards mankind, and he fell on his knees in the snow and worshipped Him.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
"What's Christmas really about?"
"God being born. That's why it's a rejoicing!"
Couldn't have said it better myself!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
The Christmas/Birthday season is in full swing around here! No tree yet, but lots of presents wrapped and ready (it's the only way of surprising a very nosey household)
We got together with some old HS friends last weekend! I love how with some people you can just pick right up where you left off. No matter how much time has past.
Our family is going through some separation anxiety lately. We're cutting some apron strings and my mom is feeling anxious about it. ***Which begins out segment titled "Really?!?"*** (ha! J/K there's NO WAY you want me to go there!!!)
We decorated gingerbread houses last night! Unfortunately *someone* broke our computer so I can't upload any pictures because it doesn't recognize my camera anymore. Just let me tell you that the house and train are super cute!
We had out first snow yesterday...it all melted by the afternoon (THANK YOU LORD!!!)
I believe my children have memorized ALL of their parts for various Christmas programs. One of them is taking after his dad and has a solo (ha! Marc's going to kill me for bringing that up! I just couldn't resist.)
And last but not least: Tomorrow is DATE NIGHT! GLORIOUS DATE NIGHT! It's going to be super romantic, watching the Jets beat the Bills with a bunch of people we don't know, oh and lots and lots of wings!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Leia- "I'm thankful that it's mommy's birthday"
Gaius- due to the weird napping schedule needed so that we can all be at "our best" for turkey today, Gaius is asleep. So I'll answer for him and say I'm thankful for NAPS!!!!!
Korleen- "I'm thankful for youthful looks, and no wrinkles in sight!"
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Leia- "I'm thankful for Kendall coming over"
Gaius- "I'm thankful for pie"
Korleen- "I'm thankful for my church family. I love the fact that everyone has a little something different to bring to the table to help further God's kingdom! Whether it's personality or skill God can use anything! And when everyone comes together, imagine the impact that can have!"
I hate what the holidays do to my children. I think next year I won't let them make lists or ask for anything in particular (we'll see how that goes over). It seems like all they're doing is asking for more and more and MORE! Especially my soon to be 8 year old. I just realized how horrible it's getting when we pre-ordered his DSI (which he's been saving for a year to get) and not 5 minutes later he was shopping online for what he wanted next. Of course he got a lecture on thankful for what we have, but I'm not exactly sure how much of it sank in. How do you teach children to be content in this extremely materialistic world?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Leia- "Legos and my friend Aubrey"
Gaius- "Toys and Mommy"
Korleen- "I'm so thankful for my husband. I can't believed the amazing and Godly man he's turned into in the past 8 years. God has blessed me so much!"
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Leia- "My birthday!" Which BTW is not until July.
Gaius- "I'm thankful for treats....and Paulie....and Grandma"
Korleen- "I'm thankful for my kids who make me chuckle every single day, and are getting WAY too grown up"
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Leia- "I'm thankful for something, but I don't know what"
Korleen- "is so SO very thankful, that I get a new license picture today!" My last one was taken 11 days before Xavier was born. It looks like i rolled out of bed and went to the DMV, which may or may not have actually happened. :-)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Leia- Cookie Monster
Gaius- Oscar the Grouch (who BTW is not speaking to me now, because he didn't up being Elmo. It's not my fault kid that you chose Antisocial as how people see you!!!)
Marc- The Count (That's 1-ONE mistaken quiz result) :-)
Korleen- Bert (did NOT see that one coming)
And now back to thankfulness. I realize I missed a few days (it's a long story) so here's a few to catch up.
Xavier- "Daddy, Gaius, and Rooie"
Leia- "Rooie (our dog), Sarah, and my teddy"
Gaius- "elmo, my blue blankie, my white blankie"
Korleen- "my little family, my church family, and my extended family (both sides)"
Friday, November 13, 2009
Leia- "getting to go to the sleepover"
Korleen- "running shoes, iPods, sunny days, and under armor" (it's cold out there this morning.)
I keep forgetting to ask Marc what he's thankful for everyday. But I'm sure he's thankful for his lovely and HILARIOUS wife! ;-)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
WARNING: If you enlarge these pictures (I have no idea why you would want to) brace yourself for a gigantic zit under my eyebrow (the oddest place in the world to get a blemish!!!). That popped out of nowhere yesterday.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I HEART this picture of my adorable little kindergartner!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Youth soccer has officially started and I gotta tell ya, I LOVE that sport! Luckily our 2 oldest agree so hopefully we'll have years and years of games ahead of us!
P.S. How did my kids get so stinkin' huge this summer? I look around and I don't see any babies anymore...I can't lie, it makes me a little sad. Now if only the last one would potty train.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
4. The realization that this could possibly be the only chance this child ever has to see what Jesus' love looks like.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We love Jahmel and he's very loving, adventurous, cute, but holy ENERGY batman!!! The kid literally never stops moving. So new plan: we're going to run this kid ragged (even if I have to literally make him run!), unfortunately I think our kids might drop before he does.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Our 2 eldest have returned to us all tan, excited, exhausted, and generally adorable! From what I hear Leia missed her little brother more than any of us. Upon seeing him when she drove up she said; "oh Grandma, i forgot Gaius had curly hair." And I'm quite certain that we probably wouldn't have even gotten a phone call yesterday except for the fact that Leia "couldn't remember what Gaius' voice sounded like". Xavier being much older and dignified :-) wasn't quite as verbally affectionate, but I'm pretty sure he's happy to be back too! So all is right in our world again! We're all back together safe and sound! And Gaius can stop torturing the dog.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
that having only one child would:
Monday, August 3, 2009
a music team (guitar, keyboard, & bass fiddle)
some extremely hilarious actors (dry humor + slap stick= really funny)
a puppet team
and a whole slew of people who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and show at least 100 kids (and adults) each night that fun and God definitely do mix!
not even mentioning all of the artistry and imagination everyone used to transform a hot July week into something really "cool".
I really can't get over it! There isn't any other event our church puts on that our WHOLE church participates it, and that runs like such a well oiled machine (that has to be God). Now I haven't heard a number on how many people were saved. But I do know that in Leia's class there were over 30 kids most nights and I didn't recognize a lot of them. So I'm thinking even if they don't understand Jesus' sacrifice this year there is a foundation laid for possible future fruition. So anyway I'm amazed and excited. I hope we see a massive growth in our church and God's family in the very near future.
[more pics coming soon]
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
So anyhow our dog broke his chain (that was supposed to hold a Mastiff)again...right before the big sleepover. I chased him a 1/2 mile down the road before giving up and turning around. He eventually came back and the neighbor caught and returned him to me. But not before puncturing his lip who knows where. My original thought was "well serves him right, i hope it hurts". But then it continued to bleed and excrete pus (yummy!) so I decided a vet visit was probably the best idea. Now that wouldn't have been a big deal except that our dog doesn't walk on a leash the greatest OR like linoleum at all. So we drive the 20 minutes to our vets. Make it into the airlock without incident step onto the welcome matt in the vet's office and Roo decides that's about as close to the linoleum he's going to go and lays down paws sprawled out ready to retreat at the first opportunity. I eventually coax (a.k.a. drag) him into the waiting room while everyone there laughs at us. We sign in and find a seat and then Roo starts getting very excited to see all the other dogs, by whining, barking, blushing (yes he does really blush) like a fool. So as soon as possible can,they stick us into an examining room (repeat the scene of trying to get him into the waiting room). And we wait...for 20 minutes. Finally the vet comes in and tries to just wipe the wound and Roo (being the spaz that he is) wiggles away from her every time. Eventually the vet assistant comes and holds him in the corner until they examine the wound. Which i guess doesn't go all the way through. Gives him a booster shot and some amoxicillin and sends us on our way. So now we're home and expected to give him a giant capsule twice a day for 10 days...oh boy that's not going to be easy.
Ah life with a crazy hyper-active dog.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
From left to right: Alicia (5), Grandma Bonnie (ageless), Emma (3), Kendall (5), Leia (4.97), Maggie (7), Sara W. (6), Allie (5), Lauren (6). Absent from phone: Sarah V. (6)
The Dad Attack:
The after party:
Well we survived! We had 9 girls (counting Leia) ages 3-7. We did have to run home one at 2:30am. But considering there were several that this was their first sleepover I don't think that's bad at all. We also did crafts and painted nails that wasn't photo documented...I needed both hands for those activities.