In the Spirit of Thanksgiving and the thankfulness that many express this month. I have one very thankful son in my house tonight. 2 years ago, Cody got his braces. Here he is on that day:
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I would be lying if I didn't admit that reengaging life since the Swazi trip has been a challenge for me. I don't know all the reasons. I think some of it has been spiritual attack. Some of it has been the crazy life we lead. Some of it has been the adjustment I am still going through with my kids getting older. It has truly been painful for me. I am trying so hard to embrace it. Honestly, I am still mourning the loss of the baby/toddler/preschool stage of children in our family.
All the while, life still goes on around here. I have a hard time sitting down to record it so I will share a lot of what has happened.
Abby's spiritual bday was while we were in Africa.
Since we didn't have the fam there, we celebrated when we returned.
We gave her a journal as her gift before the trip so she would have it to write in on the trip.
Abby's Ice Cream Sundae
We also celebrated our 10 year house Birthday by going to Old Chicago!
I agreed to lead Isaiah's class Thanksgiving party. His teacher's bday was the same day as our party so we celebrated her, too with flowers, singing, and gift cards!
Our feast with a plethora of pies!
I wonder where Isaiah sits?
We played a math/coloring game
We made a turkey craft
Lauren's class had their end-of-the season soccer party at Fargos
Her coach with the Puma made by one of her teammates
Laila saw The Little Mermaid for the first time this week.
She fell in love with Flounder.
I love that she is wearing a Venom costume while she watches it.
I saw this today and it cracked me up!
Isaiah on his "tablet"(kid version) with a cup of coffee
My days have been filled with driving kids all over(school, sports, dr. appts., etc.) The cold weather has arrived to Colorado so I am basically freezing all the time.
We are very thankful to have this whole week off as a family for Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to lazy mornings and wearing our jammies ALOT!!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I am only about 3 weeks behind on my blogging. Sharing about Swaziland put everything else on hold. I don't want to miss out on having our Halloween festivities recorded. Halloween for us is about traditions, fun, friends, and CANDY!!
Every year, the kids beg to each have their own pumpkin to carve. Every year, it is just too painful for me to spend that much money on 6 pumpkins that I know will just rot on our front steps. This year, I was heading to Walmart to buy a couple of pumpkins. When I got there and saw that they were marked down to $2.50 each, I just had to surprise the kids with one for each of them.
At this point, Cody and Lauren were working on homework. They joined us later.
Some of my kids love this part, others hate it!!
Laila giving her mean face. Ooh, scary!
Love Abby's Africa
Cody carved flames
Lauren's pumpkin had quite the eyebrows and mustache
And, of course Sam is picking his pumpkin's nose
The Pumpkin Lighting
This kid was so much like him, it was actually scary.
He talked like him...
…and even learned the dance.
My little nerd...
…and her nerdy friends
We had a trio of Super heroes this year:
Are you surprised to see this?
Spider-man for the second year in a row
"I'm Batman"(said in a very husky voice)
Abby was a glow stick figure.
Blurry, but an idea of what it looked like
The back of my truck on the way to our friends' house.
I felt very safe!
The whole crazy crew
Trick or Treat!!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I have shared all about our trip to Swaziland, but I haven't shared what happened at home while we were gone. We were so blessed to have Rick's mom come to stay with the kids. It was a treat for the 5 who stayed home to have her here, and it made our going so much easier. They had their own adventures. Grandma was lots of fun. I am going to share their time with you in pictures.
There was lots of bike riding
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Lauren did some cooking
Grandma got to see their sports.
This is Lauren celebrating right after scoring a goal!
This boy loves the skate park
Isaiah had his last soccer game and came home with a glow-in-the dark medal
Church on Sunday
A shot with Lauren
Grandma makes a mean bowl of biscuits and gravy
I have no idea how many times they went to the park.
I know it was a lot!
Laila had school 3 days
Gunther Toody's is always a favorite
She is one brave woman to take care of all 5 of them for 11 days!!
Some more park fun
It even snowed while we were gone. Grandma was thrilled!
Some very competitive games of Sorry