Wednesday, November 26, 2014

thanksgiving break.

This Thanksgiving break has consisted of: 
Chris and I out shopping till 10pm for Christmas lights and wrapping paper, Eggnog lattes and root beer floats, Parker and Ethan staying up till 1am, A park visit, Buying props for our Children’s Church Christmas presentation, Being thankful for the blessing of my family, 
And a husband I still think the world of after 13 years. 
And Jesus who made every blessing possible.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

dance recital 2014.

The biggest highlight of the year for Sophia and Pearl is their dance recital. I thought it might be nice to post some pictures of it before the year is over.

For Sophia, this year was even more exciting since she was chosen to perform a solo during one of her routines and go on stage all by herself in front of several hundred people (so scary-- I could never....) and recite an essay she wrote about being proud to be an American. It was fantastic and she was even highly complimented by a few members of the military. One Marine said it brought tears to his eyes. Wow!

As if that wasn’t enough, during one part of Pearl’s class’ hip-hop routine, the girls formed a circle and each one took their turns jumping in and doing their thing. Of course, my mind quickly jumped to-- Oh my gosh! What’s Pearl going to do? All of a sudden, this little girl cart-wheeled into the center of the circle and started breakdancing on the floor. The entire crowd went nuts. My husband and I looked at each other with our mouths open. I was shocked. Pearl tore it up!

Afterward, we told Soph how great she did, then turned to Pearl and said, “Where in the world did you learn that? We had no idea-- You were awesome!” Pearl just giggled and shrugged.

My girls love their studio and teachers. Sophia hopes to work their one day. It’s her dream job.

Monday, November 24, 2014

until next year.

 I love that today is the first day of Thanksgiving break. 

This school year has gone by so much faster than previous ones. I’m so glad we haven’t taken days off ‘just because’. In the long run, it’s better and I’m excited to think ahead that we’ll be done earlier than normal. 

Today we are going to spend some time tending to the front yard garden. My favorite thing to do. Chris has even said that he can see why old grandpas who are retired spend so much time trimming and working in the garden. There’s something relaxing and peaceful about it. 

Hopefully, we can convince Parker to get on the roof, which he likes doing every year, and hang our Christmas lights. The kids were already chanting.....Christmas lights.....Christmas lights...Christmas lights. 

My Christmas cards are addressed and waiting for December 1st to get mailed out. They ended up not being as easy as expected. The company I had print them made my kiddos look green so I had to take new pictures and have them reprinted. The kiddos didn’t mind and actually said it was fun taking this year’s pictures. Strange words to hear from their mouths. 

Another bit of exciting news is that Parker has his first high school basketball scrimmage later this afternoon. I took out my school (Parker’s school) colors to wear to the game and show my support. I found a t-shirt on etsy that I might buy for next football season. It says, “I can’t stay calm-- it’s football season”. I never realized I would get so into high school sports. Well, at least the ones my son plays. Ha! 

Anyways, we had a great weekend: Ethan and Charlie had their closing football ceremony and they had the best potluck I think I have ever eaten at. Oh my! Ethan received a trophy for Outstanding Lineman and Charlie received a trophy for Offensive Player of the Year. Next year, Lincoln will be joining the tackle football team. 

Life is good. My kids are healthy and I love serving Jesus with them all. My family makes me proud!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014


I have recently rediscovered one of my once favorite things: pomegranates. I love them.

Sure, I drink pomegranate juice regularly, but have not eaten the actual fruit for years. I remember being a little girl and my brother and sister would show up with pomegranates that they had picked off trees in the neighborhood.

I did plant one in our backyard several years ago and have seen many flowers over the years, but never one fruit. We even moved it to another location in our yard in an attempt to stimulate fruit production. Both spots were sunny and the warmest locations in our yard. But no pomegranates. I even thought that maybe I should buy another one and try again. Still a possibility

--but instead Chris found some at one of the local Mexican markets he shops at for so cheap. He’s been bringing them home for me and their so good. I didn’t even stop to consider that my kids would like them, until I found them hovering around me as I quietly tried to enjoy one at the kitchen table one afternoon.

After a few of them tried it, they all wanted one of their own. So when Chris dragged me to the market after we dropped Parker off at practice, we ended up getting 10 of them for about $3. I thought that was a great price.

Some kids who just HAD to have one ended up not liking them at all and others, like Ruby, ate theirs and wanted to finish everyone else’s. Even Charlie, who is one of our picky eaters, devoured his. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

jasper turned 4.

Jasper turned 4 on Nov. 11th

It’s really neat because his birthday falls on Veteran’s Day every year so Chris and all the kids have the day off from school. Jasper feels great that his birthday is a ‘holiday’.

The morning of his birthday we did have to rush out of the house early because I had a quick prenatal appointment. I was in and out quickly while Chris and all ten kids waited for me in the car.

Afterward, we all made a trip to Toys R Us. The kids were all armed with a pencil and a pad of paper to go through the whole store and add to their Christmas lists.  Since we don’t have cable/tv, the kiddos don’t really have crazy “I want” lists of the latest new arrivals from watching commercials. So after we went through the WHOLE store, we celebrated Jasper with his request...Panda Express and Egg Nog cake.

I can’t believe he’s 4 years old. This little guy is the one who climbs into bed with me the minute Chris and the older kids leave for 6am prayer at the church. And before bed, he makes sure I get my goodnight kiss saying “I love you alot alot alot alot alot....” You get the idea. And I can’t forget when, out of the blue, he tells me that I’m a nice girl. I love my Jasper!