Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Family visit & pumpkin carving

We had a really fun weekend! My brother, Kevin just returned home from a 5 month military training for his new job and we all went to his house on Saturday for a family visit. We had such a fun time! I love having my brothers' and my kids all together!
C Girl working hard in Sunday School!
We went and picked up a few pumpkins after church!
Our annual pumpkin carving/painting tradition!
B Boy drew his own template for his pumpkin!
C Girl worked very intently painting her pumpkin!
Monday, we cleaned in the house and freshened up our back patio.
Yesterday, I had Bible study, we opened bank accounts for the kids, met Tim for lunch, went to the park with April & Ryan and then took some family photos in the evening. It was a busy day!
Today has been very low key. I have some errands to run later and the kids have AWANA tonight.
We only have a few more days of October break and I think we are going to have some fun!

Friday, October 24, 2014

the weekly recap

It is wonderful writing tonight from a body that feels good.
I have had a few things going on with my health the past month, but this latest thing was an awful reaction to a medication. I couldn't take it anymore, so I quit taking the medicine.

I'm so happy that I'm able to enjoy my kids' break now and the perfect weather and the beautiful leaves outside! 
I'm also enjoying the first 3 tracks that have been released from Taylor Swift's new album!

On Sunday, we drove down south to attend my nephew, Parker's 3rd birthday party!
We had a great time and lots of fun.
We stayed a few days and visited family. I didn't feel the greatest because I was still taking the medicine at that point. 
However, we had a wonderful time catching up with some of our very favorites!
 What your son might bring you when you ask him to go look for interesting things in the yard...
 Two peas in a pod.
 Tim and I had a donut date Wednesday night while the kids were at AWANA. 
Go get a pumpkin spice donut at Krispy Kreme. Trust me.
 B Boy had a playdate yesterday morning, so C Girl and I got a little girl time :-)
She then went to a sleepover that night and we had some time alone with the boy!
He had his last fall soccer game last night.
He scored a goal!
We had to go for treats and celebrate!
FYI: Spark Cafe downtown has really good pecan pie.
We ran some errands today, I took the kids to McDonald's for lunch so they could spend their giftcards, picked up some groceries, came home and made a cake, got some stuff ready for a family gathering tomorrow, and had dinner with daddy before he had to chaperone a school dance. We got comfy and watched, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and ate some of our pumpkin cake! It's been a good Friday!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

bad times make the good times better

Well, hello.

It has been a little bit since I have blogged. Everyone keeps asking how I'm doing. This has been something where I did not just get better one day. It has been a gradual, "feeling a little better every day" kind of thing.  And the truth is, I felt so awful for much of the time, that I had no desire to blog. Things in my house are very behind. It's just going to take some catching up. 
I heard the line, "bad times make the good times better" in a song recently and that is so true. I'm appreciating how good I feel now.

So, what has been going on around here?

  • C had a birthday party/slumber party with friends.
  • I was able to feel well enough to go watch Gone Girl with some friends.
  • We had parent/teacher conferences for both kids and everything is going really great!
  • B Boy was accepted into our school district's gifted and talented program. We are so proud of him!
  • The gentleman that I visit through our women's ministry turned 98!
  • The kids attended their costume carnival at school.
  • I attended a birthday celebration for one of my friends at a local place, Junque 2 Jewels. We had a great time crafting!
  • Today is day #1 of our October intercession from school. Things to note already from today: the children were up at 6 am. Thankfully they played and I got to sleep in. They play well and then they are screaming at each other. The fighting has hit all time new levels over the past few months. I have lots of fun things planned for the break and hopefully they behave well enough to get to do those things! I actually just had to put both of them in separate corners. Good grief.
  • We get to celebrate my nephew, Parker this weekend! He recently turned 3. We are so excited to go visit family for a few days!
  • My brother, Kevin has been in San Angelo, Texas for about 5 months training for his new job with the Air National Guard. His unit has been re-aligned and he had to apply for and then be trained on his new position. He has been doing so good at school there (I believe top of his class!!!) and we are so proud of him! He graduates next week and gets to come home!
  • Soccer is winding down to a close. We have only 2 more games! B Boy has loved playing and we have loved watching him learn a new sport and love it!
  • C Girl has been taking piano lessons and is doing so well! I really think that she has a great big love for music! She also sings in the kids choir at church. This is her 3rd year doing that and she loves it so very much!
  • We got the kid's school pictures back. I posted a picture of a picture of them below. I have yet to scan them in.
  • I have been so, so thankful for all of my friends. The amount of kindness and caring that they have showed us is so humbling. 
  • And what about this ebola business??? I was not super worried until they allowed a nurse to travel after caring for an ebola patient. What in the world? Things are already starting to get crazy. Doctors and hospitals are having to screen anyone with the symptoms and people are worrying about people around them who are sick. Why don't we have this kind of concern for the flu? It kills thousands of people every year.