Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter celebrations

We had a very busy Easter weekend. 

B Boy came home from school Friday afternoon with a fever so we had to miss our Good Friday service at church.
Tim to C Girl to her performance at school.
I'm so glad that he videoed it because it was priceless!!!

B was feeling better Saturday morning.
We drove down to Roland to spend the day with my family at my brother, Kevin's house.

We had a wonderful time! We had a great meal, colored eggs, hunted eggs and everyone sat around and watched Frozen afterwards!

I love my family so much and love seeing my kids with my brothers' kids!
 Trying to keep the two year olds out of the egg dye!
 Ooops! We were unsuccessful!!! 
 C Girl and Pop Pop
 Sweet brothers
 Guitars always come out at every family gathering!
 Well.... we tried to get them to all look!
C Girl was enamored with Fluffy the guinea pig!
She was so sweet and soft!
Jessica and I 

Easter morning, we got up bright and early!
The kids enjoyed their Easter baskets and we got ready for the early service at church.
Our traditional Easter family photo. //2013//  //2012//  //2010//  It seems that a photo did not work out in 2011! I have photos all the way back to 2006, but that was before I was blogging!

After church, we came home to change clothes and drive to Yell County to spend the afternoon with Tim's family.
 B Boy was playing football or basketball almost the entire time we were there!
 The guys playing washers. Good ol' Southern fun right there.
 Ready for the egg hunt!!!
My kiddos are lucky that they have some awesome uncles and aunts!
Aunt Tammy and B Boy playing basketball! So fun!

It was a hectic weekend, but so worth it to see so much of our family!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Good Friday!!! (the week in review)

It has been a good week. 

I had my monthly book club Tuesday night. We had to cancel the month before, so we talked a little about both books. We read The Aviator's Wife and The Storyteller. They are both great books and I highly recommend them!

Wednesday night, I filled in at AWANA for my friend's husband who leads a group with her. I love getting to watch my kiddos interact with their friends. I also got to watch them both during game time! I also found out that C Girl will be moving up to the next level next year. I was shell shocked. I thought she was still going to be a Spark. I wish they would stop growing up!
I also had lunch with a friend at a local tea room on Wednesday. I cannot tell you how awesome their orange rolls are!
Last night, we had a Sunday school class get together over at the home of a lady (Susan) from our church who is also a counselor. She does these evenings every couple of months with us to talk to us about different topics. 

Last night's topic was comparison. What a topic. This is such a big thing for us as women. We compare ourselves to each other, but we also compare ourselves to what we think we should be. I tend to be hard on myself about my home and never feeling like I can keep up and keep it orderly or have things caught up. I also struggle with a friend comparison, such as, "why does she not like me as much as she likes her?
I think we all struggle with situations like that. I also know that it is silly, but it is one of those things that sneaks into my head. I've never been one to wish for others' material things or talents or such. I have wished that I had more of someone's personality or humor. It's strange how it works. 

Susan told us last night that we need to not be worrying about what someone else has, but to ask God, "with what I've been given, what do you want me to do with it?" 
Comparison is poison and comparison breeds discontentment always.

Today is my sister in law and best friend's birthday!!! Happy birthday Jessica!!!
I have so many things to get accomplished today! I hate having to be so busy, but I kept putting things off this week! C Girl performs at school tonight and we have Good Friday service at church. I also have to make food for our family Easter tomorrow. I cannot wait to see my little nephews!!!

Here is some great music for this Good Friday:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Week reading, Easter egg coloring & decorating

I feel like it has been very hard for me to get in my Holy week zone this year. There have been so many things vying for my time and it is so frustrating. Not only that, but my heart is grieved for families of my friends and situations that are happening in the lives of friends or others in our community. 

But God is so good to remind me to get back on track. I am focusing the rest of the time before Easter on preparing my heart. I'm also rejoicing for new life that is coming soon in the life of friends! There will be new sweet babies in our Sunday school class and that is a beautiful thing.

This paper below is something I found a couple of years ago and we read it with the kids to help them understand what Holy Week is all about. We elaborate and we answer questions that they have.
We also decorated the house for Easter recently and painted/colored eggs on Monday evening.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon {April 15, 2014}

So, I am so into nature and weather and all of that jazz.
I love to get up for meteor showers and anything else neat in the night sky.
So, of course, I had to set my alarm for 1:45 am last night to see the blood moon.

I am so incoherent in the middle of the night. I was stumbling all around until I woke up enough to function. As I stepped out to initially find the moon, a shooting star lit the sky! Shooting stars are one of my favorite things ever!

 I did not plan out the photography process beforehand, so the early part of the eclipse did not get captured. I finally put my telephoto zoom lens on and got some halfway decent pictures of the moon in total eclipse. It also had the "Japanese Lantern Effect" going on.

These photos were probably taken between 2:45 and 3:10 am. I loved how big Mars was as well. I know that people with telescopes could see Saturn's rings last night and it really had me wishing that I had a telescope!

So, in conclusion, I am very tired today. 
But, I loved getting to witness this awesome astronomical event!
Photos by Lenette Sparacino.