Saturday, August 20, 2016

Boat Ride

In June, we prepared to welcome the new interns at work.  To do this, we, of course, had a party; this party was at the yatch club. 
It was hot but nice to be out near the water. 
The kids had a blast running around and playing with other kids and the ducks.
  After eating, we got to go out on the boat.  We took a nice little long ride. 
Caleb enjoyed it but was ready to be out of his puddle jumper by the time we got back.  '
Kate actually fell asleep. 
She had a small fever when we got home but was better the next day (thankfully, since she had camp the next week!). 
We are blessed to have fun little activities like this associated with work. And thankful for kids who enjoy it and enjoy being with other people.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Trip to Grandparents

Over Memorial Day Weekend we made the trip to see David's family.  There are a LOT of people to see when we go and Caleb had previously not been a great car trip taker.  Bonus was that the night before we left, he woke up with a stomach bug.  However, he did great!

 And we had a wonderful visit.  One of the favorite things for the kids was the "water slide." 
Granddaddy set up a little slide and had it go into a kiddie pool.  They had a blast!  We also got to go to the Balloon glow with Grandmommie. 
We didn't really do it well.  We got there 2 minutes before the glow, it lasted about 10 minutes
 and then we (literally) spent 1.5 hours standing in line to get back to our car.  Kate fell asleep but Caleb was a trooper and stayed awake the whole time. 
Kate and Caleb enjoyed reading with Grammy and granddaddy a lot over the weekend. 
Then Sunday after church, we went to lunch and PetSmart with Grandmother.  The kids had such fun looking at all of the different pets. 
We left the next day and Caleb slept 4 out of the 5 hours home.  He did great! 
Kate stayed up there for the next two weeks for some Nana time, visiting and going to Kate-o's VBS.  We were glad when she got back!  It was the beginning of a BUSY summer!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Fish Fry

At the beginning of May, our Sunday School had a fish fry.  David had to work but I took the kids out there to play and eat.  David was able to make it around lunchtime.
 The guys in the class all came around 5-6 am and fished in the pond for our lunch.  Caleb and David both enjoyed the spoils! 
You think they look alike?!  Several of Caleb's friends from school are in our class as well (well, their parents are).
 He had a blast playing with the trucks with his little buddy! 
Kate had a ton of fun on the water jump house. 
Caleb did NOT like the water.  I think it was just too cold for him and he doesn't like water "sprinkling" on him, either. 
His favorite was definitely the food and Kate enjoyed it, too! 
We were all glad when Daddy got there.  He took Caleb down to the lake to watch for fish.
 Shortly after this I took Caleb home.  He fell asleep within 2 minutes of leaving and slept for 4 hours! 
We had such a fun day.  Thankful for fellowship with friends!

Friday, June 17, 2016


We had a busy April.  I think we had something every weekend.  To start, Caleb had his 18 month well child visit and shots.  He did great. 
Of course, he wouldn't show off with all of his talking for Dr. Amy but we know he has SO many words.  He actually knows several colors, is starting to count, knows a few letters.  He's starting to make short sentences.  He is growing great - I mean, he is 90%ile for Everything, my BIG boy!  We are so blessed.

The next week, I got to go help at Kate's book fair a couple of days.  One day I was there when her class came.  It is rare when I get to go do something at Kate's school, so this was special!

Kate took tennis this spring, and actually liked it a good big.  Caleb got to play
 while sissie learned.  She got better each week and we enjoyed going with her. 

We enjoyed the caterpillar parade but forgot our butterfly wings. 
Oh well!  I think the kids had fun but we had one worn out baby boy by the time we got home.

The next weekend, we had our first swim of the season.  I think Caleb is going to be a fish!  He is already trying to make swimming motions and does NOT want to just be held or in a float.
 He wants to MOVE!  Kate loves it, too. 
Then we went out to eat Mexican (the first time in a long time, David was happy!) and Caleb had his first taste of chips and salsa.  YUM!!!
There was more tennis and Caleb making sure that Kate had enough water.

David got to go with Kate to her Natural Science Museum field trip.  Another treat for us to be able to go.  She had a lot of fun.
The weekend that Kate got baptized, we got to go to Kate's music program at school.  It was fun to see her with her classmates. 
She did a good job and really showed out on the motions.  :-)  She had a great year and loved Mrs. Gallaway ("Miss Chapman")
and Mrs. Hannula.

The next week, Kate had her end of the year choir program. 

She did a great job.  We are so thankful for our church and the investment they make in our children.

The last hoorah for the month was going to "Miss" Courtney's wedding.  Caleb wasn't feeling great but he did get some hugs from Mrs. Melissa. 
And Kate got to dance! 
We tried to find a sitter but they both did great!  It was a busy but a great month!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Easter 2016

Y'all, January, February and March just DISAPPEARED!  I think David and I were on service all but 2-3 weeks in that time period.  Additionally, what started like this:

ended in SOMEONE in my house having fever for 26 days straight!  Caleb had it first and then David got it and stayed sick for 21 days.  Then Kate came home from Disney and immediately had fever for 3 days before we knew she had strep and treated it.  Combine that with me working for 26 days straight (that's worse than residency!) and it was a crazy February into March!  But we made it.
 It was a time filled with prayer, trust, and just taking care of family.  Thankfully, we all got better.  At the end of March, we got to celebrate Easter. 
The weekend before we had our city egg hunt.  The kids had fun with inflatable slides,
 egg hunts,
and friends!
 Then we dyed Easter eggs with Luke on good Friday. 
it is an annual tradition that I hope continues for a long time. 
:-)  My parents got to come celebrate with us. 
 Caleb is SO hard to get pictures of these days because he's always moving!
 A little post lunch, pre-dessert, pre-nap Trouble.
I know they really just came to see the kids, since they hadn't been since Christmas, but I'll take any excuse for them to come.  Kate and Caleb enjoyed their Easter baskets. 
 Kate is our little "Joy" so this shirt was perfect for her.
David did have to work but was able to come to church later and then join us for ham that he had smoked the day before.

 For a little fun, this is the face that Caleb made everytime David turned on the electric knife to cut the ham.  SO funny!