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!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

She is His!

Another very important thing happened over Christmas.  Kate trusted Jesus as her Savior! 
She had been asking questions about sin and what that means for her, about Jesus and forgiveness.  There were times she would even just be in tears when she was caught in a lie - not because of being caught but because it was a sin.  It was cute and funny and precious all at the same time. 
David took her to talk with our children's minister and it seemed that she understood what Jesus had done for her, why she needs a Savior, and that Jesus is the only way to be with God in eternity.  She truly believes in her heart that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for her sins.  On Christmas Eve she verbally confessed her sins and her belief in God!  She has become a Child of the One True King!!! 
This past April, she was baptized in obedience to God's command and as a testimony of her belief in Christ. 
We were so glad that representatives of all of our family were able to come - we missed granddaddy, Nana, GG, and Uncle Philip and Aunt Kenna!
 It was a great weekend.  The baptism was at our annual church spring picnic.  Kate got baptized in a lake. 
At first, I was a little disappointed that she wouldn't be baptized at church but I think it turned out perfectly.  And it's kind of neat to me that Jesus was baptized in a lake and so was Kate! 
So thankful that God has called her to be His and that we are now SISTERS in Christ!  I pray that she continues to seek God, to share His joy and love with others and to be used by Him! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Christmas 2015

Can we say that I am SO far behind?!  It is so hard to find time to write when working full time, taking care of two kids, church, family, etc.  Usually, my free time is spent not free or napping.  Ha!  Anyway, this year my family came into town the weekend before Christmas and we celebrated with them at that time.
We did brunch again and then opened presents.

 Caleb was a little more interested but still preferred to just play.
Christmas Eve, Kate made cookies for Santa,
put out Reindeer food,
 and opened Christmas PJ's with Caleb.
  Earlier that night we went to Christmas Eve service at church.  It was interesting to say the least.  There was no church nursery, so we had to take Caleb to the service.  He did well for about 3 songs and then wanted to walk around.  I took him out to the foyer for a while, then went back in for the last two songs.  He thrilled everyone by yelling "YAY!" and clapping after each song was over.  Ha! 
Then it was time to go to sleep so Santa could come - which, of course, he did!

Christmas morning, we opened presents from Santa.  Caleb acted like he liked his bear, who is now his FAVORITE, but he was really most interested in his banana cookies!  I think he ate four!  
Kate was pretty much excited about every gift Santa brought her (except for the math workbooks...which she had specifically asked for!  Go figure!)
Santa even surprised me with an ornament that has my favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10, on it!
After opening presents from Santa, we had breakfast. I made eggs, gluten free blueberry biscuits, and fruit.  Everyone enjoyed it.  After we ate, we opened family presents. 
David got some surprises including Jurassic Park and a smoker!  Kate and Caleb just had lots of fun opening presents.
 After we finished presents, we packed up and went to Decatur to see David's family.  I am so thankful for the time we had with them.  There were LOTS of presents!  Granddaddy got a putting green, which I'm SURE he has used millions of times. 
Caleb enjoyed playing with the wrapping paper and Kate was super excited about her new shoes (which are anything but new looking now!).  
Caleb also had fun with the Snoopy Christmas piano toy.  
Then they both got some good snuggles with GG and GP.  
And of COURSE, there was Mickey Mouse watching with granddaddy! 
 The next day there were more presents and we found that we have an up and coming cheerleader on our hands! 
 We had a great Christmas!  I just hope that Caleb likes Santa more next year - though this picture cannot be denied as classic! :-)