Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bath Time

Both of my children, thank goodness, so far, are like their daddy when it come to water. They are not scared and willing to learn.

This means we have to be extra careful when we are around water now but hopefully it means later in life they will actually be safer near the water than I am.

Anyway, here is Justus' latest no fear water experience.

Pour the water on your face.
Think about it for a minute to decide if you like it.
Decide it was great and do it again!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

H and R

They think they are so cool when they both wear their "big" coats.
Aren't they the cutest!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Characteristics of the Church

Our minister had a great lesson just a couple of weeks ago about 12 characteristics of the church. I have been thinking about them a lot and thought I would share. The text for the lesson was Romans 12.
  1. Sincerity: Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy.
  2. Discernment: Romans 12:9 Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
  3. Affection: Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
  4. Honor: Romans 12:10 in honor giving preference to one another;
  5. Enthusiasm: Romans 12:11-12 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope,
  6. Patience: Romans 12:12 patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
  7. Generosity: Romans 12:13 distributing to the needs of the saints,
  8. Hospitality: Romans 12:13 given to hospitality.
  9. Goodwill: Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
  10. Joy and Sympathy: Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
  11. Harmony: Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another.
  12. Humility: Romans 12:16 Do not set your mind on high things but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

Monday, December 28, 2009

H and W

Look at these sweet girls. When I take them all out, inevitably someone will ask me if they are all mine. I am not sure if they are wondering if I would really have that many children or if they are wondering how close in age they really are.

Whatever they are thinking I always just point to Hannah and Justus and say "those are my children" and then I point to Willa and/or Reese and say "these are mine for the day!" I love them so much. I tell them both they can come over to my house any time, even though they don't really understand what I am saying.

After I take such sweet pictures of them, I then say FUNNY FACES!! Or STICK OUT YOUR TONGUE! and this is what I get.

Aren't they just the cutest!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our Sunday Pictures

What do you think of the new hair cuts?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Next Year

Only 364 more days until Christmas!!!


he he he!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Today Today


Hope yours is wonderful.
(Pictures of mine will come in a couple of weeks!)

Thursday, December 24, 2009


What happens when you are a 14 month old little boy, you are at the church building, you are wearing a cute pair of overalls and some cute cowboy boots, you leak out of your diaper and get your overalls wet, and your very brilliant Mommy and Daddy didn't bring you a change of clothes?

You have to walk around wearing just a onsie and some boots and your pride gets hurt just a little.
Poor Thing.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Big Stuff

Hannah thought she was SO SO special when she got a Christmas Card addressed to just her from Super John!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Party

Chris and I got a night out this past weekend to go to a Christmas party at the church building. It was LOTS of fun.

We had a Christmas Picnic with fried chicken, potato salad, beans, pasta salad, and lots of yummy deserts.

I was on the team to help get things together. Aren't the paper plate watermelon Santa picnic Christmas decorations that Shana found cute!!!!?

It was so much fun.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Let The Record Show

We Do Have Ornaments On Our Christmas Tree!

Here is Justus "putting up ornaments."
Here is Hannah putting up ornaments.(I think next year we may have 2 helpers!?)

We tried to get Justus with Mommy and Daddy at the tree (with ornaments) and he was not having it! At all. So, here is some cuddle time with Hannah.It was a fun fun night.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Exciting Things Happen Part 2

Hannah sat on Santa's lap.

TWICE.(Look at her eyes - she is smiling!)

They were a bit of some extenuating circumstances.
  • At Publix, we were all alone and there was no one else there.
  • At school, she was able to have a front seat look at everyone else going up there and she knew most of them.
  • At Publix, Daddy was able to slowly and patiently take her up to Santa.
  • At school, she was able to sit on Santa's lap with Reese.
  • At Publix, she got a lollipop.
  • At school, Mrs Laura was handing out gift bags.
  • At Publix and at school, they were really great Santas with real beards and nice gentle personalities.
  • At Publix and at school, we had to tell her it was just someone dressed up for fun.
She loved both and it is so exciting to have good Santa experiences.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Exciting Things Happen Part 1

Remember the last program that Hannah had?
Remember how I told you she started crying after the first 3 words in the first song and never got back on stage?

Well, She did the WHOLE thing on Tuesday night with her Christmas program. It was great!

Since I work at the day school I have a couple of advantages. First, I get to see practice. Second, I get to sit really really close!

Here she is at practice waiting for her class' turn on stage. She was very excited!

Once they were on stage I was a little nervous since she was right smack in the middle but she loved it and did great!
After watching the videos (yes, that is plural!) you may understand but after practice they decided that those reindeer antlers were a little too top heavy and they quickly made some paper antlers for them to wear at the actual program.

Here is Hannah Tuesday Night with her whole outfit on (didn't they make cute sweatshirts to wear!) waiting for her class' turn to get on stage and sing their songs. She was excited.Each class sang 2 songs and then all classes got up together at the end and sang 1 song together. Because of some technical difficulties and my absent-mindedness I don't have the video available to put on here from the actual program for all 3 songs but you will get the gist of it.

This is the first song they sang (Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer) from the actual program at night. I love how she is so serious and a little apprehensive until she spots her Daddy and then she decides she can get in to it.

This is the second song they sang (3 Brown and Tan Reindeer) from practice. She was loving it. My favorite it when she does the hand motions for cold and shakes her whole body. It cracks me up.

This is the last song they sang (We Wish You a Merry Christmas) with the whole group from practice. Added bonus here is that she was behind Reese so I got a video of both of them! Everyone was so cute. The first group were elves, the second group were Christmas trees, the third group (my class) were snowmen, the fourth group (Hannah's class) were reindeer, and the last group were bells. It was so sweet.

We decided to make it a "Hannah Night" and let "Aunt" Stephanie play with Justus at home while we went to her program. Afterwards we went to McDonalds and got her an ice cream cone. She thought she was big stuff. It was so cute. We are very proud.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

He is Growing Up.

So, he is about 15 months old now.

I know he is growing up.

I get it.

But there was something about Justus in his jeans and jacket the other day that just made me get a little lump in my throat. He looked so big. I can hardly believe it.

((Of course, he was not that happy with me trying to get him to be still so that I could get his picture. he he!))

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our New House

We invited some friends over for supper and how special do you think Hannah felt when they pulled their pick-up truck in our back yard, all the boys got on either side of it, they got it off the back of the truck and said "Hannah, where do you want it?"

A hand-me-down house to play in outside! WOW!Thank You "R" family. We love you!
It was so nice of you to think of us!

In case you were wondering - Hannah and Justus love it - AND so do all the kids that come over to play! It is wonderful!

Monday, December 14, 2009


A few weeks ago we were all upstairs playing and Hannah reminded Daddy of his promise to let her help him put lights on the bushes outside the house.

It was COLD. So, Justus and I stayed in and Hannah and Daddy went to put lights on the bushes outside. On their way out I asked Chris to remember to take some pictures.

These two pictures are what I got! Aren't they the cutest?!

When I asked Chris how they looked he said that he let her put them on and they were not really straight but she stepped back and gasped and said "Daddy, they are so beautiful!" Chris said he would not have moved ("corrected") them for the world after that!

Next time you go by a house and think how lopsided or uneven the lights look, think about who may have put them up! They are Beautiful just the way they are!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Our Sunday Pictures

Sunday Pictures were a little challenging today.
Oh Well! What Fun!