Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December Happenins' (so far)

Whew! It's been a bit since I posted here. Then I posted on my 365 for a bit in a vain attempt to catch up there and then... well, December happened. But we've enjoyed every bit of it (or at least a large majority of it! LOL!).

Celebrated a certain handsome man's birthday at the beginning of the month. He requested potato soup and a quiet evening home with a netflix movie and he got it.

Playing harder than ever!

Had the "worse storm" in years... ummm, yeah. People took off work and kept kids home from school for this dud of a storm. Although it did flood quite a bit in some areas. This storm and the subsequent rain that followed for days has taken the edge off of our drought. And yes, that's Koda's crater all caved in and filled with water.

Made some ornaments for a gift exchange.

Bethany got an award for memorizing 300 verses.

More basketball... although his game has been hampered by back pain due to tight hamstrings. A recent growth spurt is slowing him down apparently. Lots of stretching and has recently been put on two weeks of no activity. For an active kid this is pure torture. Please keep him in your prayers for quick healing.

I know it's hard to tell but the pic above is of his best game ever. Even in pain he played hard. The photo is of his pass through traffic to a teammate who made the shot. Awesome play, too bad it's a not-so-awesome pic.

We finally got the Christmas tree decorated and the kids wanted to do an impromptu photo shoot. They got dressed for it and everything!

Made a "tree farm" for a school gift exchange. It was a lot of fun and we've heard that the girl who got it has no plans to spend the money because of the awesomeness of the gift. Yeah, wonder how long that will last when she's short on cash, LOL!

We forgot to get a pic of Elisha's present to give out. We put money and candy in balloons in a box that said "Pop Me". Stuffing those balloons was waaayyy harder than folding the trees in Bethany's gift.

Class performance of "Deck the Halls". Hilarious! I'll try to remember to post the video soon. Elisha is second row on the right, in dark clothing so he's kinda hard to see. Bethany is front row third from the right.

The class performance was followed by the band performance.

Santa came to the preschool again (and Bethany made a surprise visit to see him!).

Then came home for a quick pic before a shower and a beard trim, HA!

Church performance of "Light of Christmas".
Another video I've got to get posted for you to see. The kids did awesome!

Photo with "Cow Santa" at Chik-fil-a. They may be too old for photos with the real Santa (except for Daddy-Santa, of course) but a silly Santa was a blast. Getting breakfast at Chik-fil-a was a bonus!

Attended a Living Nativity at a local church. I hate to say it but I think the kid may just have outgrown this as most of it is geared for smaller children.

Well, that's it for December so far... If you don't "hear" from me before then...

Merry Christmas! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #14

447. having friends at work

448. working in the bookstore with Yohn
(later in the day)

449. that when Elisha's project accidentally got erased (by a mistake that he made) he had a good attitude about having to do it all over again

450. relaxing in the evening with my family

451. that my kids still like for me to read to them (although now it's chapter books)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #13

Miss Me? My internet was down all week due to technical difficulties. I had to wait almost a whole week for what I needed to come in. I was having withdrawals! That's actually a little bit scary when you think about it. Didn't realize I was so dependent on my internet!

I'm not going to post all of my dailies because that would be just a little crazy, so I'll pick a few of my faves from the week and that will be that. Then I'll start again (hopefully) tomorrow.

417. no work on Columbus day

 418. walkie talkies

420. hiking and caves

426. that both kids have basketball practice on the same nights this week (at the same place and time too!)

430. that Bethany is actually learning to save money

437. a quiet evening alone with Yohn

439. measuring the neighborhood with Elisha for a school project (not the project itself, but just the time with him)

445. shopping with Bethany for costume materials

(Photos from our recent camping trip)

 He's stumped... LOL!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #12

Boy, this whole missing a day thing is getting out of hand...

Ah well, today I'll post October 10th & October 11th...

401. having Baby Bird for 23 years (he sadly passed on today)

402. Lifegroup

403. planning our weekend trip (camping)

404. a conversation with my son that went well

405. that Bethany is ahead in her school work (as opposed to her norm)

406. breakfast at Denny's with my family and T

407. a calm morning
408. time alone with Yohn

409. Elisha & Bethany getting along while we were gone AND completing all tasks left for them

410. books

411. peppermint oil used to alleviate Bethany's tummy ache

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #11

Whoops! Forgot to even write out yesterday's five! I got just a little caught up in the season finale of Elementary we were watching on DVD late last night.

However, I did still want to make note of the one blessing I remember from yesterday:

394. getting not one, but both kid's school pictures for free (Every year I coordinate the kids and get them from classrooms to the picture area, organize them and assist in getting them situated, it's my job. But hey, if they want to give me free pictures for that, I don't mind a bit!) 

And now for today's:

395. having Yohn be gracious and forgiving when I embarrassed him in front of a friend today (let's just say it had something to do with hand slapping and scolding and leave it at that, K?)

396. having a hard laugh with Yohn when he mentioned said embarrassment later on
(for the record I did apologize, but that did not stop us from re-hashing it and laughing all the harder at my rather juvenile behavior)

397. sitting with Yohn watching both kids at basketball practice


398. that it has been confirmed that Bethany will definitely have a team

399. time at Panera bread with the school families

400. spending time sitting and talking with "my boys"
(Elisha & Tavahri) 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #10

389. morning Bible time

390. working with the first graders (although they can be frustrating at times, LOL...)

391. being able to get off work early for the kids' basketball practice

392. working with my daughter on her ball handling skills

393. re-connecting with the coaches and some of the parents after not seeing each other for several months (we've known some of these families since the boys were in 3rd grade)

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #9

383. having Yohn be teased, not once, but twice about his "Baby Ruth" and that he is "Ruthless" without me... mostly this one is just about the smile on his face!

384. taking "all my kids" to basketball practice today 
(all "four" of them)

385. getting to watch practice today

386. feed my unexpected guest

387. planning our fantasy basketball league
(and naming Harmony's team Homany's tuppie, LOL!)

388. having Elisha say that he loves having us for his mom and dad
(You slay me kid!)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #8

378. smiles from the people at church

379. shopping with the whole family and having it be enjoyable

380. seeing a sweet lady from church at the store

381. essential oils I use to control my asthma

382. that Yohn and Elisha lock up the campus together at night (when they can do it early enough anyway) because it's "their time" (aka guy time)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #7

373. It's our half anniversary today... Happy sixteen and a half to us!

374. a handsome haircut

375. an invitation to a little girl's birthday party

376. quick chicken at Sam's Club

377. an awesome husband who steps in and finishes dinner when things go south

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #6

368. our funny Diamond puppy, who's not a puppy anymore - she just turned 2!

369. just being able to sit and visit with my husband about nothing in particular

370. having a job where I am close to my kids

371. sour dough bread (yum!)

372. knowing I get to sleep in

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #5

363. a thoughtful parent bringing me a slice of pumpkin bread from Starbucks (since I don't drink coffee)

364. Bethany earned her Friday off!

365. The way Bethany worked her magic with her daddy, convincing him that they had to take scooters to the corner store to get the much needed (missing) dinner item

367. looking through pictures and remembering the moments captured in time

368. the clarinet concert I was privileged to attend (Bethany's practice time) 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #4

358. That my kids had fun on their looonnnngggg bike ride field trip

(picture not taken today, but ironically that is exactly what Elisha wore, LOL!)

359. that everyone was safe

360. listening to their stories of memories made on this trip

361. long conversations with a friend

362. rest

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #3

353. Eating free See's candy at work (that they sent to us to try to lure us into a fundraiser)

354. seeing the girls excitement for having an opportunity to play basketball

(she's under the basket in the sunburst, sorry cell phone photos are not the best)

355. watching the girls at practice

356. a hot shower! (after the whole water fiasco)

357. a nice cool evening

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Daily 5 ~ #2

(except there's 6)

347. watching my boys at practice

348. winning my fantasy football game this week (HA! Deb)

349. seeing Bethany ready and willing to start her new job cleaning shelves in the bookstore today and taking it seriously

350. chicken tacos

351. free milk (nevermind that I had to purchase 3 packages of oreos to get it, 4 if you count the pumpkin ones we added at the end)

352. my noisy old bird (23 years old) who still insists that you share 
your food with him each time you eat

Bonus Pic:

Her completed project!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Daily 5

I started posting five things that I am thankful for each day on facebook as a challenge to a young man we are currently working with. I'm doing it so he has the motivation to do it too. I thought I'd post them here as well, and add pictures where I can. Although I did start my counting a while back ago, hence the reason the numbers are off...

342. Watching Elisha perform with the worship team

343. Getting organized (believe me, it's long overdue)

344. Working with Bethany on her science project and learning to let her do it herself

(it's supposed to be a heart model)

345. Quick dinners

346. Getting an awesome song stuck in my head:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Guess Who Started School Today?!

7th Grade
Age 12

6th Grade
Age 11 (almost)

Even though they pretended they weren't ready for school to start today, they certainly were excited when the day began. Bring on the 2014 - 2015 school year!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kid's Camp 2014 In Pictures

Presenting Kid's Camp in photos:



More Swimming

More Games

Chef Yohn


Group Photos

In the van

Sooo much fun!

Sadly this was Elisha's last year as a camper, as he will be thirteen before the next year. Thankfully God moved on camp this year and he (Bethany too) really stepped up and reached out to other kids in prayer. It was an awesome few days with some really great kids. I think this may have been the best one yet!