Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Time

 It's time.
Time to put away the school books.
Time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
Time to explore the "prairie."

 Time to run outside without a coat and play, play, play!

 Time to explore with neighborhood friends.

 And time to start up a lawn service.
So far, Jacob has 3 regular customers.
Guess he will be needing to eat more to keep up his energy.
There goes the grocery bill...

Friday, April 12, 2013

Teen in the House

I used to tell Jacob that once he hit 12 years of age, he had to stay there.
No teen years allowed, or I'd be shipping him off to boot camp.
I couldn't imagine having to deal with a teenager.
Well, he decided to turn 13, and I've decided that teen years can be pretty exciting.
Teens are capable of so much, and I really can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for Jacob over the next few years.

As you can see, he is much loved by his baby sister.  She even made him a card that she "wrote" all by herself.  And she decided to "read" it.  Somehow it always seems like she adds so many more words than what's on the paper.  Girl loves to talk!

 Brothers...anxious to go toy shopping together.
Yes.  My 13 year old still loves toys!  Yeah!!!

 Char drew him his own creation called BrainHead.  We told him he should patent and market it!

 Laura was too fast for a cuddle.  Instead, she's into photo-bombing.  She is forever walking in front of the camera just as we take a picture!

 Definitely a jelly-bean kid.  The dentist will love him (or my wallet) next month!

 And his wish this airsoft weapon.  He and some buddies are celebrating his birthday next week with an airsoft battle.  Friends of ours have graciously allowed the boys to use their wooded acres for the battle, and their fire pit for a bonfire.

 My birthday was the day before Jacob's.  Yes.  I was in labor on my birthday 13 years ago.
I usually remind him every year.  Just in case he forgot how I spent that day.
In pain.  On my birthday.  Just sayin'.

 My pyro lighting his candles.

Score!  He kept his no-candle-left-burning-using-only-one-breath trend.

 For his birthday, he chose Steak&Sh@ke.  Can you guess why?
Oh, and I wonder where Laura gets her knack for photo bombing...Daddy...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Crazy Fun

 Spare time?  Not really.
Craziness? Definitely.
First, we had to prepare for Easter Sunday, which also happened to be Jamie's birthday.
Amarin was, of course, in charge of making the icecream cake...extra thick!

 Charlie and Jenna had the honors of smashing the cookies needed for the crust.

 However, "smashing" his brother is much funnier.
We also helped organize an Easter egg hunt for Laura's friends at school.
The kids had so much fun!

Then there are the all victorious mornings when we find treasures at breakfast time.
Like 4 mini-wheats stuck together.
That's some excitement right there.
 We even squeaked in a date our own dining room...with take-out Chinese food.

 Then there was the hour-long chat with Jenna over hot chocolate, as she relayed memories of orphanage life.

 Finally...birthday time!  Jamie got a guitar.  He has been wanting to learn how to play, so now he and his little sidekick can learn together.

 And this is our best attempt on a windy Easter morning to get a photo of the kids.
As you can see, Laura just loves the wind.  She couldn't get back inside fast enough!

 However, she does love "helping" Daddy in the kitchen.  She knows if she stands next to him long enough as he cuts the ham, she will likely get to taste test it.  And she's right.

 Dinner was ready for our family and our neighbor family of 4.  Then the doorbell rang and we were mobbed by 17 friends. Yes.  17.  It was hilarious as they all piled in the house.  They had already eaten, but thought socializing would be so much fun!  Of course, eating again was indeed an option.  Best of all, they were all here to celebrate Jamie's birthday.  28 people for Easter dinner...and only 10 of them were adults!

 When all was said and done, and leftovers were plentiful, what to do but invite everyone back the next night for dinner.  So, here we are preparing dinner for 16 children. 

 And since we've absolutely lost our marbles, we may as well continue the trend.
I got a text tonight from my friend saying they were on their way to pick us up in "short bus" to take all the kids out for .99 cent kids meals.  Be ready.
So...1 dad, 3 moms, and 14 children headed out in this...our "short bus."
 The boys' table.  Can you believe they chose to sit across the restaurant from the rest of us?

We can never say we live a boring life.  There is just way too much fun to be had!