Friday, November 28, 2014

Festival of Trees

 Last weekend, the Christmas festivities began!
Jacob, along with the brass ensemble, played at the Festival of Trees.
They all did so well and it was lovely listening to the brass.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

And we have another teenager...

 Amarin has entered the world of teens!  And we actually are happily excited about this! 
Teens are fun!
Dad made Amarin's favorite breakfast...spicy sausage-gravy with biscuits.
Later, Amarin chose to eat at Culvers for dinner.  A balloon lady just happened to be there, so all the kids got a balloon configuration...aliens, ninjas, and a monkey-in-a-tree.

 We then noticed that Amarin's birthday buddy from church, Mr. King, was celebrating his birthday there, too!  He had another balloon ninja for Amarin.
 Home we went to open gifts.  Jenna made him a card, telling him how cute and special he is.
Charlie bought him two HotWheels cars.
 Jacob gave him a new Lego book.  Apparently one can never have too many of them.
 Mr. and Mrs. King stopped by and gave him a funny t-shirt.
 We surprised him with a quadcopter...a helicopter-type-thing that takes photos from high in the air.
 Laura...well, she just wasn't impressed with this part of the night at all.  We were laughing at her because she kept holding her breath.
 Cake time with his traditional icecream cake.  He insisted on making it himself, and putting Christmas sprinkles on top.
Happy 13th birthday, Amarin!  We love you!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Light the Night

October 31st, 2014 was probably the coldest, windiest I remember.
We were all glad to be standing inside our garage, sheltered from the bitterly cold wind.
We truly had a fun time popping popcorn, and passing it out along with hot cider and candy.
Amarin and Charlie rummaged through the dress-up clothes and became a Star Wars guy and a super hero/cowboy.
 We told Jacob that he looked like the Planters Peanut guy!
Busy, busy, busy.  They barely ventured out into the yard due to the ridiculous wind!
 Laura was her usual adorable self at school...a princess, of course! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

9 Years Old. 8 Years Home.

Charlie turned nine years old on October 30.
The morning started with him running downstairs, throwing his arms around my waist, and squeezing me hard while hopping from one foot to the other.  He was a bit excited for the day!
Daddy went to work a little late, and made M&M pancakes for breakfast.
  A few hours later, we headed to the local bookstore for his free birthday treat. 
He chose a red-sprinkle sugar cookie.
The first present of the day came from Jacob. How many brothers does it take to put together a nerf gun?
It didn't take long for sponge bullets to be flying around the house!

Next was body wash from Jenna because she knows how much he loves taking showers.  He really does!  He runs all the way to the shower!
Legos from Amarin.  Why are we not surprised?
Finally, the mint-chocolate-chip-icecream cake!
Happy 9th birthday, Char!
The next day, we celebrated 8 years in our arms.
You still have the biggest, brightest eyes!
Love you, Char!!