Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fall Fun

The weather here has been absolutely beautiful lately! We are enjoying being outside and enjoying time with friends. We got to go to a super fun birthday party at Underwood farms at the beginning of the month. It was a fun treat as we have gone as a family but don't do the extra stuff, this time we got to do it all. The kids had a blast!
With some friends on a real wagon ride, horse and all

A tractor ride in cow trains

Riding the ponies

One day the girls wanted to be outside but needed to do their reading. So, we laid a towel on the grass and I let Carson skip rest time and this is what I found:

It always brings joy to my heart to see them enjoying things together

Our Thankful Tree
This year I wanted to do something more with thanksgiving. A few years ago we had done a thankful chart, but with all the varying ages in our house I wanted something more hands on. I saw the idea in a pottery barn kids catalogue (they were selling a felt one) and decided we could make one out of butcher paper. I bought a bunch of fun fall paper and we spent a family night cutting out leaves. A few times a week we take some time to write things we are thankful for on leaves and put them on our tree. The kids love it and I love the reminders too! Kaylee is really cute with it as she can tell you which leaves are hers. she "writes" on them too!
We are excited about this next week off school and all of Tim's family coming to celebrate thanksgiving with us!

October 2010

October proved to be another busy month for us! It started off with our sweet Kaylee turning 2!

We enjoyed some soccer in the mud. Here is our goofy Grace trying to stay warm with her brothers sweatshirt

Kaylee has become quite independent these days. Everything is "me do." She can get herself dressed, put her shoes and socks on, put the plastic away from the dishwasher. She is getting too old too quick!

Carson being silly at a soccer game wearing the girls headband

Trying out her new umbrella in the rain

We also celebrated Caitlin turning 7. She had three girls from school over for a playdate for her birthday. Here is Carson trying to keep his boyishness present amongst all the girls!

Cait and her friends

Kaylee is now in a big girl bed! She has only fallen off once and is doing a great job staying in bed until we come get her in the morning (this did take some work though)

Dressing up for the Halloween movie night at school
(Spiderman, bridesmaid, '50's girl, and Minnie Mouse)

Halloween (Grace is Fancy Nancy, and Cait a bridesmaid)

We borrowed Kaylee's costume from a friend and she loved it. The week after Halloween she kept asking to wear it, ears and all, and would ask me to put her nose on too. Too Cute!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Firsts of Fall

Well fall is here and with it come many new firsts and a packed schedule.
First, we had our first soccer games:

Cait's team is the Lime-inators, and she scored a goal her first game

Grace has improved drastically this year! She also scored a goal for her team, the Lavender Ponies, that Tim is coaching. We are playing AYSO this year and they do things differently. Grace only has 5 players on her team and only 3 play at a time with no goalie. Cait has 7 players on her team with 5 playing at a time with no goalie.

And our little wannabe soccer player, a.k.a. their biggest fan

First day of school!!!

Cait is in 2nd Grade this year

Grace started Kindergarten - she loves every minute of it!

First glasses - Cait has been a trooper with needing glasses and has had a great attitude so far. She did have one boy in her class tease her yesterday so we got to have a good conversation about forgiveness and not worrying about what others think.

First "real" bike for Carson (he wasn't too thrilled with having his picture taken)

And last, first style. Kaylee's look for the games today!

Our community groups (small groups) also started up, and this week Carson will be starting a phonological preschool for speech therapy once a week. I am enjoying having some more time with Carson and Kaylee while the girls are in school, but we do miss having them around all the time.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

July Fun

Well, July lived up to the craziness of the past few months! Life continues to be busy for us. But it also continues to be a blessing! Part of the craziness was the visits we had from friends and family. So far this summer we have been unable to get up north. However, God has been very gracious and enabled many to come visit us! Enjoy the following pictures of some of those visits!

At the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center with my Family

Visiting the San Fernando Mission

4th of July

Enjoying Lake Balboa Park

Dressing up with the Myers girls

Kaylee and Autumn (Kaylee loved Autumn and called her baby, it was really cute!)

Fun at the Beach
Grace and Becca

Love this one of Cait and Charity

Trying for a group shot, not very successful


The zoo with Uncle Rob and Aunt Adri

Monday, June 21, 2010

In case you were curious what I do all day

I was checking my e-mail real quick today, and this is what was happening in the other room:

And this is what that bookcase usually looks like:

After, my cute, sweet little Makaylee emptied the books out I put her in her room to play while Cait and Grace and I cleaned them up. While she was in there, she climbed on Carsons bed and then got on top of the changing table. There is seriously never a dull moment with her right now. She is so much fun right now and so much work!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Busy Times

The last month and a half has been pretty busy for us. We started off May with Tim's parents and brother and sister-in-law coming to visit for Jon's graduation. Unfortunately I have no pictures of that, but below is a re-cap of the what else has taken place.
We discovered our new favorite snack, peanut butter
filled pretzels. We like them so much that Kaylee
gets them out herself!

Grace turned 5 and got a new bike

Carson turned 3 and his favorite person right now, Joe Levis, brought him balloons for his birthday. Made his day!

The next weekend the Thorton's pitched their trailer in front of our house while they were here for Maria's graduation. While they were here we got to enjoy the beach with them.

We took a trip to the zoo. More pics to come from Grace's perspective.

And, we all flew to Texas to celebrate Jon and Julia's wedding.
More pics to come of that too!

Then, we started off June right by visiting our Farmers market and getting arm "paintings"
(can you guess who's arm is who's?)

Last, my brother and his two younger kids were visiting my parents from Georgia and were gracious enough to drive down and see us since we could not make it up there. It was a fun time of being able to introduce our kids to them and just spend time together. Unfortunately, Cait was already at school when I realized we didn't have a single picture of their time. O well!
Included in our business was the first official gathering of Redemption Church of Northridge. My family got to be here for it and it was a blessing.
You can be praying for us as we are having a neighborhood summer kick-off BBQ at our house next Sat. Pray for opportunities to get to know our neighbors better and just show the love of Christ to them. So far the warm weather is proving to be very helpful for this. We have already been swimming at two different houses and are on to our third on Sunday.