Friday, April 29, 2011

Awana Awards Night!

The kids had their final night of Awana on Wednesday and had the chance to sing on stage and receive their awards. They had a fun time and so did we!

The little cubbies were first. As you will see, Katie seems somewhat into the singing, somewhat distracted. Haha! But, most of them were that way I guess. :) We had a large crew and I think they were all a little enamored to be on stage.

After the little ones sang and received their awards it was the Sparks turn. Here are both Nathan and Beth singing with their group.

The Sparks group was so large that they had them divided into several different groups, and they came up to receive their award with their group. Beth and Nathan were in different groups so here are their groups being awarded.
It was a fun night! I don't think Nathan truly realizes that we won't be doing this again for a few months. I caught him getting something together to give his teacher yesterday. He sure loves it there! Really, they all do!

God Bless!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One Fun, Busy Week!

The kiddos received a package from Grandma in Texas this week full of all kinds of goodies! A movie for Nathan, earrings for Beth, and a necklace and Easter nails for Katie! You can't tell by the picture that she loved them, can you? Lol!

On Thursday night, after bath, I braided Beth's hair. She had been begging me ever since she first noticed how curly Katie's hair was after her braid came out. (Katie wants her hair in a braid after every bath! Though, I have only ever done a single french braid.) So, to make sure it was really curly we did a bunch of them. :) Now, Curly Sue was pretty tired for this next photo, since it was very early that next morning, but here she is!

On Friday night we spent the evening with my Dad, my sister, and my brother-in-law. My mom, being in South Carolina, couldn't come.

On Saturday morning we had pancakes, and the kiddos and I attempted making a few animals. One for each kid. You know, it's a lot harder then it looks!! A much bigger spatula is essential for flipping these big awkward things!
Of course, a giraffe for Nathan. His favorite animal. :)
A horse for Beth.
And a kitty for the Katie. :)

And then, that afternoon and evening, we hung out with Scott, Missy and their family. Yummy homemade corn dogs were on the menu!! :)

Easter morning we all got up early. The kids discovered their baskets. Nathan was the first bugger up and, surprisingly, I actually had to remind him to look at his basket. So, with Nathan making all kinds of excited squeals, the other kids weren't far behind. :)

Well, sad to say, I didn't get a picture of any of the kids dressed up for Easter service. I have no idea what I was thinking! But, anyway, that morning, we enjoyed a breakfast put on by the youth group of eggs, pancakes, sausage, and bacon, and an excellent sermon. The kids had a special Easter Sunday school. It is so important to stress the true meaning of this wonderful day! Then heading home we had Easter dinner and naturally ate more then we should. The kids, however, got to work off their meal with an Easter egg hunt, and now we officially have way too much candy! :D The kids would seriously disagree with that last statement, but trust me, its true!

I've managed to cram a lot into one post! We've apparently been pretty busy!

God Bless! And hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Walking in a Winter Wonderland...

Amazing to wake up this morning to see somewhere between 6 and 8 inches of snow on the ground! In April! Old Man Winter sure is having a hard time letting go. But regardless, it was absolutely beautiful. I have to admit, I love fresh snow. You know, the kind that is just wet enough to cling to all the branches. Breath taking!

Though, more snow is predicted for Friday, I know it won't be long before everything is green! We are all looking forward to that! Especially Nathan, who told me yesterday, "It's like we're stuck in a pattern! Spring, Winter, Spring, Winter, Spring, Winter!" He said this very unhappily, I must add. :)

On a different note... Alysabeth had more teeth work done on Monday. Poor girl was pretty sore the past few days as they had to do a baby root canal and put on a silver cap. She, unfortunately, will have much to do with the dentist over her lifetime. :( Being as I am with the dentist, I feel for her. I wish she could have been blessed with good strong teeth!

She was pretty depressed about having a silver tooth, worried that people would tease her. But, I think she is getting use to the idea. Plus, I told her that I was sure silver teeth under the pillow were worth a lot more then a regular one! :D

Aye, dere she be! Pirate Alysabeth and her silver tooth! ;) Argh!!



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Turtle Races!

It was turtle race time at Awana last night! I had never seen them do these before so I was a little clueless. :) They seem kind of tedious to me (Very turtle-ish. Lol), but the kids had a blast! Daddy took these videos for me since I was in with the little Cubbies. However, I did get to come later with my group to watch a match they did just for us, and guess who won?! Alysabeth!! Yay! :) Unfortunately, that one wasn't caught on video, but she was happy knowing that we all got to see it!

So, a younger group of Sparkies went first. Here is Nathan's race! :) One little guy got a tad frustrated with the progress (not sure I would have made it either. Haha).

And then the older kids! This one went a little smoother. Here is Alysabeth! :)

So, needless to say they had fun.

Katie, in Cubbies, colored pictures and practiced singing on stage with her group, then got to watch the T & T kids do a car race before we headed to the turtle races. So, she wasn't left out! :)


Now this morning... Dear little Katie woke up and her first words to me were, "Mommy, I don't want to die." And I told her that I didn't want her to die either. Then she said, "I want to be safe." Again I agreed with her. Then, "Mom, can you keep Jade away from me?" Turns out she had a bad dream and our cat, Jade, has been paying for it ever since. She turned to face her quickly and said, "Jade don't you ever kill me again!" Oh, kids are sooo funny sometimes. Haha!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April Showers...

Well, we officially had our first severe weather of Spring 2011. In fact a weekend of it. Thankfully, we had no damage here, though, I heard 10 tornadoes touched down during the worst of it Sunday afternoon. With the storm came a cold front and we will be looking at a rain/snow mix for this coming weekend. So last night after spending a day with the Meyer kids we headed outside to the "park" in our backyard. With the rain promised us today and the rest of the nasty weather coming up we figured it might be our best chance in the next few days.

I needed some new pics so I took the opportunity. Hope you like them! :)

And lastly, our blooming trees! So, even though we have snow coming, spring IS here!

God Bless!!