Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

 Carter turns 2!  March 13, 2011!

 He doesn't like the candles though - he kept turning his head and wouldn't look at them!

 On Tuesday we got together with family to celebrate Carter's 2nd year of life!  He wanted a Woody cake!

 Opening presents...

 More toys...

 Some new shades!  He loves to wear sunglasses all the time!

 Just love this precious boy!  He has brought so much joy to our entire family.  He loves Woody, McQueen, cars, trains, balls...  He also loves to play with his siblings.  I love the names he has picked for everyone so far.  He calls Coleman 'Momo', Emmie is 'Memmie', Ellerie is 'Baby', and Calvin sounds different everytime, but now it sounds like 'Caca'.  

We are thankful for this blessing in our lives and continually pray for him to know God's grace in his life.  We love you Carter.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Saturdays!

Spring is one of my favorite seasons.  After a long, cold winter the extra sunshine is so refreshing.  It's amazing how the sun affects my mood so this extra hour of daylight is a blessing to me and probably to those around me as well!  :) 

A few weeks ago, we were trying to decide whether or not the kids would play soccer this spring.  They played in the fall so the cost was going to be much cheaper since they already had their uniforms (thumbs up).  They enjoy playing and we enjoy watching them as a family (thumbs up).  But ... it takes up almost all day every Saturday! (thumbs down)

If we want to run or exercise on Saturday morning, then we have to get up really early to get it in.  Then we pack up snacks, drinks, chairs, blankets and head to the field for a good chunk of the day.  After thinking about it, Brian said he thought it would be good for us to take a break from organized sports this spring.  I was a little hesitant at first but then I agreed that it would be a good break for all of us before the big kids try swim team this summer.

School is keeping us busy as we look toward the end of the year so I am looking forward to spending these spring Saturdays together as a family without having to always be somewhere at a certain time.  I see lots of yard work and outside projects in our future, while the kids can run around and play.   

Today was the first Saturday in a while where we weren't on a specific schedule.  Brian and I both got a run in this morning after sleeping until 8:00.  He also made pancakes and watched a movie with the kids.  This afternoon he weeded some in the yard while Calvin played in the dirt.  I caught up on coupons and got some grocery shopping done with a few of the other kids.  Laundry kept moving all day.  Just normal, simple things but at a more relaxing pace.

It was so nice and refreshing to be able to be laid back about our day ...I am looking forward to these spring Saturdays!