Friday, October 26, 2012

What I'm Thankful For...

Hearing these little boys whoop with happiness when we pulled into the bowling alley parking lot.

Listening how it is from this boy. (This is a common stance from Mr. Big School Boy.)

I'm thankful for college students who...

listen to a play-by-play of angry birds intently....

...who willingly hold Liam's lunch meat until he's ready to eat it....

....and carve some great pumpkins!

I'm thankful for these little scientists.

I'm thankful for this superhero. He can be there in a flash.

He hangs out with one of my faves: Spiderman.

Planning their next plan of attack....

...well at least until Flash wears himself out.

But don't worry. Both superheroes rallied themselves off the cafeteria floor for the search of candy.

Thankful for Bunny and Immie making the trek through the dorms with us.

I'm thankful for these three guys!

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Last Couple of Months in Pictures

Case got Student of the Month (pictured with his Start Student cup).

We went to Octoberfest with the Everharts. The kids took turns pushing each other in the stroller. We enjoyed good food and visiting. There was folk music and dancing, too.

Heidi was entertaining. As always.

We got to hold Baby Corbin.

I made this yummy dish courtesy of a Clean Eating recipe. You bake butternut squash, golden potatoes, and pineapple tossed with olive oil and basil. It called for turnips, but I wasn't that adventurous to try those. Yummy, yummy!

I had a conference one weekend, and Josh went to the OSU game. Sheri and Jack came up and watched the boys. They brought Graeson with them, too. The boys had fun together. When I got home, they were playing baseball together. So cute.

A boy and his dog.  
(Casen requested a photo shoot with the dogs. Padme didn't cooperate, but Newman gladly obliged.)

Pajama Day! (Best picture we got of the boys with the camera.)

Got to go to David's surprise birthday party. He was a sport about all the gag gifts - modeling his old man gifts. I wish I had gotten a picture of the girls' shirts. Pam's said something like "My man is 40." Tulle and Talla's shirts read "My dad is 40." A great play off of Gundy's catch phrase (for the catch phrase, go to 2:20).

Park fun. I'm pretty sure Liam is happiest when he is swinging.

Josh has made some good progress on our "summer project." The boys even helped with some hammering.

 I'm thankful for the college students in our lives. After dinner one night, the girls gladly played Play-Dough with the boys. It's so nice for the boys to be around these young adults.

There was a family reunion locally so Mamaw, Aunt Sissie, Uncle Bob, Annie, Jared, and Lilly came down for a visit. Can you tell these ladies are related?

The kids had fun playing with their third-fourth-removed-cousins-by-marriage.

The weather has been awesome. Mostly. This day was especially nice. I took the boys for a bike ride.

Oh, the life of a little brother. Always calling out, "Wait for me!"

 Lastly, we had a fall carnival a couple of nights ago. Mom and Dad got to go with us. Funtimes.

Liam bypassed the lame inflatables for a good old-fashioned playground.

Case didn't think the inflatable were lame. He went through the obstacle course over and over. I realized he's getting older while I watched him. A year ago Case would have not been brave enough to try the obstacle course. He's gaining confidence and getting stronger physically to climb walls and ladders. I think I had just as much fun watching him as he did conquering the course.

So instead of several blog posts with twenty photos each, here's the catch-up with twenty photos. 

His Heart

As the boys are getting older, I'm figuring out more what Jesus meant when He said we need to be like children. Tonight Casen prayed, "Dear God, thank you for the rain today; please send more...(then he named everything he could think of that can grow from the rain) me sleep well tonight. Help me to listen and obey and make good decisions. Amen."

I silently prayed, "Me too, God, me too."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Two Reasons Why I Haven't Been Blogging Much

These two are keeping me busy. And it's been a fun busy. Homework nights turn into art time for both of them. Tonight we got to go to Casen's school's fall carnival. After ingesting the equivalent of a bucket of sugar, I got the little hooligans down for the night.

I'm on Fall Break so maybe I'll get some more blogging done. Or maybe I'll grade. 

Okay, let's be honest. I'll nap and play.

Happy Fall!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Casen Wrote Me a Song... went something like this:

(to experience the full affect, sing the following lyrics to any tune)

Dinosaurs use to live a long, long time ago. 
They are dead now. 
No more are alive.

There are no giants anymore.
A long, long time ago there was.
Not now.

Dinosaurs had babies. 
They were still big.
There aren't any left now.

Some dinosaurs had spikes.
They were really big.
Some ate other dinosaurs.

Nothing like getting serenaded in the car by the original artist.