Thursday, September 28, 2017

My Lincoln Boy

It seems I'm so emotional when it comes time for Lincoln's birthday. This year he is halfway to 18. Let me start my deep breathing...

This boy has such a huge heart. He is thoughtful, kind, and generous. His mind is so creative, and I love seeing all his drawings and comics, even though there is always paper out somewhere; seriously, so much paper!!

I wish he would be as kind to himself as he is to others. He puts a ton of pressure on himself to be perfect, get perfect grades, and get everything right the first time. When he doesn't, he is hard on himself. We are working on it, and I probably need to be better about telling how wonderful he is!

We threw a Super Mario party for him, at his request. I love how his invite list was long, and it even included girls. I'm telling you, this boy is friends with everyone!
















He was so appreciative of his birthday gifts. He got goosebumps books, a boogie drawing board, the Captain Underpants movie, a snap circuit project kit, gift certificates, and lego.
















I don't think I could love him anymore. My heart is full of gratitude for this boy!!


Since this is all about Lincoln, I'll throw in that he has now advanced to a Bear in Cub Scouts!!



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

BJJ

Dave has developed a love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ever since I was pregnant with Drake. It took him a while to find a gym he liked once we lived in Charlotte. He has been back at it for almost 2 years, and this Monday, he was rewarded with a purple belt. It was so cute to see how excited he was! I even got a smile with teeth!!




The same night, Drake had his first training session. He loved it and can't wait to go back.




I'm so proud of these cute guys!!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

All about D

It's all about Dorothy today! I seem to have the most pictures of her lately.

I think it's important to document the little things...combing hair, reading books. I love how she looks like she just belongs on her daddy's lap.








I remember being sooo excited about having a little girl, I thought about how I wanted a relationship like I have with my mom, and I thought about how fun it would be to buy dresses and bows. Later throughout the pregnancy, things would come to my mind and I would get even more excited. I remember thinking about ruffles on tights and smiling, and I remember squealing when I thought of my little girl in ballet!

This class of 3 year old girls was so precious it made me want to cry. They were good listeners and just the cutest things!!




Dorothy loved it and keeps asking when it's going to be ballet again. I'll take more pictures next week, and I'll take more pictures of my boys this week too!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

School Time

Sara and I have been hosting a back-to-school party for 4 years. Each year, there are more kids, since the kids start meeting new friends. We are thinking we will need to have it at a park next year! One little boy asked his mom, "Why are we celebrating going back to school?" I didn't have a great answer for him!







So far everybody is having a great school year! I don't get a ton of information out of the boys, but I don't hear any complaints. They both have quite a few of their friends in their classes. Both teachers aren't huge on homework, which I love! Just good ol' reading and spelling words.




Dorothy started going to preschool 3 times a week. She acted shy going in, even though she was super excited to go. She also started speech therapy at Drake's school, so she thinks it's pretty cool to go to the big kid's school a couple times a week.




I miss the kids when they are gone, but I am anxious to get some projects done at the house...and take a shower by myself!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

August Adventures pt2

The kids and I had a slumber party in the den together. It went surprisingly well!
Warming, the next picture contains a snake, so close your eyes if you don't want to see!




I was getting my shoes on to pick up some friends, when Drake came and told me there was a snake outside. Sure enough, a stinking copperhead was right by the van. Dave was out of town, so I thankfully our neighbor came to my rescue! I praised Drake for doing exactly as he should (come tell me, and not touch it). He told me he remembered our Family Home Evening that we had on snake safety and knew that was a poisonous snake.




A brand new splash pad opened by close to us. It was even more fun when we went with lots of friends!




Dave really wanted to get somewhere as a family, since he missed most of the summer. We decided to go "camping" at Old Fort, NC. We stayed in a tiny cabin, with bunk beds, a little bathroom, and a small kitchenette. We weren't allowed to cook inside, so we had foil dinners and roasted marshmallows.



















At night, we played board games inside.







There was a great creek to play in. We found a slippery rock, the kids used as a slide.






The next morning, we took a hike to Catawba Falls. I'd be lying if I said everyone enjoyed it. There was lots of complaining from the boys, but it was something I really wanted to do!

















Next we drove to Marion, to tube down the Catawba river.

Then is ride was even fun!







We were all strapped together, so we stayed together. We got to see tons of turtles, a crane and other fun wildlife.










The next day, we were headed to church when we noticed we had a river in our front yard. It took a while to figure out, but the city's 8 inch water main broke. The boys thought it was pretty cool to see a fire truck and a tractor in our front yard! Those poor guys dug from 10:30-6:30, but they got it fixed!










Lincoln had some minor surgery done, so Cleve watched the younger kids. Link was bummed he didn't get to spend time with cousins, so we went up to Hickory the next day. The kids had a great time, and Cleve and I were able to just sit and have a nice conversation. I love that they live in NC!














I took the kids to a pool birthday party. They came home with tons of fun toys in their goody bags. Drake has been having fun with his straw glasses and Dorothy felt grown up putting on lip gloss with a brush.







We had one last slumber party with the cousins. The girls had a tea party and watched Beauty and the Beast, while the boys went to the movie theater and built a sleeping fort.




Nobody got a ton of sleep that night, so the next morning, kids were tired and cranky. Cleve was considering taking his kids back home, to rest and be separated, but we decided to try going to the park. It was the perfect thing for everyone! The kids had a blast playing in the creek. We left it better than when we came by packing out trash when we left. Lincoln considers it a great crime to litter, and always gets disgusted when he sees people litter. It is kinda cute, my little earth lover!








This is our "don't look at the sun" face, because it was eclipse day, and we had to repeat that often!




Our cereal projectors didn't work, but mom's neighbors were so sweet to share their glasses with us. Drake ended up using the projectors as sandals later that day.




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