Thursday, April 30, 2009

Superkids Program

The Superkids program was tonight. It was great as usual. Wendy, and all the ladies at Superkids are such talented and dedicated people. I love sending my kids to Superkids!!

Before the program, Cooper was a prince and Kenndall was a princess, they were dancing.
Pretty smile for the camera!

Clayton with her class, my picture is blurry for some reason, but she is sticking out her tongue.


Kenndall holding her star..



The kid facing the wrong way, yeah that's my son, the smart one, j/k, j/k, j/k. It was hilarious!! He faced the wrong direction for the first couple of verses of the song.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Ahhhhh to Ughhh

Clayton's first cereal. She is not a fan.
One day I was in the shower and Kenndall decided to get Cooper's yogurt and take it into the living room and eat it while she was watching Sesame Street. I was laughing and horrified at the same time.

It was a miracle it wasn't all over the chair and carpet.


Cooper and Clayton.



Clayton looking precious.

This weekend I got to go to Ruidoso for a girls weekend with my small group from church. It was so much fun! We ate, rested, shopped, and just enjoyed each other's company. I am so thankful that I have such wonderful friends!! We had a great time, the mountian air always smells so good. And now I am back to reality. I missed my sweet babies and my hubby, I even missed being busy from morning till night, but it was a little rough getting back into the routine of things.

Brian had a good time with the kids, and the house was not near as messy as I thought it would be. He did a great job. Clayton stayed with my Dad and Janet and they spoiled her a little. :) I am so thankful that they are so willing to watch the kiddos all the time. What wonderful in-laws. Oh, and I can't forget Wendy. Wendy kept all of the kids all day on Friday, she is super mom!

And this weekend Brian is going to Kansas for his spring fishing trip. He is excited, but I am not. I always miss him. But I have plans for this weekend, so if I keep busy it won't be too bad.
The kids preschool program is Thursday night, so I am excited about that. It is always fun to watch.
I think Friday or Saturday I am going to get their picture taken together. It will be for Cooper's 3rd birthday, Kenndall's 18 month (actually 20 month), and Clayton's 6 month. I am excited. I guess I will do it by myself unless I can con someone into helping me. We will see.
We are going to have Cooper's birthday on Saturday, May 9th. I am excited. He has been wanting a Ninja Turtle cake, so we got a Ninja Turtle cake pan and Brian will make him a Ninja Turtle Cake. He will love it!! I can't believe my little baby boy is 3!! Where did the past three years go and how did we end up with 3 babies in 3 years? JK.
Well I have things to do, actually I am going to eat a snack and watch American Idol. I am tired tonight.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cooper and Kenndall Praying, second try....

video

Here is my second try for this video. I change the file type, so that should work. I love to hear my children pray, there is no sweeter music to my ears...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Cooper and Kenndall Video

I don't know if this worked or not...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter at Wendy's Pics

Clayton
Kenndall with her eggs.

Cooper checking what is in the egg.


Kent, Kenndall, and Sage.




The group picture of the cousins, I took about 10 and this is the best one...



Here are some pictures of our Easter at Wendy's house. It was so fun. Wendy cooked her ham that pretty much melts in your mouth, Kim made her Grannie's potatoes, Jenni made green beans and I contributed the drinks, because my cooking is somewhat questionable. Anyway, we ate, the kids played, there was some Rock Band going on. Our family has some great singers, (I am being serious and sarcastic at the same time if that is possible.) Then we had the Easter egg hunt! The kids had such a blast. And Wendy and Tracy know how to put on an Easter egg hunt, they had a whole trash bag full of Easter eggs! I have never seen so many eggs in my life. It was great. Anyway. My two kiddos have very different hunting "styles", so that was fun to watch. Cooper finds an egg, looks inside and if he likes what he sees, he eats it and then looks for other eggs as he is eating. After all the eggs are found he likes to open every single piece of candy and eat it. Kenndall finds the eggs, then she needs help opening each one, which she immediatly lets you know by her shrill little voice, "I need HEEEEEELP." Then she likes to eat so much chocolate that she throws up a little, which she did on Wendy's carpet and Brian's arm. It was pretty gross. Anyway. We had a great time with all the cousins. Sunday we had another Easter egg hunt with our church bible class. That was fun as well. I don't have any pictures of that because I am the loser parent that forgets their camera everytime. Anyway. I have a busy evening planning. I am going to a little ladies dinner thing at church. I am excited. A night spent with friends, good food and good speakers. I really enjoy going to stuff like that. Well, I can hear Cooper and Kenndall squabbeling (spelling???). Gotta go.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Random Thoughts

Cooper playing Cowboy


Kenndall playing cowgirl.







Clayton looking cute as usual/




Kenndall after eating a chocolate bunny. (Thanks Miss Amy!!)

Clayton, what a sweetheart.

Cooper put yogurt in his hair, I was not happy.

The theme around our house this week has been Easter!! In Cooper's words, "meester". Funny. We started our celebration of "meester" with last Saturday at Dad and Janet's. They hid eggs for the kids and then we ate dinner. Actually I think all the kids ate large amounts of chocolate, but it was so much funny. I need to get pics from my Dad because I forgot my camera. Anyway the kids had such a blast. My kiddos love their new cousins, Taylor and Britten. They have a blast playing princesses, swords, watching veggietales, playing in the leaves, coloring and all kinds of other games. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful "step" family.
Thursday at Superkids, the kids hunted eggs again. They brought home baskets full of eggs that were loaded with candy and little toys. The kids had a blast going through that. My living room looked like an easter egg bomb exploded in there.
Tomorrow we will have another egg hunt at Wendy's house. The kids will get to see all of their Cross side cousins (except Mya), so they will have a blast playing with them.
Sunday we will have another Easter egg hunt with our class at church. So that will be fun as well. Anyway. I'm sure after this weekend I won't want to see a "meester" egg for at least a year. :) Somehow in all of that fun, I would like to be able to try to fit in the story of why we celebrate Easter.
My children are such blessings from God!! Yes, they drive me nuts sometimes, they make huge messes, and sometimes I contemplate pulling out my hair, but they are wonderful blessings from God. My son is so affectionate and loving, creative and laid back. My first daughter is determined, creative, affectionate, and helpful. My second daughter is joyful, laid back, patient, and curious. What did I do to deserve these incredible blessings? Sometimes I don't think that my heart can be any more full.
I have been so blessed by God lately. I am actually learning to listen to His voice. Throughout my whole life I have had a complete one sided relationship with God. Yes, He has blessed me, etc., but I have never truly experienced hearing God's voice in my heart. I have prayed and prayed and never heard anything back. One reason for this is because in my church upbringing it was never emphasized or taught how to listen and follow the voice of God, in fact, most people that talked of that were considered a little off their rocker. But God promises and promises that He will speak to His children, and I want that, I want to be so close to God that I hear His voice and know His voice. And amazingly, God has spoken to me in ways that I could have never imagined. No I haven't seen a bright cloud with a booming voice telling me some majestic saying. It has been a small quiet word in the deepest part of my soul, but it is undeniable. And when I have obeyed His voice, the peace and joy has been abosultely amazing. I know that some of you may think I am crazy, that my kids have finally driven me to hearing voices, and that is fine if you think that. But I know in my heart that finally, after 30 years of church going, pew sitting, and doctrinating, I actually have a relationship with God. Yes, going to church is important, my church relationships have led me to the place I am now, yes, learning about the bible is important, that has also been a stepping stone. BUT, none of that matters unless you can talk to God and know in your heart that He will talk back. So I encourage anyone that has never heard God speak to you, and if you don't know if you have heard God speak, or you think maybe you have heard God speak, pray for God to open your ears, just like anything it takes practice, you have to be a diligent listener. God is there and He will speak to you.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Clayton is 5 months....

Clayton sitting up.
Clayton and Kenndall holding hands

My girls like their paci's.


Clayton wearing her big girl boots from Grandma and Grandpa Cross. And no, she is not standing up by herself, she is leaning on me.



Superman and Hawkgirl.

Wow! My sweet baby is Clayton is 5 months old today! What a joy she has been to me. She is the happiest most content baby ever. She is quickly learning to sit up. Yea! She can sit by herself for about a minute or two without the boppy and with the boppy she sat up for about 20 minutes by herself this morning. I was so excited. I love being able to sit a baby down and let them play with their toys. She loves to watch her brother and sister play. She is gumming everything, so I wonder if she will start getting teeth soon, I hope not. Anyway, time is flying by.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Closer by Sanctus Real

Sanctus Real

Closer (here is the link to the video on YouTube)

I'm not satisfied in this lifetime
I'm following you to the other side
There's nothing that can change my mind
You're all I need

You're the only tie that binds my heart
Away from you I'm falling apart
We need to be closer than we are
You're all I need

So what can I do to get closer?
I know there is more my heart can bear
I give you control 'cause I need you
To take me there

Like a bird flying south
I'm seeking you out
And there's no rope that can tie me down
I'm running home,
I'm a slave set free
You're all I need

I am waiting
Draw me closer
I am waiting
Make me stronger

I love this song!! The last line strikes fear in my heart, but it is a beautiful fear. A fear of what God is going to do in my life to help me become stronger. A fear that as I grow closer and closer to God my heart will not be able to withstand the refiner's fire. I have seen God do so much in the past year within my heart, I fear and yearn for what is coming.....