Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pictures of the Girls











I love these pictures!!! Allison took them at various locations around Lamesa and she did an excellent job!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Busyness and Blessings

It is hard to see, but this is how Clayton's hair is when I don't put it in a ponytail. Wild.
Clayton used Cooper's chair to climb on the couch. :(
Clayton likes spaghetti!
Messy!
The cousins!
Clayton has pigtails!!
Mya had a water bottle that Clayton wanted.
The tug of war.
Mya and Clayton playing.
I told Cooper to eat two crackers before he went outside to play. He was too tired.
I pulled Cooper's trundle out and Clayton used it to climb on the bed.
The girls in their Halloween shirts.
It looks like this child ate a marker. She did.
Kenndall loves to blow raspberries on Clayton's tummy and Clayton loves it. It is so funny.
Silly sisters!

Wow, it seems as if life is just moving faster and faster! We seem to be caught up in a tornado of school, work, church, dinners, birthdays, relatives, babies (none of them mine), and just life. It has been crazy, but full of blessings. So, I will start with the latest, Brian's sister Becky was in town for a weekend. It was so great to see her and Mya. The kids had fun playing and it was good to see her. 2 or 3 times a year is just not enough. The weekend was a whirlwind of activities but it was fun. What made the weekend even more special was that Brian's other sister Tracy came in from Memphis with her kids. It was great, it was the first time all of the cousins had been together, so of course we took a few pictures. I am so glad that my kids have such great cousins!
My schoolwork is going ok. Ugh. It has not been great actually, I struggle with motivation. It seems when I have a chance to sit down and do some work, I just want to sit and zone out for awhile. So, that is often what happens. For the next 8 weeks I will be doing a "real" class and an online class. I am not looking forward to the next 8 weeks, but it is a means to an end, so it will pass. I have also started tutoring at Cavazos again. It is not great, but it is a job and hopefully I can help out a few kiddos that need it. I am feeling kind of blah as I write this, can you tell!
Blessings. Ahhhh, such a refreshing change of pace. I have been so blessed lately. God is working in my life and in Brian's life. The marriage retreat has helped us be able to build on our relationship with each other and with God, it has been such an amazing occurrence. I am continually amazed at how God is so close to us and our needs and when we let Him work, He can do things we never imagined possible.
I had the opportunity to give a lesson for ladies bible class at church. I was so blessed by that lesson. God chose that lesson for me, it was what I needed to experience. It was about God being our deliverer and how we must depend on him. The past 4 years have been challenging in many ways, and God has delivered me. Real life happened to me, I experienced real pain, but from that real pain a real faith was born and through that real faith I was blessed with a real deliverance. I thank God for His grace and mercy everyday and I pray that He allows me to give it as freely as He gave it to me.
Well, I am off my soapbox. And my bones are tired. It is not even 10 and I am ready for bed. Night Night!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

11 months, Marriage Retreat, and the Fair

Clayton in the stroller at the fair.
Sweet baby Ryan

We were trying to have a peaceful lunch on some benches when suddenly there was a very very LOUD playing of music. Needless to say, we couldn't hear each other talk and Taylor did NOT like it. :)
Okay, this picture is kind of far away. But Allison has Cooper on her shoulders and she is pushing the double stroller with Taylor and Ryan in it. What a woman!

Me showing the baby chicks to the kiddos at the petting zoo.

Clayton's new trick is to climb on the fireplace, needless to say, I am not too happy about it, but I still will take pictures.
Yeah, I'm cool now.

Those little spikes are pigtails, not horns, BTW.

I like to stick out my bottom lip.

A closer look at the lip face.

Okay, so I don't know what order my pictures will be, but here is a short summary of what has been going on around here lately.
First, Clayton is 11 months old! NO WAY! And oh, what a handful. Now that she walks everywhere, she pretty much follows either me or the other two kiddos around. She is still just as good natured as ever. Always a smile, easy to make laugh and always interested in everything going on around her. What a precious girl! Clayton loves her daddy, and he makes sure that she gets plenty of attention when he is around. Although it would be impossible to ignore her because she is into everything. Her favorite things to do, roll the toilet paper off the roll, dig in the trash, and eating things she is not supposed to eat. Just today, while we were at the playground, she tried to eat a rock. She has her two bottom teeth and one top tooth, the other one is trying to come through, but right now her snaggle-toothed smile is just precious. I cannot believe that she will be 1 year old in less than a month!

Second, Marriage Retreat. Brian and I went to a marriage retreat that is organized by our church. It was incredible. We hadn't been away together since Cooper was born, so wow, it was nice. Not only was our marriage strengthened and refocused on Christ, both of us experienced a wonderful spiritual renewal. I strongly encourage anyone that is married to go. It doesn't matter how long or how short you have been married. It is wonderful, think about it. Who couldn't use a weekend away from "real" life to build your relationship with each other and with God.

Third, the Fair. Yes, the fair. Two adults, two double strollers, 5 children, ages: 3,2,2,10 months, and 2 months. Crazy! Allison and I met up at the fair and had a great time. The kids liked the petting zoo, the sharks, and the balloons. I know I was worn out by the time we got ready to leave. But we had a great time!
Okay, that is all for now. Fall is a busy time of year for us, birthdays, holidays, school, work, etc. Slowly I am learning to take one day at a time, to rejoice in all circumstances, and to keep my eyes and mind on my blessings. God is so good!