Thursday, August 23, 2012

Growing pains

He goes to Kindergarten this week. 


And I'm not sure. Not sure that I'm ready, that he's really old enough:), not sure of the unknown. 

Gone are the days of no schedule, live for the moment days. And there is still so much more I want to do and teach and show him. For the last 5 years, I've been able to chose his friends, what he watches, what he listens to, how he spends his days. And the protective Mama in me wants to keep him right here, close to me, safe from all the pains the world will give him. 

But I also know that this is a beginning. A beginning of something amazing, wonderful and big for my boy. This is the start of discovering what he's going to be someday. This is the start of friendships he choses to form. I can't hold him back.

And the beginning of a deeper trust in God for me.

This past weekend, we went to his sunday school preschool graduation and we were asked to think about picking a life verse for our boy. They were helpful enough to give us some suggestions and once we saw this verse, we knew immediately that it was what we wanted him to learn and hold close. 

"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Tim 4:12

N, we love you so much. Your daddy and I pray that this verse becomes the focus of your life. May you learn to love others more than yourself, boldly share your faith in God and be a leader others can look up to. Love, Mommy and Daddy

Monday, August 20, 2012

Whats new

These last few weeks of lazy summer have flown right by. And what do we have to show for it?

A really great tan!!

We have developed a deep love for the local sand and waves and spend time every week digging, building, splashing, swimming and thoroughly enjoying some mini-vacation time:)

We also stocked up on blueberries. Although it appears B stocked more inside his stomach than inside his bucket.

N and best buddy J had lots of fun finding the biggest berry.

And I got the privilege of surprising my Mama. What fun. I love surprises and its not very often you get to have a fun surprise. 
For those that don't know, my mom is going through breast cancer. It shocked us all but I think its drawn out the best in our family. Its made us appreciate each other more and be thankful for every precious moment we have here on this earth. My moms a fighter and she's right in the midst of showing this cancer who's boss. 

I love the joy that continues to radiate through her. I love that my parents have become more united and have decided that this is just one more way for God to reveal His glory and goodness through this trial. And I love my moms bald head:) 

I got to go for the head shaving party. My parents had no idea I was coming, but what a celebration it was. I'm so thankful I got to be a part of it and watch the family have fun in the form of mohawks and laughter. 

It was fun to watch her be able to whip off that wig and instantly have a new night look:) I know she won't ever flaunt it in public, but she sure looks like one tough Mama when she's at home. 
And I'm still working on convincing her to get a tattoo...what every bald head calls for:) 

So in honor of that head shaving party, my boys decided to shed their hair for her too. I have to say they all looked pretty cute with little mohawks.

And of course, with a mohawk, comes the real attitude!

A friend is teaching me to quilt. I found a quilt I loved for the biggest boy but didn't want to spend the big bucks the company was asking for it. So we're making our own version. And I gotta say I like it even better than the one in the store.

Some newly shaven boys playing a new favorite game...Rush Hour.

We decided we had held off long enough and it was time to get N into some organized sports. So into soccer he went. And I think he really likes it. Its really entertaining to watch the huddle move around the field with the ball, and I love all the random butterfly catching, twirling and zoning out that happens during the game too:) (surprisingly, N was not part of that group, he actually managed to stay focused and with the ball most of the time)

Here's my out take for the week. I told the boys to just keep playing the game while Mama took pictures, but B just can't help himself. He's just too used to looking at the camera:)

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Colorado 2012 Part 5

Okay, I promise this is the last one. I told you we did a lot. We go home to recover! But we don't want to miss a thing or leave anyone out!

What is it with boys and wrestling? Our friend B wrestled B and in turn, N wrestled him back! Can't we just give a simple hug boys?!?!?

And Lolli knows her grandsons...lots of construction equipment! The boys spent many hours building imaginary roads

Looks like a good picture of some boys behaving right?!?!

But turn your back for 1 second and look what happens...

Betcha didn't know Poppi was a jungle gym did you?

A favorite at Lolli and Poppi's house-Uncle Lance's trike.

Thank goodness for that extra slab of concrete. Let N loose and theres a chance you won't see him again:)

The boys can only go so long before diving back into the land of Legos. And they loved teaching Uncle Flip all about how to build them.

A little cousin love! 

I see a remake of this picture in their future. Amazing how quickly these years will go by and before you know it, we'll have a couple of teenagers on our hands!

And after 3 years, my family was able to enjoy a complete family bbq. So much fun to hang out with everybody!

L's getting some instruction on the different types of construction equipment

Lovin' being an auntie!

L was so anxious to hold baby cousin. Love that this little girl is such Mommy already.

Hanging with the girls

Baby cousin meeting baby cousin. 

Seems that this was the thing to do...get to know new baby cousin.:)