Monday, November 28, 2016

Savannah's 6th Birthday Party

Savannah Grace is such a gift to Jesse and me. She is creative, loving, joyful, and full of energy! 
Savannah's been into baking lately, so we had a cookie decorating party!
We started with decorating aprons.

Then we decorated cookies. 
Miss Penny made all the cookies and set up each girl with her own set to make. 
 Next we had a bunch of sweets, of course!

And played baking BINGO      

   One more game- unwrap the gift wearing pot holders and using a spatula!

Such sweet friends!
God's been so good to give us Savannah these 6 years. 
We pray for her to grow up loving the Lord more than anything else. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Feast with Savannah

 Such cute Native Americans and Pilgrims in KA!
 Each one made a place mat.
 The kids said Psalm 100 and sang us some songs.

 Then they enjoyed a feast!
My little pilgrim :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Family Trip to Lexington, VA

We took a long weekend away with the family to Lexington, VA. It was good for us to just slow down and be together without other distractions. We love taking drives, seeing new places, hiking, and just being together.
Getting our National Park book stamped. 
The Blue Ridge Mountains are so beautiful in the fall!
We went to see the Natural Bridge.
It was so amazing!

 We also visited a Monacan Indian Village. 
We saw different animal skins, items the Indians would have made, and played a ring toss game.
 Hiking buddies.
 That afternoon the girls and I went shopping all afternoon in downtown Lexington. 
There were perks :)
 Girls time! They were such good walkers and shoppers. 
Daddy lucked out too- naps with Geneva are pretty good nice.
 The next morning we went to see my mom's college (Southern University) in Buena Vista- 
what a beautiful Victorian building!
 Then we walked a few miles and bird watched between a canal and river. 
 We read Pilgrim's Progress to the kids during the trip- they LOVED the book. It's such a great allegory to our walk with the Lord. I think we'll read it at least once a year.
Our hotel had a little pool that the girls also enjoyed- definitely a highlight for them to swim!
 Monday morning began with another hike! Maddie pushed the stroller quite a ways.
    My big hikers did 5 miles!
 We toured the Stonewall Jackson house.
 Here's a beauty of a tree right outside Washington and Lee Chapel- what a gorgeous building.
On the way home, we stopped at Roy's farm- what a nice guy! 
We picked up some yummy apples and fresh eggs.
We thanked the Lord for the safe travels (almost got in a bad accident) and sweet family time together. God is so good to His children and has blessed us with such beautiful creation to enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Week of Field Trips

This week both girls went on school field trips and I was able to be a driver for both classes. ICS is such a great school- we love the teachers, students, and curriculum here.
  Maddie's second grade class went to an old farm where there's a creek in the back that had TONS of fossils. The kids loved digging away to find the treasure they would take home.
 It was a hard choice. 
 Savannah's kindergarten class went to Frying Pan Farm where they learned about dairy cows and even got to milk (fake) one :)
 In the farm classroom we learned how much food and water (35 gallons a day) a dairy cow consumes and how much milk they produce (10 gallons a day). 
Such a sweet class of kids!
And Geneva and I took a "field trip" to Costco this week. I love spending my mornings with just her. After a run with friends, she and I shopped and had lunch as we drove to pick up Savannah from school.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lately Around Here...

 ICS students have been working hard at Servathon. The school raised money and served the community over the last 2 weeks. Maddie's class cleaned up the grounds at a nearby park.
Last Friday night I took Maddie to her first "concert". We saw Lauren Daigle.
Girls night. Woot woot!
Maddie's sweet friend, Reagan (and my friend, Jen), met us there.
 They were so cute watching Lauren and taking pictures.

 Maddie's favorite song was Trust In You.
 A couple weekends ago, the girls and I met up with some friends at Great Falls.

 Ha! They were distracted people watching!
 So many little hikers :)
 We recently had the girls over from Maddie's class for a play date. 
They are a really sweet group of friends!
 I love each day with this one. She keeps me laughing!
 Savannah was thrilled to have Sparkie for the week. We baked pumpkin bread together. 
 I love how Michelle and I dress our kids alike without planning it (almost every Sunday :).
    Daddy's back on his bike and has a little helper in the back :)