Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patty's Day!

 We started off our morning with a brisk walk with the Pinkley's to Green Spring Park. The flowers are starting to bloom!
 These little lassies enjoyed a treat from Starbucks.
The girls were thrilled to find flowers in our yard that we could pick, but no four leaf clovers!
It's been so nice out lately- we even flown a kite!
 Look at these leprechauns! 
I love Geneva's soul patch!
We had green eggs and ham and shamrock pancakes for dinner with Michelle and the kids. 
What a fun day!

Sweet Times with Kellie

Last week Jesse flew to India and the same day my dear friend Kellie came to visit! We actually met when we were four years old at family camp (so our mothers tell us!). We became better friends in HS and even roommates in college. Kellie is one of those rare friends where you can have great laughter, deep conversations about the Lord, honesty about how we're doing personally, decorate a room, and cook (all at the same time- maybe not ALL at the same time, but close!). It was a blessing to me to have her stay with us while Jesse was gone. She was so helpful and fun to have around. I'm encouraged by her deep love for the Lord. She is a true friend that I'm so thankful God has blessed me with.
We spent one day in Old Town Alexandria just having fun. 
It was the most beautiful day we've had in a while- lots of sun!!
The girls love Kellie, too! 
Maddie asked to read several books to her and both wanted to cuddle right up!

The next day we walked some of the National Mall.
  Savannah and Kellie became buddies! 
That night we had a girls night watching Finding Nemo.
Saturday we went to the Natural History Museum with the Boadys. 
The kids are too cute.
Group picture with the elephant!

After that, we stopped in for a treat from the Swiss Bakery.
Look at my rings, mom!
 On our way to church! 
Thanks Maddie for taking the great picture!
 Cute people.
 After church we made crepes!

Thanks for coming to visit, Kellie! You are a faithful friend.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Neighborhood Winter Olympics

Last week we had 4 snow days!! This just happened to be while Jesse was away in sunny Cali for Shepherd's Conference. We actually had an amazing time with our neighborhood one day celebrating Timo's birthday. The White's put together a neighborhood Winter Olympics within 24 hours! 
 Here's the kids lining up finding out what team they are on. Flags and all!
 Rosa and Savannah were happy to be on the same team!
 Tessa. Got to love Tessa. She was one of the judges.
 Can you just hear the music as the athletes walk into the cul de sac?!
 Sisters watching the events together from the porch. 
Lucy ran the circle with a torch!
Can you see that each kid has a bib on the back of their coats? 
They had a flag, name, and number printed out!
Here's Maddie doing the sledding event. 
There was also tobogganing and snow boarding and others that I missed.
After the games ended, the kids roasted marshmallows from the Olympic flame! 
(Our fire pit :)
There were even medals awarded to some of the kids! Savannah and Maddie won for the dual toboggan race. They wore their medals for two days straight!!
 While Daddy was away we had lots of fun girl time. 
  Sweet Geneva had the stomach bug that week, too. I was doing my exercises in the basement and she cuddled up and fell asleep on the couch for 3 hours!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

More Snow and Fun with Friends

This has been a fun-filled week! We've enjoyed being back to good health and made the most of it. The girls have had fun playing outside in the snow and we've been able to get together with friends. I'm so thankful how God reminds me every so often to be thankful for our health and not take that for granted. Waking up throughout the night to care for little ones, cleaning up "you know what", and running to the ER with troubled breathing has been our past month. I've been learning how to love sacrificially. It's pretty easy to love people when it's not messy and you feel well rested and loved in return; but it's a whole other ball game when life is challenging. I've been convicted of my need to die to self, take up my cross, and serve in the mundane with joy. Being a mom is teaching me so much. My Heavenly Father has been graciously showing me my moment by moment need for Him, need for forgiveness when I loose patience, and grace when I get frustrated because I'm getting nothing "accomplished". Ha! All the while, He is accomplishing His good work in me. I need to be refined and it's happening. 
Thank you, Lord.
So, on to the cute kids...
  Geneva loves having our picnic table in the house to stand on so she can see outside!
Snow day! Maddie was able to stay home from school one day this week.
So pretty. We went for a little walk in the yard and saw the fox, 3 deer, and 2 owls. Pretty cool.
This week we have officially lived in VA for 3 years. The Leaches were so kind to take us out to a delicious dinner to celebrate. Unfortunately, David is missing from the picture- he was kind enough to get the car for us! We are very thankful for all that God has done in our lives over that last 3 years. 
But, that's for another post.
Miss Penny came over one day and played in the snow with Savannah!
Snow angels!
I love you, Olaf!
One day we had the Foxes over for a play date. These two had a blast!
  Silly Savannah. Yup, she's eating snow in a wedding gown and rain boots. She couldn't help but run out to say goodbye to the Pinkstons as they left.
 Girls night at Chick Fil A!
 What a fun night with these ladies. They even got goodie bags with candy, necklaces, and free milk shakes. 
 See our photo bomb friend? This kid was hilarious!

Friday, February 20, 2015

More Snow Fun



We took a creek walk today in 18 degrees. Most of the little ponds are frozen. 
The girls had so much fun playing. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow Day!

We had about 4-5 inches of snow last night, which means that school was canceled. I know our family in Massachusetts and Colorado and friends in places like Jackson Hole laugh at that, but here in NOVA, life stops when we get a few inches! We have so much fun on these days!
 Savannah and Cubbie Bear- we got him from her Cubbie class this week! Savannah put socks and a hat on him before taking him in the snow :)
Daddy! Help me.
Earlier in the morning when we were playing a rhyming matching game we spotted a fox in our backyard listening to the snow. We got to witness him bending down, listening, scooting over, putting his ear to the snow a gain, and then pouncing and covering his face in the snow. He came up with a mouse or some sort of little creature! It was the coolest thing to watch!! We feel so blessed to have this backyard!
 I don't think these flowers are going to make it until Spring.
 Our little pond and creek were frozen- so fun to explore.
 Cute buddies.
 Baby friends.
 Sister friends.
 Daddy had some fun between meetings today!
 We brought a thermos of hot chocolate out for the kids. 
Here they are having a little break from sledding.
 Geneva loved being pulled in the toboggan.

Maddie loved eating the snow!!
After sledding, one of our neighbors had all of us over for hot dogs. We have the best neighborhood!
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