Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Books of the Bible-Gracie's Rendition

I just showed Gracie and James the video that Avery did earlier of her singing the books of the bible.  Gracie immediately said, "Video me singing it and put it on the blog!"  Gracie does put a little flare into it and plays her ukulele while she sings.  She is definitely our little performer!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Books of the Bible: Avery Style

Gracie has been working hard to memorize the books of the bible for AWANA.  We listen to her sparks cd with the song NONSTOP!  So, needless to say, we have all learned the books of the bible!  Avery is so stinkin cute doing it, I had to video her and share with you all.  If you listen closely, you will hear that she makes up some of the names!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Swimming Lessons

On Saturday the girls had their first swimming lesson.  Since both girls are beginner swimmers, they are in the same class.  (thankfully, for this momma!)  I got to go in the pool area, watch, and take pictures....just this first week though.  All went well, except when Avery drank about half of the pool!

 Gracie would NOT let go of her teacher!  No kidding..she was holding on for dear life!
Overall, I think they did good for their first lesson.  They are already looking forward to next Saturday!

In case you are wondering where the pictures are of Dawit's swimming lessons....he missed his class.  Stomach bug.
Glad it was only a 24 hour bug.
That's all I am going to say about that.

BUT, we are looking forward to Friday when I get to take him.  I know he is going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

True Woman Retreat

Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend some time with my Father and some girlfriends at Highview's women's retreat.  We headed up to a lodge in Indiana and had a wonderful time!  No diaper changes, runny noses, or a million questions!!  I actually got to eat dinner and have some good, adult conversation.  Then we had great sessions on prayer and biblical womanhood.  Some of my favorite "take aways" from this weekend....

*  Titus 2:4-5 
 "Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."
These are seven virtues of a godly woman....and I know I can't accomplish them on my own!

*  Matthew 7:24
"Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock."
My prayer is that I would actually DO more of God's word, not just read it.

Aside from great teaching, I had great company.  Here are some pictures of the girls.  Do you believe we stayed up until 3:00 AM talking??? 
My roomies (minus one)

 I said, "Act like you are having fun!"
 about 2:00 am
 My tired roomies after a late night.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

What's up with the kids???

I am not sure why I haven't taken the time to blog lately.  Actually, I do know why...we have been busy!  But, busy doing fun things that I want to share! So, here is a quick catch up.  (if I don't catch everyone up, my Umey is going to fuss at me more and I don't want that!)

Gracie is doing great.  If you know her, you know she has her "own style" that is "very fashionable."  Here is the outfit she put together the other day.  My runway description:  Gracie is wearing her suede, tan boots paired with her black skinny jeans rolled up to her knees.  Her teal and green tunic top is layered with her navy blue school sweater.

Yep.  I think she gets her "fashionable" style from her momma!

My next funny Gracie story is over the top!  This past weekend she went to her friend Noah's birthday party.  She loves Noah.  We met him and his mom (Sarah) at an airport homecoming and the kids hit it off right from the start!  Anyway, she was sooo excited about the party.  She made Noah's birthday card.  She kept asking James how to spell certain words.  Here is the final product.  Sarah said it was pretty much a marriage proposal.  HA!

Here is the good part...

In case you can't read it, it says:
"You are loveing
You are handsome
You are cuet
I like you
You are like a flower"

I am laughing just typing that little Hallmark card she wrote! 
Here they are at the birthday party!

Dawit is doing good as well.  However, he has definitely reached the TERRIBLE TWOS!  That boy gets into EVERYTHING!  and when I correct him (which, is really quite often) this is the new look he gives me....
 He wrinkles his forehead and tilts his head down.  (I wonder if I ever look down at him over my glasses like that??)
And my Avery is as sweet as ever!  She tells me everyday, "Momma, I love you more than anything."  See, I told you she was sweet!  Last week she got to play with her friends and celebrate a birthday too.
One more thing about Av....the girl never lays down in the afternoon for a nap.  She won't sit still that long.  BUT, she does fall asleep almost every day while we drive to get Gracie from school.  The bad thing about this is that we just aren't in the car that long.  Thankfully she sleeps hard enough that I can bring her inside and lay her on the couch without her waking up.  Well, one day last week, I did just that and she was sleeping on the couch.  I looked over and saw this...

She had fallen off the couch and was STANDING there still ASLEEP!  The funniest part of the story is that her knees kept buckling and she would start to fall and then shoot back up to standing.  I tried to catch that on video, but of course, couldn't get it on tape.  Take my word for it, it was funny.

We also got to celebrate Tagan's 2nd birthday.  He is from Ethiopia and shares a birthday with Dawit.  Neat, huh?  The kids had so much fun at the gym.

 Dawit LOVED playing in the ball pit.  He would have stayed there all day if we let him.
 Where's Avery???

All three kiddos start swimming lessons this week.  That should be FUN!  I will post about that over the weekend.  I also have some other things to share.  I promise I will do it soon. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Today our little man turns TWO! 

He started his day at the doctors office for his check up...which was no fun.  It took the doc a while to come in and Dawit kept saying, "All done....Bye"  His actual checkup was great.  His ear infections are gone and his tubes seem to be working now.  He weighed in at 26.4 pounds (20th percentile).  He is also 31 1/2 inches tall, which falls into the less than 5th percentile.  Yep, he's short.  Unfortunately he had to have some blood drawn and get a shot.  Boy, did that make him MAD!!  He screamed and cried.  When his favorite nurse tried to let him pick a sucker, he swatted the bucket away.  While he continued to scream I got a sucker and stuck it in his mouth.  Immediately he stopped screaming.  It was hilarious how quickly he stopped and was giving the nurse high fives!
Here he is in the car enjoying his sweet treat.  Even though he is smiling, you can still see his big tears under his eyes.

And here is what happened when it was all gone....

We have done so much celebrating over the last week that we are keeping today low key.  Here are some pictures from our get together with MawMaw and Amber.

We got him a Melissa & Doug block puzzle.  If you put the front part of the animal together with the rear part, it makes the animal sound.  :)

This is hilarious.  I included all the pictures as we were bringing his cupcake to him.  He was so stinkin excited he could barley contain himself.  It was just so cute.  In the last week, he has learned a new word: cupcake!

Attempting to blow out his candles...
He knows he needs to pray before he eats!  :)
Avery enjoyed all the cake and (milk free) ice cream!  She keeps asking when her birthday is.

We have a few more cupcakes to finish off tonight.  I am going to try to video how excited he gets so I can show you.  Too cute!

Happy Birthday Dawit! 
 We love you!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Gracie!

On Friday our sweet Grace turned 6.  I can't believe my little girl is SIX!!

 In the morning we stopped and picked up some doughnuts for her class. Of course, they were a big hit. Gracie was so cute in her birthday hat. They sang "Happy Birthday" to her and then they sang the "Birthday Bongo" song. That was funny. Here she is playing the bongo while her class sings. :)

Later that night a few of her friends and her cousin came over for a Pinkalicious SLUMBER PARTY!!  Can I just saw how loud 5 little girls can be??  They had so much fun though!  First they had dinner.  Gracie chose to have pizza.  I included pickles, cucumbers, and grapes....they had to eat green stuff.  (haven't you read the book?)  Here is the dining room all decked out in pink.

After dinner they played for a while. James and I had some good laughs when they were playing Just Dance Kids on the Wii.
After she opened her gifts, we had cupcakes.  PINK, of course!

 When James asked Dawit if he wanted a cupcake, he RAN to his highchair yelling "Yeah!"
 Dawit was clean for all of two seconds!  He had pink icing in his hair (smooshed in) and even behind his ears!  How did he do that?
It was a fun night.  A late night....but fun.  At 11:30 I was beyond tired and they were still awake!  Here are some more pictures of her fun night!

This morning daddy made PINK pancakes with pink syrup and strawberry  yogurt.  They thought the heart shaped pancakes were so cool.  (hey...I am a cool momma!)

As a little gift to all her friends, we got them a bottle cap necklace from Deena with each of their names on it.  They loved it!  (thanks, Deena)

Needless to say, all three kiddos crashed tonight without so much as a peep! 
One last party tomorrow after church.  Mawmaw, Pawpaw, and Amber are coming over to celebrate!