Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Tree Decorating 2016

We decorated the Christmas Tree tonight! And only broke two ornaments in the process! Ha!







It's always fun looking at all the handmade ornaments from the past! Nathan made this one his first year at Miss Cindi's daycare in Bakersfield in 2012! 


I have pretty much given up getting a picture of both boys looking at the camera!




All done! (Mommy may be up late spacing out the ornaments-Ha!) 


We lit our first fire tonight too! 




Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 2016

Believe it or not this is the first year we have taken our boys Trick-or-Treating!  Each year we are usually busy hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event at our church! We just moved into our neighborhood on Saturday so we had fun meeting our new neighbors.


Nathan the police officer and Silas the monkey!




We participated in the Teal Pumpkin project this year.  Due to Nathan's peanut allergy most of the candy he receives he cannot eat.  We made sure to have non-food items to pass out to those kids, like Nathan, who have allergies.  



Ready to go door to door! All night long Nathan kept saying "Trunk-or-Treat" when we knocked on doors.  This Pastor's Kid is confused having never trick-or-treated before! 


Back home and in our skeleton pjs! 


We passed out candy and toys after trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Family Photos 2016

I love taking family photos every year! Here are my favorites from this year! 












Thursday, October 13, 2016

Five

Five! How can my baby be turning five years old?! Did any other parents out there have a small panic attack with the thought of their child turning five? I think a lot of it has to do with my background in education and child development.  It's been drilled in my head that the first five years of a child's life are super important and lay the foundation upon which their little lives will be built on for the REST OF THEIR LIVES! No pressure or anything! 

Part of me wonders if I've spent the last five years screwing up my kid.  I think I've mentioned more than once that Nathan is basically the definition of the word "strong-willed".  If you look it up in the dictionary his picture will probably be there!  But then again according to my parents my picture would be too-ha! 

Although Nathan's stubborn will can be hard to deal with (ok hard doesn't really cut it but I'm too lazy to look up a better verb to describe his little big personality!) I find myself praying that it will be his stubbornness that leads him to saying no when everyone else is saying yes.  That it will help him stand up for others when no one else will.  And that ultimately it will lead him to be a light for Christ here on Earth when everyone else's light has stopped shining.  

One day Nathan will probably read this blog (who am I kidding? Do any bloggers actually have children as followers?) and if he does I hope he will see and understand how much I love him and how grateful I am to God for bringing him into our lives.  It wasn't what I pictured.  It wasn't what I planned. And if I'm honest it has been one of the hardest jobs I've ever done but I wouldn't trade it for a second.  There have been lots of hard moments.  But there have been just as many moments filled with joy, laughter and love that at times has made my heart want to burst!

Happy Birthday Nathan!  





Friday, September 9, 2016

Nathan's 1st Day of Pre-K

Okay so technically this isn't Nathan's first day of Pre-K.  He did a year of Pre-K last year in Bakersfield.  Then we moved and he started attending the Preschool at our new church over the summer.  But this is the first day of the Fall Session and I'm all about taking advantage of photo opportunities!  This is his last year of Pre-School-next year he will be in Kindergarten! I'm trying not to think about it!




Saturday, August 6, 2016

Mommy & Me Swim Lessons

For the month of August Silas and I will be doing swim lessons together on Saturdays!  I loved doing these with Nathan-now it's Silas' turn!


As soon as we got to the pool he started yelling "wa-wa".  He was super excited to have a turn in the water after watching Nathan the last few weeks! 


Ready for the pool! Nathan is doing another round of swim lessons at the same time as Silas and I. (Note: You really love your kids when you allow yourself to be photographed in your swim suit.  Try not be to blinded by my white legs!) 


Almost ready!


This was pretty much Silas the entire time.  Loves. To. Splash.


Practicing kicking


Blowing Bubbles for Silas meant drinking all the pool water



More Splashing!


Mommy was blowing bubbles.  Silas was smiling for the camera. 



He didn't mind being on his back at all! He would lay back, close his eyes, and smile!


Waving to Daddy!


Jumping in!