what i’m loving wednesday

i’ve still got to blog about our super fun spring break, but for tonight here are some things that i’m loving…

1. jeffrey has been making some delicious smoothies with all the strawberries we picked last week! yum!

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2. monday morning carson fell asleep on the way home from the grocery store. i let him sleep in the car while i got the groceries put up, but then tried to bring him inside and wake him up. he wasn’t having that though, so he just let me hold him while he slept. and i loved every minute of cuddling with my not-so-baby boy anymore.

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3. we gave sarah ann a princess jewelry game for easter, and she absolutely loves it! we played on monday, and she was so excited that the beat him. i’m pretty sure she’ll never miss a card because she is a disney princess fanatic!

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4. we’ve also eaten lunch outside every day this week. we are loving this beautiful sunny weather and eating on the back porch. plus, it makes it much easier to clean up from lunch! we may or may not have eaten quite a few popsicles out there this week too!

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5. of course we are also loving being outside! carson’s favorite thing to do outside is play in the sandbox, sarah ann loves to swing and play on the bars, and reece prefers to bring his toys outside and play in the shade. we also enjoyed a fun play date at the park today! oh, i just love being in the sun! we are so ready for summer and the beach!

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6. these brothers are two peas in a pod. carson loves to do everything reece is doing, and reece is such a great big brother to him. they love to give hugs and kisses too! i love seeing how their relationship is developing and growing and changing. they are going to cause lots of trouble one day!

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7. yesterday and today we celebrated earth day. sarah ann and reece also learned about it at school. yesterday we made the earth with shaving cream and food coloring. sarah ann and reece think it’s so much fun to play with shaving cream! today we talked about creation and looked back on the creation books they made a couple of summers again. oh, those sweet babies are such big kids now!

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8. the rest of the week is full of errands, soccer for reecey, play dates, a storybook garden for sarah ann, a birthday party, and lots of fun! i know i say this a lot, but i am so thankful for this sweet season of life with my babies. yes, there are tantrums and messy diapers, always something to clean up, and discipline and tears and long days. but it’s also such a precious time of seeing life through their eyes, enjoying all the big and little moments, and watching them have new experiences every day! thank you, jesus, for this sweet, sweet life!

Easter Activities

We had such a wonderful time celebrating Easter over the past couple of weeks. Before the Easter season began, I took 2 dozen plastic eggs and numbered them one through twelve. One set was for our Bible stories that we would read each night as we prepared for Easter, and the other set was for an Easter activity that we would do each day. The kids recently got the “Jesus Calling” Bible, and they really enjoyed reading it! They looked forward to picking the story out of the egg every night and reading it with Daddy.

And here’s a little look back at the activities we did each day…

Day 1: Easter Parties at School! Sarah Ann and Reece celebrated Easter at school with their sweet classmates. They had a great time hunting eggs, snacking, and playing games!

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Day 2: We painted Easter pictures which just happened to be Sofia the First, Jake, and Mickey Mouse! The kids were so excited! Sarah Ann loves to paint, and Reece was so careful to paint in the lines. Carson also had a blast painting everything he could get his hands on.

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Day 3: Friday we watched a Veggie Tales Easter movie before bed. The kids love any chance to watch a movie in Mommy and Daddy’s bed and eat popcorn! Even Carson got to watch a bit of the movie before bed!

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Day 4: One of our favorite traditions is dyeing Easter Eggs! Carson didn’t really want to have anything to do with it, but Sarah Ann and Reece were completely into it! They did so much of it independently, and they turned out great! It was such a fun afternoon!

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Day 5: On Palm Sunday, we read the story about Jesus entering the city and everyone shouting “Hosanna!” We made our own palm branches with tissue paper to wave. It was so neat to hear the story from Sarah Ann and Reece; they really are paying attention during church!

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Day 6: Monday evening we made Easter cookies with Daddy. They made crosses, bunnies, eggs, and flowers. They were delicious, but Carson’s favorite part was eating the cookie dough!

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Day 7: Tuesday we took a trip to the mall to see the Easter Bunny! Carson did not want to get near him, but Sarah Ann and Reece went right up to sit with him! It was a fun way to spend a rainy day!

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Day 8: Wednesday evening we used playdough to make crosses and tombs. Sarah Ann and Reece also picked out a figure that they pretended was Jesus to place on the cross and in the tomb. It was a fun, visual way to talk about the Easter story and what it means to us.

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Day 9: Making the tape-resist crosses was one of my most favorite activities, and I love the keepsake that we’ll have to remember this Easter. I put painters’ tape on a canvas, and then the kids painted away. Once the paint dried, I removed the tape and it left a cross as white as snow! I also love how the paintings so accurately show what each child’s personality is like!

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Day 10: On Good Friday we had an Easter play date with some of our sweet friends! We had an egg hunt, decorated Easter cookies, and had a great time playing! We are so thankful for our friends!

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Day 11: Today we learned that every day can’t be magical. We went to an egg hunt with Nanny and Pops’ church but it was raining. Reece had a major meltdown, so he had to leave, which also meant that we missed the beginning of the egg hunt so Sarah Ann and Carson didn’t find many eggs. Carson got some popcorn and Sarah Ann got a snow cone, which made them very happy. I also promised Sarah Ann she could put make up on that afternoon to make up for not getting her face painted because of the rain. She was such a trooper! And it all worked out for everyone in the end!

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Day 12: On Easter Sunday we spent the day at Nanny and Pops’ house after church. We ate a delicious lunch, hunted for eggs outside, and played with all of our toys! It was a sweet and special day!

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Happy Easter 2014

Happy Easter from our family to yours!

What a beautiful day to celebrate our Savior! He is risen indeed!

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Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
Oh the wonderful Cross, oh the wonderful Cross
All who gather here by grace, draw near and bless Your name

 

Dreams Really Do Come True

For as long as I can remember, Belle has been my most favorite princess. I think it’s the brown hair and the beautiful gold dress. I’ve watched the movie hundreds of times, seen the musical, met Belle at Disney World, and one time Uncle Bo even had Belle call me on my birthday!

Also for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a Mommy. I went to college and graduated with a degree in education, just like my parents told me to. But in the back of my mind I was ready to meet my husband, get married, and start a family. I, kind of kiddingly, said, “I think I’ll have three kids by the time I’m 30!” Little did I know that all of those things were going to actually happen!

Taking the kids to see Disney on Ice has become a family Easter tradition, and we all love it! This was Carson’s first time going, and he got so excited every time he saw Mickey Mouse. Reece had a great time too, even if he fell asleep at the end. Maybe all the princesses were a little to much for him. When I asked him what his favorite part was, he said “I only liked the princesses when they have a prince too.” Sarah Ann was of course beyond excited! Ariel, Rapunzel, and Merida are three of her favorites!

Carson got a little antsy towards the end, so I stood up with him while we watched the “Belle” part. As I stood there holding my baby boy, I was overcome with so much joy! Dreams really do come true! Here we were, me with my three kids by the time I was thirty, with my husband who I prayed would be at North Greenville, watching my most favorite princess! Thank you, Lord, for the sweet blessings you have poured out on us! Thank you for the dreams that you brought to fruition! Dreams really do come true!

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Good Friday

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

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I am so thankful on this Good Friday, and every day, that I get to see Jesus through my children’s childlike faith. So trusting, so loving, and so gracious! I am so thankful for all that they teach me about the Lord. I am thankful that God has called me to be their Mommy and to teach them what it means to know Jesus. I am thankful that God gave his Son so that we could become his children. I’m thankful for what my children teach me about my own sinfulness, and that we are all learning and growing together. It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming!

Easter Over the Years

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Easter 2009

Sarah Ann, 5 months old

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Easter 2010

Sarah Ann, 17 months old

Reece, 2 days old

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Easter 2011

Sarah Ann, 2 and 1/2 years old

Reece, 1 year old

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Easter 2012

Sarah Ann, 3 and 1/2 years old

Reece, 2 years old

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Easter 2013

Sarah Ann, 4 1/2 years old

Reece, 3 years old

Carson, 2 months old

first sleepover!

playing outside. jumping on the trampoline. baby dolls in the play house. eating popsicles on the porch. playing superheroes and power rangers. playing dressing up and tea party. painting and coloring. eating popcorn. sleeping on the floor. watching super friends. watching frozen. staying up late. waking up early. taking a trip to “the beach” before breakfast. eating cereal. playing with swords. letting carson join in on the fun. i would say that sarah ann and reece’s first sleepover with anna claire and charlie was pretty great! we can’t wait to do it again soon!

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