New Nativity :)

A dear family friend, Gerry, sent Sarah Ann and Reece a new Little People Nativity this weekend when Nanny went to visit her. The kids have had an absolute blast playing with it! I love seeing Sarah Ann’s imagination at work. This afternoon she was sending the “wise mans” up to heaven to see the angel. Reece loves the animals in the stable, and I love hearing him say “Ba-bee Jus” while he rocks the little Baby Jesus figure. I’m looking forward to playing with our nativity and celebrating Jesus all season long!

The Nutcracker

Sarah Ann saw the Nutcracker for the first time at the Township yesterday with some of her sweet friends, Addie, Chappell, Liana, and Harper. It was such a fun outing for the mommies and daughters! Sarah Ann had a wonderful time watching all of the amazing dancers and doing a little dancing herself. She sat through the first half great, but got a little antsy towards the end of the second act. She just wanted to be dancing with them! I didn’t really do much explaining to Sarah Ann about the ballet before we went, so when it started she kept asking me, “Mommy, where is the Nutcracker? Where is the Nutcracker?” She really liked the part when all of the little mice were dancing. We had a wonderful time, and I can’t wait to go back next year…and who knows maybe we will be seeing Sarah Ann in the Nutcracker in a few years!

The Zoo

Friday we enjoyed a very special trip to the zoo with Daddy! We spent almost three hours walking around, eating lunch at the Kenya Cafe, feeding the giraffes, looking at all of the animals, playing on the playground, and riding the ponies! It was such a fun day, and we are so grateful for the extra days that we got to have Daddy home with us over the Thanksgiving holiday!

We have so very much to be thankful for as we end this holiday weekend, but I want to say a very special thank you to Jeffrey for all that he does for our family. He works hard all day long at the office and then comes home and helps so much with the babies during the evenings. He is so great at really playing with the kids, snuggling with them, and making them smile! He works so hard to provide for us, so that I can stay at home with the kids. He is so giving and selfless. Jeffrey, thank you so much for all that you do. I love you, and I am so grateful to be on this beautiful journey with you.

By Day and By Night

Auburn Fans by Day…War Eagle!

We were super excited today about college rivalry weekend! We took a trip to Chipotle and to Seven Oaks Park today in all of our Auburn gear. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and enjoyed the beautiful weather outside before nap time! This afternoon we cheered hard for our “Aubren Tigers” (as Sarah Ann says) and even though it was a rough game we are still blue and orange through and through! All in!

My Little Gamecocks by Night!

After dinner Daddy took us to Chick-fil-a for ice cream before the big game started! We even got to see a Gamecock balloon rainbow while we were there! The babies got to watch some of the 1st quarter before heading to bed…and of course, they wanted to sleep in their Gamecock shirts! “Do Dametocks!” (That was from Reecey.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

We have had a wonderfully relaxing day playing at Nanny and Pops’ house, napping, watching football, enjoying the great weather, and eating a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

We hope that everyone has had a very happy Thanksgiving! We all have so very much to be thankful for!

thanksgiving eve

happy thanksgiving eve!

we have been having lots of fun learning about and celebrating thanksgiving the past couple of weeks. here’s just a little bit of what we’ve been up to…

turkey crafts
reece’s thanksgiving story time
visiting the turkey at the zoo
our thankful tree
more thanksgiving crafts
learning about pilgrims and indians
thanksgiving play dates
enjoying “cornucopia” snacks
scarecrow crafts at school
making thanksgiving cookies
sarah ann’s school thanksgiving celebration
decorating thanksgiving cards
making pumpkin pie
giving and sharing
reading lots of thanksgiving books
being thankful

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17)

Our Turkey Family :)

From our little turkey family to yours…

We hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

“O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” Psalm 95:1-2

Uncle Bo

We were so excited to have Uncle Bo visit us today! This was the first time he and Reece were able to meet, which means that we haven’t been able to see him in a long time. We are so grateful for the time we all got to spend together this evening. Sarah Ann was quite shy at first, but Reece was ready to play! Uncle Bo brought lots of fun presents from Disney World, which the kids loved! Sarah Ann livened up a bit while we were eating dinner at Moe’s and then we all had a really fun time playing with dress up clothes, having a tea party, and running around the living room this evening before bed. It was so wonderful to see you, Uncle Bo, and we hope to see you again soon!

Dinner Time Devotions

When we began our thankful tree for the month of November, I also decided that I wanted to begin having our devotion time during dinner–you know, while we were all contained in our seats at the dinner table and occupied by eating our food!

Reece does a great job of holding his hands together while Daddy and Sarah Ann say the blessing, and he always chimes in with a big “Amen!” at the end. As soon as we are done praying Sarah Ann immediately says “Bible!” She really likes listening to Daddy read our Bible story, and yes, it always has to be Daddy that reads!

This week she has also always started our thankful conversation–she will say, “And what are you thankful for today? We all need to think of something different!” It has truly been a wonderful way to discuss all of the things that we can be thankful for, and our thankful tree is filling up quickly with so many blessings that we have been able to talk about over the past couple of weeks!

Here are two sweet things that I definitely don’t want to forget about this precious time so far…

1. One evening while reading about how because of our sin, there is sickness, pain, and death in the world, Sarah Ann said very matter of factly, “Mommy, when we die Jesus charges us up, just like when the iPad dies and we have to charge it up.” This led to a great and interesting conversation about how, yes, in some way that if Jesus lives in our hearts then he does charge us up and we get to live in Heaven with him forever!

2. Every night when we ask Reece what he is thankful for, he always gives us the same response…”Cheese!” I guess he is really thankful that his tummy got all better and he no longer has any dairy restrictions! What a silly boy!