Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Evening walks and pony rides

We've been enjoying some beautiful evenings with walks on the horse trails behind our house.  We're usually with our neighbors for these walks.  The kids have such a great time together, running, exploring, and picking wildflowers.  Older kids often take their bikes along.

This last time our neighbor brought her pony for the kids to ride.  Miss C had been asking to ride for quite a while.  All of the kids had a great time taking turns.
Miss F does very well on our walks and seems to like them.
Sometimes little legs are just not able to make it all the way home.  We're thankful to have daddy along to help us out!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Horse camp!

Miss J spent her mornings this past week at horse camp!  Specifically....Christian Cowgirl Camp.  She had such a great time.  Not only did she learn to ride and care for horses, but she learned verses and did some crafts too.  On Friday evening the girls put on a show for their families so that we could see what they had learned.  We all had a great time seeing what she had learned and sharing dinner with the other families.

We're so thankful for the young ladies and their families that made this camp happen.  What a blessing it is to be a part of such a wonderful sweet community.

Monday, June 6, 2016

3 months!

Well, Miss F has slowed down just a bit in the weight gain department, but not much.  At 3 months she's weighing in at 12 pounds 9 ounces.  That's a pound this past month.  She's moving much more, so burning more calories. :)

Miss F gives us so many sweet smiles and likes to talk to us.

She's still loved and adored by all.

I put her down on her play mat (like I do every morning) a couple of weeks ago.  Her siblings cheered her on as she repeatedly scooted off of it.  She was quite proud of herself!

Her shirt says "Happy Every Day" and that's about right for her.  She is a sweet and cheerful little girl.  Her sleep habits likely contribute to that.  A "poor" night of sleep for her is sleeping 7 hours before waking to eat and go back to sleep for 2-3 more hours.  Her good nights that are becoming her norm are 10-11 hours.  


The kids have been talking about getting to the zoo since we moved here 2 years ago.  Many of them remembered this zoo from the last time we were stationed here.  For various reasons (moving, snow, moving, morning sickness, snow, blizzards...) we hadn't made it yet.  This year Great Gram paid for a family membership as a group birthday gift.  What a great gift!  We were all especially excited to see how Miss A would like it.

The Giraffes were first.  They were so excited to be fed, and our kids had so much fun feeding them.

Everyone liked the Meerkats.
Feeding the birds!
There's a tiger in there!
Daddy is so good!
Funny faces from Miss A...
Miss F got out of the stroller to eat a couple of times.  We thought she may like to stay out and get a better look.  She wasn't interested....mostly because of the big sun hat mommy made her wear.
Thanks for the zoo trip Great Gram!  We're looking forward to more this year!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Happy Birthday Mr M!

Mr. M turned 13 this year, giving us 3 teens in the house!  Along with the other two he brings so much joy and fun into our lives.  We're enjoying these years of getting to know him and share more with him.  Mr. M's birthday was a relaxing day around the house.  He got to pull out the riding lawn mower, hike out to a geocash in the area and eat his favorite foods.

He's a pretty awesome big brother too.  He sure can get our little ones laughing!

Monday, May 30, 2016

While dad's away...

The kids will play!  Well, they play everyday anyways, but we managed to do ok and have some fun while daddy was away.  Even though we missed him.

We went on walks with the neighbors.  1 mile the first night and 1 1/2 the second night.  Miss A walked (nearly) all of it.  The first night she ran.  The second night it was much cooler and she stuck close to me.  Miss F liked the walk too.
All bundled up and ready to go.

Little Miss F was having a hard time getting to sleep.  We Face Timed with daddy and snuggled and then she slept all night in her own bed.  I think she was missing her dad.  She sure loves her people.

Miss A climbed into bed early the first morning and said "more daddy" while signing "more" and then saying "my daddy gone."  As much as she was very clear that she missed him she held up quite nicely.

Miss E had been looking forward to having SO friends over to watch the movie Outbreak for quite a while.  One of her Science Olympiad events the last 2 years has been Disease Detectives (epidemiology).  We had a great group of friends and lots of treats.

I'm thankful that this assignment does not involve too many trips away from home.  When they do happen I'm all the more thankful for the sweet community that God has placed us in.

Memorial Day

Ah, Memorial Day.  Not just an extra Monday off to BBQ and party.  It's a day to remember those that died in service to our nation.  We gathered with friends from a couple of churches for this day of remembrance.

Military Roll was called.  While several past and present Military service men in attendance were able to answer 31 men and women were not present to answer.  They died in defense of our nation, rights and freedoms between last Memorial Day and today.  It can be so easy to take all of this for granted, we must not.  When we remember the lives given we also remember Him that gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Christ not only gave His life, but also suffered the wrath of God to pay our debt so that we may live eternally with Him.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13