Monday, April 25, 2011

easter 2011

True to form, I got almost no pictures of Easter in the Park. Everything turned out wonderful. We had a little bit of rain on Sunday morning, but by the end of service, the sun was shining and it was beautiful. I'm guessing there were over 1500 people there and many responded to Jesus. That makes all the time and effort totally worth it! Always such a blessing to be a part. Of course, afterwards we headed over to Grandma and Grandpa's for some yummy food, fellowship and Easter Egg Hunt.

(These pictures are all out of order, but I am too lazy to fix it!)


Our little boy has hit the double digits! We celebrated last week with Grandma and Grandpa. The pool party with friends was postponed seeing as how all three kids got sick. It seems to be coming a tradition for us :) Anyways, we had a great time and next week we will have the crazy party.

Brendan's gift from Daddy: a cajon. That means more banging around the house!

From Grandma and Grandpa: a trip to New York! (I think I will have to stowaway on that one!)

Books from Auntie Debbie and Uncle Jeremy; perfect for our bookworm.

Time for the Brendan update. He is still doing karate/jiu jitsu and loving it. Daddy has also been teaching the kids tennis a couple times a week and he's doing great. Still loves playing the drums, whether it's a full set, djembe or now, his cajon. He told me he wants to serve the Lord by playing drums for worship, so we will see what comes of that! He is excelling in his schoolwork, although he has inherited his dad's gift of very creative spelling :) We just started learning Koine Greek this past month and he's doing really well! I really enjoy homeschooling him and being able to discuss a lot of different topics. I think we both enjoy history the most. He is at the age where he loves telling us corny jokes and has inherited my gift of sarcasm. Hmmm. Guess we both need to work on that one. It's very strange to hear yourself come out of your kids! Daddy has been teaching him to sail and he loves it. I think it must be in the blood. We are hoping to get him started in a sailing program this next month. He is very much like me in that he could read all day once he gets started on a book. It drives Mackenzie crazy because she just wants to play with him! He loves building legos; definitely takes after Daddy's imaginative/creative side. He is a good big brother. Of course, like all siblings, he has his moments. We sometimes call him the "third parent," as he likes to correct his sister-one of those areas we need to work on :)
We are so thankful for our son and the joy that he brings to this family. I love how each of our kids are so unique. Can't wait to see what the Lord does with each of them!

Friday, April 8, 2011


So I thought I would share some essays today for your reading enjoyment.
(All spelling will be left as written by the authors.)

Mackenzie's Expository Paragraph: My Favorite Foods

I have two favorite foods. These foods are spugety and green beans. My first favorite food is spugety. I like spugety because it tased good, very good. My second favorite food is green beans. Green beans make me say thank you to mommy. My favorite foods mak me want to eat.

Brendan's Narrative Essay: In the Jungle

"Is this one? No, it's not. Wait! I think I found one! Yes, I did." It was a foggy morning, and John was looking for valuble rocks that he could study in a jungle that he had found.
"OK, I think I should be heading...where's the mark?! I left it right here! Oh, I should've stopped." So he started walking the direction that he came.
"I know I went this way," he thought.
"Boy am I hungry; I wish I had something to eat," he said to himself. He checked his watch; it said it was two o'clock. So he started looking for food. After about one hour, he found a banana tree, so he ate a few, then continued to find his way back. Then, suddenly, the ground gave way! He had to save himself! He grabbed a vine just in time.
"I wish I could get up here-"
"Hey! CUT!!!!!!!!" shouted the director.
"You're supposed to say, 'there,' not 'here.' You need to practice a little more, OK?" he said.
They were making a movie called "The Lost Jungle."