Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016

     This Halloween, we had a Ninja Turtle (by day)/Captain American (by night), an astronaut, a ninja, and a beautiful Belle.  James did not feel very comfortable with dressing up this year.  I convinced him to go simple with the Ninja Turtle mask and backpack for his school party.  After I snapped a picture as soon as he walked in the door, it was off!  Hannah loved her Disney princess dress, and she looked adorable in it. 
     On Friday night, we went to a Halloween carnival-style party at a friend's house.  We all went on a hayride, and James ate about a bucket of candy at various carnival game stations.  He got sick in his bed later that night!  He said, "I 'go up' in my bed."  I asked him if he had eaten too much candy, and he nodded his head yes.  He learned a tough lesson that night.
     Halloween was on Monday, and we went to Trunk or Treat with Mimi and Grandy.  James was excited to see a firetruck at Trunk or Treat and talk to the firemen.  We had a fun Halloween, even though Daddy couldn't be with us.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Connor's Pumpkin Patch Trip

I got to go to Pumpkin Patch Farms for Connor's field trip with Mrs. Aguirre's Pre-First class.  The students were so excited to ride the yellow TCPS school bus.  The parents followed behind in their own cars.  It was a beautiful, warm day at the pumpkin patch.  I had a great time getting to know his school friends and their parents better. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hannah's Baptism

     Hannah had her infant baptism this morning.  Before we walked on stage, the praise band sang her "baby song" that Will and I dedicated to her after she was born.  The name of the song is "Come to Me" by Jenn Johnson.  I've never heard the band sing this song before in church, but I had prayed that it would be sung that morning, and it was! It was a special answered prayer--a little gift to us--as we gave our little girl to God.  God is so faithful, even in the small things.
     Hannah let out a sweet little cry as water was poured on her head.  We dedicated her to the Lord until that day when she makes a decision to follow Jesus.  Oh Hannah, you are such a precious gift from God!  He loves you so much, and he will never leave you or forsake you.  Just come to Him, baby girl, because he is all you need.

Here are the lyrics to Come to Me by Bethel Music (Jenn Johnson):

I am the Lord your God,
I go before you now.
I stand beside you
I'm all around you
And though you feel I'm far away
I'm closer than your breath
I am with you
More than you know

I am the Lord your peace
No evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind
Come into my rest
And oh, let your faith arise
And lift up your weary head
I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I'm all you need
Come to me, I'm everything
Come to me, I'm all you need
Come to me, I'm your everything

I am your anchor, in the wind and the waves
And I am your steadfast, so don't be afraid
Though your heart and flesh may fail you
I'm your faithful strength
And I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I'm all you need
Come to me, I'm your everything
Come to me, I'm all you need
Come to me, I'm your everything

Don't look to the right or to the left, keep your eyes on me
You will not be shaken, you will not be moved

I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way

Just come to me, come to me
Cause I'm all that you need

James's 3rd Birthday Party at the Fire Station

The invitation
Wearing Fireman James's real helmet
Sitting by his cake

James and Isaac checking out the rescue boat

Connor and James
Listening to Fireman James give a tour of the station
Waiting on a fireman to slide down the pole
Here he comes
Weston holding up the heavy gear
James on the truck

James with Kate Allen at the wheel
Connor wearing the oxygen tank
Looking at the hose attachment and gauges
Gazing at the back of the firetruck

Hannah and Mimi

Ready to sing Happy Birthday

All lined up on the truck
Up on the scuba diving truck with Daddy
Reading The Berenstein Bears Visit the Firehouse
Family pic with the birthday boy
 James was excited to have his third birthday party at Fire Station #4.  He celebrated with family and two of his good school buddies, Isaac and Kate Allen.  James got a very thorough tour of the station and all the gear, rescue boats, and equipment.  He even got to get up in the trailer with all the scuba diving gear.  He loved every minute of his party.  We had fire truck cake and "ice kweem", just as the birthday boy requested.  For party favors, we gave out fire hats and books (The Berenstein Bears Visit the Firehouse).  We had a great day celebrating our Jolly James and all his excitement for life that comes with being at the fire station!  We love you sweet baby James.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jamesey's 3rd Birthday

Waking up the birthday boy
Opening some presents
Sitting in the stable while Mommy tries to assemble
Hannah must think that it is a life-sized playhouse
Taking pictures for his fire station party invitation

Getting to see a real horsie up close at Mary Lyle's party
Riding with Kate Allen
Sweet friends
Sitting in the chair with Mary Lyle as friends sang
Pure happiness
James had a fun 3rd birthday weekend!  We woke him up to tell him it was his birthday and we got a sweet video of him being so happy.  We got Connie's for breakfast and went to the baseball fields for a tournament.  Mimi and Grandy brought James and Hannah back early from the tournament to have a little party at their house for him.  They strung lights in their living room, ate dinner and dessert, and let James open his presents from them.
James asked for a "Thomas the Train choo-choo", "pay-doughs" (play dough), and a "Minja Turtle toy and pillow".  Nana and Granddaddy gave him a Thomas the Train play set and play dough.  Mimi and Grandy gave him the Ninja Turtle talking Mikey toy and the Raphael pillow buddy that he sleeps with.  Mommy and Daddy surprised him with a nice stable play set.  The boys and Hannah gave him some horses for his stable.  Mommy put the stable together while James and Hannah tried to climb in it like it was a playhouse.  The day after his birthday, James went to help Mary Lyle celebrate her birthday, and he got to ride on a horse-drawn carriage...over and over and over again.  I thought he was never going to get off.  He was so happy to see the horsies.  Joy was radiating from his face.  We will celebrate his party with friends at the fire station on October 8.