Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

This is  my family ringing in the New Year!  We are party animals and that is how I like it.  I guess I am boring because if someone offered me a free babysitter and free night of painting the town, then I would rather have my soft PJ's and a good book with these people.  Weird?  I do look forward to when the kids are older and we can have friends over with their kids until exactly 12:02am because then I need to clean up and go to bed;).  

2012 was a great year and I am looking forward to 2013.

I stole this off of Kelly's Korner blog.  I would love to hear what other people say.

1. What are you most thankful for?

2. What were the highlights of 2012 for you?

3. What are you hoping for in 2013?

4. What were some of your favorites of 2012? (Clothes, movies, songs, TV shows, )

5. Who was God to you in 2012?

For me...
1. I am most thankful for family, friends, our church, Stephen's job, and His grace.
2.  The highlights of 2012 for me were Drew potty training, running the half marathon, going to Grand Cayman with the kids and them experiencing the beach, and hearing my kids ask more spiritual questions and share songs and Bible stories they know.
3.  In 2013 I am hoping Charis will finally use the toilet, that I will have patience and model that for the kids, to work out regularly, make healthy food for my family, and be a good financial steward.
4.  I enjoyed The Hunger Games series, Duck Dynasty, all things burlap and chevron, emeals, and Pinterest.
5.  God was my Provider, Refuge, and Peace this year.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

An update

Pops and Honey had all of our pictures taken a few weeks ago.  The photographer, Maleigh Cannon, is great.  She lives in the cutest barn house that they built.  It is gorgeous and she has such a gift for decorating.  I wish I could put pictures here but I don't have permission.  So just imagine metal ceilings and wood plank ceilings and sliding barn doors.  Ahhh.

Drew and Charis turned three yesterday!  I don't have any more babies:(.  Do you want to hear the saddest thing ever?  My son has decided this week to give up his nap.  AHHHH.  I am so sad!!  I love nap time.  It is sacred.  But he takes a coon's age to go to sleep at night and the same amount of time to finally fall asleep for a nap.  I am teaching him to rest in his room for an hour and with prayers I hope he catches on quickly.  Charis still naps which is great but it is easier to have them on the same schedule.  

At three years old the kids are really funny and into lots of stuff.  Charis LOVES her babies.  She dresses, feeds, changes, and loves them all day.  Drew loves Buzz Lightyear and Cars, neither which has he seen, but he is a marketer's dream and wants every item with those pictures on it.  He also into tools.  Drew has been potty trained for a while and does great.  Charis is fully capable but completely unwilling.  She stays clean and dry at home but asks for a diaper when she needs to go and throws a fit when I try to persuade her to the toilet.  I have tried lots of incentives but nothing strikes her fancy.  I am not worried about it.  She is fine and I trust she will go when she is ready.  

In other exciting news besides our babies' birthday and Jesus' birthday this week Stephen and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage!  Also exciting is that Pops and Honey will traveling to Israel this week!  Please pray for their safe travel and a wonderful experience.  That trip is on my bucket list.  I can't wait to hear about it.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


This Summer Stephen did the couch to 5K program and then said he wanted us to run a half marathon. We started training this Fall.  We would take turns running at night or in the morning.

On December 9th we ran the BCS Half Marathon in College Station.  It was fun.  People were there cheering us all on with signs and yelling.  A few of my favorite signs were "Worst Parade Ever", "Beat Oprah", and "I am proud of you, random stranger".  The race was organized perfectly!  The drink stations and cold towels were perfect.  It was 70 degrees which is hot for a long run but, it was great.

I am glad that Stephen got us to do this but, it has felt great to not HAVE to run this week.  Especially since the temperatures have dropped.

Here are our before/ after pictures.  I spilled water on myself running so don't worry I didn't sweat THAT much.

No Way In A Manger

This week the kids had their Sonshine Christmas program.  It was so sweet and you could tell how hard the teachers had worked with them.  All the kids were precious!  Charis and Drew had been serenading us for weeks with their songs.  Charis sings "No way in a manger".  I don't correct her because it is too cute.