Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Time is Here!

One of our family traditions is decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving! The girls remind me they can stay in their PJ's, and so look forward to getting ready for this season. 
Advent is a time of celebration looking back at why Jesus came, and also a celebration looking forward with great expectation to His return! Now we wait- 
we wait differently then those in the Old Testament, for we have seen the fulfillment of the Messiah, now we wait for the return of our Lord to reign. 
We are reading O Come Let US Adore Him by Tripp as a family this year. It's been great as we discuss the need for a Savior with the kids and it causes our hearts to worship Him for His perfect sacrifice.
Opening the Christmas boxes and finding old favorite books, decorations, and toys is such a blast!
 Geneva woke up that morning talking about her "black and white dog that goes on the tree". I couldn't remember that she had a Snoopy ornament, but apparently she remembered all year long!
 Each girl has their very own box of ornaments to decorate the tree with. Such treasures.
 She made that one in Kindergarten. Aw.
 The girls did an excellent job!
 Not only is it beginning to sounds and look a little like Christmas, it's smelling and tasting a bit like Christmas too. Growing up, we always had my great-grandma's Italian recipes at this time. 
 The girls decorated Christmas cookies with Miss Penny. 
They tuned out both delicious and beautiful!
 Geneva was thrilled to have Cubbie Bear home for two weeks!
My little math worker in her "thinking cap".

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Happy Belated Birthday, Savannah!

Savannah is our quiet, creative, compassionate girl. We love seeing her desire for the lost to know Christ deepen. She also loves playing with her sister, playing with babies, building Legos, and riding her bike.
 Savannah's request for her birthday was to go hiking at Great Falls as a family- 
we had such a wonderful day.

 Savannah was thrilled to have her first loose tooth on her birthday!!
 That night we celebrated with the Leaches and Miss Penny. Miss Penny made this amazing corral "cake". Savannah is very into horses these days.
 Auntie "L" and Uncle David gave Savannah a new baby and she just loves being her mommy.

After the party Miss Penny helped the kids decorate a gingerbread house. 
It was such a wonderful day celebrating our sweet Savannah.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fun with Friends!

 We love any time we get with Alex and Christy- they are so fun! The girls tackle them, jump on the trampoline with them, and here they are building a lego castle. Such great friends. 
 Maddie has been reading Felicity and came up with the idea of serving us tea the other day. It was precious to see her make the plan, set the table, and serve us!
 Bring your Beanie Boo to school day (and slippers :) 
 Sweet day celebrating a birthday with dear friends. 
Surprise visit from the O'Briens! We are so thankful for their friendship!
Christmas tree lighting in Occoquan with the Boady's!
We enjoyed watching Reagan perform in the Nutcracker!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bring Your Doll to School Day

We made it a thing. Instead of bring your kids to work day, bring your dolls to school day. 
 It's adorable how the little things makes them so excited!
Love being with them. Truly is a joy to teach them. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Great Memories!

 Ellen Stanton had the Seminary Wives over for a wonderful brunch and time of looking at God's Word. WE were challenged to look at who God is, and respond in awe of His forgiveness and kindness. What we think about is who we are- so meditate on Christ and let Him be the motivation for how we live.
 Dress up fun with the neighborhood! We have a panda, Batgirl, and Kitty.
 Jesse and Alex dressed up, too!
 Everyone! We had our annual hot dogs, chili and trick or treat with the neighbors.
 A highlight of the night is that the Graumans from CA were able to come visit us!
 These sweet girls have been friends since they were babies!
 Abby was able to stay with us for several days. 
The girls baked, talked, giggled, hiked, and just had a fabulous time together!
 Look what they found at the creek- a fox skull!
These sweet girls enjoyed going to church together, and had a hard time saying goodbye. 
What a blessing it is to have such dear friends! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

More Mimi Time

 My mom was able to stay for a little over 2 weeks while Jesse was traveling in October. 
It was great having here here and doing normal life with her!
 American Girl Doll story.
Love the outfit on this one.
 Dissecting at the Azers!
 American Girl lunch for an early birthday celebration!

 Maddie got her ears pierced!!
Maddie and her friend got their ears pierced together! 
 We went to Bull Run for a little outing.

    She's growing up.   

It was a great little field trip learning about the Civil War. 
Thanks, Mom, for all you did to help us out. We really loved having you with us!