Saturday, November 29, 2014

November Notes

Here's a little glimpse into our November.

Naps.  Layton just can't stay awake some afternoons.  This particular one I think I sent him to his room for some reason.  He ended up falling asleep.

New school picture of my Layton.  Such a cutie pie.

Nerds.  :-)  Lincoln makes trash into all kinds of things--all the time.  I love it!

Noting how it's done.  One Saturday morning, Kris was changing my car's oil.  He had a little admirer.  I love it when the boys want to watch their daddy do stuff like changing the oil or building/fixing something.  I sure do hope they will have some of his skills one day.

New beginnings.  We went to the wedding of one of Kris' friends from Australia, Daniel Wicks.  It was at Camp Tahkodah.  It was great to catch up with some friends we hadn't seen in a while.

Graeme and Val, Sean and Dan's mom and dad.  Love them.  Got to eat dinner with them one night to catch up.  They love Kris and think he hasn't changed a bit since he lived in Australia.  Ha!

Kris, Sean, and Atty.  I have never seen such goof balls.  When they get together, you never know what is going to come out of their mouths.

Loved seeing Phin happy and healthy.  He had leukemia a few years ago.  He thought Kris was so funny.

Kris and the groom.

New friends.  We went and served lunch and hung out with some kiddos from Silver City one Sunday afternoon.  I always enjoy this.  I love watching the kids interact and hope it helps them see how blessed they are.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Life Group Party

We had our Life Group's Thanksgiving fellowship at our house.  Our church was collecting and giving away bags of Thanksgiving meals to the needy.  So, we all sat down and colored some cards to go in each bag.  Yes, all the adults colored and we enjoyed it!  Ha!

We decided to say a big thank you with gift cards and a sign made by the kids to Collin and Amy who put a lot of effort into teaching our kids each week.  Collin always has a great lesson that the kids can apply to their every day lives.  We are very blessed to have them in our group!

Then, we shared a wonderful Thanksgiving meal together.  We had smoked turkey, mashed potatoes (I made a big crockpot full and they were almost gone!), sweet potato casserole, veggies with hummus and ranch, spinach and cheese casserole, cranberry jello salad, apple dumplings, and mini pumpkin pies.  YUM!

We are so very thankful for this group of people.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Layton's Book Character Parade

Layton had a Book Character Parade at school.  He had to dress up as a book character.  The kids bring their books and then the teacher reads them during class.  I always try to get my kids to pick a book that is easy to find things to use to dress up.  That may be bad, but it sure makes life easier.  We decided on "Little Dog Lost" which is a true story about a dog that got stranded on a sheet of ice in the Baltic Sea.  

He sure did make a cute puppy dog.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Odds & Ends

Here are some odds and ends to wrap up October.  

Layton and I went to have lunch with Hannah at school one day. 

I found Layton like this one day.  Just too tired to keep playing.

We had the kids' Parent/Teacher conferences.  They were both really good.  Lincoln's teacher shared this with us and said that not too many 2nd graders use explanation points in their writing, but he did.  She was very pleased with how he is doing and we were over the moon!!!

His story makes me smile.  The "dudu duuu!!!" cracks me up.

We had a Life Group fellowship night at the Lee's.  It was perfect weather and all the kids played in the backyard and had so much fun.

Layton had a fall party at his school.  I love his teacher.  He is always coming home saying the cutest things that he learns.  One day he came home counting to three in French.  :-)

Layton had to have some little warts removed.  I took him to our pediatrician and he put this cream on them to numb them.  Then we had to come back in an hour and he used a little tool to basically cut them off.  Layton was a real tropper!

I went and hung out with Lincoln at school when he got to go to a Brian and Terry Kinder concert.  They play and sing music and teach lessons at the same time.  It is a cute show.

Hannah came home telling us that they were going to start a Student Council for the 4th and 5th grades at school.  They could pick an office to run for if they wanted.  I was pleasantly surprised when she said she wanted to do it.  She decided to run for Secretary.  They were allowed to hang up 2 posters and could pass out fliers if they wanted.  Then, later they had to give a little speech in front of the 4th and 5th grades.  She had her friend Brynna come over one Saturday and they worked on making posters.  This is what Hannah came up with.  Love it! 

The morning of her speech her daddy left her this note.  It was so sweet.  He ended up surprising her and coming to hear her.

Here is her speech.  We were so proud of her.  She didn't bat an eye about getting up in front of everyone and doing it.  She can really surprise me sometimes.  I love her confidence.

And the best part was she won!!!!  She was so excited!!!

October was a crazy busy month.  On top of what I mentioned above, I had a garage sale with my friend Stacey here at our house.  I made $484 which was awesome.  The best part, though, was getting rid of a lot of junk and clearing out our attic!!  We went to Disney this month, celebrated Hannah's birthday, and Hannah and Kris went to a Tween Rally at church.  Kris helped with it and dressed up as an old man.  I wish I had a picture of him.  He went to Goodwill and bought this ancient looking suit.  He is so silly.  He really put on a show.  Also this month I was able to go on a GALS retreat with some friends from church.  We do this twice a year.  We go up to near Greer's Ferry and stay at the Woods' lakehouse.  We just enjoy eating and talking.  It is always great for me to get away for one night and do this with friends.