Thursday, February 26, 2015

valentines day

This was our valentines day mantel  last February with Dave's radiation countdown on. We are not Valentines people by any means but the kids always love a reason to have a scavenger hunt.  So that's just what we did.
 
 


Each kid has 10 bags with numbered hearts on.  They get their first clue with one heart on and it goes forward from there all the way up to 10 hearts.  They have little coupons in there for things they love.  Free hour of screen time, no chores for a day, free ice cream and a handful of chocolates.  They love it.  We do it every year. 




They all made cards for each other which were so cute and hilarious.  

This was Jeremiah's


Olivia got a little more crazy with things. Cutting up lace, pom poms and old cards.


Then she made these for Miah and Gabe.  Not sure what they are but they are so full of what's on her heart.  I love them!


We made sugar cookies and gingerbread houses with some friends of ours.  They ran around and played hide and seek and freeze tag too.






 We ended the night by chocolate dipping with favorite things.  We love to do this!


Thanks for loving on us and for your continued prayers.
We love you! 

**Candace thank you for your beautiful words .  Could you please email me so we could talk.

Monday, February 23, 2015






Happy 9th
Birthday Olivia!


Now the older kiddos are so excited because they are11,10,9
wishing Jeremiah was a 8 instead of a 7
I remember it was insane having 4 kiddos in diapers
Olivia you were colorful from the start
you are such a free spirit just like your mama
never had a care about what anyone else thought
you can't wait for the day to be a mom to 10 kids
you are still praying for another brother
you have a heart for kids, babies and everything orphan
you love pancakes and celery
your a nail biter
 loves Legos, reading, crafts
singing and dancing to Toby Mac, Natalie Grant Rend Collective,  and Hillsong
you are on fire for the Lord
and oh so creative
 we love you so much


you have the chubbiest cheeks ever



love this picture of you 3 


a ninja from the start




it took you forever to grow hair...









we love popcorn in this house


you would pick marvel heroes over dolls and dresses any day.  thank goodness I'm not girly



























catching frogs


























crazy weird child...weird is a side effect of being awesome I always tell the kiddos.



loves to seriously wrestle














 Odin looks a little scary there


we love wigs in this house



Legos in the rain










can you feel the excitement of having another brother











we love Darth Maul





We started out with bacon and waffles for breakfast.  Then opened gifts.  Thank you all for the fun stuff.  She is easy to buy gifts for.  She loved everything.  She got a spy pen, clothes, Rend Collective concert tickets, books, dolphin Tale 2, paper and pens, and a few other things.  




Homemade cards from everyone rock!


Thank you mom for the handmade apron.  Olivia picked out the fabric and my mom put it all together.
 

Then we were of to the roller rink.  She always picks rollerskating.  Everyone loves it.  Wish it was closer though we would be there more often. We had a good time.  My mom just chased Gabe running through the arcade area at full speed.




We ate dinner at Culver's and ended the night with her cake.  She drew the design on paper and the other kids did the work.  





Thank you for being part of our awesome day!