Saturday, December 6, 2008

We love our Nana!

This year we spent Thanksgiving with my side of the family in the hill country. This is a picture of my mom, "Nana", with Caleb and Maylea in front of my Aunt Becky's home. We love our Nana soooo much!

Random, cute pictures of the kids!

The Glory of Pain!

I find it so funny how guys take pride in their injuries, especially if they come during an act of "toughness." My wonderful husband is among most men who feel this way. He thinks scars add character! :) Late one evening last month he showed up at home looking like this. Come to find out he did try to call me as he was waiting to see the doctor but couldn't get a hold of me. So here is how Josh's exciting new "character builder" occurred: He was playing football with a group of guys from our church. They were playing around after the game was over and Johnny had the ball. Josh started to tackle him while he began to throw the ball when Johnny's skinny elbow came back and hit Josh's face. The End. Here's the funny part to me. Being all boys, they continued to play until Johnny noticed Josh was bleeding pretty bad and the cut was deep. So then all the guys left to go to other engagements and Josh drove himself to the hospital, bloody eye and all, checked himself into the ER, and had stitches put in! If this would have happened to a group of girls, the entire group would have canceled whatever else they had going on and would have carpooled to the hospital together for the moral support. I guess going alone adds to the manliness of the whole situation.

Monday, November 17, 2008

LMC Camping Trip

This is the group of students I am so privileged to spend time with at our church, Grace Outreach Center. They are college-aged students in a program we have called Leadership Master's Commission. These students spend 9 months at our church traveling around the country putting on services at other churches, serving in our church, memorizing scripture, taking college courses via coorespondance, praying until they are blue in the face, loving on children, youth, adults, and each other, being discipled in the areas of leadership and ministry, and doing their best to be faithful in where God is leading them in the present and for their futures. I love these students and am so excited to see how God grows and changes them for his glory during their time here. Over Halloween weekend we were able to go camping together. It was our version of "roughing it" with my wonderful in-laws house about a 1/2 mile from our camp grounds. I'm glad to say though I love "roughing it" I also love going to the bathroom in doors and having coffee ready for me in the morning! We had a great time.

My adopted brother-in-law, Brian Spruell-Hargrove

Christina and her torch, made from a stick and a t-shirt

Sweet, singin' Kayla

Look closely...Christopher is in that tree!

James and Adam

Josh's cousin, Christopher, who is also an LMC student

Ashley, Helena, and Jesse

Pastor Jessie cooking breakfast

Halloween Play Group

This year our Halloween play group was at Celena and Kennedy's house. The whole crazy crowd showed up and we all had a blast! The kids decorated pumpkins with sticker, etc. and we collected food and put it all in paper bags decorated by our kids. The kids filled the bags and we took them to the local food pantry. One of the moms came up with this great idea and I learned that even at 3 years old our little ones can learn about giving and serving. Our little flower and mighty Superman have so much fun with their friends. They are all such a blessing to us!

Ryan's Pirate Party

Caleb's best bud, Ryan, turned 3 this October and had a pirate party! Check out the awesome pirate ship Ryan's daddy, Scott, built for the party! The kids had so much fun.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oktoberfest at Down town McKinney

Our family went with Josh's parents to the Oktoberfest in down town McKinney. I absolutely love going down there. They always have different things going on, not to mention yummy food and great shopping. The kids enjoyed the petting zoo, doing crafts, and playing on the fire truck. Our family's favorite food/drink selection of this year was the fresh mint limeade. Oooh, I want one right now!

Caleb at Gymnastics

This fall Caleb started taking gymnastics at The Gymnastics Place. He is doing very well and loves going every week. Caleb's favorite thing to do is the trampoline. Maylea comes with us and loves watching Caleb. She gets a little upset sometimes because she really wants to join her brother in all the fun!

Family Fun at the Mall

Here is some pictures of the kids playing together at the mall playground.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Donuts with my Daddy!!

On Thursday Caleb's class had Donuts with Dads. Caleb loves his Daddy...for lots of reason but today b/c he was one of the only dads who let their 3 year old have 2 donuts! Josh enjoyed going to Caleb's class for the first time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Designs by Drake

One of my dear friends, Jennifer, just began a "mommy biz" making customized, photo greeting cards. She has Christmas, baby announcements, and more and they are sooooo cute and really well priced. I'm using her for our Christmas cards this year. Check out her blog:

Friday, October 17, 2008

Caleb and Maylea's Birthday Bash!

We celebrated with friends and family for Caleb's 3rd birthday and Maylea's 1st. We decided since I was going to have to be out of town for Maylea's 1st b-day that we would celebrate with family right before she turned one and then have a party together for both the kids when Caleb turned three, six weeks later. We cooked out and swam on September 6th here at our apartments. The weather was perfect and kids had lots of fun playing with their friends. It was so cute to watch a big group of 1-5 year olds racing up and down the grassy hill together, eating their Backyardigans cupcakes, and sportin' the floaties! Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us!

Our little "rugrat!"

My mom came into town last weekend. She said that Maylea, with her skinny little limbs and her big eyes & smile, looked like a little "rugrat." Does anyone remember that cartoon on Nickelodeon called the Rugrats? Well we watched it a lot while growing up and this is what Mom was referring to. So I decided to take a little video of our little "rugrat." We love her little personality so much, not to mention her skinny legs and her big blue eyes!! (Sorry for the video being sideways. I thought my camera would rotate it automatically but it didn't!)

Monday, October 6, 2008

School Days

Caleb & Maylea on their first day of school, August 08

Caleb Cole and his buddy, Caleb Thomas

Here is Caleb and Maylea on their first day of school. They attend CLC, a preschool at Prestonwood Baptist Church, twice a week. They LOVE going to school! Maylea's favorite thing to do currently is pulling all the other kid's nametags off their backs. Caleb loves playing with his friends, calendar time, and romp. We get to hear the "Days of the Week" and "Months of the Year" songs quite frequently and love it. I also love working at CLC. The ladies I work with are some of my closest, dear friends and our 18 month olds are so sweet! I also added some pictures of beautiful baby McKenzie Lane, Mari's daughter, on her first buggy ride. Isn't she a doll?!

Mandy and Erick's Wedding

Congratulations to our sweet Friends, Mandy and Erick Molina. They were married August 3, 2008 at the Nature Preserve in Plano. It was a small, intimate ceremony with close friends and family. We are so blessed to have this amazing couple in our lives. Caleb and Maylea love them and can't wait to meet baby Noah Molina, who will be joining us in the world in December.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Maylea, Queen of the 4th!!

Birthday Queen

She loves her brother

Happy 1st Birthday, sweet Maylea Elizabeth!!

Family 4th of July party