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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bethany's 8th birthday!

We had a very fun birthday party recently for our Bethany's 8th birthday! We decided on a "Piggie and Gerald" theme, which are characters from books by Mo Willems. It was a fun theme, and I used lots of cute ideas from Pinterest. We had pigs in a blanket for dinner, along with chips, a veggie platter, and bananas (from "We Are in a Book!) We were glad to have friends and family here to celebrate our growing girl!

 A few of the decorations that I printed from Pinterest...

 The party table...
 A close up of the bananas, with the book...
 Bethany wanted a fudge cake, so we bought a cake mix, which made things easier. Her daddy made a cute Piggie face cake for dessert.

 She got a kit to make this blanket for her birthday, so she helped me cut and tie it! It was fun to make together.
 The birthday girl with her #8 pancake made by Daddy. Love her toothless grin!
 She got one last gift on her birthday, since she had gotten other gifts at her party. A Dr. Seuss book, and she read it herself!
 The next weekend, her Nana and Auntie Allie came to visit and gave her their gifts then. She loves her new clothes and mini Hulks!

We sure love our girl and can't believe she is already 8!?!

Psalm 8:1
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.

John 11:1-3
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

This is her life verse, since her name means, "Promise."
Acts 2:39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Kaya/Felicity class highlights

I began my "cycle" for my American Girl class again this fall, starting at the beginning of the chronological order. Kaya is first, and then Felicity. We had a great semester, I didn't make posts or take photos of each class, just a few times during the semester.

I had 2 glasses again this semester, and really enjoyed getting to know each girl. Some of the girls were new, and some of them had taken my classes before. They enjoyed learning about Kaya and Felicity. I didn't take any pictures of the Kaya classes. I wished I had a photo of Kaya's teepee that one of the girls owned and brought to class for us to see. It was pretty neat!

These first pictures are from the first Felicity class, when we made mop caps and decorated sun hats with flowers. My 7-year-old took a few of the pictures, of the other girls in the class in their hats. They look adorable in their old-fashioned hats.
 My toothless daughter... (below)
 This was my outfit for week one of class, again it was very hot with lots of layers. I had a new petticoat that I wore with it, it was shorter than the skirt. The sun hat fell off easily. I also showed my daughter's parasol in class. We talked a lot about how they didn't like to be sunburned or even tan, that was not fashionable.

 This girl from the 2:00 class was too cute in her hat...
 This was the week that we made quill pens, I love that you can see the Bill of Rights that I brought to class in the foreground, and see the girl dip her quill pen in the ink.
 My daughter and her friend work with quill pens...
 This was the snack for week 6, lemon tarts. I think it's the first time that a mom made the recipe! They were so cute and delicious!
What a fun time we had in class! I'm looking forward to studying Caroline and Josefina next semester!

Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

At our church, the ladies that decorate made these neat letter boards, perfectly fit for Thanksgiving...

I love them!

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-19
...pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


When you're a kid, you get scared at silly things, right? Well, having shows on TV like "Scooby Doo" and "Casper the Friendly Ghost" didn't help! What child born in the 80's didn't watch or at least see those two shows? I know my older brothers and I watched Scooby Doo often. It's funny to me that my kids watch the same show now, and I laugh when they talk about "if it weren't for those meddling kids..." It's basically the same plot in every show!

So I knew about ghosts. Halloween was filled with ghosts-- think kids dressed in white sheets-- which were so creepy to me. My older brothers liked to scare me and probably said things like "Ooo-ooo!" I don't remember exactly, but I wouldn't be surprised. My parents even liked to jump out and scare each other in the dark.

I was the firstborn girl in my house and was quite privileged to have my *own room* for 10 years. I was the envy of my two older brothers because they had to share their bedroom! I remember my Mom having me clean my room, and I stuffed everything in the closet and under the bed. Which worked until she opened the bulging closet... I wonder how she knew... she probably walked by and saw me doing it! (Now that I am a mother, I know these things, also I can hear them...)

I had a "big" full-sized bed in my olive green room. I had olive green furniture, purchased from my uncle's juvenile furniture store. I had a large corner desk (read: hard to move), a six-drawer dresser, matching headboard and shelf unit which I had pieces of even after we were married. They had white laminate tops.

So I would lay in my bed at night, in my room alone. I had a high window. Sometimes the moon would shine just right, and illuminate my closet on the other wall. It was just enough light so that the white clothes had an eerie glow. I did not like this. I just KNEW there was a white ghost in there, just waiting to come out and scare little me!

My main remedy for this, when calling mom and dad didn't help, was to close the closet doors. I mean, then the ghosts couldn't get out. I think I knew they were clothes, but who could be sure?! Closing the doors was the only remedy.

When my oldest daughter was younger, Monsters, Inc. came out and we saw it on video. Cute movie, except of course for the one time that the monster SCARES the girl! Ruined the whole movie for us. Nightmares for months. Ugh. Thanks, Pixar for that fun. But monsters do live in closets...

Even now, I have a *thing* now about my closet doors being closed at night. And my children's closet doors are always closed too. They can't even get scared about ghosts in their closets. But then, my middle daughter says the curtains have creepy shapes...

My closet doors are closed every night, mostly out of habit. My hubby teases me, but I can't leave them open unless it's maybe an inch. I know there are no ghosts, but it just looks nicer that way... (wink, wink)

When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 
(He must have been illuminated like a light!)

Luke 24:39
Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” (Jesus)

Acts 2:38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Caleb's 14th birthday party!

This past weekend, our family and friends gathered with us to celebrate our Caleb's 14th birthday! He chose a glow-in-the-dark party this year, which was pretty cool! We found ideas on Pinterest, including one to make frosting that glowed in black light, made with tonic water. We had traditional burgers and hot dogs, with salad and chips. He chose pumpkin cake to decorate, and it was yummy!

Enjoy the pictures of our enjoyable party celebrating our great kid!
 He got a new CUBS World Series hat from his Grandpa and Grandma-- LOVES it!
 A new small football from his sisters...
 A nice Broncos hat and...
 a cool Rockies sign from Nana...
 A few nice shirts and pants from Auntie Allie (she keeps him so well dressed!)
 And a new Broncos hat (which we will exchange and have stitched) from Mom and Dad...
 and a Flash coloring book. He received so many wonderful gifts! He loves his new hats!
 He made the cupcakes with his friend, and even lit the neon candles!
 Cool glowing!

On Sunday evening, he got baptized at our church, by the same Pastor that baptized both of us (his parents), and his two sisters. Only one more baptism to go, when our youngest is older! It was a special time, I got all teary-eyed! What a great choice to love and serve Jesus, and profess his faith in Christ!

 After the baptism with Dad and Mom.
His last gift this morning, a new Flash t-shirt-- cool!

It was a wonderful weekend of a sleepover with his friends, a party with friends and family, then a friend here after church, and finally a baptism! We are thankful for our funny, creative, athletic, tender-hearted son!

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 1:7-10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
My son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.

Proverbs 19:27
Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Food Friday: Baked Granola

I know it's been quite a while since I've posted a recipe on my blog. This recipe is from my sister-in-law and my niece, Norah. When we visited them in August, we had this baked granola almost every morning. We loved it! It tasted great, and filled us up for the whole morning. We love granola here, but our kids go through it so quickly! I like that this lasts a little longer.

Enjoy the recipe!

Hearty Baked Granola
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs, beaten
6 cups rolled oats
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla

Extras: 1 cup nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins or raisins, 1/4 cup flax seed, 1 cup dried fruit... get creative!

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into an ungreased 9 X 13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 
To serve: cut a piece, put into bowl in microwave for 30-60 seconds, and milk and devour. Yum!

Before baking...

Ready to eat!
Let me know if you try this recipe, I'd love to hear your review!

Genesis 43:11
Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.

Exodus 16:31
The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mallory's 10th birthday!

A few weeks ago, (sorry, this is kinda late!) our daughter Mallory had her TENTH birthday! Double-digits-- how can that even be?! She is getting so big and smart and tall! We sure love her sweet smile, zany sense of humor, and her love for all things furry or feathery. She is our chicken whisperer, she could tame them into doing tricks someday, I am sure!

We had a fun jungle themed party for her, with lots of lions, tigers and bears, oh my! We had some family and friends come to celebrate her, but we always wish there was more! This year her party landed on fall break, so several friends were out of town. We still had a great time though. Enjoy the pictures!
 This was a hummus dip tray that I made from a photo on Pinterest, I love it! My parties would be so dull without Pinterest!
 Elephant shaped jello jugglers... fun!
 Her current favorite for dinner... Ham & cheese sliders and cheeseburger sliders-- YUM!
 The table all set up...
 The panda face cake that her dad made for her. So cute! (Mommy bakes it, Daddy decorates it...)
 She got a Finding Dory poster from her friend Annie... (sitting in the chair with her)...
 And a cute little dog... My girls love the big-eyed stuffies...
 American Girl lego people... so cool!
 A fun star shirt from Grandpa and Grandma...
 A cool Captain America shirt from cousins...
 Mom and Dad gave her Twister, as well as a Star Wars shirt and getting her ears pierced!
 Here are the kids playing Twister at the party.
 Singing "Happy Birthday to you..."
On Sunday, her grandpa came by and gave her a robotic dog that walks and barks, she loves it!

Here is a photo of our girl right after she got her ears pierced... she was really surprised!

Happy Birthday again to our Mallory! 

Genesis 1:25
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

James 3:7
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind...

2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory andgoodness.
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