Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Baby is turning 11!

KJ Newborn

Kj 17 Months

KJ almost 3

KJ 3 1/2

KJ 4

KJ 5

KJ 6

KJ 7 1/2

KJ 9

kj 10

So where is the 11 year old picture you ask? They will be coming soon! We have a Build*A*Bear Party Saturday! It's so crazy for me to think that my baby is turning 11! Wow the time has been flying by! So Enjoy the pictures!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Senior Pictures

So today MC C and I went out and took some more pictures for her senior year and had so much fun. We picked out a few changes of clothes before we left and headed out and around Augusta to take some pictures. We have done this one other time a few weeks ago and plan to get some more in the coming weeks. I love taking pictures, especially of my children but sometimes it seems we never have any time so when the opportunity for this came up and the weather was as amazing as it was today I couldn't pass up this chance. Hope you like them! We decided to do our own pictures rather than go to a professional for several reasons one being the cost and two we have the freedom to be as creative as we want and to pick and choose when we take them! So let me know what you think!


All of us: Ben, Tori, Rebekah, Michael & Me in Springfield, Mo.

Tori & Me

Tori & Ben

Don't worry She didn't forget the welcome mat!

Packing the van. Wow! That's a lot of stuff!

Ok bloggers this week we have friends visiting from Texas and Ohio! My good friend Rebekah and her girls drove up from Texas to visit us before they move to Georgia next summer. And while she was here we made a trip to Springfield, MO. to pick up Tori so she could move to Texas with Rebekah to go to school and to help out Rebekah while her hubby is in Iraq for the 2nd time. It was such a good visit, and I can't wait till we go down to Texas and visit with them this December. Having her here this week reminded me of how we met and how much of a God thing that was. Have you ever had a friend that you know God purposely gave you? Rebekah is that friend for me and I think I am that friend for her as well. We met the first time in a BSF ladies bible study, and then the next week in church we were in the same sunday school, at the church Earl and I had just started attending. Two meetings in one week may seem like a coincidence to some but we knew we were destined to be friends. Our girls KJ and Lilliepie get along amazingly and they have remained good friends even through the distance. So not sure who all reads this but here's a question for you: Do You have a friend like this that no matter where you live near or far from each other you are great friends even best friends? Tell me about it!


Rebekah & I on our trip to Springfield, MO.

Tori and the girls!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Ok I am trying this to so that I am not freaking out at 4:45 every afternoon wondering what to make for dinner, and since my good friend Rebekah is coming to visit from Texas I wanted to include some of her favorites.

Monday: Grilled Pannine's and salad

Tuesday: Turkey Taco's
(we use ground turkey instead of beef to save some fat)

Wednesday: Parmigiana Chicken

Thursday: Grilled Pork Chops

Friday: Enchilada's

Saturday: Leftover Buffet

Sunday: Crock pot Chili

I have to say I knew I was doing this Saturday when I went and bought groceries and by making the menu ahead of time and sticking to it, I saved soo much money. Woo Hoo! So now that my mouth watering I am gonna get to bed for the night, hope you all have a great week!


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Sunday, August 9, 2009

A Trip Down Memory Lane....

Aren't my kids cute!?! Well I think so anyway! These were taken a few years ago 2005to be exact during a trip to the Outer Banks, NC. My Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and a few cousins all went together in September 2005. We had so much fun, and we have some great memories of this trip. Our House was called King of the Beach.. and in a few short weeks my family (parents, grandparents, some Aunts and Uncles and Cousins) will all be going back there, even though it won't be as fun with out us. We hope they have an Amazing trip and think of us often! :) Maybe we will get a sweatshirt out of them! I hope you Enjoy the pictures.

Have a Beautiful Day

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Our Zoo Visit in pictures

Some Pictures of Our ZOO Visit Yesterday! Yes I think we stoped at every statue and took pictures. Oh and we did see some animals but you all know what the animals in a zoo look like so I thought I'd spare ya those!

Have a Beautiful Day.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

One Year and counting....

KJ September 2008

KJ @ Camp July 2009

Well Bloggers it's official we have been in Kansas one year! WOOHOOO! It's very hard for me to believe many days that we have only been here a year, and other times it feels like we just left Ohio. So what has happened over the past year you ask? Well lets see...
KJ has completed the fourth grade and will be starting her last year in Elementary School. She has grown at least 5 inches and is growing up way to fast for this momma's liking. She is just a few weeks away from celebrating her 11th Birthday. KJ went to camp for the first time and had a blast, she went tubing and completed the Challenge course, and made some new friends. She still loves getting mail and asks regularly if she has anything form the mail that day... So keep on writing.

MR C September 2008 MR C July 2009

MR C will be starting his last year in middle school and will be starting this year as a Home schooled student. (yes we both have a lot to look forward to ) He has made some amazing friends here and I've been told he is the glue that brought them together. I believe that we moved here at the right time. Over the last year Michael has gone on an inner city mission trip to Chicago, working with the homeless and with a school there. He also went on the Youth Musical Mission trip" Broken and Poured Out, where we traveled from Missouri to Maine and Back with a stop in Findlay. MR C has gown the hair out, cut and is currently growing it out again. This net year will be an adventure for both of us as we prepare for Homeschooling.

MC C September 2008 MC C July 2009

MC C has had an incredible year filled with doing many things she hadn't done before. She will be a Senior this year and so her last year of High school is before her. Over the last year she has been in a musical for school, on the Debate team and was a Counselor at camp (and she even liked it!) She went on the Musical Mission trip, and to High School Camp. MC C is looking forward to this year and her first year of Show Choir, I did ask if I could be one of those "Show Choir Mom's" and she is still deciding I am sure it will be a yes. I can't sew but I can wield a mean glue gun!

Earl has had an incredible year. He has helped to grow the children's and family ministries... He ran VBS: Back Stage with the Bible, and J.A.M. Camp this summer. And is looking forward to the next year with Children and Family ministry. I am so proud of him and all that he has accomplished and how he has allowed God to work through him this past year.

As for me I have made some Amazing friends and really enjoyed staying home and being a homemaker this past year. I am excited and a little nervous for homeschooling but definitely looking forward to it. I have enjoyed being here at FBC and thankful to God that he moved us when he did. I have seen God work through all those worries/concerns I had prior to our move. I am still working with youth, and running Middle School Girls group. I am learning to rest (a little), I am even taking the month of August off. I have a group of women that hold me accountable and I am so grateful to them. I am so proud of my family for all they have done this past year and I am looking forward to the next year year and many more to come.

Have a Beautiful Day