Thursday, April 28, 2011

Your Great Name

My absolutely favorite song right now is Your Great Name by Natalie Grant. I just had to share it with you in case you haven't heard it. You can listen to it here.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

My sweet baby girl turned 1 today! This year has completely flown by and I can't believe we have already celebrated Claire's first birthday. Claire's personality has really been coming out over the past few weeks and it is so fun to see a new side of her. She has definitely already developed a little sass and attitude and loves to throw her head down to the floor while throwing a fit and look up to see who is watching. I usually just ignore it and she eventually stops. It's pathetic! She LOVES her daddy and will literally scream when he gets home until he comes over to pick her up and love on her. Yesterday she took her very first steps and we have been trying to practice with her ever since.

Today was a low key day, because we already had celebrated last weekend while my parents were in town. We love this precious baby girl so much and can't wait to see her grow up. We thank God for this gift he has entrusted in our care. Here are some pics of Claire throughout the year:

Newborn pics:

1 Month

2 Months

3 Months

4 Months

5 Months

6 Months

7 Months

8 Months

9 Months

10 Months

11 Months


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Soccer Season

Tyler's first (and probably last!) soccer season ended on Saturday. Gram and Papa got to witness his mad soccer skills. He actually got a little more aggressive in the first half of the game and he really has improved over the season, but he definitely looks forward to the snack they hand out after the game more than playing! He had fun while it lasted and really enjoyed the practices much more than the games. Coach Brandon really made practice fun for the boys and he always managed to get some candy from him after every practice!

Action shot

Coach Brandon giving Tyler his medal.

Coach Brandon and Tyler

The Dragons!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebration Continued...

Last night we had Travis' extended family over to celebrate Tyler, Claire, and Aunt Ann's birthday. We cooked fajitas and all the fixings and topped it off with some birthday cake. It was great to see everybody and Tyler and Claire enjoyed opening more birthday presents.

We are so glad Uncle Keith moved back. The kids love having him around and he is always up for a good time.

Tyler trying hard to open his present from Grandma and Grandpa.

More presents!

Claire ripping into a present.

One of the birthday girls!

One of the many Monster Trucks Tyler got for his birthday!

Claire ready for her birthday cake. Is all this for me?

Please stop the singing- you guys are way off tune!

Starting off slow...

Picking up some speed...

and finally digging in!


Grandpa and Claire after a bath to clean up all the icing.

Uncle Keith providing the entertainment for the party by mixing up some tunes on the DJ Mixer Piano Claire got for her birthday.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Monster Jam Party

Tyler had his Monster Jam birthday party today at the park. We used Tyler's Power Wheels Truck and borrowed two other jeeps from friends and let the kids drive around the park. Travis built ramps for the kids to drive over and everyone had a great time despite the 40 plus mph winds! I had the table cover taped down with duct tape and it still wouldn't stay down. Here are some pics from the party.

Tyler and Ethan taking the jeep for a spin.

Tomas and Cooper in the Ford.

We borrowed a pink Barbie Jeep for the girls to ride in and I think the boys drove it more than anything. It actually went the fastest which the boys liked!

The Monster Truck Cake that I made for Tyler. The truck is supposed to be raised on pillars, but because of the wind we had to just put it on the dirt cake below.

Tyler and his sweet friend, Lily. We might have a similar picture 15 years from now!

Josiah and Laney

Sweet Lily

Cooper jumping one of the ramps

Towards the end the trucks were losing battery power. Somebody got stuck and everyone joined in to push the jeep back up the hill.

Getting ready for cake!

Opening presents

Jackson showing off his party favor! I found some fun monster truck tire cups online and bought them for the kids.


It's time for our recap of 2012!  This year has brought some major answer to prayers and we have seen the hand of God move in incredible...