Monday, December 3, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I'm taking a holiday break from the alphabet posts to
enjoy this season of magic.

May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!

for today in the city of David there has been born for YOU a
Savior, who is Christ the Lord

Luke 2:11

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ii...I is for Illinois (and again)

In all our years living near St. Louis we never made time to visit all the area has to offer.  Why do we do that!  Points of Interest never seem Interesting until you move away or become a parent.  So, fast forward a few years and a Jane, we now MAKE time to visit places like Grant's Farm when we are in town. 

Grant's Farm is Incredible!  There are animals all over the place, both penned and roaming.  Wish I had more photos to share but it's really hard to enjoy the scenery and the joy in the eyes of your little one when you are busy snapping photos.  Thankful to (finally) have a memory at Grant's my heart!

Friday, November 16, 2012 for Illinois (again)

Our first order of business when we arrived in Illinois was to take these cuties and their babies to American Girl.  It was a very special afternoon!  Josie took McKenna to get her ears pierced, and Jane took Just Baby to pick out some new clothes.  I know I have said this before...the prices are outrageous!  But, there are some things worth a splurge now and then, and buying special things for Just Baby is one of them.  And, Jane has proven herself to be a very good steward of her things, especially Just Baby. 

We tried to eat lunch in the American Girl Cafe but the waiting list was really long, so we went next door to the Cheesecake Factory for spaghetti instead.  There were no complaints, just joy!  After lunch the girls took their babies for a spin on the double-decker carousel.  Weeeee...

Next on our agenda was a visit with my blog friend Katie and her family.  One of the highlights during our visit was an afternoon in St. Louis.  We went to the top of the Arch.  This really isn't my thing but I took one for the team.  Disclosure: heights make me dizzy, flustered, sick to my stomach, anxious, and Irritable!  The kids really enjoyed it and I took pleasure in that, but was extremely thankful when we finally reached earth again!

There's a little museum at the base of the Arch full of Interesting things.

The ride up to the top of the Arch.

The space is really small!  Really small!  The face is smiling but the eyes never lie!

She's happy, so that makes me happy!

The view truly is spectacular and was worth the trip to the top. 

Thank you Katie for a wonderful afternoon and for your
generous and gracious spirit!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ii...I is for Illinois

We traveled to Illinois in July via Chattanooga to visit with Uncle Ronnie, Aunt Patricia, and cousins Rebecca and Travis.  Visiting Chattanooga is always so fun!  We swam, went to a discovery museum, and attended a birthday party.  Jane wrote a word (other than Jane, mom, and dad) for the first time.  It just kinda happened and I was super excited!

Super, amazing view overlooking Chattanooga from Signal Mountain.

Creative Discovery Museum


Aunt Patricia, Cousin Rebecca and Baby Girl Caroline (coming soon), Cousin
Travis, and Uncle Ronnie

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hh...H is for Herdball and Hineys

In some countries they call it football.
In our country we call it soccer.
 If you are four it's called HERDBALL!

 The Herd Huddles for a few words about sportsmanship.


Play ball!

There's nothing like watching a Herd of excited littles running through
"the blue curtain" into a crowd of photo snapping, cheering, proud parents!

 Herdball friends! 

These three stuck together like glue during the first few games.  They
truly understand teamwork!  It's all about Holding Hands!

 Mama: Jane, what was your favorite thing about playing soccer?

Jane: Holding Hands with Samuel and Sarah, kicking the ball on the line, running backwards, and "Hineys".

Mama: Jane what is "Hineys"?

Jane: You know.  Like this... 

Mama: Oh!  High knees!

Mama: Would you like to play soccer again next year?

Jane: Oh, yes please!