Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AirWalk Party

After going to AirWalk with the students at church about a month ago, Isabel was sure she needed to have her birthday party there.  She counted down the days until this party for weeks and could not wait for it to get here.  I got a little worried when she got a stomach virus a few days before the party and then there was a chance of ice the morning of the party.  Luckily she was feeling much better and we only had rain so it was time to party!

My beautiful girl and her fairy cake

She's super excited!

Will was excited about her party too

Isabel and her friend, Grayson from school

no one is surprised that Will found a ball to play with while jumping 

ready to jump in the foam pit

Isabel and her sweet friend, Mia

cute kids

getting out of the foam pit is the hardest part!

blowing out her candles!

Isabel and Katie are ready for cake!

crazy kids!

Such a fun party for my 8 year old!!

Happy 8th Birthday Isabel!

Somehow this sweet baby girl that gave me the name "mommy" turned 8 last week.  As I dropped her off at school that morning, I started thinking about life with her and Will about 5 years ago.  It was hard.  She was turning 3 and I was praying that the terrible 2s were behind us.  As much as I loved her and as cute as she was, that girl could make me angrier and more frustrated than anyone else on the planet.  She hated going to sleep, could be completely irrational about what and how she wanted things to happen and could throw a serious tantrum.  Trying to parent her showed me my own selfishness, impatience, fear and need for God in every area of my life.

Over the past 5 years she has grown so much and I could not be more proud of who she is today.  Isabel is sweet and kind to those around her.  She is a rule follower and a leader.  Isabel is still a very picky eater and can be quite stubborn when asked to try something new.  She is smart and quick to learn.  Her memory is amazing.  While she is quiet and shy around those she doesn't know well, she is silly and crazy and loud when she is comfortable.  She is well liked by the kids in her class and her teachers as well.  She loves cheer leading, writing stories, playing barbies, and making cartoons on the computer.   Isabel is an introvert and her favorite kind of night is ordering a pizza and watching a movie at home.

Isabel celebrated her birthday multiple times.  Because Josh's big discipleship weekend for the students at church was the weekend of her birthday, our family celebrated a day early with dinner and milkshakes.  She got to open some of her presents that night and was super excited about everything but her favorite was definitely the barbie dream house!

She got to celebrate with her friends at school the next day on her birthday and Josh had lunch with her.  Then she got to have her favorite kind of night, pizza and a movie at home!  Then she just had to wait a Looooonnnngg week before it was time for her party!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Square dancing

One thing Isabel had to get used to in Alabama schools is having PE every day. She was not excited about that at first but thanks to 2 awesome PE teachers, she really likes it most days. 

She was beyond excited when they started learning square dancing for a few weeks. That is definitely her kind of PE. After weeks of practice, the kids dressed up in their best western wear and did a small program for the parents to show off all they learned. It was so cute!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time for braces??

Since Isabel was 3, every dentist we have been too has warned me that braces will be in our near future. She has a small mouth and there wasn't enough space for her baby teeth. When those big permanent teeth started coming in, the problem obviously got worse. Add a crossbite to the spacing issues and it was time to see an orthodontist. She seems so you but 2 girls in her class have already had braces for months!

Last week we went for a consultation and the orthodontist agreed with all the other dentists had said. However he needed a little more information so he encouraged us to get impressions of Isabel's mouth. I knew immediately that this would not go well. Apparently thanks to the genes from Josh's side of the family, Isabel has the most sensitive gag reflex ever! No one likes those impressions and Isabel definitely agreed!  She did so great though. The orthodontist took so much time to give Isabel some tips to make it better and they were all so patient with her! Now we go back soon to get the verdict of what needs to be done! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Spring day in January

Monday was Martin Luther King day so the kids had the day off of school.  It also happened to be a perfectly sunny day with the high in the upper 60s.  Not usual for January but it was a nice break from the cold grey weather we had been having.  We had lunch with friends at Chick-fil-a and then enjoyed a few hours at the zoo.  It was a great day!  I love days when there is no school!

                   Love these kids!

Being flamingos 

sweet, beautiful girls who look way too old in this picture!

the giraffes put on a show for us this time

Friday, January 16, 2015

bye bye baby teeth

Last week Will lost one of his top front teeth.  As much as I wanted to share in his excitement, I was actually a little devastated.  I learned from Isabel that once those top teeth are gone, their sweet baby faces suddenly look very different and way older.  I was not ready for my baby to have a "big kid smile."  His top tooth had actually been loose for a while but I had basically forbidden him to wiggle it (and told Josh that he was absolutely not allowed to pull it!)  Maybe not my most rational parenting but I just wanted that baby tooth smile as long as possible.  Isabel didn't lose her top teeth until the summer before 1st grade so I thought I had a while!

Then one day after school he jumped in the van with a huge snaggle-tooth smile and a plastic tooth hanging around his neck.  He was beaming while Isabel screamed "Will lost his tooth" over and over.  As much as I wanted to cry, I had to smile.  He was beyond excited!  In case you didn't know, losing a tooth at school and getting to wear it around your neck all day in a tooth necklace is a pretty huge deal!  Apparently the tooth was so loose that it actually just fell out of his mouth.  It didn't even bleed at all!  I guess he kept it in as long as possible just for me. Time for me to face the fact that my baby boy is growing up.

To make things worse, I am taking Isabel to the orthodontist next week for a consultation about braces!!  I swear these kids were just cutting their baby teeth a few months ago!

Isabel's first day of 1st grade with her snaggle-tooth smile!

Monday, January 12, 2015


Last Wednesday night Josh took the students to a trampoline park.  Of course Isabel and Will had to go too.  Everyone had so much fun!!

Will's favorite thing was to jump in the foam pit over and over and over...

Climbing out of the foam pit was not easy.  Luckily there were plenty of teenagers around to help.

Isabel liked the foam pit too but spent a lot more time jumping and doing cartwheels on a trampoline.

there may have been some falling involved too! :)

ready for another jump!

I'm not sure what this fancy jump is called

Can you tell she had fun?

Jumping off the wall


They had so much fun jumping and getting to know more students.  They also slept really well that night.  Good thing we had a delayed start to school the next day because of the cold!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Day part 2

After a quick lunch, we packed up and headed to Nana's.  We have not been able to be with Matt and Lauren and their girls for Christmas the past few years so we were excited to celebrate with them.

Cousin picture!!

Avery's beautiful Anna dress

More fairies for Isabel (noticing a theme for her Christmas yet?)

His own disc golf set for the back yard.  I think Josh is just as excited about this gift as Will is!

Isabel got a blanket and pillow that will match her new room

Then it was time to decorate cookies!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It's Christmas!

Christmas Day was such a great day this year.  I'll be honest, my expectations were not high for Christmas this year.  We are not settled in a new home like I wanted to be.  Most of our Christmas decorations are still packed away in the attic in another state.  I gave up on the idea of getting Christmas cards out and a bunch of other things that shouldn't really matter but at first they did.  Then I realized that not worrying about all of the things I thought were important about Christmas actually left more time for me to focus on what was really important and simply enjoy the season.  The kids and I sang songs about baby Jesus coming to save the world (and a few about reindeer and snowmen too) :)  I enjoyed shopping for gifts.  Because I knew this Christmas would be completely different from the last few years, I didn't even try to compare.  I just enjoyed the new traditions and enjoyed the day and it was great!

We started Christmas Day pretty early with two crazy excited kids!  Isabel was very specific about wanting a fairy cottage this year but Will kept changing his mind.  I don't think there was anything he really really wanted so he was super excited with what Santa surprised him with.

the calm before the crazies attacked

Ready to see what Santa left for them (love that bed head!)

So excited about her Fairy Cottage

Dash the elf even left them a note and Christmas tree cakes

He drove his remote controlled car everywhere!!

After a yummy breakfast and quick showers for Josh and me, it was time to open more presents!!

Will bought Josh a "world's best dad" trophy for his office

Isabel picked out this beautiful necklace for me

New shoes!! (he now wears the same size as Isabel!!)

Isabel graduated from the Jesus Storybook Bible and got her first "big girl" bible.  I love how much she loves it!

more fairies for the fairy cottage

Isabel got a new scarf from Grams.  She loves it and has worn it many days in many ways.

This kid loves board games (mainly because it means he doesn't have to play by himself!)

Family Christmas picture 2014