Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A couple of weekends ago we celebrated our little man turning 5!!!
For his birthday, Cole wanted to have special time with just his mama and daddy.  
So we worked it out to get away with him for 24 hours.  
We basically let him choose whatever he wanted to do, so of course we played putt putt golf first.
Then we went to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park.   

Then we got frozen yogurt, watched a movie, ate chips and guacamole for dinner at Chipotle, and then onto swimming at the hotel pool.  
And of course there was a special chocolate chip pancake breakfast!
We seriously all had SO much fun!!  I don't know who enjoyed the time more, Cole or his parents!  
We are so thankful for this boy and the joy and craziness that he adds to our lives each day!

And while we were off having fun with Cole, our dear friends, the Goeckers, kept the girls for us.  
Here are a few pictures I stole from her blog of their time together.  We are so grateful for their love of us and our kids!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Air Force Ball

I am definitely a little behind in all of my posts these days.  
So here, a few weeks late, are a few pictures from our first Air Force Ball.  
We had SO much fun!!  
This was the first occasion since college where we got to get all pretty and sparkly.
I found an amazing dress and even curled my hair...can't you tell?
The forces of nature were not in my favor that night so seriously, this is how my "curled" hair looked after 30 minutes of intense curling iron, hair gel and hairspray works.  
Oh well!  Surprisingly, it does not look horrendous after all I put it through.
The ball was in a hanger on base so it was fun to get pictures next to all the planes.  The one behind us here is the MC12, which is actually leaving the Air Force and going to the Army.
And a few pictures with some friends....

Such a fun night!  I forgot how fun it is to get dressed up with your man!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life lately in photos.

Here are a few photos of our life lately...

Clara Beth snuggled in our bed after another night full of bad dreams.  At least sweet baby gets comfort from her mama...and her mama's bed :)
Just a regular morning around here, fighting bad guys and karate chopping some sisters.
(he has never watched spiderman but he loves the concept of superheros and so he just makes up his own super cool things that spiderman can do!)
I love this boy's imagination!
Helping mama clean the playroom with her tiny vacuum 
Cole wanted to help me get ready to make bread so he got the flour out himself....and fell and spilled it all over the floor.  So while I made bread, they played in flour, complete with dump trucks to haul the load!
I decided that even though it did not feel like fall, I would pretend it was and try something new and pumpkiny. 
The result was my first successful homemade pie crust and first pumpkin pie.
My aunt Shirley would be so proud!!!
Family hike and exploration on Columbus day!

Tiny girl swinging.
Elise is quite the determined and independent two year old and perfers to choose her own's was with a side of sassy.
My mom reminded me that she used to know a little girl like that too.  hmmm........
Clara reading her bible to her baby.  
"tell baby bout shesus, mama"
Silliness with these three!
I love our weekly activities: Classical Conversations on Tuesdays, PWOC bible study on Wednesdays and Bible study Fellowship on Thursdays; but I have to tell you, that I adore our Mondays and Fridays when we usually do not go anywhere, play and take walks and swing and bake, clean and make messes, do puzzles and read books, and just laugh a lot.  These days, while sometimes are long and hard, are the best days of my life.  
I would not trade these years for anything.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple Hill

A couple of weeks ago we went over to an area called Apple Hill, where there are a couple dozen apple orchards to visit and all sorts of fun activities.
I was really hoping to pick our own apples, but sadly, thanks to the California drought, the crops were so small that the self pick places ran out the first weekend.  
We did walk away with a lot of harvested apples (which I turned into applesauce!) and some fun memories of exploring a new area.
Cole snapped this picture of us and the girls which I love!
One place that the best cider and apple cider doughnuts!  

Corn maze.

Next year hopefully we can pick more apples!  But we are grateful for another adventure none the less!