Saturday, January 30, 2010

Our Christmas post...A month late!

We took so many pictures during the Christmas holidays that I have just now gotten around to getting them posted on our blog! Christmas Eve was a pretty stormy day. Lots of wind. Lots of rain. But my parents braved it all and came over to our house for a late lunch and to open presents. Brian had smoked a tenderloin on the Big Green Egg and I made some delicious Weight Watchers twice baked potatoes. After dinner, we went down to the playroom and opened presents. My parents got Logan Chuck the talking truck. He LOVES this truck! He even had to sleep with it Christmas eve. Ha! This is a boy who loves his trucks!
My parents got Mackenlee a Baby Alive doll that you feed and she actually tee-tee's and poops. It's a wonderful toy, really. So wonderful that I don't let Mackenlee feed her the food that came with it but rather she can pretend to feed the baby and change her diaper. She loves this little doll, though. It stays in her bed and she plays with it daily. Mackenlee actually asked for this babydoll by name after she had picked it out for Sierra for her Christmas present. After opening it, she and my dad played with it for a little while. They fed, soothed and changed the baby. Over and over again. My dad is such a natural when it comes to playing dolls with kids.
When Mackenlee had had enough of feeding babies, she moved on to a tea party with Mumzie. They let Logan join for a minute or two and then he was kicked out.
The grandparents with all three children.
On Christmas morning, Brian and I were waiting for the kids to wake up. We finially heard Logan playing with his new Chuck truck so we thought we would go get him and let him see what Santa had brought. He was so cute when he entered the playroom. He was so shy. Didn't say anything, but went over to his train table and carefully observed it before he started playing with it.
We had to wake up Mackenlee so she could join in on all the excitement. She was very excited to see her Barbie Dream Towne Home and had no problem with shyness. She dove right in to playing with her doll house and Logan's train table.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Muddin' around

We headed back to the park today since the sun was out and the kids had a great time playing in the mud. We noticed what they were doing a little too late so we decided to just take pictures instead of tell them to get out. They were already covered in mud so why not let them continue with the fun and let them play until they have to be striped down to their diaper in order to go home! We are hopefully headed to another park this afternoon so I can do my walking and we can let Mackenlee ride her bike that she so desparately wanted to ride this morning. I didn't have my good camera with me, since, you know, I fell on it and all. So I snapped these pictures with my iPhone. I think it did a pretty good job!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Trip to the Zoo!

MLK day turned out to be a beautiful day so we loaded up the kids and headed to Montgomery to go to the zoo. We had told Mackenlee that if she would have a "low key" family birthday party that we would take her to the zoo. It was a beautiful day yesterday. Not to hot, not to cold. We brought a picnic lunch with us and then we spent the rest of the day ooohing and ahhhing at all the animals. The sad thing about yesterday was that I tripped in a hole and fell...on my camera. It seems that the body is functional but the lens, my favorite lens, is completely smashed. The last picture on this post is the last picture I got of the day. I was able to take some with my iPhone but haven't figured out how to load them on here. I hope that you enjoy the pictures! We all had a great time and the kids passed out on the way home and slept the entire way home.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

How Great is our God!

We learned a little about that today during Sunday school this morning. Our usual teacher was out of town so instead we watched a DVD from Louie Giglio's "How Great is our God" tour and we got to hear and see just how great He is! Louie is apparently a science guy and the majority of the sermon was about the heavens that God created. It says in Psalms 33:6 that "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made; their starry hosts by the breath of his mouth." Louie talked about the size of those stars that our Lord breathed out and they are NOT your little "twinkle twinkle little stars" that we sing about and wish on. They are HUGE, massive stars that are way bigger than our sun. Stars so big that they are the as tall as 6 Empire State buildings stacked, 2 Golden Gate bridges wide, or as tall as Mount Everest. Stars so big that you could fit hundreds of thousands, even millions of "Earths" inside these stars! I mean, this is incredibly humbling to me. How often we tend to justify our sins and push ourselves up above them when in fact we are minuscule compared to the greatness of our God.

The vastness of the heavens astound me. Some of the images that we saw flash upon the screen were millions of light years away. I love that God's distance cannot be measured in centimeters, feet, or even miles but rather in light years! God's measuring stick starts with 5.8 trillion miles! 23 million light years away is the Whirlpool galaxy and in the center of this galaxy is a black hole. With the help of the Hubble telescope, we are able to see the center of this black hole. It's amazing how God makes his presence known even at the furthermost ends of the universe. Below is a picture taken by the Hubble of the Whirlpool Galaxy's black hole.

God promises us that he will never leave us. That he will carry us through the deepest, darkest times in our lives. He promises to hold us together in times that we feel like we are falling completely apart. I am so thankful to know that I can always rely on God to carry me through situations and when I feel like I can't take one more step, I know that he will give me strength. You see, our Creator, the One who breathed the stars, loves to provide strength for his people. He wants us to come to him, to trust and hope on Him. Because even though we are minuscule compared to the stars, planets, and galaxies, each one of us are living miracles. Our DNA is comprised of 3 billion pieces of genetic code. Basically, this is the blue print of what makes you you and to think that NO one else on this planet has the same code is astonishing. The cells that hold our body together are protein cells and one in particular is named Laminin. Below is an image of the structure of Laminin. Literally, what is holding our body together are tiny, microscopic crosses. And to think that there are some that wonder if God really can hold us together and carry us through anything, all the while God has been hold you together since conception!

This shows me that our God will go to the furthermost parts of the universe to the innermost part of our being to show His glory. We serve a great God and it's humbling to know that even the Lord that can breathe these huge stars is passionate about me, about knowing me and wanting a daily intimate relationship with me.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Busy Babies on a Friday afternoon

This morning we spent a couple of hours at our local park. What a beautiful day it was and we really enjoyed the fresh air and the great conversation with friends. Mackenlee and Reagan took turns pushing each other on the swings while Logan and the others spent their time running, climbing, sliding, digging and who knows what else!

Logan discovered that he is very proficiant in climbing the ladder up to the platform. He now perfers this method over the boring steps.

After all the running, climbing, digging, swinging, stick finding, steering-wheel driving, and sliding Logan decided that his water just wasn't enough. He chugged that and then went after my diet coke. Luckly it was pretty much gone but he really enjoyed eating the ice until he turned it up and ice poured all down the front of his shirt. His look on his face was priceless!

Mackenlee finally got a chance to ride her new scooter outside. At the park there is a nice slope for her to ride down and she became pretty good at gliding down the hill on her pink scooter! She had a blast.
Logan really enjoyed the swings today. While swinging, he watched a tugboat leave the marinas fueling station and when Reagan came and joined in on the swinging fun, he chatted with her. Not sure if she knew what he was saying but I'm sure it was important none the less.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Day With Logan...

...and this happened over and over and over. Good thing this liitle brother wasn't able to teach his little brother this trick on account of a much needed nap!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mackenlee's Barbie Birthday!

Today is Mackenlee's 4th birthday and we celebrated it yesterday by having all her cousins over to our newly remodeled playroom for a Barbie birthday party. We all had a great time eating pizza and birthday cake and these delicious little candies called snow pops.

Mackenlee's aunt Natalie made her beautiful barbie cake and Mackenlee was thrilled with how it came out! It was such a beautiful cake and it was as good as it looked!

The awesome snow pops that me, Brian and Mackenlee made. I found this recipe on a blog that I read and they looked sooo yummy! They were fairly easy to make, as far as the cake part but putting the white chocolate shell around them was a different story! I had pretty much deemed it a disaster when Brian came in and saved the day. Apparently, I used a different type of food coloring than the lady that I got the recipe from and the white chocolate didn't harden as fast as she said it would! Either that, or they hardened really quickly regardless of the food coloring because she lives un in the frozen tundra. But Brian came in and fixed my problem and I think they ended up turning out pretty cute (and pretty yummy, too!). I didn't eat but 1 or 2 because there is no telling how many points those little balls of heaven are but I loved photographing them!

The Birthday girl really enjoyed her pizza, capri sun and her Barbie cake. She was thrilled with her party!
Mackenlee standing in front over her cake
make a wish, Mackenlee!
All the girls at the party
Mackenlee showing off her scooter skills!
Now Logan had to give it a try! He doesn't care that it's pink.
Gran got a chance to hold baby Ethan at the end of the party. Molly Katherine and Mia helped out!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Curious children

I thought you would like to take a look at my sweet children. Nevermind the tags on my youngest son's shoes. ;)