After taking a month off of writing and visiting blogs, the easiest way to catch up on the events of the last month is through pics. Missed you guys… its good to be back
In late Octobere went to on our annual pumpkin patch excursion. i know, i know, how boringtypicalmiddleclasssuburbanite can you get, but now that its a tradition i don’t know how to make it stop. anyway the kids love it and this year was soooo different:
1. we finally talked jay into joining us
2. this was the same day that the wind storm (that would later tear roofs off of buildings in the midwest) arrived on the new mexico plains. yea.
the wind was blowing with gusts near 50 mph … not so great for pics.
but the kids still got to participate in their favorite things before the wind ended all outdoor activity…
this is hilarious to me. one of our best. w-i-n-d-y
then there was halloween. I have many thoughts on christian and halloween- you can ask me about them if you have an hour.
uncle james had the camera while my mom and i hung back at the house with candy and apple cider.
our friends, the bucks, joined us this year… they are the shark and cute owl.
aunt emily to the rescue.
this is the only picture that was taken of Noah that night … he was a ninja.
We left on the 5th of this month for Florida. My grandpa is sick, and I wanted the kids to spend some time with him while he could still enjoy them. Jay had training the beginning of the week, so we drove without him. My dad flew from Fl to Dallas so we only had 10 hrs of the 1:4 parent/child ratio. The kids did great. better than great. I made sandwiches and brought snacks, and we stopped for gas and I made them go to the bathroom then. It’s still a 25 hour drive, and not much good can be said about a 25 hour drive, but they made it as pleasant as possible. One of the highlights of our trip was getting to meat TWO agci blog friends and their most adorable kiddos. We stopped at the Pratts house in Texas for a whirlwind pizza dinner, and chat. I am sure bringing 4 hungry kids who have been in a car for 10 hours is not many’s idea of fun, but they were so sweet and hospitable.
Mekele goin’ in for a smooch- they will kill us for pics like these in 15 years : )
… and then we were in Florida- loving on and taking care of Grandpa Jim, out on the boat petting manatees, to the beach to swim… it is an amazing place for kids- esp desert kids like mine.
kayaking with papa
Havi kept grandpa stocked with toys: at any given time, he’d have 3 My Little Ponies, Pup-Pup, and a book on his knee.
Moments like this made the whole trip worth it.
My sister and nephew were there from Boston… I love this kid.
ikey’s first “catch”
little game of checkers
so the second family we got to hang with drove across florida just for us! their sweet daughter got to the orphanage the same day we picked havi up. its amazing what a special connection I feel with these families. i pray our daughters grow up being pen pals (do they even have those anymore) or at least preferred facebook friends.
we went to dinner and had a great time getting to know each other. of course it doesn’t look like miss K is loving our get together here, but she was all smiles most of the night… the B family has two older girls, as well, who my kids instantly considered close friends. We’re trying to talk them into a visit to the Southwest soon : ).
That brings us up to date. We have been playing catch up since we have been home and looking forward to a week of giving thanks- thanks for loving family, thanks for sacrificial friends, thanks for the health we enjoy but most of all thanks for the eternal hope we have in Christ. Happy Thanksgiving!