Friday, December 7, 2018

November 2018

I don't have a ton of pictures from November, but here is a small smattering!  :)  It was a great month.

The boys have had some sort of "fort" in the woods behind our house for a long time now.  But in November they made it into some sort of hidden "underground hidden fort."  :)  It's super fun to hear them playing out there, and to see how resourceful and gifted they are in building things with wood, logs, saws, etc.  I'm so thankful that they have each other!

We always do a "thankfulness tree" in November, and I love seeing it full of "leaves" by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.  Praise the Lord for his innumerable gifts!

Thanksgiving!  I wish we took a few more pictures on Thanksgiving.  As is our normal routine, we went to Uncle Albert and Aunt Kathy's house for lunch with that whole side of the family, and then we headed back to my parents' house for dinner with the Bergstrom side of the family.  It was a great day full of memorable time with family and too much good food.  :)  On Friday, we drove to Oklahoma to visit another chunk of Eric's family, which was a blessing as well.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we did our usual tradition of going to the Walls Family Farm to pick out a Christmas tree with the Heinzes.  We have been doing this since I was a little girl, and I love it every year!  

We found the tree!  :)  We like this specific kind called a "Leyland Cypress" that is apparently hard to find at the farm we go to.  When we brought it up to them to pay for it, they said, "Wow!  There was still a Leyland out there?!"  :)  So we are reconsidering our plans for next year!  :)

The boys.  Oh, how I love them!

We decorated it the next day after church.  I love our little tree!

At the end of the month, Eric and Eli and my dad and Cooper went on a little camping trip to Fort Parker State Park.  They had a blast, and they caught a few (small) fish too.  :)

See Cooper's little fish?  :)

And Eli's?  :)  They had such a good time, though.

And that rounds out November!  The December busyness of the end of the school year is in full swing, but we are are praying to be able to enjoy each moment, slow down where we can, and worship the Lord who came to rescue us from the mess we made in our sin.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 9, 2018

October 2018

Happy Fall!  Here are a few pictures from the past month...

Eli's school does a "color run" 5k in the fall as a fundraiser.  They had a blast!

I LOVE watching Eric and Eli have a catch in the back yard.

We went to the fair this year with our friends Dawn and Lauren.  Lauren and Eli have been good friends since primer!

They rode a ton of rides- even the big scary ones!  I like how they're looking at each other here, before the ride started.  :)

They played a bunch of games too.

They're on there somewhere!  We adults could barely LOOK AT this spinning ride!  :)

It has been incredibly rainy here in Dallas this fall!  The boys do not let a little rain stop them from playing tackle football, though (and destroying lawns in the process!).

Eli won this little tiger at the fair, and Hank immediately claimed it as his own.  :)  

Our church had its annual "fall festival."  I like how costumes are MUCH easier now than when he was younger.  This year he just grabbed a jersey from his closet!  :)

Our whole family went to Daingerfield for our annual fall trip at the end of this month.  We had a blast!  

When we got there the first night it was POURING.  But, again, who can be stopped by a little rain?  :)  Eli and Cooper played football in the downpour for hours!

LOTS of football in the field...

Duck feeding...

Sunset watching...  (You can't beat fall Texas sunsets!)


The cousins always have so much fun just being together.

More football in the field...

And more sunsets!

For Halloween we made a carnival of our own.  First was the classic eat-a-donut-off-a-string-without-using-your-hands game. :)


Eric won the men's competition.  :)

Next, we sent them into the woods to trick-or-treat from Eric, Phil, and my dad, who were very well hidden and ready to scare them. :)

Next up was the pie eating contest.

And finally, pumpkin carving! 

So many beautiful sunrises, too!

 Campfire stories and games...


Creature catching...  (The caterpillar was kind enough to color-coordinate with Eli's shirt.)

A dog in a sweatshirt...

Unbelievable sunsets!

Our little family...

And our big family!

And that caps off October (and the first few days of November, too).  We're so thankful for the memories we made this past month and are looking forward to what November has in store.  Love to you all!