Thursday, March 1, 2018

February 2018

February was a pretty low-key month!  I like the winter months for the slower pace.  We had a camping trip planned at the end of the month during Eli's winter break, but we had SO MUCH RAIN in Texas that week that we had to cancel.  :(  We made the most of the week, though, and enjoyed indoor activities instead.  :)

Our cat, Curry, loves to snuggle underneath blankets.  If I ever leave a quilt laying out anywhere, I can come back a few minutes later and find her wrapped up inside.  Super cute.  :)

The firing range.  (He's shooting a BB gun- don't worry! :) )

Eric put his Japanese genes to the test and made us California rolls one night.  They were great!

We saw a movie together- the Greatest Showman.  (Eric's expression is fake.  :) )  We all LOVED the movie!

We went bowling one afternoon during yet another storm.  We had a blast!

We watched a LOT of Olympics, and a lot of Warriors basketball too.  

And that's about it!  :)  We're excited for the springtime and the fun things that we have planned.  Much love to you!!

Friday, February 2, 2018

January 2018

Happy February!  :)  January was a pretty low-key month for us, which I love.  It's nice to settle back into the normal routine after the holidays, and to enjoy the slower pace of winter.  Here are a few pictures from our month...

We went to the Perot Museum in Dallas with one of Eli's friends, Victoria.  We had a blast!

The space exhibit was particularly interesting!

Eli threw a football and a computer analyzed his pass alongside an NFL quarterback's pass- super interesting!

Eli set up a little tent in his room to sleep in one night.  It was super cute to peek in on him reading.  :)

And Hank had to get in on the action too, of course!

We babysat our friends' kiddos for a night so they could go out for their anniversary.  Eli LOVES their two girls!

I just love this scene.  

And that's pretty much it!  :)  Much love to you!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

December 2017

Happy New Year!  :)  Like everyone else, I can't believe that it's JANUARY!  Without further adieu, here are a few pictures from our December...  

Eli was a snowflake-making machine in December!  He decorated this wall in his room with his creations.  :)

Eli tested for his blue belt this semester!  It's not an easy feat to complete the green belt requirements in one semester, but Eli worked super hard, and he did it!  We are so proud of him!

See him down there?  They have to perform all their skills in front of judges...  I always get so nervous for him, but he's calm and cool.

They also have to say a Bible verse and a give a little speech about why they like that verse...  Eli recited 1 Timothy 4:12 and did so great.  We love the emphasis that his karate classes place on public speaking skills and on godly character!

Newly minted BLUE belt!

Eli and his two other blue belt buddies...

Eli's 4th grade class worked all semester on a "Live Museum."  Each kid chose a historical figure and researched him/her, wrote a paper about him/her, and memorized a speech about him/her.  In December they held the "Live Museum," where all the kids (4th and 5th grade) wore costumes from their chosen person and gave their speeches to anyone to "activated them" by pressing their "button" (see the red thing pinned to his jacket?).  It was super impressive- all the kids worked so hard, and we loved seeing and hearing them talk in the characters of the people they chose.

Eli chose Tom Landry.

A smattering of kids from his class, before they all lined up in their positions.

Here he is, ready to go! His speech was so great!

I forgot to take many pictures at his class Christmas party, but they had a blast eating a special lunch, exchanging gifts, and playing games like this "snowman wrap."  And then promptly after leaving school this day, Eli spiked a fever and spent the next week laid up with the flu, ear infections, and a sinus infection!  :)  I felt horrible that he had to spend the first week of his winter vacation so sick.

One thing he did NOT want to miss, however, was our ice-skating plans!  On Friday morning we didn't know what exactly was going on with him (i.e., was it the flu or not), and he was so intent on ice skating with Timothy that we dosed up on Tylenol and went for it!  :)  We had a great time!  And as soon as we got home, Eli crashed on the couch and the flu officially settled in.  :(

For my 37th birthday, Eric took me to out to a fancy dinner and to the Dallas Symphony and Chorus' Christmas performance, which is my favorite thing in the world!  We had such a nice evening.

On Christmas Eve we made a fancy dinner with the Heinzes.  We ate and played games and had a great time.  Then it was time to settle in for Christmas!  We read the Christmas story together, and after Eli went to bed Eric and I put out the presents.

Eli was up bright and early at 6am!  This is my favorite time of the whole year...  just the three of us on Christmas morning.  We opened gifts, ate homemade cinnamon rolls, and played and laughed and just enjoyed being together.  I'm so, so very thankful.

Eli's big gift (and BIG gift :) ) this year was a life-size wall decal of Steph Curry.

The best part- stockings!  :)

After our own little Christmas morning, we joined the rest of the family at my parents' house for lots more gifts, food, and family fun!

Trading sports cards- this occupies about 50% of the boys' time.  The other 50% is spent PLAYING sports.  I'm thankful that Eli was well enough by Christmas to enjoy both Christmas and the rest of his break playing with his cousins.

And with that, we end 2017 and head into the new year!  Love to you!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 2017

A few pictures from November before we launch into December!

At the beginning of the month, the three of us (plus Hank) went camping at Fort Parker State Park and had a blast!  

We went on a super long canoe adventure across the lake and down the adjoining river...  Both Eli and Hank were tired of canoeing by the end.  :)

They're figuring out how to fix broken strands of Christmas lights so they can decorate "their tree."  (Picture is later- I can never move these pictures around for some reason and they're out of order- sorry!)

Thanksgiving morning!  We had a great day doing our traditional Thanksgiving routine of lunch with Eric's family at Uncle Albert and Aunt Kathy's house and dinner with my family at Mom and Dad's house.

Here's their tree!  :)

A couple days after Thanksgiving, we went with the Heinzes to the Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree.  We love this tradition!

Each year we make a "thankful tree," and I always love how it looks when it's all filled up with a month's worth of gratitude.  

We are so thankful to the Lord for His abundant blessings, heaped on top of His saving grace and mercy which we could never do anything to deserve.  We pray that you had a wonderful month and that December is meaningful and filled with joy!