"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Day!

And just when we were getting back in the groove of school, the snow caught up with us. And it was cold, really cold. But no matter the temperature, if there's snow on the ground, there's fun to be had. So what if the time getting dressed is greater than the time spent outdoors?


Declan wasn't sure about any of it...


And when they asked to build a snowman. I said, why yes, yes you may...


And we managed to stay warm at the same time.  




Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's Levi's Loss This Time

"What? I lost my first tooth, and my mommy even pulled it..."


(Never mind the fact that she flicked it across the bathroom, it was temporarily lost, and Daddy was about to take the pipes apart, until it was found on the floor just in time.)

And now it's Levi's turn for a visit from the tooth fairy...


I'm pretty sure she knows the way by now. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Break: The Wrap Up

The second week of Christmas break started with new toys, endless play, visits from friends, and very few complaints. There was even a 70 degree day thrown in the mix. And Declan finally started to appreciate his big bear. It wasn't so scary after all...




Declan also experienced a first in the Chick-fil-a kid's area. We hadn't been there to play in a while, and this time he discovered he could climb up by himself. But more importantly, he also came back down by himself...



In the middle of the week we packed up the girls and sent them to Bobo and BeBe's house. The big boys had gone the week before and of course that just was "No Fair!". To promote equality and keep the peace we arranged for another grandparent sleepover... 



And speaking of peace, we seemed to have an abundance those couple of days...



But of course we missed the girls dearly and were happy to join back up with them at BeBe's to have our final Christmas celebration...



And just like that, the break was over. 


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

Christmas Eve was a full day of family celebrations in Bowling Green. As the day passed, the only concern was beating Santa back to Lexington. Fortunately, we made it and had plenty of time to prepare a special snack for the big guy, and fall asleep before the clock struck twelve. Or in Declan's case, steal a cookie for his own midnight snack...


Christmas morning started bright and early...


And after the gift opening hurricane, we had the pleasure of going to church to worship on that very special day...


A few notable obsesrvations from this year...

1. Piper seems to be growing up on us. She took time to help Declan before tearing into her own gifts...


2. We hadn't even made it past lunch before I wondered why we bothered to buy toys for this boy. Kitchen utensils and a cake drum make much more sense...


3. This big bear may have been a bit much for Declan...


4. And as I remark each and every year, it was possibly the best one yet.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Break: Week 1

It was a lazy morning, pajama wearing, play-filled kind of week. The best kind of week, actually. 

But it wasn't all fun and games. There was also a bit of fighting here, a little coughing there, and a lot of work to be done. 

Christmas was around the corner and we weren't quite ready. There were gifts to be wrapped and treats to be made. It was all hands on deck...


In the middle of all the sweets, came a very big treat. We learned that Levi was the winner of a coloring contest in Bobo and Bebe's local newspaper. So a trip was in order to claim his prize...


Since the girls and I had other plans, the event turned into a big boy sleepover with the grandparents. And the best kind of grandparent sleepover is the one with no parents...


At the end of the week we managed to get it all done and have a little fun too. By the time we got to Declan, it may have been break-n-bake cookies, but he was mighty proud of himself...


And so was I. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Chris-myth Busters

It was an exciting Sunday morning at our house with the anticipation of Christmas just seven days away and the children's musical that very night...


All autumn long, the children at our church spent their Wednesday nights diligently working on the Christmas musical. This year it was Chris-myth Busters. They had the opportunity to share the Truth about Christmas, instead of getting caught up with myths and non-essential details that aren't important.

This performance was particularly nerve-wracking exciting, because Piper had one of the main speaking roles. All of the main characters did a great job...


As did the choir and supporting cast. Lila, Levi, and Easton sang several songs and they each had a line to speak...


The whole performance was truly a delight and the perfect way to kick off Christmas break.

Friday, December 16, 2016

23 Months

Declan is 23 months old and such a good little boy...


100% nice...


Just look at him, playing quietly by the light of the tree, touching only the Little People Nativity Set...


(P.S...This post is entirely for Santa.)