"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, July 31, 2015

VBS Take 2

Their week began with life-sized game fun...



And ended with a celebration full of cotton candy, snow cones, and popcorn....


But in between, they learned that God's love is...incredible, faithful, invincible, unconditional, and real!

And although they heard the same thing earlier this summer...


They could never hear it enough. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Peaches, Pools, and Pliers

This week Declan continued his exploration in the wide world of baby food. 

The latest delicacy...PEACHES!


(I promise he liked it. That first taste always throws him for a loop.)

And, although it's winding down, we're still in full summer mode.  

The best place to spend the afternoon...at the POOL!


(Never fear, Levi is still on board with the pool. He was in it, just not up for Piper's dive lesson.)

Lastly, what's a Saturday morning without a trip to Lowe's for Build and Grow? As a bonus, it's been a 'Marvel Avengers Assemble' summer. 

The next best thing to power tools...PLIERS!*


(Piper and Easton have also enjoyed clinics at Lowe's with Dad. As for Lila...some things aren't worth risking. But it's no surprise that Levi is the one who wants to go back again and again and...)

*Pliers may or may not have been used but it worked better than 'hammer' for the purpose of this post. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stop, Drop, and Roll

Today we stopped by the library to meet our very own Hometown Heroes...Firefighters. 


After a lesson on fire safety, the kids got to tour the truck...





Piper informed us that she heard the whole spiel at school last year. However, it was "just inside a room, much longer and more boring."

I'm glad we don't bore her (yet). 

(Speaking of school...the countdown is on...3 weeks from today. 

And surprisingly, I'm not one bit happy about it.)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Six Months

My sweet little black haired baby...


Is SIX months old...


And although he's not so little, and his hair isn't black, he is as sweet as ever. 

Oh, how he has changed. From his hair...to his eyes, which are not blue, by the way. The verdict is still out, but it's clear that Declan did not get his biological siblings' eyes. Right now I'm going with hazel. One day they're green, another day brown. And some days, a color I can't even name. 

And in middle of all this growing and changing are two little teeth...


All the better to eat your peas with, my dear Declan. 

Happy Half Birthday!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Best Day

When Chick-Fil-A offers free food for dressing up like a cow, AND having fun...


It's a GOOD day. 


(Except maybe not for Declan since he got peas.)


When we finally get to read another book by Harper Lee...


It's a GREAT day. 

(We didn't name her Piper 'Scout'
for nothing.)

When all this happens along with celebrating our wedding that took place in Greece eight years ago...


It's the BEST day. 

(Food courtesy of the Athenian Grill. It was takeout and we ate it alongside 4 little darlings eating Wendy's, but boy was it good. Thanks to Bobo and Bebe, we did have a date last weekend, just the two of us, where no one ate Wendy's.)

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Groovy Story Time

Pete the Cat...


Rockin' in his red shoes. 

These kids...


Too cool for school. 

And Declan...


Because it's never too early to get your story time groove on. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Llama Llama...

What's more exciting than going to the library?

Wearing pajamas to the library!


Even better, wearing pajamas to the 'big' library downtown...


But why in the world would we do that?

To have a pajama party with Llama Llama, of course...


It came as no surprise that Levi wanted no part of the big guy. However, he got into the craft time...


As a bonus, we had two winners of door prizes. Levi won a book that he doesn't want. And Easton won a stuffed llama that everyone wants...


And since it was particularly nasty outside, I declared it a pajama day...all day long.