Christmas :)

21 01 2011

We had such a wonderful Christmas!  We don’t take for granted that the Lord has placed us near our family during this season of life.  We never know when the Lord will move us, so we are trying very hard to spend lots of time with them. 

The kids had such a wonderful time being with their cousins….we have 11 on my side alone.  10 of them are 8 and under….so there is always someone to play with 🙂

Isaac started off the season for us as Joseph in the Children’s Musical.

Ethan was all smiles 🙂 Here he is at 16 months old.  Such a sweet little boy.

The grandkids on my side.  We are only missing one…..my little sister’s son who is 10 months old.

Lunch time at Gramma’s house.  🙂

Candle light service at our church.  Isaac was very excited to be old enough to hold his own candle.

Grace is one happy little girl!  Tangled was an exciting gift for her 🙂

Christmas Day…..Starts off kinda late for us.  We up very late at my aunt’s home so the kids usually sleep in.  We finally woke up around 9:30. 🙂  Daddy then read the Christmas story to the kids while they acted it out with our Fisher Price Manger.

Daddy reading the Christmas story. 🙂

Ethan very excited about his new shoes.

Owen with his new UPS plane. 🙂

Isaac very excited about his new guitar! 🙂

Gracie very excited about her Crayon Maker.

Ethan is very tired after a long day. 🙂





WE ARE ALIVE!!!!

5 12 2010

Well, now that I made that clear I can go finish what I was doing. 🙂

Just kidding , but I know I haven’t been on much.  This year for school I have made some changes. 🙂  One of those changes is that I don’t go on the computer after Dave leaves for work.  Another is I try to make sure I am playing with each of my little ones….not just in a group setting and not just during “school time”.  This may sound crazy, but in the past I have finished school with the older ones and then went  about my day.  I didn’t stop and say….Owen and Ethan need some mommy time now.

With these changes our days have been so much better.  We have also canceled our Dish Network…..wow!  I love T.V.!!!  But to be honest with you, I don’t really want to watch it that much anymore.  I do love to watch Biggest Loser and Parenthood, which I can do online.  Other than that, we don’t really watch much T.V.   NOw I am not talking about the T.V. in general…..the kids do love screen time.  So we added Netflix and it is great.  It goes right to our Wii and the kids can watch almost all their favorite shows.  Another plus…..we don’t get ANY Christmas toy commercials!!!!  I didn’t think this would be a big deal…..but it is!!!!! 🙂  I don’t hear the….. I want this…I want that……Can I have that mommy etc. 🙂 

So, with that being said, my blog has taken a backseat. SOrry, but I am loving the time with the kids.

We are alive and doing well.  Dave is working at the Church part-time and UPS part-time still.  There are some changes coming soon, so please be in prayer for us.  His internship is almost up and we are in prayer about God’s will for our lives.  please pray for God to give my husband wisdom and for God to give me a heart for what He wants us to do in ministry. 

The kids are doing great!  Ethan is our fun-loving 15 month old…..he has a joy for life like no other.  He was a little on the later side for walking….but he is a runner now!  He signs many signs and knows several ABC’s.  He is one smart little man.

Owen…..is well, the energy of our home. 😀  There isn’t a dull moment when he is around.  He is counting great, doing letters and shapes.  He is a fun-loving, crazy little 3.5 year old.  This pic isn’t clear….but you can see his personality in it.

Grace is our little girl.  She is a girl 100 percent too. 🙂  She wears sparkly shoes, a dress everyday if I would let her, begs for make-up etc.  YUP I have my hands full. 🙂  She can take down a boy pretty quick with a light saber as well.  We did find out she kissed a boy…….so now we are talking about that kind of stuff…..already?  AHHHHH 🙂  She loves to be in K, she is doing awesome in Math and is reading pretty good. 🙂  Very happy with her this year in school. 🙂

Isaac is doing great in 1st grade.  I am very happy with how he is eager to learn and do new things.  He loves our homeschool co-op and is learning many things, including the Recorder.  We did have a lung scope done on him last month because of his frequent lung sicknesses.  We found out his left lung is too narrow, which allows fluid to pool in the left side causing him to get sick.  After 6 years of him being sick we finally know why. 🙂  It is livable and he is taking meds to keep the airways open on that side. (They are very small and will not grow much more).

Isaac was so excited to become an RA this year!!!





Preschool….

20 09 2010

This is our second time doing preschool in a set.  This means that we school two children together.  Isaac and Grace (now ages 5 and 6) did this a couple of years ago…and now we are doing it again with Ethan and Owen (ages 1 and 3).  The younger boys will do this for a couple of years 🙂

Now, what does preschool look like for us?  Well, it really isn’t much of “school” it is more like organized play with mommy :).  We usually read a book, do a craft, sing a song and play with a toy.

So, here is a look into our 30 mins. preschool play.

First mama reads us a book.  She puts me in this chair to keep me from crawling all over the place. 🙂

Today we learned about apples, so we made apple trees. 🙂  I am very proud of my work. (Mommy doesn’t know why this picture is so small).

Then we got to taste and smell an apple!  We learned a lot about apples today.  🙂





Vacations…(part 2)

9 09 2010

Owen with sweet baby Leila

Ethan and Leila say……” We love when the Wheatley, Ayers and Ferraros get together.”

We have had a great summer with our family.  In late July me and the kids made a visit to Louisville to see some friends.  We had a great time, as we always do!  There was a lot of swimming….lots of games….lots of laughs….lots of fun!!!!

Owen loved having the water thrown in his face

The 6 year olds....Isaac, Dylan and Ballard

The 5 year olds....Gracelyn, Nathan and McKay

The 5 year olds……Gracelyn, Nathan and McKay

The babies.....Haley, Ethan and Leila

The 3 year olds....(In two pics, some how I missed getting one of all 3 boys)....Jaden and Owen

Owen and Edward

The whole group....the best picture you are going to get with 12 children 6 and under 🙂

 We had such a great time!  We thank the Wheatley’s for allowing us to stay with them.  I truly love this friendship between us.  God has given me some wonderful friends!  I praise Him.





Vacations…Summer 2010 (Part 1)

7 09 2010

We love to take vacations with our children.  We truly love being with them.  Our vacations this year were split up a bit, instead of 2 long weeks, Dave took 4 half weeks.  We really loved this!  It allowed us to do short trips with the kids as well as gave us lots to look forward to.

Our first vacation was to a Family Retreat for our church.  Dave taught one of the breakout sessions.  After 4 day of camping there, we decided to take the rest of the week and just relax at a campsite with just our family.  This was a perfect week of 1/2 work and 1/2 family time.

Owen loved digging for bugs. 🙂

Isaac collecting shells

Mommy and her sweet baby boy Ethan

My wonderful daughter

 For our next vacation we headed up north to Mackinaw City.  We had such a great time….we camped, rode bikes, shopped, went to the U.P for fireworks and went to the fort.  Lots of wonderful memories were made.

In front the bridge

Isaac dressed like a Revolutionary Soldier

My Grace playing in the water

Isaac playing in the water

Owen loved the sand and water

Ethan even enjoyed the water

The kids running the boardwalk in the U.P.

Mommy and her Owen at the fireworks

Such a happy baby!!!!

He was so excited to be able to run the boardwalk....You couldn't wipe the smile off his face.





Summer Birthdays…..

7 09 2010

Sorry it has taken me so long to finally get the birthday pictures up.  I do have a good reason…..well, kind of one.  We bought a new camera early this year….and well…..I don’t know how to put the pictures up.  😦  Dave had to do it for me.

So, let’s start with my little princess.  Grace turned 5 this year and choose a Strawberry Shortcake birthday.  🙂  She had a great time with her friends and brothers. 🙂

We surprised Grace with a new kitchen table and dishes.

 Shortly after Grace turned 5 our son Owen turned 3.  Wow!  Really can my baby boy be 3.  He celebrated by having a Go Diego Go party!  This party was a month late because Owen got very sick the weekend of his party. 

 

The children made Diego vests, then went on an Animal Rescue!  Lots of fun.

Dave set up a course for the kids to run....at the end they had to rescue a stuffed animal. He is such an awesome daddy!!!

As hard as it is for me to believe that Grace is 5 and Owen is 3….the thought that Ethan is 1 is super hard!!!!  My baby boy has grown into such a sweet little boy.  We celebrated his birthday with a Thing 4 is turning 1.  It was a Dr. Seuss birthday party.

Things 1 to 4. 🙂

 

The Cat in the Hat cake table

 

The food table was based on Green Eggs and Ham

Ethan opening his gifts

Ethan having his cake...yummy.

I praise God for my wonderful blessings.  He is so good to me, I look at these children and just can’t believe He has given them to us to raise. 

We love you kiddos!  Thank you for being apart of our family.





I always thought….

24 08 2010

I always thought I would be a teacher….you know the one with a big classroom of eager little ones wanting to learn.  A big chalkboard and a paycheck.  I never dreamed I would be a teacher around my own kitchen table. I never could have dreamed this life….God is soooo good to me all the time!  He amazes me how His ways are always best.

Thank you God for his opportunity with my children.  Here are some pictures of our first day of the 2010-2011 school year!!!!  It is going to be a great year, with many challenges too.  Our baby boy will be one year old on Saturday and is a very busy little man. 🙂  We now have 3 little ones doing school, which means a busier prep time for me.  All in all it is going to be good. 🙂

Isaac (age 6) in first grade.

Gracelyn (age 5) in K

Owen (age 3) in Pre-K, can’t you just see how excited he is! 🙂

Ethan (age 11 months and 3 weeks) wanted in on the fun too. 🙂

Daddy started our day off by having our Bible time. 

Here is Grace doing math.  She amazed us all with her knowledge of place values. I guess she was watching what Isaac was doing last year!

Owen had lots of fun with his math time too!

Isaac did great with his handwriting time. 🙂