"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

Friday, April 29, 2011

What God has joined together...

A few weeks ago, our family of 5 made a 19 hour trek across the southwest. And it was worth every minute of it for this very special family celebration.

It was a sweet ceremony in a little chapel surrounded by the hills in Prescott Valley Arizona. The weather was perfect and aside from the ring barer dropping the wedding rings, everything went off without a hitch.

The Bridesmaids (me and my littlest sister)

The proud parents

This is how much Austin liked the wedding...he fell asleep!

Jacob and the cute ring barer, cousin Aiden.

The Bride and Groom

Family Portrait

For the first time in over 11 years, all the cousins on my Dad's side were in one place!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Gilson!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Berry Hunting

Spring in Houston just wouldn't be the same without a few key activities.

 #1 starting the garden, check. 

#2 spring break getaway to Camp Tejas, check. 

#3 strawberry picking at Froberg's, check.

Our recent visit to Froberg's in Alvin has completed our spring agenda :) While the boys were in a serious race to fill their buckets with delicious strawberries, Austin and I strolled along the rows slowly. Austin was not quite sure what he was supposed to be doing so he was happy to follow his brothers and step in a few mud puddles along the way.

He finally figured out what he was supposed to do with those berries after all.

But the boys were most entertained by the little snake that made it's way around the rows. I know that made their day to see a snake up close and personal. I, however, stood back, and...took pictures.

So now we are left trying to think of all the things we can do with these fresh strawberries. We froze some, made smoothies, ate them cut up, and I thought about a yummy strawberry pie.

So tomorrow for breakfast we get...can you guess it...strawberry muffins!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Book Project

Reading is important. Loving reading is even more important. I didn't LOVE reading growing up. But I do now...whenever I get a chance to. I like to encourage my boys to read as much as possible. We borrow books from the library constantly, I stock their bookshelf with authors they love to read from and reading is incorporated into our bedtime routine.

This week, we took the opportunity to be creative with the book Jacob is currently reading, The Little House on the Prairie. There's lots of ways to be creative with the story you're reading. Sometimes we act it out, use puppets and make a play or make comic strip drawings. This time, my plan was to help them make wagons and a few paper dolls for the characters. Little did I know HOW creative the boys would get. They made a whole Little House on the Prairie scene, complete with Jack the dog, hay for the horses and a creek!

So have fun with your kids and what you're reading!