Friday, November 21, 2014

November doings

There are a few reasons I've been remiss in my November postings:
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Hugging brother goodbye before school

I have been really bad about picking up my camera this month.  I only have about 10 photos in my November folder where most months by this time I have close to 100.  I really have no explanation for this except laziness. I plan to correct this next week while the kids are home all week and we with family for Thanksgiving
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Watching the bus go

At the beginning of the month Jeff was being considered for a move within the company.  For a few different reasons we thought we would probably be moving near Austin.  We did lots of yard work and home repairs in preparation for selling the house.  I was excited to live in a more metropolitan area with more opportunities for me and the kids.  Jeff would also get to network better in the company and get to show more people what he could do, but alas it was not meant to be.  As always we remember that our lives are in God's hands and he is leading us in the best way for our family.  Of course there are great things about staying also.  We love Elizabeth's preschool and she is loving her ballet class and we can't wait for their recital in the spring.  Jason has been blossoming in Kindergarten and Awanas.  He even memorized all of the books of the New Testament in one week!  I had also planned out how we were going to combine the kids birthday parties at a local bounce house place towards the end of February or beginning of March
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Elizabeth dressing her doll

Lastly, Jason shares.  Jason got a terrible stomach bug last Tuesday that zapped his energy for most of the rest of the week.  As often happens, we all ended up with it, Jeff and Elizabeth had it on Monday and I had it on this Tuesday.  We are all slowly recovering and hope to feel 100% soon. 

I'm sorry I haven't updated much lately, but hopefully you will be appeased by the photos I have included from the kids Thanksgiving feasts

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Jason with a buddy at school

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He has been giving me this strange smile lately, I can't wait for the normal smile to come back

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Elizabeth was so excited for Daddy to have lunch with her!

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My wild little Indians!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

styling hair

Elizabeth is so excited about her Aunt's upcoming wedding and we have been playing around with her hair to figure out what I'm going to do. 
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This one was pretty but too simple I think:
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This one we did for church and it was pretty for an hour or so, but like her Mommy's hair, Elizabeth's hair doesn't like to hold curls
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I think this one is my favorite so far.  We did it using curl formers in her pony tail and then pinned up the curls.  It stayed all through the afternoon, even playing outside as you might have seen in Wednesday's post
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Long weekend!

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We had an exciting Columbus Day weekend.  As a side note: in Canada they celebrate Thanksgiving during that weekend and the best part it is socially acceptable to start decorating for Christmas right afterwards!  For us in the US it was only a 3 day weekend, but it was kind of special for some of our family members.  Karen, Jeff's oldest sister who lives in Virginia, asked us to join her in going down to San Antonio.  When we agreed we didn't know we would also be meeting her boyfriend!  Jeff's cousin's baby was also having her early first birthday celebration down there.  
 

On Friday the kids had a dentist appointment in Waco so we all decided to head south a little early.  The kids teeth looked great and they were both so brave.  I can't believe that Jason is almost at the age where we are looking out for wiggly teeth!  We continued south and stopped at the San Marcos Outlets.  At the beginning of the month we headed up to Dallas to get the kids new shoes.  By the time we got around to looking at shoes Jason was done!  Elizabeth got light up princess shoes, but we couldn't reward Jason's poor behavior.  Fast forward to Friday and Jason was so excited to find Darth Vader shoes that light up both blue and red!  After a little lunch we finished our drive down to San Antonio.  Grandpa had been watching lot of online classes with new Frisbee Golfing techniques so Jeff had to take him to try them out.
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Saturday started with a trip to the doughnut shop and the kids really loved the free samples!  The rest of Saturday was filled with games and getting to know John, Karen's Boyfriend.  The kids had a blast playing with their cousins and going to the park with Grandma! 
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Going to a small church gives a great sense of community, but the kids really like going to their Grandparents' church since they provide a wonderful Sunday school.  That afternoon we had cake and finished opening baby Riley's gifts.  We have found that with little ones it is much nicer to spread out the gift giving because they want to play with the new toy and get overwhelmed opening too many things at once.  That afternoon Karen took John on a tour of San Antonio Missions and the River walk.  The Grandparents offered to watch the kids so Jeff and I went to a movie and dinner.  We are so lucky that our kids normally behave better for others then they do for us.  Later that night we got a very exciting text: Karen and John were engaged!
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Jason's ready to play laser tag

Monday morning we were all excited to discuss the engagement over pancakes at Magnolia Pancake House (I recommend the Munchener Apfel Pfannekuchen if you are ever in San Antonio!)  After taking a few photos, playing a game, and packing up we decided to go and play laser tag.  Elizabeth was a little too small and hung out with Grandpa, but Jason was so excited to play.  Even a week later he is recounting who got whom.  Before we knew it we had to start heading home.  What an exciting whirlwind of a weekend!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Floors

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So a few months ago I heard a dripping late at night.  Jeff thought it was the hot water heater with a leak, but I thought it was something from the air conditioner.  All we knew was the next morning our floor was soaked.  I was right, apparently the condensation line from the air conditioner was clogged.  The plumber was able to fix that easily enough, but the floors would need a lot of work.

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Due to where the leak was the would have to replace just about all the wood laminate in our house.  I guess I didn't realize what a big ordeal this would be.  First we had to get the flooring in which ended up taking about a month.  Then when we finally got it in and scheduled the people to install it they ripped everything out of the bedroom and realized they didn't have enough flooring.  They did the bedroom, but didn't start on the living room until they had enough flooring to finish it.  About 2 weeks later they had everything and came back to finish up.  It took the flooring people twice as long as it was supposed to, but the floor is in now.

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We like the way the new floors look for the most part, but there are issues that still need to be fixed, like the joint between our master bedroom and bathroom. There is yet another promise that this will be fixed and hopefully it will be soon.

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