Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Easter

Easter is always a meaningful holiday, but it extra special since Adelyn was baptized on Good Friday.  We enjoyed our annual traditions!

We dyed eggs on the back deck 
We tried some eggs with the Cool Whip method that keeps popping up on Pinterest 
I think they turned out cool! I like the tie-dyed look!
 The Easter bunny came and brought them goodies (flip flops, goggles, a toy, and some candy)


 The kids LOOKED and LOOKED in the front and they couldn't any eggs. They were getting quite discouraged. 
Finally, Adelyn found one egg...

Ha, ha!
 We got ready for church
 I think the kids looked so nice!
 After church pictures


 Grandma and Grandpa with the grandkids 
That night, we ate at Papa's
The cousins all searched for eggs
 Conner and James 
 Then, we threw the eggs across the street (goal= hitting the barn roof)
A neighbor saw what they were doing it and stepped it up a notch (or ten) by loaning us his slingshot
 This really launched them!!!
 Aunt Mart Mart got all the boys nerf guns

It was a beautiful day! We are so grateful for all Jesus has done for us. 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saved

Last March, we attended the Secret Keeper Girl show. Adelyn's heart was stirred and she has prayed every night since then that she would be saved. Seth and I have tried hard not to press her on this matter and answer all her questions as best we can. It was something she had to do all on her own, and she did it! My sweet girl accepted Jesus into her heart on March 23rd, 2018. 

 We met friends at the Chic Fil A Dwarf House in Woodstock.
The girls all got these flower headbands. This program is wonderful- the theme this year was all about being God's Masterpiece. We're all a work in progress and God has a perfect plan for us. 
 Seth sent me this from home when I texted him a picture of the girls
 At the end, Adelyn wanted to go up front and be saved. I'm so glad I got to share this special moment with her!
 On March 30th, Adelyn was baptized. We weren't planning this at all, but the church was holding a baptism at the Good Friday service. Adelyn asked over and over if she could do it. How do you say no? I love her enthusiasm! (but we were sad that family and friends weren't there to celebrate with us)








Monday, March 26, 2018

Universal Studios - President's Day weekend

The kids were out of school for 3 days for President's Day. We took advantage of the break and went to Orlando with Seth's parents and sister's family Friday through Sunday. 
We rented this giant van from the airport to the hotel. So fun!
Seth's cousin's family also came. We stayed at Royal Pacific, a Universal property. They had a restaurant (Jake's). We enjoyed a lunch outside all together. Adelyn was thrilled to push baby Clara around.
After lunch, we headed into the park! We spent the entire afternoon at Island of Adventure
Our first ride was The Hulk! It was a roller coaster with lots of loops and corkscrews and was really fun! Seth and I took Adelyn and Thomas on it. We sat in the front row. 

Meeting Iron Man


Jurassic World

This ride had the longest line! But the kids liked it. Seth and James rode (I didn't ride it because you had to be in pairs and it was based on weight)
 Toon town

 Yellow sunnies on the cousins

 Seuss Landing- it was ADORABLE! We didn't have time to ride anything because we were meeting friends for dinner


 These are the friends we met! Randy (my friend from college) lives near Orlando and some friends from our town just happened to also be visiting. We joked that we had to go to FL to see them :) 
 SO, SO glad to get an evening with Randy and her family!
Randy, me, and Lauren
The next morning, we went to Volcano Bay, the water park. 
 We rented a cabana. There were 4 grandparents and they enjoyed chilling in the shade and passing around Clara
 This volcano has several water slides in it. The wave pool is awesome!
 100% Daddy's Girl
 Da Boyz
 Adelyn will ride anything! She's so brave!
 Clearly, we had a great time! We only planned to do the water park for a 1/2 day, but it was fun for EVERYONE, so we stayed until it closed at 5 pm. James and Conner were not able (and didn't want to) ride several rides at Island of Adventure but the water park had plenty for them to do. 
 After quick naps and showers, we headed back out to Island of Adventures to finish Seuss Landing and Harry Potter world. Grandma and Grandpa joined us
These dipped ice cream cones were the bomb! We stayed until the park closed and had the best time!


On Sunday, we got to the park as soon as it opened to re-ride the favorites in Island of Adventure. 

Popeye and Olive Oil

Emily and Blake took James and Conner back to Seuss Landing while we took the big kids on the other rides. 

 James and I rode these spinning cups 1,478 times while Seth and took the big kids on The Hulk

We spent the last half of the day at Universal Studios. In hindsight we should have done this first as we totally ran out of time and didn't have time to do half of what we wanted. Guess we'll have to return soon! 

It was a GREAT trip! We loved the warm weather, family time, and rides!