Friday, October 31, 2014

The Ghosts of Halloween Pasts

This was the first Halloween we ever spent together.
Weren't they teeny?
I was SO excited to do Halloween with the kids. All of my previous 11 years of Halloween as a childless adult had been, well, let's just say eventful. So it was nice to be able to look at things from a mind of a kid again and do candy and games and dress up.
I was pregnant the year after and we didn't have the kids that year (or the year after that), but we did have a little baby angel in 2011 who got to do some trick or treating!

When Avery was 1 (she was a vet)...
Last year (Supergirl, and I can't even believe I can't find a picture of all three kids together? I am a terrible mother)...
And this year!


We really had to not look at him to take the picture. We kept trying to get one of him being super serious, but every time he'd look at us he'd smile real big. I know you can't see him so well, but there is a big Jordan smile there. He said this year, he only dressed up to help with the girls, and he really did. It's not even a costume, we actually got that stuff from the Army Navy Store so he can play in it for a long time. He said he felt bad to even asking for candy when he would walk Avery up to the door. I really thought last year might be the last year trick or treating, but we got one more year this year. I am kind of happy we did. He is getting so old and so tall and that little teeny ninja Jordan is drifting away faster than know, replaced by this older, more mature version that would rather stay in and pass out candy than trick or treat. I love watching the kids grow up, but sometimes, when I look at old pictures (of him especially), it just gets me right in the gut how big he has actually gotten. And he is getting bigger, literally by the minute. I feel like I have to replace his clothes every two months.
Hope everyone had a great Halloween! Now, onto Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch 2014

We loaded up Avery and Colbi and headed to the beautiful pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum! Complete with matching pumpkin outfits made by our talented mother...the girls were pretty cute. My mom had been talking about going down there for a couple years. I am glad we did. There is really no other pumpkin patch I've ever seen with more pumpkins (I'm talking THOUSANDS of pumpkins) or places to take such great pictures!

Here are her measurements from other years at the pumpkin patch...
And here is this year!

Happy almost Halloween! I really cannot believe it's that time of year already.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fort Lauderdale!!

Jason was going to be going to Fort Lauderdale in October and so we planned on me tagging along. This weekend, I got to spend two nights in a gorgeous hotel on the beach in Florida.

The water was blue, the beach was white, and the air was warm, yet cool. We got to eat at this outdoor restaurant and watch the cruise ships set sail.

I spent Sunday hanging out by myself for a while because Jason was working. It was lovely having some alone time.

I know this seems so silly to write along with this post, but I can't help it. God gave the Israelites Memorial Stones to help them remember all of the things God had done for them after He delivered them from slavery in Egypt. He did this because as humans, we have a tendency to forget the great and wonderful things God does in our lives, especially when we constantly live in the next emergency or hard situation. This blog are my memorial stones. I remember this blog post more than any other...I remember writing it and I remember the feeling I had, of sheer and utter despair. I remember the feeling of being broke, of feeling like our lives were hanging on by a thread. I remember feeling like God was never going to answer our prayers. Answer our prayers, He did. I am not saying that if you are faithful, God will give you a trip to Florida. I am just saying that God heard my prayers. I don't know what tomorrow holds. I don't know what God has in store for our life. But I know that things are happening in ways I could have never dreamed. It never escapes my mind, the way the God has moved in my life and in my life with Jason. Never. I never take one single, solitary blessing for granted. Ever. I am glad I have these memorial stones to remember what God has done in my life.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Day at the Fair

There are so few opportunities as a parent just to say "yes" to everything. I wouldn't want to all the time, even if I could. But - yesterday was one of those days that we got to say yes. A lot. And we loved it. If the kids wanted a particular food, they got it. If they wanted to see a show, we did it. If they wanted a fake tattoo, sure! No problem! Sometimes, it's nice to just be able to say "yes" to your kids in a world of "no."
Here is our day in pictures! Enjoy!