Saturday, April 27, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday Sammy!

Thursday April 25th, at 10:35 pm Sammy turned six years old!  I still can’t believe he is that old!  Sammy is an amazing boy!  He loves to make people laugh and smile.  Sammy is caring, sweet, and tenderhearted.  He is also stubborn and a perfectionist.  He is smart, strong, and becoming braver with each day!

Sammy right before he found out we were going to the circus (the day before his birthday):

2013-04-24 15.44.03

He loves to build:

2013-04-21 07.22.58

He has just started to like to color:

2013-04-24 19.18.14

He loves to exercise:

2013-04-07 17.06.48

Sammy loves to learn, play Mario, laugh, and EAT.. he eats a ton and loves a many different foods except for chocolate! 

Tim and I discussed what to get Sammy for his birthday.  He didn’t really need anything in particular!  Sammy is an animal lover and we have a dog that doesn’t like him!  Tipsy is old and grumpy.  Tim’s sister told me about these puppies she has been fostering and she sent me a picture of them.  One thing led to another and I want you guys to meet Yoshi:

charlie 015

We don’t have him at our house yet.  But we will get to pick him up next week!  Sammy is super excited and can’t wait to play with him! He decorated his swing set with dandelions today to make it nice for when Yoshi comes home!

Happy Birthday Sammy!  Mommy and Daddy love you and are so proud of the boy you are becoming!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

3 Decades = Awesome S’mores Party!

So earlier this month I turned the big 3-0!  I figured it was momentous enough of an occasion to throw a party.  We had a bunch of friends over for a big old S’mores party!  We had all sorts of fixings for the s’mores:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • milk chocolate
  • bananas
  • dark chocolate
  • regular marshmallows
  • gigantic marshmallows

DSC_0186DSC_0188

This little cute looked super big eating his s’more:

DSC_0193

Sammy’s favorite part was eating all of the fruit!  He did roast a few marshmallows too:

DSC_0201

My favorite picture of the evening:

DSC_0204

I had so much fun hanging out with friends and chatting while the kids ran around!  Sammy thought it was so fun to play with the big kids in his backyard!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Opening Ceremonies and First T-Ball Game

Like so many people we had a long cold winter with lots of late winter snows.  Sammy is playing t-ball for the first time this year and they had 2 practices before the season started!  We have never been involved in T-Ball before and I loved the opening ceremonies!  They call each coach and player onto the field by their name!  So cool! 

It was FREEZING that morning of the ceremonies and Sammy had on lots of layers to try and keep warm!  Here he is waiting for his turn and trying to stay warm!

DSC_0150

Out on the field (he is #1 on the left):

DSC_0154

Later that day he had his first game!  Getting ready to bat:

DSC_0160

My little leftie (I love it):

DSC_0161

Sammy loved running bases and catching up to the person in front of him:

DSC_0171

Team huddle:

DSC_0174

After all the years of softball that I played I love that Sammy is having fun playing tball:

DSC_0176

My dad (Pop Pop) was able to make it to the first game while my mom was at a quilt show.  Sammy was excited to see him but also missed his GiGi!

DSC_0183

Monday, April 22, 2013

Easter! He is Risen!

So this post is WAY late.  Life has been full lately but I didn’t want to forget to post about our Easter!!  Easter Sunday can be tough for our family.  Tim is in charge of the technical ministry at our church and I run the presentation computer every other week.  This usually means being the front of house engineer and I am running presentation on holidays.  This use to be super tough pill for me to swallow.  I wanted to have the relaxed and laid back morning before heading to church and celebrating Jesus’ resurrection!  However, this year God really worked on my heart!  I embraced our opportunity to serve our congregation and do so with a happy heart.  I know this was completely God working in my heart since I have tried to do this on my own in the past.  All that to say our morning was super rushed since we had to be out the door at 6:45!  Also a testament to how busy our life is I didn’t even go unpack Sammy’s Easter basket and I put his stuff in a bowl from the kitchen!  He didn’t seem to mind!

Posing with his Easter bowl:

DSC_0137

Excited about some legos:

DSC_0141

He even loved his monster shirt:

DSC_0148

This year we cut down on the candy and the little plastic toys and got ‘practical’ items for Sammy.  Sammy got Monsters Inc. movie, a t-shirt, flip flops, lego set, dinosaurs and some candy.  He didn’t miss the eggs filled with candy and the little wind up toys.  (Not that there is anything wrong with that.  I am just trying to reduce clutter in our house and those things don’t keep his interest for very long)

After that we were off to church to celebrate and thank Jesus for our salvation!  After an amazing service we headed over to Tim’s sister’s house for a wonderful Easter dinner.  Then everyone hung out and watched Sammy’s new movie!  It was one of the best Easter Sundays I can remember! 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Our March Blizzard

So I realized I was a little behind on blogging.. I didn’t realize how far behind I was until I pulled the pictures off of my camera!  So back in March we got a TON of snow!  These pictures were taken in the morning and it snowed another 6 or so inches after that!

Sammy loved it:

DSC_0123

Our deck railing.. I still can’t believe how much snow we got:

DSC_0125

It was a super heavy and wet snow.  Our poor trees were bending from the weight of the snow.  They hadn’t really recovered from the derecho we had in the summer and some of the branches looked awful.  Tim’s parent’s lost a beautiful cherry tree from this snow!

DSC_0126

Snow pup Tipsy thought it was amazing.. for a while at least:

DSC_0130

Until she same inside and had massive snowballs hanging from her:

DSC_0132

Since Sammy doesn’t like chocolate (he tried it again recently and didn’t care for it) we did an oil pastel activity to warm up.

DSC_0135

We kept ourselves pretty busy playing and shoveling.  So we wouldn’t miss Tim too much while he was gone

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Little bit of This and That

Things have been busy around here!  I joined a gym! Crazy I know!!  Then a few weeks after joining the gym they started this partner weight loss challenge.  My good friend Katie and I decide to do it! We are Team Diligence and it has been a lot of fun so far (tough but fun)!  Basically you get points for working out, doing fitness and nutrition challenges % of weight loss, % of body fat lost.  So with these changes in lifestyle it has thrown my schedule and routine for a loop.  That seems to happen to me a lot.  I have a good rhythm and things are getting done then I add one more thing in and everything comes crashing to a halt.  I know I will find a new routine that works for us its just a matter of trying things until something works well.

Sammy also started something new!  He is playing Tee-Ball this year and LOVING it!  This is our first time in the little league organization and we quite impressed.  I got his patch sewed on his uniform.  The patch wasn’t on completely straight but it didn’t fall off after the first washing so I will count this as a success!

2013-04-03 19.50.32

I am not sure if this is done at all little leagues or not but ours called out each coach and player individually and they run onto the field.  I thought this was super neat way to encourage and honor each person.  Here is Sammy’s team lined up and waiting for their turn (Sammy is the one in the back).

2013-04-06 09.03.54

We had sleet in April!  I still can’t believe it!  This whole week is suppose to be in the 80s and I am loving it! 

2013-04-04 19.11.33

On Sunday we packed Sammy’s bike up to take to over to my in-law’s house.  On the way over Sammy decided when he got bigger he wanted to be a paper boy.  After we got there Sammy decided he could be one now.  So he set to work to write his own newspaper.  Then he rolled them up and put rubber bands around them.  After our big Sunday meal we got out his bike.  He needed a paper bag still so I dumped out my purse and he wore it around his neck with his newspapers.  Then he rode his bike around the cul-de-sac and threw his newspapers into the neighbors driveways.  It was seriously the cutest thing ever.  One of his headlines was, “A Fire on a TV!” and the other one was something about a new newspaper boy!

2013-04-07 17.06.48

A sign that spring is upon us… grilling season is here:

2013-04-08 19.14.05

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Just One!

That is not the phrase…

That is not the phrase I want Sammy to hear.  I don’t want him to ever think he wasn’t good enough.  Or that Mommy and Daddy love him, but they always wanted more children.  He is a blessing and an answered prayer; one that I hadn’t even yet prayed.  When we got pregnant with Sammy over 6 years ago, it was easy.  I didn’t know of the journey that we would be on after he was born.

2013-03-30 14.16.54

Blessed with One

We are so very blessed and thankful to have Sammy!  I am beyond thrilled that he calls me Mommy!  When people say, “Oh you only have one.”  I always try to say, “No, we are blessed with one.”  Yes, it is true, we have only one child.  I would be beyond thrilled to have more, but our family is complete because God makes it complete! 

2013-03-30 14.06.00

God Heard

Samuel means God heard.  He knew the journey ahead of us.  He never gives us more than we can handle.  I believe this with all of my heart.  I know this because he gave us Sammy before we knew about the years of infertility. He heard the prayer of my heart when I saw friends struggling with infertility when we were first married.  God gave us Sammy as an answered prayer.

 

2013-03-01 12.20.54

2013-03-11 17.35.12

Sammy – you are and always will be enough for Mommy and Daddy and God!

2013-02-26 17.45.56