Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Easter!!!

Oliver is so cute. He got this mask from school and loved wearing it around.

Natalie rocks the bunny ears. 

We painted Easter eggs Saturday afternoon. 

Nolan and Dennis were so creative and wanted to dip the eggs in all the different colors. 

Oliver had so much fun and got excited every time he saw the egg come out of the cup. 

My dad made these letters and displayed them in front of the house. 

Happy Easter! He has risen indeed!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dennis's Big Catch

This past weekend we had such a great time reconnecting with old friends. These friends have a cattle ranch, and on it they have a pond. Dennis ended up catching a fish. He was so proud of himself, as I am of him. Way to go Dennis!

Here he is with his fish. :)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Pooter

Oliver is just the sweetest little booger ever. His nicknames include Pooter, baby Poot, and Ollie Pop. He loves taking pictures and is just a goofy goober. 


 Pooter found these glasses. I think he rocks them. 

 This picture always makes me laugh.

He's been under the weather, but if I ask him if he wants to go somewhere, he still wants to come. We went to pic up the boys from school and to take Andrew to practice. After 5 minutes of driving, he was out. 

 I got this picture of Thomas and Oliver sleeping on the couch. Hopefully Thomas doesn't mind me posting it. :)  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Adjusting to life in Texas

These past few months have been filled with a lot of love, fun, laughs, stress, sickness, and so much more. Christmas was amazing. My older brothers flew in, as did my best friend. It was so great seeing them again. With the start of the new year, I began looking for jobs. Within a few days, I found one as a cook at an elderly home. We thought it would be the perfect fit for me. I love to cook and have always had a special connection with the elderly. When we lived in California, I would regularly visit a home. Well, this job just didn't work out. The residents were great, but the working environment wasn't. I'm not going to go into much detail, but after much prayer, trying to make things work out, and talking with my parents and Thomas, we decided that I couldn't work there anymore. Before I quit, I started looking for jobs again. My mom told me there was an opening in the school district working with the food services. I applied, and within a few days I got a call back. I had an interview, and on the spot they told me that they liked me and would offer me a job at the primary school (Oliver and Natalie's school) because they think I'll do good with the younger kids. I got my badge and begin training on the 27th. God is so good. 

We have been dealing with coughing, sore throats, vomiting, diarrhea, and fevers over the past few weeks. Oliver pneumonia, Dennis strep throat, Paul flu, to name a few. It's not over yet, and we are still praying for God's healing hand over our home. 

Our house needs work outside. We are tackling it one project at a time. The latest one was doing cement work. It used to be just dirt here that would end up on shoes and brought into the house. We did the work ourselves. The first square we did the middle boys were healthy and were able to help my dad. We don't have a cement mixer, so they did it by mixing each bag in a wheelbarrow. On Sunday, my dad talked to some people at church about what he was doing, and they let us borrow their mixer for the next slab. The middle boys were either sick or at school that day so my dad had to tackle it himself. At least he had the mixer though. When I got back from my interview that morning, I changed and went out to help him. It was fun working with my dad. This is what it looks like right now. 

 The other night, I built a fort for the little boys. They really wanted me to sleep in it too. Oliver loves taking pics, and wanted me to take one, but it was dark. We needed the flash, and this is how the picture turned out. I love Oliver's contagious smile. 

 Aren't Oliver and Natalie just the sweetest? I love them so much!

 On Valentine's day, I had to make bread. I decided to do something special with the dough for Thomas. 

Wedding planning has been kinda crazy. So far we have decided that we are having the wedding and reception at our church, and it's going to have a rustic theme. We have bought different things to use for it already. My mom is constantly trying different hairdos as well, and I think we have a winner.  There is just so much to do, and it can be stressful. At times I want to just get married without a wedding, but I know I can't do that. Thomas and I are starting pre-marital counseling in two weeks, and we are both excited for that. 

I'm sorry it's been so long. It's taken me longer than I hoped to adjust to life here in Texas, but I am.  I know the roads pretty well now, and I'm learning names of people. It just takes time.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fun at the Park

A couple of us went to the park the other day. It was a little chilly, but we had fun none the less.

Oliver loves riding his tricycle. He can't figure out the pedals yet though.
 

Big brother Adam helping Natalie on the slide





Alex, Dennis, and Nolan having fun on the swings



The boys loved being on the tire swing. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Baking

My brother Adam just flew in from California on Monday. It has been so great having him home. We've been baking a lot these last few days. My mom got a new pan to make a house, and Anastasia and I had fun decorating them. 

Here are the finished results.

Sveta helped make cinnamon popcorn to give to the kids teachers as Christmas gifts.

The choir had a Christmas party last night. Annalyn and Thomas are in choir, and I plan to join it after the new year. For the party, I made carrot cake cupcakes. I was feeling creative so I decided to decorate them with little carrots.

Not much of them got eaten. That just means more for us at home. I personally love carrot cake, but I can see why some wouldn't. 

 After the kids got home from school, we decorated cookies. 

Nolan was particularly excited, and took extra care with each cookie.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Tree

For the past few years, my family has been using a fake Christmas tree. This year, we wanted to try something different and get a real one. We ended up going to a local Christmas tree farm and cutting our own down. 

Here we are getting a ride down to where the trees were. 

We found the one!


Nolan, Oliver, and Natalie. Aren't they precious?

Thomas insisted on giving me a shoulder ride. 

3 monkeys in a tree

Afterwards, we went home and got out all of the decorations.