Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Sam's birthday is only 6 days after Becca's, so we took them to see some exotic critters at the Reptile & Amphibian Zoo! We all had a blast! And, since the Zoo is only about 20 minutes south of our house, we decided to buy a membership! It is great to find places that welcome our large family, and let us experience hands-on educational activities! :-)
My girls have been asking for American Girl dolls for a couple of years now. So, we all saved up some money, and decided to buy them as birthday/early Christmas gifts for this year. Becca decided to buy Rebecca Rubin, and Christy bought Josefina. They love their new dolls, and it has been a blessing to watch them read about the history of the dolls' characters, and to see them playing with the dolls so sweetly.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
We celebrated the first day of school with a field trip to the Minnesota Zoo! It was a great day, and all of the kids had fun. We learned a lot by observing, discussing, and just enjoying the wonders of God's creation. We try to balance "book work" with hands-on and multi-sensory learning. Well, today is a beautiful day, so I'm going to head outside with all of the kids. Here is a "photo gallery" of our day at the Zoo:
Thursday, August 23, 2012
We had so much fun with Grandma Becky & Grandpa Terry when they came out from Oregon to visit! We started out slow, just visiting at home, then we had some fun going out shopping, and our biggest day was at the Mall of America! I have many pictures from the visit, ranging from our time at home to the theme park at the mall. I don't have much time to caption every picture right now, so I'll just put them in order for your viewing pleasure:
Friday, July 20, 2012
When Eric and I were discussing how to decorate our house, we both agreed that we would like to use scripture, and inspirational sayings, to keep our minds on God. Here is another decoration that we put up in the dining/kitchen area:
Friday, July 13, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Today, we decided to spend some time working on our garden plots. We made a trip out to "Cedar Acres" plant nursery, and found some really good deals on new things that we could add around the house! This little shopping trip was supposed to only take half an hour or so, but we kept wandering around...they literally have ACRES of plants, trees, shrubs, landscaping supplies, etc. There was even a little mini-golf area that we played on for a little bit. When we got back home, we spent the rest of the day outside...enjoying the great weather and some productive family time together! Here is Becca, looking over the edge of our deck and imagining where she wants her flowers to be planted:
Here is Christy, after working around one of the garden plots:
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I'm getting better at cutting Sam & Dan's hair! I've gone from a "boot-camp buzz" cut to a "been in the service for a few weeks" style. The boys are growing so fast, and they are wonderful big brothers! Sorry about the quality of the picture...my main digital camera has gone missing, so I had to use an alternate camera.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
We decided to have the twins' birthday party today, since we have church tomorrow, and Eric will have to sleep most of the day in preparation for working all Sunday night! It was a fun party, with some of the local neighborhood kids attending. The twins loved listening to the kids sing "Happy Birthday" to them, and then they received help in opening their presents. I think their favorite part, however, was tasting their first cupcakes! Here are some pictures of them before, during, and after the cupcakes. The video at the end is them playing with some of their birthday toys, and showing off their new skill...walking!