Saturday, March 30, 2013

How we prepare for Easter

Easter is a big deal.  I love the saying "Christmas is the promise, Easter is the proof."  They are both equally important, therefore, we prepare for Easter by celebrating Holy Week.

Every day this week we have journeyed with Jesus through his last week on earth.  Every day there was a new scripture passage to read and pray about.  The most intense day was Good Friday when we walked through the scriptural stations of the cross (red cards in the picture).  The most joyous day, of course, Easter Sunday (blue cards in the picture).

The kids and I have also been playing with / telling the story with our Resurrection Eggs - a great tool.  Lastly, we have been learning a hymn, He Lives.  Check out the wonderful words:

I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today.  
I know that He is living, whatever men may day.
I see His hands of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer.
And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along lifes narrow way.
He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?  He lives within my heart!!

Happy Easter!  He is Risen Indeed!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Eggs and Geo Caching!

It was a busy week this last week, followed by a calmer family weekend.  Some highlights:

- On Wednesday we got to play with the Ireland kids and take them out to visit great grandma and papa at the lake for lunch.  Since we had just finished studying the moon in kindergarten, Papa pulled out a bunch of his pictures and articles because he helped build the lunar rover for the Apollo 12 mission (how AWESOME is that!).  It was so cool!

- On Friday I attended the REACHE conference (regional association of childbirth educators) in Renton all day.  It was fantastic!  I got to hang out with some birthy friends and hear great speakers.  Really great conversations were had all day.

- On Saturday Kyla and I had coffee with one of my good friends from elementary/jr. high/high school.  We talked for over 2 hours, so great to catch up.  We also colored Easter eggs using food Saturday afternoon.  I was impressed at how well it worked!

- Sunday was church, shooting guns with Uncle Casey, birthday party at the gymnastics center for a friend, and dinner with Uncle Casey.  On our way home from church we made a quick stop to explore, hunt, and find our first geo cache!  It was just like a treasure hunt, we all loved it!  Many more to come.

 Our Easter Tree

 The food dyed eggs

First Geo Cache!

Holy Week also started yesterday.  We will be doing our "Holy Week Journey" as we did last year, learning a new Easter hymn, hopefully attending Good Friday service, and of course Easter service on Sunday followed by Easter dinner with Uncle Casey (the rest of the Vawter side is traveling).  Happy Holy Week!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Horses and Tomahawks!

We had a lovely family weekend!  Saturday was spent at home cleaning the garage (long overdue).  On Sunday we went to church - first time for Eli, and he got his traditional church quilt.  After lunch we headed out for Auntie Jess and Uncle Casey's.  For Christmas they gave the kids a cards for activities: afternoon at the Ranch for Kyla, and afternoon at Frontier Village for Keanan - and they got to redeem them.  Kyla had tons of fun riding a horse all around the ranch.  After taking the horse back to the pasture with the 30 others we met the guys up at Frontier Village - they had been throwing tomahawks, shooting bee-bee guns and exploring the tee pee's.  All 6 of us hiked up to the challenge course and played around on the obstacles.  Auntie Jess made us a yummy dinner and we watched the jungle book while munching on cookies.  Good day!

Here's some random pictures from the week:
 Keanan's new do!

 How we celebrated Pi Day (3-14)

Bentley guarding Eli

Monday, March 11, 2013

Birthday Weekend Extravaganza!

Whew!  We were here, there and everywhere this weekend.

Saturday was lunch and party for Kate, celebrating her 3rd birthday.  The weather was wonderful and the kids had a blast playing with their cousins and friends.

Saturday evening was birthday dinner out for Grandma (whose birthday was on Sunday) and then dessert back at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Sunday we woke up "late" (dumb daylight savings) and missed church.  So we left right after breakfast for Seattle to celebrate our friend Jonas' 3rd birthday at Woodland park zoo!  It was a little rainy and cold, but we still had tons of fun with the Roger's and seeing the animals.  We had dinner at Dick's with the Rogers and stopped at Whole Food's in Westlake on our way back to the freeway.

Busy, busy, busy.  But it was a great weekend :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Long time, no blog.

We've been settling into our new normal with a newborn in the house - and loving every minute of it.  Eli is thriving, Amber is recovering super well, Kyla want's to touch Eli every moment he's awake, Keanan really doesn't care, I get to snuggle a sweet baby every day (in addition to my own!), and Zac...is Zac! :)

We are moving right along with homeschooling and have finished our first unit of Kindergarten!  It was so fun to do the different activities and learn a ton about the sun.  We are now into the middle of our second unit all about the moon.

Keanan and Kyla started swimming lessons again today (first time for Kyla) and LOVED it.  So, with BSF on Wednesdays that puts us in Olympia 3 days a week.  Add in small group on Monday nights and church on Sunday mornings - yep, we're weird, unsocialized homeschoolers!  ;)

 March is proving to be an already busy month since I will be teaching a 4 week childbirth class series in Olympia on Thursday nights.  I will be evaluated during this series for my certification (through the International Childbirth Educators Association), so please keep me in your prayers!  

I will not be taking another doula client until August (first repeat family!!), so Zac and I have been having conversations about some family trips coming up soon.  Maybe DC??  Hopefully there will be a Jeep and A-frame pop up trailer in our future, but probably not until the fall.

I hope to blog more often now that things are settling :)