Monday, February 24, 2014

winter break

Here's a few photos from our quick trip down to Enterprise...

I did little girl manicures

Went on a lunch date with this handsome fella

Saki Sushi yum!

Hung out with crazy nieces

and a crazier logi bear

Watched Connor, Micah and Haley play HOURS of football

Visited my old dance studio to watch my Kayden Boo in class

Put dishes away for my mom and played around with her cool stuff 

Checked Haley and Keelie out of school and took the oldest four Keel Cousins out to lunch.  

Took the boys picture in semi in front of the Bollweevil for the first time

We also watched lots of Olympics, played two games of Settlers and went to Stina's (my sis in laws) teacher talent show.  All in a span of two and a half days!

sunday song (on monday)

                                               "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

micah's 7th birthday

My goodness oh gracious was this the fullest day ever!  Never before as far as I can remember was there an actual birthday on a Saturday where there was the usual birthday stuff plus the birthday party.  Usually there's a day or two or 6 in between to give mama some time to get everything ready.   And there's usually not an ice storm the three previous days before so that a mama can actually get out of the house to get the things she needs.  I did a pretty good job pre planning but you always miss something.  In our case it was ice cream and balloons.


  We woke up Saturday morning and suddenly a 7 year old walked down the stairs into the living room.  Be still my heart.  How is this possible!?

Around here you get special decisions for your birthday when it comes to food.  Always you get to pick your birthday breakfast and birthday dinner.  Lunch is up in the air :)  Micah picked Dunkin' Donuts for his birthday breakfast so Zach took everyone's order and headed out.

After breakfast and before baseball practice/team meeting Micah opened his gifts from us.  We gave him the Diary of a Wimpy Kid do it yourself book which he had been BEGGING for since the school bookfair, a Rainbow Loom, light up speakers to hook his "phone"/my old phone that has songs on it, and a star wars lego set.

I always measure them on or around their birthdays.  Do you see that HUGE jump from last year!?

At 1 that afternoon we had a little party with a few of his friends at a slot car racing place in Covington called Fast Times.  It's pretty awesome.  They let him pick a car to keep.  He picked a royal blue Jaguar and then he got to use it to race with during the party.  They have five minute races with four cars at a time and a computer keeps track of your laps as you go.  I lost count of how many races they did but you get an hour and a half and they didn't waste a minute!

After the races we headed into a party room for cake, ice cream and presents.  I decorated Micah's cake the night before while the boys were having movie night.  He picked a car cake this year which happens to be the same cake pan I used for his 2nd birthday which just made me cry thinking about how he was two and now he's seven and wahhhhhhh!

He got some great gifts from his friends.  Griffin couldn't stop laughing before Micah opened his present from him because he gave Micah a "Birthday Princess" card which they both thought was hilarious.

After some needed rest at home we took Logan to our friend Dara Lynn and Matt's house so he could hang out with their son Sam while we took Micah to Longhorn for his birthday dinner.  This child has been talking about eating a steak at Longhorn for his birthday since last summer.  We're pretty sure he saw some commercials during the Braves game because we have never ever been there or even talked about it.  We had a pretty good wait even though we got there early but the  little man got his hunk of meat so all were excited!

Oh Micah May how much we love you!  You have grown so much this past year and I don't just mean in height.  Though you can definitely get super frustrated with your brothers if pushed to the limit you have a silly loving spirit towards them both.  You love your quiet thinking, drawing and reading time but can also be a goofy, crazy fella when the time comes and a bravery for trying new things which has not always been your style.  You always seem to make friends so easily which I assume you got from your Daddy!  Through getting your own bible at Easter, the devotions after dinner and the talks with your Dad at night you have become so full of thoughts and questions about life and why things happen and what they mean.  It's so amazing to see your world opening before you but also still veiled in childlike peace.  What a blessing to have both at the same time.  I know I tease you about not being able to grow up but I have to admit that you're right there is nothing I can do about it and I'm so proud to watch it happen!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

sunday song

I love this song for many reasons, one being because it reminds me of RUF where I met my love, another because the words "Just As I Am" are great reminders of 
what God's love for me is like and that I don't have to try to be something else for him or anyone because He loves me just as I am.  

Incidentally those also 
happen to be the words Mark Darcy said to Bridget Jones to make her fall in love with him which just proves that you can see the gospel in everything!


        Just as I am, without one plea, 
 but that thy blood was shed for me, 
 and that thou bidst me come to thee, 
 O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

 Just as I am, and waiting not 
 to rid my soul of one dark blot, 
 to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, 
 O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

 Just as I am, though tossed about 
 with many a conflict, many a doubt, 
 fightings and fears within, without, 
 O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

 Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; 
 sight, riches, healing of the mind, 
 yea, all I need in thee to find, 
 O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

 Just as I am, thou wilt receive, 
 wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; 
 because thy promise I believe, 
 O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

 Just as I am, thy love unknown 
 hath broken every barrier down; 
 now, to be thine, yea thine alone, 
 O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

ice is back

We were out of school again this past week on Wednesday-Friday because of snow and ice.  There were A LOT of areas in Georgia that got hit much worse than a couple weeks ago but we did not.  All day Wednesday it sleeted and then there was some frozen rain.  By 4:30 the boys did not want to be cooped up in longer so they braved the outdoors with Zach while I stayed inside.  Snow is fun but being pelted with frozen rain is not my favorite :)  They made some snowcones and did whatever else boys do when there is not a mama around to tell them to be careful.

We played outside for a little bit on Thursday morning but everything was already starting to melt.  Our driveway was nothing but slush so the sleds wouldn't go down it.   We played with all the icicles and other random stuff in the yard.  It started raining and we were soaked so we spent the rest of the day inside with a fire and playdoh among other things.  

I am getting way too spoiled this winter with not having to get up with an alarm and with Zach being home almost everyday.  I'll be excited for warmer spring weather but I sure am soaking in the time together inside.