The eggs

4.22.2014

Before I get to our low-key Easter celebration (in a separate post), I wanted to quickly share the dumplings egg dyeing fun.  Havi was a hoot.  She really wanted in like Caleb and Madeline, as you can see by her facial expressions.
I forgot to take close ups of the finished eggs.  Yep, a little mental mess up.  Anyway, they had a lot of fun, though not always a lot of patience. lol

Well, as this Easter season approached, I started thinking about our family traditions for this holiday: we go to church on Good Friday, dye eggs, church on Easter Sunday, and egg hunt.  But to me, it still seemed like something was missing.  Well, I read on a family blog I follow about their new tradition that involves giving each child an egg with a bible verse in it that the parents will pray over the child for the coming year.  I loved that idea.  And so, we picked verses for the dumplings and placed them in an egg in their baskets.  There is still more I want to do together as a family to make our Easter celebration more Christ-filled and meaningful, like making resurrection rolls, for starters. Anyway, I can't wait to see what we end up incorporating into our celebration next year.  I thought the bible verses this year was a good start in the right direction though.

Next up...church, the egg hunt and a little non-traditional Easter fun!

Her little piggies

4.17.2014

Havi recently discovered the stash of nail polish I keep in my bathroom and has been asking me to paint her piggy toes.  So one morning, I indulged her a bit.  Since it was the first time I was painting them for her, I thought I would capture the moment.  So I pulled out my handy dandy mini tripod and remote shutter release.  I picked a spot in the house far away from rugs and with enough space to place my camera/tripod on the floor nearby.  We ended up in a walkway between the living room and kids playroom.
As soon as her nails were dry, she insisted on changing out her top for one of her sister's twirly dresses.  I guess her painted toes made her feel a bit glamorous.  I can't blame her.


One afternoon

4.11.2014

I was folding laundry in the living room one afternoon while Caleb and Madeline watched some Tennis Channel.  I stopped and picked up my camera to capture the two of them engaged in some serious tennis viewing when Havi woke up from her nap and joined them.
There was a lot of giggling going on as Havi played with her brother's socks.  It made my heart smile.  

It's moments like these that fill our days and are worth slowing down and capturing.  Nothing extraordinary, breathtaking or magical.  A simple afternoon doing some chores...and enjoying the laughter of my children.  These are the days.

Spring Break camping: Part 2

4.07.2014

Day 3 started off with a little rainbow loom bracelet making for Madeline and Maggie.  Maggie had actually spent the night with us in our travel trailer.  The girls like to do this at least one night.  It's a pretty convenient way to have an overnight.
We quickly ate breakfast and headed out to the beach.  Maggie and most of her family had to head to a birthday party, but we hit the beach with Bryan and Emily and their kids before the storm rolled in.
And boy did it.  We actually had tornado warnings and decided it would be best to head to the local mall and wait until the majority of the storm passed.  Patrick got in a quick shave, and Madeline had to join him.  
A tornado did touch down not too far from where we were.  So we were glad we chose to leave for a few hours.  When we came back, we all had dinner together.  The girls stayed inside and watched a movie while the boys went outside to play.
Our last morning was Sunday.  Bryan is one of the pastors at his church.  So he headed out.  But Patrick decided to do a little bible study with the kids.  We sang along to songs on our iPads and iPhones.
Then Stephen performed some magic tricks. I love how he has incorporated the illusions into bible lessons.  It was pretty neat.
Then the kids played some more.
All that play and lunch tuckered Havi out.  She slept while Caleb and Madeline continued to play, and Patrick and I packed up.
We had such a great time camping with our friends.  We joked that we're so glad we can all camp together because that's about the only time we can manage to all get together.  Still, we're going to try getting together without the camping part.

These are the times, though, we truly cherish as a family.  We love being together and relaxing, talking about things that matter in this great big world and watching our kids frolic under the sun...or the clouds.

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This blog is a place where we have shared our lives with family and friends while we waited to bring our daughter, Madeline, home from China and while we actually traveled to China for her. It is also a place where we will continue to share our life experiences, as we try to glorify God and raise our two precious dumplings from China.

And now we wait to bring Havi home from China.

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