Our Punkin had her birthday earlier in the month. She is now a big 5 year old! She was so excited for her birthday. It was on a Sunday this year and Jeff had a meeting after church so we celebrated in the morning (which worked out really well with 1 o'clock church).
Here she is ready to open presents.
Opening gifts. This was a cute snail squishy glow toy.
A new shirt from Grandma Whitmer
Necklace and bracelet from Mommy and Daddy
Punkin with all of her presents
Punkin blowing out the candles on her brownie cake. We made brownie sundaes. They were yummy!
It's amazing how fast the kids grow up. Punkin will get to start Kindergarten in the fall and she is so excited that she asks almost every day if she gets to go to school tomorrow. Understanding how far away August is is tough for a little girl. She is a strong willed, smart, silly, loving girl! Happy Birthday Mhari!
We had put off decorating for Christmas because we were moving. Well, the move has gotten pushed back due to some foundation issues. We will see if we end up with the house or not. Until then, we are celebrating Christmas in our house.
We got out all the decorations and the kids had fun in the santa hats :)
Mhari and Clark
Jeff and the boys working on a strand of lights.
Decorating the tree.
Jeff doing the star
All finished. It isn't that big and has lots of kid flair. I'm glad the kids love putting up all of their homemade ornaments ;)
Oh, and let's not for get our little love bug. She didn't help that night, but she's had fun finding the tree as she crawls all over. She can reach the ones on the lowest branch too. I have rearranged so there are no breakables down that low!
We are looking forward to having some time to enjoy as a family this holiday season.
The kids love playing outside. It has been such a mild winter that they have really enjoyed the freedom to play outside. We don't have a lot of kid friendly toys, but they find plenty of stuff to play with :)
Recently when I went out I found that the kids had been creating forts. It was fun to see what they had created.
Grant inside his fort. He used lots of the folding chairs and even had a door to go in and out.
Mhari had to show off her muscles. Not bad Punkin, not bad ;).
Talmage and the girls used a tarp to create their fort. It looked more like a leaning teepee.
The inside of the fort
Clark likes his picture taken too... even though he's not smiling ;)
Chica was cooking. Wonder what was on the menu.
Mommy and Lorna. Always fun to get a picture with my baby. It is fun to have the girls wear the same dress over the years. I made this with the bandanna when Sandra was a baby.
You never know what you will find when you go outside. Usually lots of fun and stuff not where it belongs. Why clean it up if you are going to use it, right?
A couple of weeks ago we went to the rodeo down at the stockyards with some friends from church. They have bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and even some stuff for the kids. It was a fun time and we even got to meet one of the bull riders ;).
Here are the girls and Clark with Spiderman - the bull rider.
They races for the kids. The older ones get to chase a calf and get the tag off it's back. Here are the boys in the blue and white shirts running after it.
The younger group chase a sheep. Jeff went down to help Clark. It was a mass of crazy running.
Chica got pretty close and the boys almost had the calf. Next time I hope they get it ;)
The girls down in the arena
Clark hanging out with Brother Curtis pointing out all of the cool stuff to see. Clark even hung out on his lap. It was so cute!
Spiderman's turn to ride the bull. He didn't last the 8 seconds this time, but I guess the week before he won.
It was a great night and the kids are really looking forward to going back. I'm sad it took us this long living in Texas to actually make it out to a rodeo.
Lorna is big enough to sit up for baths. I figured it was time to combine the babies and make bath time funner. Clark loves the company and Lorna loves baths so it works out great. It's crazy how long it feels since I've had two in the bath together. Before I know it they will be all grown up and showering without help.
Out here in Texas the kids get a whole week off for Thanksgiving. It is nice to hang out and not have to get out the door early. The kids spent their time playing and loved everyday. We got together with some friends the first couple of days so that was great too. Here are just a few pictures of what the kids do to keep themselves busy.
Clark feeding his baby doll. I just love how good Clark is with Lorna. He loves babies ;)
Lorna loves to be up! She would prefer moving, but the saucer works too
The kids had fun making books: Mhari and Clark
Oh, and there was lots of reading to be done. Talmage spent a lot of time with his books.
We did a few house projects since we are trying to sell our home. We also had several showings. Nothing has become official but it was very exciting to have a lot of interest! Hope everyone had a great holiday!