Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer 2009 Memories

More photos from when my family visited us over the summer. This is 12 of my favorite pictures from New York City.

You know I just love our kids. They are so cool. We had 6 young kids walking for 12hrs straight on a hot summer day in the city and they were so good! They loved the city and it was a thrill to watch their faces light up at all the things the city as to offer.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer 2009 Memories

My mom, along with my baby sister and little brother, visited us for two weeks. We made some great memories. I have several post to do of our visit. I will post them over several days and not necessarily in order.

Today these photos are from our last day in New York City, visiting the Empire State Building. My mother is terrified of heights. I was very proud of her overcoming that to stop and take a picture. She had quite a few photos on her camera but they accidently got deleted.

Here are 10 of my favorite photos from the ESB.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby Boy

~ Aaron Gabriel ~

My youngest,
my mischievous,
my music lovin'
baby boy turned 2.

And, he very much enjoyed his cupcakes and gifts.

We Love You Aaron!


Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

It's Independance week and we celebrated as almost every one does. A little outdoor fun and a BBQ. No matter where we live, we always find a way to be outside and to enjoy some good food. That is how American's love to celebrate, right? Play, play, play, eat, eat, eat.

The Babies swam a bit while the Girls played in their "garden" (aka dirt pit).

Then it was time for our hot dogs and hamburgers.

And a few sparklers.

We are thankful for our Independance this week and always. Our children come from a country where they would not have been free and where they could not mention God. So in our family we are all to familiar with what life would be like if ours were not free. Freedom has a price. That price was death. Our country is free because men died fighting for it. Good men. Men that founded this country on Christian principles. Our eternity has a price. That price was also death. Death on a cross by the Savior of the world. Don't stop fighting for your freedom and don't think it comes without death.

"Give me Liberty or Give me Death." - Patrick Henry

It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace; but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

Forbid it, Almighty God — I know not what course others may take; but as for me — give me liberty or give me death!


End of Year Celebration

At the end of every school year, every child deserves a little celebration for all their hard work. Kya and Autumn finished up their 2008/2009 school year last week. We gave them each a card with puffy sticker sheets inside, a small box of chocolates and took them out for ice cream. Now, it's on to a summer break that includes a visit from family and a trip to New York.