Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Job's First Acting Debut

Sunday was our church's Christmas cantata. Job had his first acting debut as Baby Jesus. Seems he's quite the ham. Mark said Job wanted to see the crowd so Lindsey (Mary) held him so he could see the audience. He did what the song said, "No crying He makes". =) I had fun having a little photo session with him before he went on stage. As you can see, he has figured out he has a tongue! ;)

Crew Christmas Party 2012

On Saturday,  we had the annual Crew Christmas party with our youth group.  We had so much fun!  So thankful we get to work with these fun group of teens!

Eating some delicious food!

 Emma AKA Santa for our game.
 Elijah was the other Santa.
 Tito and Juli try to get their Rudolph nose on their nose.
Trying to get the marshmallows in the wreath bucket.
 We had a photo booth area for the teens!  This was a hit!

JOY - An Irish Christmas

On Friday night, Mark and I had the opportunity to go and hear Keith & Kristyn Getty in Ft. Lauderdale. We both love their hymns so we were so excited to get to hear them live. I cannot even begin to explain what a worshipful time those 2 hours were. Mark and I left so encouraged and joyful we didn't want it to end.

The church was beautiful
The inside of the church was just as beautiful.
An amazing concert.
Me and my hot date.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tummy Time

It's always nice to have a partner for tummy time! ;)

Precious Hands

Last weekend, the kids made hand ornaments. What a fun mess they all made!

The kids love rolling dough!
Seriously, are his hands really that big?!  Makes me tear up a bit.  I kept telling him those are man hands not my little boy's hands.  He's getting too big too fast!
Princess hands.
Gabe was beyond excited about making his hands.
Teeny tiny hands!!!!
Hands on the tree.
 So thankful for these fun memories I get to make with my kids.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

3 Months Old

Job is 3 months old today!  He laughed for the first time this weekend.  He is cooing and smiling and holding his head up like a champ. His 3rd month will be pretty exciting.  His first road trip, his first time to see his extended family, his first visit to PA, his first time in cold weather, and his first Christmas!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sibling Love

I love watching my kids interact with each other.  The 3 older kids love baby Job so much.  They hold him, hug him, kiss him, and smother him with love!  Job now lights up when he sees his big brothers and big sister and, of course, this makes the older kids just love Job even more! ;)

Mj helping me out and giving Job his bottle.

Smiles from big sis and baby brother.
Why is there no pic of Job and Gabe?  Well, I'm usually to busy making sure Gabe doesn't drop him and smother him with too much love! ;) LOL

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jesus as a Baby...

I love my baby boy Job!  My camera loves him, too! ;)  During the holiday season (especially when I have a baby), my mind goes to the thought of Jesus becoming a baby, unable to even hold His head up, unable to sit, unable to talk, unable to even feed Himself.  And knowing that He would grow to become a man and would sacrifice His life for me on a cross so that I would be free from my penalty for my sin, so that I could have a relationship with Him.  My heart overflows with thankfulness for Him, for His wonderful and gracious gift of mercy!
I also think of Mary and Joseph and what were their thoughts as they held the Savior of the World in their arms.  One of my favorite Christmas songs is called "Joseph's Lullaby".  It's sung from the point of view of Joseph. Here are the lyrics:

"Go to sleep my Son
This manger for Your bed
You have a long road before You
Rest Your little head.

Can You feel the weight of Your glory?
Do You understand the price?
Or does the Father guard Your heart for now
So You can sleep tonight?

Go to sleep my Son
Go and chase Your dreams
This world can wait on more moment
Go and sleep in peace.

I believe the glory of Heaven
Is lying in my arms tonight
Lord, I ask that He for just this moment
Simply be my child.

Go to sleep my Son
Baby, close Your eyes.
Soon enough You'll save the day
But for now, dear Child of mine.
Oh my Jesus, sleep tight."
Words by: Marcy Heisler and John Kavanaugh.

 Makes me cry, thinking about it.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Cookies

On Saturday we enjoyed a fun afternoon of baking Christmas cookies! We made a mess, made some fun memories, and ate yummy sugar desserts!  What could be better!  Enjoy the pics!

Everybody pitched in to make the cookie dough.
Gabe had so much fun rolling the dough.
Princess Jadyn got some help from MJ.
Gabe's proud of his stocking cookie.
Gabe's Christmas tree cookie.
My pretty princess having fun making the cookies.
Gabe watching the cookies bake.
Right out of the oven.... Smelled delicious!
Now the fun part - Icing and sprinkles!!!  And it's also the messiest part! ;)
Mj takes his time putting the sprinkles on.
Jadyn spreads the delicious icing on her cookie.
Mj's Christmas tree cookie.
And the best part..... Eating the yummy works of our labor! ;)

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Names of Jesus

I try to do a different advent activity every year so we're not doing the same thing back to back.  We've done the Jesse tree (which I think I'll bring back for next Christmas - I love doing this!), a Christmas activity advent where the kids would pull off a number and each number had a different activity to do for that day (drink hot chocolate and watch Polar Express, go for a drive and see Christmas lights, pick your favorite Christmas CD to listen to, etc.)... Just different and fun activities.  I found the activity we're going to use this year on Pinterest last year.  Since we were doing the Jesse Tree last year I knew I wanted to do this advent activity this year.  We're going to study the names of Jesus.  Every day, one of the kids will pick an ornament, on the ornament is a name of Jesus.  We'll read verses about that name of Jesus in family devotions and have some kind of activity to go with each name.  I'm really excited about doing this with the kids and have them see how special Jesus is through 25 of His names that we'll be learning through advent.
This was a super easy and cheap activity to do as well.  I bought the ornaments at the Dollar Tree, used a sharpie pen to write the names, and stuck them in a glass jar that I had. It cost me $3!  Gotta love that, too! ;)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Our Thanksgiving Break

We had a great Thanksgiving break enjoying our family and making some fun memories.  Here's our break in pictures.

On Tuesday we were able to go to Mj's class' Thanksgiving party.  It was an unusually cool morning!
Job was bundled up for the party.  Poor boy doesn't even know what cold is! ;)
Gabe loves his big brother and was thrilled to have Mj give him a piggy back ride to the car.
After school we ran to pick up our race packets for the Turkey Trot.  Mj had his game face on already! ;)
We made some pilgrim hats in the afternoon.
And Jadyn loved her color by number turkey.
On Wednesday I took the kids to the zoo.  The monkeys are always a favorite at the zoo.
Gabe trying to find the orangutang. 
Job was the cutest baby at the zoo.
Early Thanksgiving morning!  Ready for our races.  I ran the 5k and was so happy to have run it in 35:20.  Not too shabby for 2 and 1/2 months after having a baby! ;)
Mj ran in the 600 meter.
He was pretty proud of his medal.
After the races, we had fun dancing to the songs on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!
And of course there was some wrestling involved.
Friday was decorating day!!  Job put the first ornament on the tree.
Our beautiful tree and some pretty cute kids! ;)
Decorating is exhausting!
Our house is ready for Christmas!
After a morning of organizing and cleaning the house on Saturday, we took the kids to the school to play at the playground and then dinner at CiCi's.
Mark and MJ enjoy some basketball.
She's a monkey.
It was a great Thanksgiving break!  And we enjoyed some extra family time and some relaxation.  Now, we are anxiously looking forward to Christmas vacation in Pennsylvania!!!
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