Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Making Time

Ok,so I just spent the past 40 min or so looking through my old blog posts, and I realized that in my writing then that I seemed to be a lot closer to God than I am right now. So, I started thinking, why is that? Well, the answer that I come up with is that I was spending a lot more time with Him then. A lot more than I am now. So, I decided that I am not going to let that happen, and I am going to really start making time for Him since He ALWAYS makes time for me!

I hope this encourages someone else out there too! :) Maybe we can encourage each other together! I also wanted to repost this:

Santa Pics

This year, we seem to have seen Santa everywhere! We made sure we got pictures a couple of times. So I thought I would share them with y'all.

Lone Star Santa at the Central Craft Fair

Breakfast with Santa at Dalton's School

Monday, December 27, 2010

Holiday in the Park

My mom AKA Nani gave us all Six Flags season passes for next year! Thanks Nani! Because she purchased them when she did, we got to go to Holiday in the Park and got a free parking pass- Woo-Hoo! This gift is such a blessing and sooo much fun! The kids are estatic! (And so are we!!!)

Well anyway, I thought I would post some pics of our trips to Holiday in the Park for y'all to see!

Crazy Legs! Way too spinny for Mommy! :)

Dalton and Frosty (Carson declined this photo op!)

Looney Tunes Town

Carson decorating cookies

Jason right before his 1st ever roller coaster ride-The Judge Roy Scream

My Baby is 5!!!!!!

Like really, 5 years old!!!!! I don't know how it happened so fast, but it did. And since he is our last, I really told myself to really pay attention so the time wouldn't fly by, but it is. Oh well, I guess I better pay more attention these next 5 years!

Carson, I love you so much! While you have a very strong will, you also have a very independent spirit! Your Daddy and I love that about you! I can not believe all the things you have accomplished before turning 5!

This year he wanted his birthday at Chuck E Cheese. And they had so much fun! The best part for us was no set-up and no clean-up. The kids had a great time! Enjoy the pics:

The Ticket Blaster was his favorite part, and I think the whole reason he wanted his party there! :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Over Due

This post is waaay over due....but, I really haven't wanted to write it. You know how it feels to know that once something is in writing then it is really happening, or permanent? That's how I have felt about putting this in words. This whole year, God has really been working on our family. One thing He has been working on me is through obedience. I am beginning to realize that I really don't like that word when it pertains to myself! I am all about teaching my kids to obey and to listen to me, but it is totally different when it is God's voice talking to me! Cause ya know it is rarely something easy when He is asking me to obey!

Well anyway, trust and obey has been the theme of the year for me. Near the end of the summer, God had revealed somethings to me that I really needed to deal with that I had kinda buried in my past. And personally, I like them right where they were...buried! But, through these revelations, God has been revealing layers upon layers that have needed to be peeled back and pruned. Now, this process has been pretty painful, but with each layer and each emotionally painful experience, God has shown His never ending love and strength for me. It is still truly amazing to me that someone can love me that much!

During all of this, God has been telling me to clear my plates...of everything! One of these things was my position as Women's Ministry Director at The Exchange. Talk about difficult! I literally cried for 2 whole days when I got confirmation of this! But, once again He has walked me through it! Now, since resigning from this position, I have truly been battling Satan's lies (and I mean like a bombardment of them!) But, once again, God's truth reigns mightier than Satan's lies. Praise God for that! :) But, you can probably imagine that this has been an emotionally exhausting and draining experience. Please continue to pray for my family as we continue in this battle of trials at this moment.

Dalton was diagnosed with ADHD earlier this year, (big surprise since I was also an ADD child). And with this came medication trials and errors, and lots of emotional moments that have tested our parenting patience. Carson has been dealing with speech issues, and has been accepted into the TALK program here in Keller ISD. With all of this, all I can see is labels. I am so sick of labels! But, God knows how to speak to me when I need it most, and one of my friends reminded me that these are just earthly labels, not heavenly and not eternal! Now, with all of this I would love to say that mine and Jason's relationship has been strong and steady through it all. But, we are human, and our marriage has really been tested! This is where God's command of obedience to me comes in full swing! If I had been immediately obedient to God and not led with my fleshly desires, than we probably would not have shown strains between us. But, thankfully once again God reigns!

As I write this, there are a few things we are struggling through that I can not post about, but please know that we still need your prayers. And, everyday I wake up and start over again, hoping to not mess up God's plan for that day! Oh, and while I am asking for prayers, please pray for Jason's dad Wilbur-he had back surgery a few weeks back, and his recovery is going a lot slower than originally expected. He is in a lot of pain, and is in a rehab unit at the moment. Pray for quick recovery and healing!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Edible Race Cars

Dalton's school has a Incredible Edible Car Derby for the 2nd grade department. They are studying force and motion in science right now, so this fits right in! We had a really good time making his Super S'more as a family! He didn't win, but we now know that onion wheels are the way to go! :)

It had some alignment problems-oops!

D and his friend Tye

Pre-School Fall Program

Carson Pre-School does a fall program every year. As always, it was very cute! He actually sang this year, Yay! I got a little emotional when I realized that this would be his last fall program in Pre-School (sniff-sniff). I think it is finally hitting me that my baby will soon be in kindergarten!!!!

Carson with his directors (on top) and with his teachers (on bottom)

And this is Carson trying not to have his picture taken! ha!

I just love this last set-he was so cute! They all were!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Camping Again!!!

This past weekend we went camping with our friends The Price's. We went to Lake Whitney State Park. It was a little chilly (37 degrees), but we survived! The kids had a blast! We ate so many s'mores, that I may be turning into a marshmallow! There were some beautiful trails, we walked some, the boys hiked and rode their bikes. It was definitely a great weekend with good friends!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Another Cool Giveaway

Check out Christina's blog again-she's got some great ideas and a cool giveaway!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Glen Rose

We decided to go camping with our friends the Reuman's (and yes we went camping with them around this same time last year). Dinosaur Valley State Park has a Haunted Hike every year, and we thought it would be really neat to take the kids and campout. We stayed in some nearby cabins since the tent sites at Dinosaur Valley were already full. We all had fun with the exception of a few "surprises" at the cabin! LOL! Downtown Glen Rose had a Safe Treat around the square that afternoon, so the kids all got to dress up and gets lots of candy!

It was a very interesting evening 2 families trying to sleep in a one room cabin, but all in all it was alot of fun! On Sunday, we went to Big Rocks Park which is exactly that, a park with some really big rocks! The kids had a blast "rock climbing"! I have to say, I have been to Glen Rose several times, and I didn't know that Big Rocks even existed-it was really neat!

Enjoy the pics-and be warned, I will be updating more tomorrow, so be prepared for picture overload!

Pumpkin Guts

We love Halloween over here! Pumpkin patches, farms, decorating, etc...we especially love carving some pumpkins! Carson picked out a pumpkin carving kit with a book of faces, and the boys have never been happier! They were able to carve their pumpkins all by themselves (almost)! Enjoy the pics below...they don't really do justice to the amount of fun and laughter that went into these, but hey-you can use your imagination!