Sunday Afternoon

The girls have gone to Religious Education classes at church so it’s just me and Andrew. We usually snag a snack (today it was Christmas cookies with green icing – you can see a few traces), turn on a movie, and take a nap. Sometimes we play ball in the back yard and swing on the swingset. Whatever we do, we have fun and enjoy the carefree time…just us boys.

Early Sunday Morning

The house is quiet. The sun is rising. Moved to the couch because too many kids wanted in our bed. A little one is snuggled up by my side – confidently drifting back to dreamland. Another one takes her place on the other couch – resisting the hypnotic lull of the fan’s quiet murmur. The light outside slowly turns the grey into vibrant colors. The heater turns on to signal the seasonal shift. My mind wanders to the week ahead, but quickly returns to the sounds of our waking home. Life is grand and I am truly blessed.

You areā€¦.

You are unrepeatable, irreplaceable, and unique and the day you were born the world changed for the better because you are in it. There never was or ever will be anyone like you because you are special.

Final Morning

In a rare treat on our trip, Daddy hooked up the Apple TV and the kids watched a show while eating a bowl of cereal. After breakfast, we took a walk down to the lake to explore some of the old trees and practice our rock skipping skills.

Birthday Campout!

Aunt Cookie joined the fun and took a turn roasting hot dogs. Then she took a turn “taking care of” Andrew while he took a pre-bed-time nap. It’s tough work turning one!

Twinkies!

Aunt Nene showed up with matching dresses for Eryn & Riley. They love dressing alike and rarely leave each other’s side when they are together.

Slam Dunk!

Daddy installed the bath toy that Andrew received for his birthday on the refrigerator. It made a great substitute.

Riley, My Navigator

While Daddy was driving, Riley grabbed the map and said she was looking for Texas. The only problem is that she was holding a map for Paducah, KY. :-)

Texas!

No matter where we’ve been or how long we’ve been gone, this sign is always a welcome site.