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Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Dec

I didn’t get many pictures this year, but our Thanksgiving week was fantastic! On Thursday night, we celebrated with friends. I think there were about 50 of us and every dish was a-mazing! I couldn’t get enough! It’s always a good sign to be frustrated with how full one feels.

On Friday, Josh and I went up to school for the Thanksgiving feast and presentation put on by the 1st and 2nd grade. Deacon was a Pilgrim this year. Here was his blurb about what he is thankful for.


The sweet boy said he was thankful for “…my aunt who is now in heaven.” (sniff)

After the presentation, we all dined together at school with a thanksgiving feast of chicken, rice, green beans, and corn cake.

On Sunday, we celebrated for the third time with our mission! Once again, we had a wonderful turkey dinner with all of the best sides. Honestly, I think I would be smitten with just a plate full of stuffing and gravy!

The kids had a craft! They made turkeys out of peanut butter cups, whoppers, candy corn, and frosting.

They were super cute and the kids ate them immediately, which filled up their tummies, leaving more stuffing for the rest of us!

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When our seams were about to bust open, our mission president shared some thankful thought with us and we sang a few songs. Simeon just couldn’t stop himself from busting a move to Holy, Holy, Holy.


What a blessing it is to be overwhelmed with the number of things to be thankful for. The Lord has provided EVERYTHING that we need, and didn’t stop there! He has also given us so many things that we want. Even in times that I think are tough, I have so much for which to be thankful. It all starts with salvation and snowballs from there.

(I would be super thankful if I had a snowball right now. Either the snack or the frozen water.)

The Fair!

29 Jun
The kids have been excited since the first day we got here about the fair. They’ve been counting down the days and knew that June 28 was Grandma and Grandpa’s anniversary, but (more importantly) also the day the fair started.
Before we left for the fair, Mackenzie wanted to show us her new and exciting skill.

She’s rocking the two-wheeler now! Yesterday, no good on two wheels. Today, awesome!

Ok, so we got to the fair and the first thing we saw were FREE pony rides! Hooray for something free!

Deacon and Bella rode the pony and Kenzie was up on big horse.

Bella, the fearless animal lover, went right up to the pony and rubbed its nose and mouth. And eyes and ears and mane.

The kids loved all the rides that they got to go on. We told them ahead of time that we probably wouldn’t be able to do all the activities and rides because it’s all just a little more expensive than we’re used to in the PI. And by “little,” I mean 5000%.

Deacon and Bella watched as Kenzie and I went on the Sky Hawk.

So fun. So dizzy.

The highlight of Bella’s night were the teacups.

We wanted the kids to experience the culinary masterpieces known as fair food, so we bought some fried dough, deep fried Oreos, a corn dog, and some fresh-squeezed lemonade. We were going to get a candy apple, but they weren’t ready at that time. We would’ve tried all kinds of other foods, but then one of the kids wouldn’t get to go to college, so we resisted the urge and saved our dollars.

Caleb just sat happily in his stroller, taking in all the lights and sounds of the fair. He was really happy. When one woman walked by with a balloon, Caleb tracked her until he couldn’t crane his neck any longer.

Josh is always finding fun uses for his “crickets,” as Deacon calls his crutches. Tonight, he was making Caleb giggle by poking him in the tummy.

And finally, I caught a clip of our guy doing the “deacon dance.” He’s always one to move to the music, so I captured him tonight in mid-stomp.

One Month of Caleb

11 Sep

Back in May, I posted a pic of this little sleep sack that I made for my yet-to-be-identified baby. I remember thinking, “I can’t wait until there’s a baby in there!”

Yay, that time has come!

He’s given us a smile here and there, but I have yet to get a picture of it!

Mackenzie is dying to get a laugh out of him. I can’t wait until he gives her a big belly laugh.

Caleb isn’t a fan of tummy time, but I’m a big fan of his limbs tucked in tight and his booty in the air!

I took Caleb for a check-up on Friday, his one month birthday. He had his BCG, a vaccine for TB, and he really cried hard. I was surprised that it was difficult for me to witness it! I’ve been through quite a few immunizations by now, but this was the hardest for me. Weird, huh?

So here are his stats:
3.64 kg (8+ lbs)
52 cm (20.5″)
HC 37 cm (14.5)

He didn’t put on much weight, but is showing all the signs of a growing, healthy little guy.

Deacon’s 3rd birthday was also on Friday!!! I had a volleyball game that night, so we’ll celebrate on Tuesday I think. We gave him some presents to open, but he gave us our own present.

HE WENT POTTY ON THE TOILET!! Hip hip hooray! AND, he just went again tonight!
I couldn’t be more thrilled that he’s one step closer to being diaper-less. We won’t force it, because goodness knows I don’t need anything more on my plate at the moment, but it’s just nice to see him get a little closer to big boyhood. I have the cutest pic of him in his Cars underpants, but I think we’ll just keep that on the family computer. He’s a cutie though!

So, this is what a Daddy with big hands can do. The kids are always asking Josh to make Caleb dance and they just giggle the entire time. It’s so cute on all accounts.

VBS night

11 Jul

Well, Mackenzie thoroughly loved every minute of VBS. They put on a wonderful program here and she learned some verses, heard some Bible lessons, had great projects and activities, and of course, the snacks were a hit. Her favorite activity was the stepping stone she made to go in Grandma’s garden.

Tonight, we had the closing ceremonies. Is that the right term, or is my mind in Beijing? We got a glimpse of everything they have been doing this week. Here is Mackenzie sitting with her best pal here, Mallory.

Bella spent the better part of the program on Grandpa’s shoulders, a place she loves to be.

They called Kenzie’s group up to the front to recite one of their verses. This isn’t the best photo, but it shows how Kenz marched right up to the mike. I was thrilled to see a bit of stage presence in her. That is, until she figured out what they were up there for and made a beeline for the back row. I was so proud of her for learning all three verses this week!

They had some really cute songs, and Mackenzie sings them around the house non-stop. They all have fun choreography that she loved.

One of those songs featured the Chicken Dance music/choreography. I had to video her shaking her little booty. Anyone in the market for a flower girl who will rock the dance floor? Mackenzie’s your gal.

I’m blaming it on pregnancy hormones, but if I get choked up every time my children perform or get so excited about what they’re doing, I’m in for an emotional and hysterical future.