Sunday, November 30, 2008


Here are some scenes from this year's gathering.

So much to be thankful for!

Monday, November 24, 2008

James Baptized

Earlier this month, our little guy James was baptized. He was a good boy in front of the church, and we'd like to think it's because we are such good parents. The truth is he was so relieved to not have be in the nursery that he was game for anything! Here's some pictures of the event.

I had to hop down from the choir.

James aghast at the fact we handed him off to a stranger AND took his sippy cup (click on photo to get the full effect).

He recovered.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Advent Conspiracy

I've been thinking along these lines for awhile now but I've been very wishy-washy. Seeing this helped solidify my thoughts. I thought it was worth passing along. Not a new or earth-shattering idea, but a worthwhile one nonetheless.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Snake Charmer

In Pete's defense regarding the recorder:
1. Its actual range of notes is fewer than what he's playing, so he's "faking" some of them.
2. It is missing a piece.
3. It is from the Dollar Tree.
4. It came in a pack of 2 (see #3).

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Birthday - 8 X 3!

Last weekend we had a 3-year birthday party for all the kids in Daphne's weekly playgroup/my mom's group. Daphne and I have been a part of this group since she was 3 months old, and all eight kids' birthdays are within a month and half of each other. In the past three years, five of us moms have had a "second round" of babies, and two more are currently pregnant. I'm so fortunate to have been able to raise my kids along side this wonderful group of women. This was a chance for all eight families to get together and catch up.

We rented a room at a local rec center and brought our own lunch, cake, and entertainment.

Daphne doesn't like frosting.

James ate that whole pizza crust. And then another one.

Three-year-olds being encouraged to beat something with a baseball bat:

The looks on their faces as we yelled, "Harder, harder!" were priceless.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Autumn Leaves

We caught the last day before the rains came, and just as the mulching machine was coming out to pick up the leaves at Cook Park. Here's some good old fashioned fall fun.

Monday, November 3, 2008