Monday, October 29, 2007

Jaret's First decade!!

Happy Birthday Jaret!! You've enetered the doube digits today-

10 years!

Go for the old games! They're cheaper but still bring a big smile!

Awesome book about skyscrapers!
No birthday is complete without a box of Legos!!

You can always count on Daniel for the "bunny ears".

Spongbob needs a good beating, in my opinion.Everyone gets a stab at it.

Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting from Publix... doesn't get any better than that.
Unless you put Darth Vader on it, of course.
Singing their hearts out...
And BLOW....
until the next one...
they just keep coming and coming!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Waiting on the mailman...

And waiting impatiently, I might add. I'm anticipating the arrival of a new book called Signs of Life by David Jeremiah. I have been catching David Jeremiah from "Turning Point" on the radio lately. I've always enjoyed hearing him, but lately I've been drawn in so much more by what he's been sharing. I think I've been coming in very late into his messages but he's been working through a series called Signs of Life. I have been moved to tears as I drive down the road as he causes me to think about what true life really is and where it can be found.
"...dusty shoes, rolled up sleeves and worn out knees..." Am I seeking out people to love and to serve? Am I showing the love of Christ in my life? Will people know that I am His by the way I love others? I wish I could answer that with a resounding "YES!" But sometimes I wonder...
I've already read some excerpts here:
Signs of Life Excerpts
I can't wait to dig in.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Cross Country Started Today!

....Unfortunately, we arrived late. Well, we were there at 2:30 just as we were turns out they had a half day at Inverness Middle School so practice was at 11:30! So because Daniel does not go to that school, we were out of the loop. I did speak with the coach when I went into the office and it was then that he remembered speaking to me on the phone a few weeks ago. He didn't have my phone number...but he's got it now and I will be notified of any changes!

Since Daniel and I were all ready for a run, we zipped across the street to the park and had a nice run on the trail. (This is what I was going to do while Daniel was at the track) We started off nice and easy, did about a mile, even walked some. Occasionally, Daniel would take off just to remind me that he's faster than me. I told him that beating his 40 mother is great and all, but he's soon going to have a taste of some real competition!

I think Daniel has a real gift and he'll do very well with cross country and track. He's got the speed for the short distances but he's also got the endurance for the longer runs. He's awesome! It made my day to have a nice run with him.

But we still have to do MATH!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

4H Fridays!

The boys are enjoying getting together with a small group of guys around the same age to explore Insects! The name our 4H club is Nature Coast Investigators. Jaret and Ethan are working through the project book called Entomology 1 and so far we've learned the body parts, different ways they eat, the ways they camouflage themsleves and so many other interesting buggy things!

Yesterday the boys had to create an insect out of all kinds of crazy materials and hide it out in the butterfly garden(at the 4H extension office) for the mom's to try to find! They had tons of fun.
Ethan is checking out a book for some creative ideas for his insect...
...and then gets busy...

Jaret had an idea. Something like a butterfly's sippy straw.

It's pretty hard to make out but it looks like a fuzzy catepillar!

Jaret's watching as the mom's run around trying to find their critters.
They hid them a little too well...they had to show us where they were eventually!
A perfect example of camouflage! (This, of course, was a real moth!)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Adironack Dog

Dan is one of those people you love to hate. He's good at everything. Here's his latest creation...the chair, not the dog. (He's not that good)

A few years back he made lots of nice things...birdhouses, shelves, dressers, fences(indoor decor kind). He even sold some stuff in Country Sampler magazine for a while. His jobs over the last few years have stolen his play time but when he really wants to make something, he cranks it out pretty quick!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

lovin' the new table

Request for picture of coffee table fulfilled!

Wood and wrought it! Also have the end table which is the same, only square!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Another great trip to KB!

The boys and I spent a couple of slightly windy days down in Key Biscayne again this past week! It was a little rainy but the sun still fried us pretty good when it broke through the clouds. We celebrated the tenth birthday of a wonderful little friend there with a day at the beach/pool, pizza, cake, balloons and a crazy game of hide and seek on the beach in the dark! We settled in for the night with "Grease" on the tv and played some fun card games.
Before we went all the way down, we stopped to visit my mother in Port St. Lucie for a couple of days. We found some great shells on the beach(Jensen Beach) to add to the collection and the waves were ginormous! If that's not a word, it should be! Mom came for the trip to the Key as well!
A big thank you to Katy for her unending generosity and hospitality but most of all for her coffee table that we fell in love with but that she was apparently tired of looking at!! We loaded it up and took it home with us!

Jensen Beach near Port St. Lucie

Jaret and Ethan lost in the crashing waves

Picnic lunch at the Dupeyroux's
Terri and Katy smothering mom with luv...
Happy Birthday Megan!


Some of my favorite Key Biscayne Critters!

Before we left Miami I promised Jaret that we would go check out the tall buildings! Jaret's VERY into skyscrapers, SIM City, architecture, city planning...

This one's cool!


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