Archive for November, 2010


snack time

Asher keeps me on my toes every day hour!  Today, he came into the house from the backyard looking like this:

Apparently, the pink chalk was delicious, because he had way more than a taste!


melting moments

Rilyn brought this home from school today. Melted my heart.


how do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

Rilyn wanted me to get some feathers because she is planning on doing a Thanksgiving skit this year for our family when they come to visit.  When I bought them for her though, somewhere plans changed in that creative mind of hers.  Yesterday, Rilyn and Ella started bringing out their ‘friends’ after being in their room for awhile.  I was informed that they were ‘decorating their room for Thanksgiving’ and everyone had to wear Indian hats.

I had the girls line up all the animals, figurines, toilet paper roll Indians, and even the giant Barbie head for a picture!

After I took the picture, Ella wanted to look in my camera to see which ones smiled!  She said, “Barbie had a good smile.”  🙂


the Jesse tree

I’m going to have James build me a Jesse tree like thisone to put in our living room.

Every year before Christmas, since having a family, I try to find more ways in which we can incorporate keeping Jesus at the center of our celebration.  This year, God really spoke to me about the Jesse tree after seeing it online.  I am studying Isaiah right now in Bible Study Fellowship and we literally just read and studied Isaiah 11:1, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”   I love the explanation this one website says for the Jesse Tree.

“So what do we need to do to honor God on this day (Christmas) as well as the season? Why did we, and still to this day, need this child to be born? Why was it so important for God’s Word to become flesh?  The answers to these questions are woven through the Old Testament in God’s promises, prophecies and miracles. Focusing on these and working on a better understanding will greatly enhance your Christmas season and hopefully help you to abandon some of the materialistic traditions that are dragging you down. Traditions like Advent wreaths and Advent calendars don’t necessarily focus on why the birth of Christ was, and still is, so important. The Jesse Tree is a way to help children and adults get a better understanding of what and why we are celebrating. Jesse was the father of King David. The idea of the Jesse Tree comes from Isaiah 11:1-9, where God promises a discouraged nation that the glory they remember from David’s time will come again. They will have another king from Jesse’s family, in whose reign the whole earth will know God. As a Christian, we see that promise fulfilled in Jesus, and so we use a Jesse Tree and decorate it with reminders of how God prepared the world for that kingdom.”

I found this website from the Reformed Church in America that has devotionals for every day this Advent season with scripture (they start November 28th) and how to make the symbols/ornaments for the tree, (and if you don’t feel like making the ornaments, you can download and print the symbols they have online for free!)  Click here to see the symbols and scripture passages for each day. Click here to print the symbols out.  Click here for devotions every day for the Jesse Tree.

I’m really excited to start this Christmas tradition with my family and will post the picture of our completed tree after Christmas!  My goal is that each day we make the ornament together, (they post how to do that here), then read the short family devotion that goes with it.


Ella and the fireman

I went along with Ella today on her field trip to the local fire station.  Let’s just say that the firefighter who did most of the talking was not bad looking.  I think Ella took notice and it seems to be evident in the pictures I took!  🙂

Her eyes are on lock down!
Hanging on every word he says.
He let them touch him.  Ella was the first to run up.
Do you mind if I just stare at you?
And they called it puppy love…

Seriously, though, she had fun learning about everything at the fire station. The real thrill was when they got a call and one of the fire engines had to pull out and put on their sirens!

You can see the kids thought the sirens were a little loud!

Watching the fireman go down the pole was a treat too!

Ella and the preschool gang!

cheer banquet

Rilyn had her cheer banquet on Sunday night.  Of course, the highlight of the night was receiving a trophy!

*Rilyn was very distraught of wearing the dress she wore.  As we were walking in, she told me it looked like she was wearing “pajamas.”  She said all the other girls had pretty clothes on.  You can see in the picture that most girls are shopping at Justice these days.  My little girl is growing up and doesn’t want me, (or should I say grandma!) to shop at Gymboree anymore!

She got to sit at the flag cheer table.  No parents allowed!
Her cheer trophy with her name on it!

Aggie weekend

James and I got to spend the weekend in College Station while my mom took the kids.  My dad was with us too.  It was so nice to sleep in on Saturday, especially at the peaceful octahouse (my parent’s ‘gameday house’).   We got to go to a GREAT Aggie football game too!  And I must say, it was really nice to go back to College Station where everyone loves the Aggies like we do!

Octahouse in College Station
Ceiling of the octahouse.
Beautiful beams to support the octagon shape.
My dad ‘going green’ by buying a fake fireplace.  Seriously, it blows hot air at you 

when you turn the screen on.

our firepit (still need to make benches!)
the forest behind the house
The Brazos river that our land runs up to.
college sweethearts
We invited Noel to go with us!  After the game, the boys 

just had to go on the field to take a picture with the

Jumbo Tron behind them showing the score of how we

beat OU!

My photography business!

November 2010