Half Way

Our little grandson has about 20 more weeks before we see him face to face. Our kids posted this photo last night on Facebook and I had to preserve it here on my blog.

Looking forward to this little girls reaction to a new baby in the house. She’s into the goofy smiles when she knows the camera is going to click.

Wanted to post the beautiful bouquet all our kids joined in sending us with a special greeting for our anniversary on December 6th.

It was a sweet surprise that we don’t take for granted.

Hopefully we’ll cut our tree down soon so I can decorate it. We’re getting closer and closer to the painting that we want done by Christmas to be behind us. We’ve decided we need to add some new Christmas music to our stash this year so we’ve added The Piano Guys, Lauren Daigle and the Three Tenors. One of our favorites is still Twila Paris, It’s the Thought. We also have to have the Messiah so we can hear the Hallelujah Chorus ring through the house. What are some of your favorites?

Santa…

… was NOT a hit this year for Addy. It was fun for me to be at her Santa photo shoot, though. She just wasn’t sure about the old guy in the red suit and beard.

She was just fine sitting all by herself far away from Santa.

Later in the day after her nap, Addy’s mommy and daddy brought her to Baba and Gramps so we could all enjoy dinner together. Addy likes to rewind and do all the things we did the time before she was over. So we go to the bedroom where we keep her toys and she gets the dolls she plays with here. She has also decided that it’s fun to put all the manger scene people and animals in a little owl bag. This time around she learned how to turn off and turn on the battery operated candles I have down on her level of reach. That kept her busy for quite a while. She doesn’t like it when it’s time to go home.

 

Today we visited a different church in Colville where the kids come up to the front of the church right before the sermon. This church had them recite a memory verse they’ve been working on and then they let each child say a prayer to God. The first young boy to pray said “Dear God, thanks for nothing.” I tried not to laugh. His mother in the front row looked mortified. The pastor took it in stride and held the mic in front of the next little one who thanked God for his mother, father, and dog. By this time the mortified mother got her son’s attention and he came down to the front row next to her and then they both exited the sanctuary. When all the little ones were done with their short prayers they were excused to go downstairs for Sunday School. Hope that little guy didn’t get into too much trouble.

So Fast…

This little girl is growing so fast. It seems that now that we are much closer in distance I take fewer photos. In fact none of the photos I’m sharing today came from my camera. Oye.

She has some new skills like smelling her own feet after a workout with her mommy.

High fiving!

Scrunchy smiles for selfies.

Fun times bringing out the snowman décor with her mommy.

In my defense when I’m around her she wants me to play with her, not take pictures. When we are playing it’s hard to get a good photo. I’ll try harder. It’s easier when her aunts and uncles are around to distract her and play with her.

Although I’m a tad sad that she’s growing so fast, I’m thankful she’s growing up right before our eyes!

Oh Boy, Oh Boy…

Our kids had a reveal party with cupcakes that had a center that would reveal whether we are anticipating a baby girl or baby boy added to our family. Granny Great, Grandpa Great, Granny, Grandfather, Gramps, Baba, Great Uncle and Great Auntie, Uncles and Aunties all gathered to enjoy the reveal together. We held our cupcakes and took a bite together for the great reveal!

So happy and thankful to God that we get to experience a grandson after our dear granddaughter. We are excited for the new life that God is forming and that we get to see come April of 2019!

Falling Leaves plus…

We gathered for our 2nd Annual Family Hunting trip. The guys spent a couple days hunting and then we filled in the days with Fallish things to enjoy. They are able to hunt a few miles from where we live. We now have a cold room which is a good place to hang the deer while they are prepped for the phase two job of butchering and packing the meat. This year Josh and Dan each got a buck their first day out. Josh opted to take his deer to a local meat processing company. Dan and Jamie packaged their deer on their own.

Before the Western Washington kids headed home we all enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal together. The family shots from our Thanksgiving are coming soon.

Crowned

Addy received some princess dress up items from her Auntie Laura and I was with her when the items were opened for the first time. She chose this crown for me to put on my head and since that first wearing of the crown she’s deemed it Baba’s crown. We put our crowns on and then I am directed by her to take her to the bathroom mirror to have a look. She has two others that she will wear. Soon her throne will be disturbed with the addition of a brother or sister. We will find out on Sunday evening if we are adding another granddaughter or a grandson to our family. The whole family will be together since Josh, Laura, Katie and Andrew are driving over the mountains for our 2nd annual family hunting time and Jamie’s family are invited over for the reveal, also.

I’m still considering a name for our new space…maybe our country bungalow although we don’t have a broad porch but some of the other requirements are met to call it a bungalow.

17 more cardboard boxes left to empty and 2 large bins with photo albums. We finally caved and ordered the parts to put together our three bookcases since we still have not found the original hardware that we put in a logical spot that has turned out to be not so very logical at all. In the future when we finally come across those parts we will have a good laugh.

Here I am with another crown with those bookcases in the background. This time around those bookcases will be in the office here at the bungalow so they will be filled from top to bottom with books and no tchotchkes.

Happy Friday y’all.