What have I been up to for 2 months? ;)
Here are some snapshots…
These little guys…
(You can read all about our December Birthdays here!)
I just looked through my phone pics to see what I actually have been doing for the past two months, and these pics were a pretty big chunk of it. We tried really hard for two months or more to get a picture of all 6 of us for a Christmas card! It was SO difficult! Aren’t they funny? I think my girls and I have BIG trouble keeping our eyes opened…
Oh, and this gal turned 35!
We took a fun trip out of town overnight with just our big kids. We stayed in “fancy” hotel and had a “fancy” dinner and enjoyed a night at the theatre.
We all went on a trip to Monroe, Louisiana for the Auburn Avenue Pastors Conference! (No, my husband is not a pastor! :) But, if he’s not spending time with us, you can find him with a book by one of these guys in his hands! We did go to the conference with our pastor!)
Oh, and I must live under a rock! Ha ha! Did you know the Duck Dynasty HQs are in Monroe? Well, I didn’t until we decided to go to there! Actually, I have seen one episode of Duck Dynasty, just didn’t know it was in Monroe.
Jack cut his hair…
Charles and I celebrated our 10th anniversary in August and took a BIG trip to the Cayman Islands in January! Whoa! It was absolutely perfect. I loved getting to soak up a completely different part of God’s Creation. I just kept looking around me thinking, “All He did was speak!” A friend told me that I should go and enjoy dinners without cutting someone’s meat and cleaning a spill! Ha! It was so nice to just sit. Sit and rest. But Mommas, I actually got bored a time or two! Hard to imagine, I know. It was a great refresher and really reminded me how much I love being a Mommy! I came home actually missing getting up early every morning to cook breakfast, listening to stories about stuffed animals who need to go to the doctor, folding laundry…. ok, maybe not folding laundry. ;) I did come home with a new appreciation for my calling and my work tending my little vineyard. Life would be pretty boring and meaningless without it!
We came home from the perfect 80 degree highs and 72 degree lows of Grand Cayman to an ice storm!
Jack had a tonsillectomy! :( His sisters entertained him during recovery by performing a stuffed animal talent show complete with music and a pink stage!
More big special days that we celebrated… my Irish twins’ birthdays! They were both 8 for one day this year! When I asked Catherine several weeks before her birthday what gift she would like, she said, “SNOW!” When we woke up on the morning of her birthday, the ground was covered!
Last year, I interviewed these guys for their birthdays! You can read the birthday interviews here! Maybe we will still have interviews this year, too!
Well, there you have it! Three trips out of town, (one of those out of the country!), five birthdays, an ice storm, (Christmas!), and a surgery… that’s what I’ve been up to! There were lots of ordinary, fun days sprinkled in there, too!
We’ve changed so much about our homeschool since the beginning of the school year, so I will post a mid-year update soon!