Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas in Southern California

Yesterday we decorated for Christmas. It was a high of 60 degrees, which meant it was practically freezing and could have started to snow at any moment. Sadly, it didn't. However, that's probably for the best because Parker continues to keep it real by going shirtless. All. The. Time! Summer or winter, he has on as little as he can!

A Little Girl's Love

I am oh so totally impressed with how this little girl, at the young ago of nine months, already knows how to "mommy" a baby. She rocks it, kisses it, and pats it. Of course she can also scream at it and chuck it over her head but, for the most part, she is super sweet with her dolls!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Isaac and Parker's Baptism

What a special day it was to see these two brothers be baptized. Isaac made his personal decision to be a Christ follower on November 15, 2012 and Parker made his on October 19, 2014. However, because they were so young, we've waited until now so they will forever be able to remember this day.

They both prepared for this day so differently. Isaac was quiet and reserved... A little nervous. He loves entertaining but only in small groups where it's a controlled setting. Parker, on the other hand, had been counting down all month. When the time was close he began counting down the hours. He couldn't wait for his moment to be in front of a crowd and for everyone to know what he's all about. He too is a performer, but prefers the main stage! He even told his whole class at school that he was going to be baptized and what it meant. Both of their decisions are real, yet unique to each of them. God can use Isaac's quiet spirit and Parker's boldness to fulfill His purpose and reach others in His name.

I pray these boys continue to follow Him and always know that they were put on this earth to glorify God. These are a few verses I have been praying over them...

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 
1 Timothy 4:12
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
May the favor of the Lord out God rest on us, establish the work of out hands for us- yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Of course a friend took this picture because they would never put their arms around each other if I asked them to... Still working on love for each other.
Mike Lovato (who we went to college with) baptized them.
Family joined us for this special day! And Isaac's best friend, Gabriel, was also baptized! It made it that much more memorable.

Friday, October 21, 2016

We did it again...

Yup... We did it again... We got Sea World passes! It's been a few years and we've had lots of other passes in the meantime, but I think we're all craving a little sea life! Our first trip was with the Larson crew... So much fun!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fifteen Years and Counting

Today marks 15 years of togetherness. You know, since we started the whole boyfriend/girlfriend thing. Those were terms Shaun never liked so we didn't really used them unless we had to. Young love is funny like that... It doesn't really make sense. But, we were together and that's all that really mattered.

Today we had about ten minutes to ourselves and then the rest was spent tag teaming the kids. Bible study in the morning, shopping for running shoes for Isaac and swimming at the neighbors in the afternoon, and soccer practice for the big boys in the evening. However, there is no one else I'd rather kiss good-bye ten times a day!

Poor Fur Baby, Cloi

Cloi has been my baby since Christmas of 2005. Soon she will be 11 years old and oh how she craves my attention. She follows me everywhere I go. However, that means Malaya is also right there with me. They've noticed each other for several months now, but their relationship just got a whole lot more interesting. Malaya is obsessed with Cloi and the feelings are not mutual. Cloi will stick around for a while because she so badly wants love, but when M starts squealing and trying to eat her tail, she's gone. High places were her safety, until now...

Cloi looks so relaxed and safe on her tower...

But then M, who is a VERY determined little creature, has set her eyes on the prize...

Even an unsteady, rocker won't stop her! Run Cloi! Run!

Her newest spot. She can see from all angles!

But there are plenty of kids in this house to keep her annoyed. Red head lamp to the eyes!

Someday they'll be best friends. As soon as Malaya learns the concept "gentle."

Melt My Heart... More of Blake

Every Tuesday night the big boys have soccer practice. So that means every Tuesday night the big boys go with dad and I get the two littles. We laugh and play and slowly unwind from a long day. But every Tuesday night while I'm putting Malaya down, I come back to a sleeping Blake. Our special time together has yet to happen because he can't keep his eyes open long enough for me to return from putting his little sister to bed.

Tonight I left him by his door reading so I thought for sure he would still be there wide awake. Nope, he crawled in bed and it was all over. His hand was still between the pages of his Story Book Bible. I wasn't even gone that long. Sweet boy of mine. I love you, buddy!