Sunday, May 24, 2009

Daniel's Birthday Jam

We had some of Daniel's friends join him at Chuck E Cheese's for a Star Wars birthday celebration. One of the highlights was the video screen, where the kids could dance and be projected up onto about 4 or 5 video screens. Thankfully, my dance with the birthday boy was not captured on video! Here's Blair, Annie, and Anna with some serious moves. Watch closely for a special appearance by the infamous Hurricane Sammy!

We are blessed with wonderful family and friends to celebrate Daniel's 6th birthday. Thanks to everyone who came to show their love and support for Daniel. Dave and I are grateful to have your love and support while we do our best to train our children in the way of the Lord.

Hope you enjoy a few more pics from the day (click on the picture below)

Chuck E Cheese Birthday

Daniel's Kindergarten graduation

We had a wonderful year at Veritas Academy! I'm so thankful for the abundant blessings from this year!! We have all learned so much from this experience. Daniel is a great reader and loves math. The journal assignments that were so painful at first became easier throughout the year - he did the last entry almost all by himself. It was a joy to watch the lightbulbs come on as we walked through the assignments together.

Veritas Kinder teachers have a tradition of giving each "graduating" student a character rock based on her observations over the year. Daniel's teacher Mrs. Keels also gave out a Bible verse to go with it. If you know Daniel, you know that Mrs. Keels hit the nail on the head!!

Click on the picture to view a few more shots from that morning:
Daniel's Kindergarten Graduation

Happy 6th Birthday Daniel!

It's finally official - my baby boy is 6! We've spent a lot of time celebrating this momentous occasion this week - starting with his Veritas class celebration on Thursday. His choice for special snack time was flavored marshmallows (in convenient single-serve packaging). Next was his almost Star Wars party with some friends and family on Friday at Chuck E. Cheese. Saturday was play day - LOTS of time learning the moves on Wii's Lego Star Wars games. Sunday is the official birthday, with a donut stop before church, a goodie bag with 6 Kit Kats to eat whenever he wanted, a trip to Yogurt Planet (YUM! It's in the Triangle - you must try it!), a small gift in anticipation of Disney Pixar's new movie "Up", and a quest to find him a wallet, complete with zipper pouch for coins. His favorite things from today also include playing Wii Lego Star Wars with Dave and jumping on the trampoline with friends Will and Jackson. I'd say we celebrated well!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Austin Stone Family Reunion!

This is going to be an awesome day! One of my wonderful friends Sarah is going to be baptized that day!! Can't wait!!

Join the Austin Stone on Saturday, May 16, for our church-wide Family Reunion + Baptism at First EV Free Church. Family Reunion + Baptism is a chance for us to gather as an entire church family and celebrate what God’s been doing in individuals and communities in our city. It’s also a great time to bring friends and family who don’t yet have a relationship with Jesus to experience the life-changing worship that is baptism at the Austin Stone. If there’s one thing we know how to celebrate, it’s baptism!

The festivities will get started at 11am, with lunch at noon, baptisms at 2pm, and games and live music throughout the day. This is a great time to catch up with some old friends, meet some new friends and hear about what God is doing as we pursue being a church for the city.

In classic family reunion-style, we’ll have great BBQ from Iron Works to enjoy! Courrier ( will provide some great lunchtime music.

You can go to to buy lunch tickets. There are great deals for families!

We’ll have a host of games and other fun activities for kids and adults alike. Here’s some of the stuff we’ll have out there:

  • Inflatables and Bounce Houses

  • Playground

  • Kiddie Pool

  • Sport fields for running and playing

  • Sand Volleyball

  • Rockwall climbing

  • Basketball

Family Reunion + Baptism will be at First Evangelical Free Church (EV Free) at 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., in Southwest Austin near the Mopac/290 interchange.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Texas Day

Anna and Ellie's preschool had a Texas Day last week. I helped out with the sand art craft - and had a blast seeing all the kids come through. Here's Ellie with Bethany and Kenlie, digging for treasure.

Cowgirl Anna poses for the camera

Neighborhood friends Ella and Anna (aka the other Anna) came by my sand table that day, too!

Isn't she SO cute?!

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Aquarena Springs

In April, Daniel's Kindergarten Class went on a field trip to Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. It was my first trip - but several moms were revisiting Aquarena. Apparently, this place used to be the place to go, back in the 1980s before Sea World and fancy places like that. They had a diving pig, an underwater mermaid show, and crazy-dangerous cable/tram cars you could ride over the springs and attractions. While all of those things are gone, it was still a wonderful day and worth the drive and admission! We saw plenty of turtles, water bugs, and tilapia, who guarding the eggs in their nests. We went on the glass bottom boat ride, which (to my surprize) was actually pretty cool. They did a few other activities - like looking at the water through a "microscope" to see small bugs - and then we broke for lunch. Our guide, Topher, was great and everyone seemed to have a great time. We brought cousin Ellie and friends Shanna, Brooklyn, Jackson, and Will with us - our big ol' car was packed full!!

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Back in the Garden

A long, long time ago, in a city far, far away, I developed a love for plants, flowers, and gardening. I still don't know a ton about it - just enough to be dangerous. :) Then came babies!!

I recently came across a method called "Square Food Gardening" and decided it was time to get back in the dirt. My sweet and handy hubby helped build the planter/box and I soon had every square filled! We are growing tomatoes, bell peppers (two varieties), habanero peppers (they were out of jalapeno - be wary of our homemade salsa!), lettuce, and a bunch of herbs - parsley, cilantro, thyme, and basil. The kids each planted a sunflower seed - and they have already sprouted! And if you look closely, we have already have a bell pepper already on the way!!

Friends and Family Day

Last Friday, Daniel's school, Veritas Academy, had a "Friends and Family Day." Mom, Anna, and I got to visit Daniel's class during a "regular" school day for about 30 minutes, then later got to see him during music and PE. Anna was thrilled to get to sit and do the center activity, just like the big kids. It was alot of fun to get to see him interact in his classroom with his friends and wonderful teacher Mrs. Keels.

Later that night, the entire school performed in a huge school play/musical. The Kindergarten classes sang "To God Be the Glory"; Daniel sang every word and had a huge smile! Dave & I enjoyed the evening and were so proud of our big boy!! The show was really pretty entertaining - we had fun seeing the other kids we know perform too (great job Annie, Jude, & JD!).

This was on display in the lobby area at the school (meets at EV Free). It reads: I am good at... speling evan ef it es to hurd (translation - spelling, even if it is too hard). Too funny!!

Only 4 more classroom days of Kindergarten remaining! Watch out world, here comes Daniel the First Grader!!!
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