Sunday, February 22, 2009

Silly Sunday

Did you know that ducks have toenails?


If someone would have asked me that question prior to me taking this picture, I would have probably said no, but I guess I would have been wrong. I know this is out of the ordinary, but I thought it was funny! :)

Stuck In The House

This past week has been crazy....to say the least. Gavin & Gage had the flu; however Gage waited 5 days after Gavin got sick to start having symptoms. What started out as just a fever, quickly turned into body aches,runny noses and coughing.
Grayson somehow missed the illness, but he did get stuck in the house with everyone else missing school all week. I did not want to take the chance of him carrying something to school to give to the other 2 year olds.

I am glad to say that we survived and are finally on the mend. Praise God! There is only so much one Mommy can take and not leaving my house for almost a week was trying....for sure. :) I will have to say that through all of this, we are still so blessed. All-in-all our kids are very healthy. My heart really goes out to parents that are dealing with sick children all the time.

Blessings,

Tanni

Friday, February 20, 2009

Food for Thought

I just started another bible study and I am reading the book "The Relationship Principles of Jesus by Tom Holladay. This particular quote stood out to me and I wanted to share with my blog friends. Relationships have always held a significant value for me, but this just confirms their importance.

"Place the highest value on relationships! Not on money, but on
relationships---first with God and then with others. Not on time, but on
relationships---first with God and then with others. Not on things, but on
relationships---first with God and then with others. Not on your work, but
on relationships---first with God and then with others."

Here is where scripture backs this up:

"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29-31

Monday, February 16, 2009

Toothless Boy, part 2

About a week ago, Gavin officially lost ANOTHER tooth. Crazy little boy! He is suppose to keep his teeth in until he is at least 7, right? He is really cute without teeth and he looks so much older. How does that happen overnight?
On another note, Gavin has been sick for several days with a fever and we took him to the doctor today and he has the flu. Please say a prayer for him to have a quick recovery. It has already been 4 days. AND please pray that the rest of the house stays well. We have been doing our best to keep everyone apart, but there is only so much you can do.
Blessings,
Tanni

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine Breakfast

I thought it would be a nice treat to have heart-shaped strawberry pancakes for breakfast this morning. The boys came down stairs and were really excited to see their valentine treats. They each had a card, some animal crackers, and of course some Hershey kisses.







Grayson trying to open his kiss before breakfast.


Gage trying to open his kiss.


Gage quickly gave up and asked me to open his kiss for him.


Gage


Grayson getting mad because we limited his chocolate intake prior to breakfast.


Here are the heart-shaped pancakes. This was my first batch so I was still learning the mold. The next few batches looked more like hearts.


YUMMY!


YUMMY!

Gavin holding the card that the boys got me. They love me "this" much.


We had a great Valentine morning. Gavin, however, is a little under the weather so our celebration ended with breakfast. We had plans to go on a date after church tonight because our church was offering FREE childcare. We were a little bummed about that, but Billy went and picked up dinner so I did not have to prepare anything. Thanks honey! :)


Happy Valentine's Day to All!

Valentine's Tribulations

Here is a picture of Gavin and myself at his Valentine's Day party. Billy and I were both able to attend and I forgot my camera, but Billy was able to pull out his NEW iphone and snap a shot. I guess the good thing about forgetting your camera, is that you actually make it in the picture.

I have to tell on myself!
Prior to getting to this party, I experienced multi-tasking at its finest. NOW, some of you may say that I was waiting until the VERY last second to get something done, but I just cannot agree with you.....to me I was getting the job done and at a rapid pace.
Now, onto the story. I waited until 2 hours before Gavin's party to purchase Valentine gifts for his teachers. I was unsure if I was even going to buy Valentine gifts, but then I started thinking about what the teachers do for the kids each week and decided to find something....last minute, of course!
I happened to be in Kohl's after my bible study and somehow the time got away from me.... so I was possibly running a little late for the party. Thankfully, I found some cute valentine towels, 50% off, for the teachers, but not before I found a few things for myself. Anyway, since I was running a little late, I had to also purchase cards, bags & tissue paper at Kohl's. Can anyone relate? Good thing for that extra 15% I got off my total purchase. After I went through the checkout, I was basically running to my car. I had no idea how I was going to get all of these gifts wrapped and cards filled out....AND make it to the party on time.
Here is where the multi-tasking came into play. I figured my best bet was to wrap these gifts, in the car, on my way to the party. Before you think I was recklessly driving, I did not do this when the car was in motion. I waited until I hit a red light to start the process. There were 3 red lights that enabled me to finished my task.
  • At the first red light, I took everything out of the Kohl's bags, took the prices off, and got the cards ready to be filled out.
  • At the second light, I signed the cards and licked the envelopes.
  • At the third light, I folded the towels down into the bags and I nixed the tissue paper to save time.
As I pulled into the parking lot of the kids school, I had accomplished my task. I bought presents, signed cards, and wrapped presents for all 4 of the kids teachers....all before getting to the party.
Who said waiting until the last minute was a bad thing?

Handmade Valentine's

The boys made us nice handmade Valentine cards at school. Thank you boys for thinking of us!

Here is the inside of Gavin's card.....all written completely by him. Way to go Gavin!

Outside of Gavin's card.

Grayson's Valentine

Gage's Valentine

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Road Trip

This past Saturday we took a road trip for the day to visit Mia & Papa. They are temporarily residing in Luling, Texas which is about an hour from San Antonio. Early that morning, we all piled in the car and we were off on our adventure. Why do I call our road trip an adventure? Because anything that requires driving long distances in the car with 3 wild and rambunctious boys is ALWAYS an adventure. Thank goodness for the DVD player in our car.
We met Mia & Papa for lunch and then we went to their house to get snacks to take to the park. On the way to their house, we saw so many cows that Gage continued to ask us all day "Where'd the cows go? That child loves animals. :) We spent the majority of the day at a state park off a large river...which I have forgotten the name of. :)
Fair warning....there are alot of pictures, but we had a great day and I wanted to share.

This park had "old school" slides. The boys really loved them.

Gage

Grayson

Papa...being a kid.

Gage & Grayson

Mia...being a kid too!

Gage, Grayson, Mia & Gavin swinging.

All the boys!


I tried to get a cute picture of Gage & Grayson, but there was so much to look at that it was really hard to get them to look at me. Go figure!

Grayson & Mia

Mia & Grayson's feet.



Papa & Gavin walking on a wall by the river.

Of course, the little boys have to follow suit.

Sweet brothers!

Grayson was loving the two-on-one attention.

Here is Gage feeding some very hungry ducks. You see he has no fear of animals. He will just walk right up to them....this is not always a good thing. :)



I love this picture because it really captures the moment. The boys loved every second of feeding the ducks.

I thought these ducks were so cute and I was wishing that my three little ducks would walk calmly in a single file line....NOT happening at my house! :)

Gavin

Grayson



After being at the park for a couple of hours, the boys really worked up an appetite.

Papa and the little boys.

Gage wearing Mia's hat.

Grayson wearing Mia's hat.

Gavin wearing Mia's hat.
If you can not tell by all the pictures, we had a great day. The boys love their Mia and Papa and wish they could see them more often. Thanks for having us and we will definitely come back soon, maybe to drop them off! :)