Sophie was NOT happy here and refused to smile for the camera :)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
We got out the door and were driving to church when I glanced in the mirror and realized that during my manic morning I had failed to finish putting makeup on. What else is new? grrr.
We finally flew into the parking lot, slid into a parking space as Alec commented, "Mom, you're like the fast and the furious; like a crazy race car driver!" I hushed him quickly, reminded him to please not repeat that in church and made a mental note to self to double check the kiddos' carseats before heading home.
Church was wonderful. Pastor Rick shared a great message regarding the validity of Christ being on earth, being crucified and arising from the dead. He spoke of skeptics and atheists and shared great ways to stand firm in our beliefs as Christians. We also sang one of my absolute favorite songs "From the Inside Out" and I was brought to tears as I sang my heart out for my Lord. It was just the moment that I needed.
We stopped by Grandma Joan's house to visit before heading out to Grandpa Stinky's. Miles fell asleep in the car and I got a nice 3 mile run in at Grandpa's house. We then headed home and collapsed for a few hours. It was a wonderful day and the kids had a great time visiting with family.
My favorite picture of the day. This sweet, sweet smile.
Constantly moving...potential injuries at every corner.
That's a dragon on his face - face painting at church :)
Twirling...her favorite thing to do
A little visit to Granpa Stinky's house
This is the blessed disaster that walked into the living room after awakening from a nap.
Happy Easter everyone!!!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
BTW Mandy, Sophie awoke without a fever and is feeling perky and back to her usual self. I hope that Jonas got some rest last night and is feeling better. :)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The Frates men discussing their plan of attack.
Miles and Tias both wanted to ride the quad. I think that Miles is trying to distract Tias so he gets off of the quad.
Miles seems to be getting a bit angry.
Notice my mother-in-law supervising on the sidelines? I think Jay is starting to realize just how much I'm like his mother :) Love you Cathy!
Sophie and Jonas helping.
Even Miles wanted to help out.
The final touches.
The door for the nesting boxes.
The best looking chicken coop ever!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to my dear hubby and wonderful father-in-law. You both did an amazing job and I sincerely appreciate you!!!
Friday, April 3, 2009
She was sooo alert and kept looking around to see who was there.
Look at those huge feet!
This is how we weigh the babies.
"The Midwives" and baby Madeline
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
The dogs attempted to help me. Notice that my sweet, helpful 13-year-old son is nowhere to be found? He conveniently had other plans with his friends.
The second part of the day began with an ongoing idea that I've had. Quite often I have to remind my husband that in theory I have AMAZING ideas that usually turn out with great results (refer to the vegetable garden above). Jay happened to be at work all day and I decided to give him a call.
"Uh, hi honey, how's your day going? I've been working really hard on our veggie garden and I think that you're gonna like what I've done. By the way, when you get home don't mind the baby chicks in the kitchen." *Click*
You see, Jay has limited phone time at work and I wanted to be brief and to the point. :) I also wanted to give him time to ponder our new life with chickens. We've been talking about getting laying hens for some time. I like the idea of knowing where are chickens come from and how they are cared for. Fresh eggs every day! They are still small and have some growing to do but if all goes well, we should have eggs by summer.
Oh yeah, um honey, could you possibly get started on building our chicken coop? Puh-lease? :)
Sophie is in love...
These are Americana chickens, known for laying large, beautiful colored eggs in blue and green shades. The kids thought that this was especially cool.
Jay, I saw a goat for sale yesterday....whatcha think??? Goats milk and a built in lawn mower?? Sounds tempting.