Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Nerf wars and eat those vegetables

I have a love hate relationship with Nerf.  The love part is that it's fun to play with my kids every once in a while and I can see the appeal of running around having a Nerf war. The part I am not so fond of is the Nerf dart part. Once all the fun is done the kids are supposed to pick up the darts the only problem is they only pick up 60% of the darts. That's when mean mom comes out. After I have ran over a few and had to face the wrath of Drew and his anger of me running over his precious Nerf darts I go onto finding them all over the house and yard. The boys also have a fascination with looking up models, talking about custom paint jobs and spending every dollar on new Nerf guns when we already have at least 20. I will miss this one day but Nerf had taken over in our house and thankfully Mindcraft is now on the back burner.  I am sorry but I don't miss you Stampy Longhead or your friend Diamond Minecart one bit.

I do like that they are playing outside using their imagination and being boys, Lauren also like Nerf
In other news I bought a Juicer off of Amazon for $35 a small investment to see what I thought. My kids are not huge on vegetables. I love them and wanted to try this myself to get a extra boost on days I feel sluggish. I am really happy with this juicer, it works great. The kids not so much. Let's just say it took a lot of bribing of a certain child. I had to put it in a certain cup to hide the lovely green color. I do think this is a good way to get added vitamins without all the fiber or eating a million raw vegetables making your jaws hurt. So at least once a week I am pulling this baby out. The key is to find a good combination you like. I really did not mind the taste and I just drank mine right down.
 Lauren really enjoyed cutting things up and seeing it go through the machine, it is kind of fun.

Drew had a mother son dance last month. We went with my friend Ruth and her son and made a date out of it. It was a glow in the dark dance party. Let me tell you, Drew can dance. He is a little shy at first but then he busts a move.
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Monday, March 9, 2015

Drew's Big Day And A Lesson

 A couple of weekends ago Drew was baptized. It was one of my top best moments. I was going to say top 10 but that would not work considering I have to many top ten happiest best moments. Drew accepted Christ a few years ago at a young age but we waited to have him baptized because we wanted to make sure he understood exactly what it meant. He came to us last year asking but with the move and all we did not have a church home. So this year we have been part of a great church called Church Project. I love a lot of different things about Church Project and one of them is the ministry for my children. Through watching the leaders themselves the kids understand it's a heart change to live for God not just something you do on Sundays as a tradition but living it out daily.
On Sunday I think they baptized 30 people adults and kids and before each person they read why they wanted to be baptized and some of their story. It was so touching to hear about each person's journey and how they are now living for Jesus. When they called Drew one of the kids pastor's baptized him. His story was sweet it was about how his brother Jaden shared Christ with him and how at VBS he decided to follow Jesus. As I watched Drew my heart was so happy. The tears flowed as I watched him come up from the water with a big smile and then moments later seeing Rob pick him up and hug him it was heaven. It was just a moment but one of those moments that everything stands still and you feel God right there with you. 
 Out of all things in my life I am most proud of my children and how God is using each of them. It's so important to me that they know who they are in Him. That God will use them each day to love others and to be lights of the world.  They all have their moments, we all do but mostly these kids are sweet kind children who love God.  Recently out of the blue one of Drew's friends moved away. Drew did not know that this kid was leaving and when he came home from school he cried for a long time. I sent his mom a message telling her how much Drew was going to miss her son and her reply took my breath away. She went on to tell me what a difference Drew made in her son's life. How it was obvious that he was a christian and was even praying for people in her family. That her son didn't have that many friends and Drew stepped in and made all the difference. She could not have been kinder and more gracious telling me that my child was so special, a child of God. These are the moments that I live for! I always tell my kids that God can use them everyday even when life or circumstances aren't going well. They need to try their best and let God take care of the rest. 
With all the stress of being a mother and all my compulsive worrying  concern for my kids this is what God wants me doing. It was a great wake up call to me!! So when my brain starts going rapid fire about the food my kids eat, their chores, discipline issues, homework, health, sports...If they are measuring up academically and if they don't get straight A's,B's or even fail a test that they won't get into college which will result in living in my house forever (which actually I would not mind) or not having a job to pay their bills because of how they did on that math test in 5th grade that determined their future. That's when I need to just....STOP and know that these are God's children and my job is to teach them that Christ is the center and to put their faith in Him. After all they are His first and He loves them a lot more then I do and I need to trust Him!
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

February madness

Valentines Day was fun this year! The kids all got a little something special from us. I just love buying them little surprises. Lauren got a My Little Pony Watch, Drew a Nerf Gun and Jaden a book.
I helped Lauren make these little Valentines for her class, so easy but cute. 
 This year is the last year for Drew and parties I believe. Next year in 5th grade I think they only have a Christmas party, boo. He has a great sense of humor it really brightens my day.
Jaden came home with a lolly pop from a secret admirer, hmmm He's growing up too!!
Yes my husband is a baseball nut..I am so thankful though because he helps Drew out a lot. He is great with the kids and has a lot of fun. They were working on pitching. Rob gave Drew his game face. The sun was shinning right at me but his smile was so cute I had to post.

 Miss Lauren is now a softball player. Both are playing and it's a big commitment but they love it. Lauren is one of the younger kids on the team and she is still learning but she is great little hitter.
So many of these are taken on my phone, I am going to bring my good camera to the games this weekend. It's just big and heavy. Last week I started getting sick with laryngitis.  Let me tell you no fun having kids and not being able to talk for a week and having the worst throat pain of my life. Things are getting better thankfully. Both Drew and Lauren have double headers this weekend.
This guy hit a home run at practice one day. He is very strong and what a arm he has. It's amazing how in one year how much a boys strength can improve.
I took the picture for Lauren's softball banner, it turned out cute! Lots going one around here. Our baseball season starts so early in TX. I spend many days at the ball fields and running around everywhere. These are the best days of my life though, I don't want to miss a thing.
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