Thursday, December 31, 2015

Super Fun Craft Stick Experiment!

I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and had thought it looked really fun, but hadn't been able to figure it out. I saw it again recently and we figured it out and it was SO much fun!

91 sticks later...

They are spring loaded by now... Here goes!

It was SO awesome how it leaped off the floor and exploded!

Here's a slow motion video we did! =)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The In Between Days

Here is what we've been up to between Christmas and New Year's Eve:

On the morning of December 26th, we started the puzzle from Aunt Patti and Kent...
They were some Tiny pieces!

... and 24 hours later, we/I finished it!

Whew!   That was the most challenging puzzle I've undertaken in a while!

While trying to get a picture of the kids with some of their favorite gifts, this happened...

...and then after we got them all cleaned up - here is Moriah with her Perler beads from Keenan, Keenan with his watch from Moriah, and Caleb with his magnatiles project book from Mommy and Daddy

S'mores with what we had on hand =)

This was one of Moriah's gifts from us.   She colored all these charms, and then we put them in the oven...

...and they shrunk!

So crazy and cool!

On Sunday afternoon, we sat down together to "properly" look through the scrapbook from Aunt Patti, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it!   What a treasure!

Most of our house church friends were still out of town for Christmas, so we had the Pennys and our friend, John Grisham (awesome name, right?) over for a fun evening (cozied up out of the COLD!) with turkey pot pie and soup and leftover desserts and great fellowship and prayer.

Moriah made Caleb some "king" clothes

Crown and robe =)

Caleb was very proud of his collection of all the different trains in Ticket to Ride

Philip was at work, but the four of us had a great time playing together (with adjusted rules for the two younger ones)

Well, winter Finally arrived here and everything froze over!   The roads (in our neighborhood) as well as the driveway and walkways have been Treacherous!

Last night, we took an impromptu trip to Tulsa, OK to buy Philip an SUV! =)   We stayed the night in a nice hotel room with two queen beds and a pull out couch (so there was plenty of space for the kids).   They settled the best they Ever have in a hotel and we all had a great night!

Keenan slept the latest and then the other two snuggled in with him when he woke up =)

After breakfast, Philip headed out to pick up the car (Honda CRV), the kids watched TV and I read a book until he came back and picked us up and we all went for a ride to check it all out.   We loved it!  We said goodbye to him at the dealership (he needed to head back home to work) and we got late check out and hung out in the pool and hot tub for a while before getting lunch at Chick Fil A and heading home.

They had a blast!

Caleb and I hung out here most of the time =)

I remembered this morning that today is the 12th anniversary of our engagement!

Philip sure is lucky that this fine piece of stylin' woman said "Yes", isn't he?? =)
(HAHAHAHA!   I forgot to bring flip flops for the pool and ended up even having to go to the front desk looking like this because our room key wasn't working after we went to the pool) 

Will post a picture of the new SUV soon. =)

I'll be leaving to pick Andrew and Bethany up from the airport in a few minutes... SO Excited!!! =)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Day 2015

Our first Christmas in our own home as a family of five was... perfect.

Christmas morning pajamas and funny hats =)


Body wash crayon

Love this book!

Christmas breakfast (what everyone else had)
Eggs, bacon, (Pillsbury) cinnamon rolls

Candles ended up being one of my favorite parts of Christmas this year - we have had them burning almost all day, but the best is in the morning when it's still dark

Philip had to go in and round again for several hours and we opted to wait until he got back to open gifts so we wouldn't be rushed.  We did decide to open a family gift from Aunt Patti first though...

So beautifully wrapped!

Wow.  This was Such a surprise and ended up being one of the most meaningful gifts of Christmas!
(You can tell by the looks on the kids faces, they even "get" how special this is)

While going through things at Grandma Dooley's house (in preparation to move her into an apartment), Aunt Patti came across boxes and boxes (neatly dated and in order) of doubles of all the photos Grandma had taken of the family over the years.   There were SO MANY, she decided to put them into scrapbooks for the grandkids.    Philip got a beautiful, detailed scrapbook of his whole life... from birth right up until after Caleb was born!   Philip needed to leave, so we just did a quick look through and are "saving it" for a moment when we can all sit down and Really enjoy it together.  What a gift!

I called and had a wonderful chat with Myrtle before lunch and it was so sweet to hear her voice.   She was alone for Christmas, but her spirits were bright.   She went on and on about the gifts that Phil (our other sweet neighbor and her great friend) had given her, including her favorite, a 38 revolver!  =)

A highlight of the day was getting a surprise face time chat with Papa (Philip's dad)!  Caleb later said that "presents and chatting with Papa" were the best parts of the day =)

Present time (looking for a gift for each person)

We Really enjoyed our gift opening time and took turns and enjoyed each person's gift as they opened it.

All of the kids excited about one of Caleb's gifts (a book of project ideas for their magnatiles)

Moriah excited about some early reader Princess books

Keenan wins for best reaction of the day
(He LOVES the watch that Moriah bought him with her own money!)

Philip wins for best wrapping!   I am so impressed (especially since he made a special trip to Walmart on Christmas Eve just to find ribbon to match the paper he had used!)  He loves me. =)

Philip being excited about getting diapers (I used them to pack around a fragile gift)

... a mug from the kids

They each decorated a third of the mug =)

Michigan hoodie!

This is adorable.   It's a tiny little bunny that Caleb picked out at Awana for Daddy =)

A memory game, featuring the characters from one of his favorite books, "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" from Moriah

I gave the biggest gift (of our family gifts) =)

I designed a poster for Philip's new office with one of my photos as the background, and showcasing his "five key principles" as he takes on the Program Director job (yes, big news that hadn't hit the blog yet!)

Fun crafts for Moriah

Keenan was thrilled to get the Ticket to Ride board game

...and we saved these for last (surprise packages from Mark and Rebekah!)


Yay!!  It's volleyball and badminton with a net!   What an awesome gift!!

With my love

Being artsy with Moriah's new Perler beads
(they were his gift to her)
The kids spent their own money on each other and were very generous!

The first three that they made

I threw this "Cream of Turkey Soup" in the crockpot in the morning and we enjoyed it for dinner!  It was amazing!!

Caleb and Moriah's first project from the new magnatile book!

Playing Ticket to Ride for the first time!
I was thrilled to discover that I enjoy it!   *I don't have to play Settlers of Catan for a whole Year if I play this once a month! =)

My super soft, warm and adorable slippers from Philip (he did very well finding me a pair that fit all of my criteria )  ;)   I also got a beautiful new writing pen and mechanical pencils (since I've been doing a ton of journaling) and some fun kitchen gadgets that I had been eyeing.

I told Philip last night (don't worry family I don't really mean it), "I may never want to travel for Christmas again!   It has been soo relaxing just to be able to stay home!"   For this time, it was such a blessing to just be in our home with the five of us and not have to entertain a soul or be anywhere. =)

We ended the day on a very Christmassy note... watching Jurassic World after the kids went to bed ;)