Friday, November 23, 2007

A few More...

Joshua and Karis really like to "help" in the kitchen. I love to let them help - but Thanksgiving dinner, there really wasn't much that they could do. Here they are measuring out the ingredients for the stuffing.

The hungry subjects are waiting for their feast! These silly children waited at the table for quite some time!

Notice Joshua's plate. Full. It looked just like that when he was excused from the table too. He is so funny about trying different foods, and I think he is weird about his food touching too. So, for Thanksgiving, he ate 3 rolls and he tried one bite of turkey. He also had a shirt change in the middle of the meal too - spilled drink.

Karis loved the meal. She asked when we could eat more Thanksgiving dinner this morning at breakfast! She especially loved the cranberries, which I can remember not liking as a child. She ate her dinner, and then came up with the idea to make a Thanksgiving Sandwich with her left over turkey, roll and cranberries - and then ate some of it. Actually, the first roll she made was filled with little bits of all of the Thanksgiving foods. When she tried that, she didn't like it! I wouldn't either - turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli casserole, cranberries in a roll... yuck!

Then there is the goofball. After his feast of bread, he leaned back in his chair and sighed a contented sigh. Notice his full plate. This is after the meal!

A Few Thanksgiving Photos

During the day on Thanksgiving, between watching the Macy's Day Parade and a football game, the children made a few craft projects. We made a thankful tree, and wrote things that the children said they were thankful for on various leaves. Family Fun magazine is so full of great ideas for projects to do with your children - and that is another activity we got from Family Fun.

After the Thankful Tree activity, Karis wanted to make a crown. She usually does. This time Joshua made one too.

Our Thankful Tree.

Karis and Joshua decided to dance after making the crowns. Karis said she wanted to dance like the lady did during the parade and Joshua was her willing partner.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Children's Museum

Recently we went to the Children's Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. What a fun, and tiring day we had. I don't think Joshua stopped running whenever he was out of the stroller! This is the reason we don't have any photos of him. Craig and I really enjoyed being together as a family outside of our normal activities.
Karis loved this bunny costume. In this photo she is making animal footprints in "snow". I still don't know what the snow substance really is, but it was fun to play with.

Karis loves craft projects. She sat for a long time and made this crown with scraps of paper and glue. While she was doing her craft project, Joshua and Craig were running through the musical instrument section. In this area, there were giant instruments with buttons on them that you pressed to make the various sounds that that particular instrument makes. Craig and Joshua made quite a symphony together!

Busy hands hard at work!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Forgot to add...

In uploading all of those photos to the blog, I forgot to mention that Joshua no longer takes his precious "fa-fa" which is his pacifier!!! While he was sick, he didn't want to suck on it because his mouth was too tender. So, three days went by when he didn't take it. In fact, when we would try to hand it to him, he would throw it down. So, I went through the house and found all of the pacifiers that I could and threw all of them out. On the fourth day, Joshua asked for one, and I told him they were all gone because they hurt his mouth. He seemed totally OK with that, and has only asked one other time for one.

I am so thankful to the mercy and kindness of God. That was a remarkably smooth transition. Why not do it when your child is up all night anyway for three nights? Might as well do it that way right?

So, for the time being, we are a paci free home! This is the first time in 4 1/2 years. But, I know that little baby Girl is coming in 4 months, and I am a sucker for pun intended!

More Fall photos

To celebrate the Fall we made pumpkin shaped sugar cookies. Both children really enjoy helping to make things in the kitchen. In fact, I asked Karis a few days ago what she wanted to learn in kindergarten and she said she wanted to learn how to climb a tree by herself and she wanted to learn how to cook with Mommy and "chop, chop, chop!"

Tasting is all a part of cooking, right?

Several weeks ago, Joshua and Craig went to the Father-Son Campout with 150 other fathers and sons from Cornerstone. They didn't spend the night, but stayed long enough to roast marshmellows and enjoy the campfire. Joshua made it all the way home from Cades Cove awake! I carried him up to bed and asked him what his favorite part was. He told me it was the "hot, hot". So, I put him to bed smelling like wood smoke from the hot hot fire that he enjoyed.

While the guys were at the campout, Karis and I enjoyed a girly time out. We went to Barnes and Noble to read books and have hot chocolate and I took her to get her hair cut and have her nails painted at the Kidz Cuts. She still talks about sitting in their salon chair and having her hair cut.

On Halloween, we took the children to a few of our neighbors to visit and get candy. I love the costumes - it brings back memories of trick-or-treating when I was a child!

I wore this costume when I was a child. Karis wore it two years ago, and now Joshua!
Thanks Mom for making this probably 30 years ago!

A few weeks ago, we found out that we are having a baby girl in March. For the third time in our journey as parents, we went to Krispie Kreme before finding out the gender of our new baby. Our theory is that if I have a doughnut, the sugar rush will make the baby move around so that we can find out what it is!! The children enjoyed the chance to have a hot doughnut!

Our niece Madie turned 4 a few days ago. She had a cowgirl party. It was a great idea. Stuart and Jenny threw her a "Birthday Breakfast Round-up". It was fun to get ready early in the morning to celebrate with Madie over breakfast.

The children had a doughnut eating race. They were supposed to eat their doughnut while it dangled from a string... but they all needed help from their hands!

And finally, we roasted marshmellows in our backyard a few weeks ago with our good friends the Sanders. This was a hit with the children. Karis was crazy about roasting the gooey treats, but didn't want to eat any of them after they had been roasted. She hasn't developed the appreciation for the fine culinary experience of blowing out your marshmellow and smooshing it between two graham cracker pieces!

Jayson and Pierson Sanders

I don't think Joshua's stick ever made it into the fire. He too prefers raw - unroasted marshmellows!

Don't they look so much alike? No question who she belongs to!

Happy Fall

I have so many photos from the last few weeks to put on our blog! The fall is so full of fun activities!

We are rebounding from a fall fever virus, and so glad to play and get outside again. Joshua is full of energy after being the hardest hit with the virus. He didn't eat for nearly 4 days - but he is making up for it now. This morning he ate banana bread and three yogurts!!!

Last week we picked out pumpkins to put on our front porch

I thought the kids would pick pumpkins bigger then they are - but I was suprised, they picked appropriately fitting sizes.

Saturday, October 20, 2007


It is a girl! Karis is very excited to have a baby sister on the way!

Now, we are in the process of choosing a name, coming up with a plan to get Joshua out of the crib (which he loves!), and rearraranging Karis' room to be the "girls's room"! Karis is very excited to share her room, and we are thrilled for her to have a sister.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Playing Doctor

This week during Cousin Day, Karis and Madie played doctor. Their impression of a doctor's appointment was very cute. It involved being called from the waiting room, having their heart listened to, and then ended with the prescribed shot!

Madie loves dogs. I don't know how to say that any more emphatically. Madie LOVES dogs! During each of Karis' doctor's appointments, Madie checked Karis over, and then also checked her dog too! Maybe she will be a veterinarian one day!

HIde and Go Seek

Tonight after dinner, Craig played hide and seek with the kids while I cleaned up the dishes. It was so funny to overhear the game. Joshua has become the echo of the family. He repeats everything you say. If you hadn't just said it, you wouldn't know what in the world he was saying though! He is such a funny kid. When he gets excited, and he is trying to tell you something, he really has a hard time getting any words out!

Joshua and Daddy were on the same team. Joshua did whatever Craig did - including put his head to the wall to "count" while Karis went to hide!

Moo Moo Cow

This is the Moo Moo Cup. It is a special cup in our family. This was also a cup from my childhood. This particular cup was actually my sister's cup. I think that my cup is still at my mom's house. It is a chocolate milk version of this one. This cup is a "Sippy Straw Cup and Creamer" although we tape over the pour spout when the children drink out of it. Whenever Griffin Sanders comes to our house, one of the first things he asks for is the Moo Moo Cup!

Joshua drinking his milk out of the Moo Moo Cup.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Choo Choo

Joshua is crazy about trains! He got some new trains and train tracks for his birthday, and he plays them all the time. He actually takes some train cars to bed with him.

There is an old coal train car in Knoxville that runs Christmas rides. I am looking into when we might be able to take him for a ride on it in December.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Monday Day Off

We're still adjusting to our new schedule with Craig having Monday's off. I am very mixed up on my days during the week. Tuesday still feels like Monday to me. I know that I will get used to it, but it will just take time.

Craig has been trying to plan fun activities with the family on what he calls "Family Day" Karis has been loving this, and asks most mornings if it is family day! This past Monday, Craig planned a morning trip to the Foothills Pkwy. There was a 1 mile hike there that we did with the children to the top of Look Rock. The view was amazing. At the top of Look Rock, there is an observation tower that looks onto the Smoky Mountains - 8 miles away.

Starting out for the path. We gave each child a bucket to collect nuts and leaves along the way. It was funny to see what went into Joshua's bucket. I started out showing him how to put things that we saw along the way. He caught on quickly and starting grabbing handfuls of leaves at a time! He and Karis ran nearly the whole way up the path. They were so happy to be outside!

Taking a photo and water break along the way

Craig and I at the top. It was so hazy - too bad the view behind us didn't come out in the photo.

Looking onto the Great Smoky Mountains

Karis and Joshua on the way down

Budding Photographer

Karis loves to take photos with our digital camera. She is getting pretty good for a 4 year old! She took this one of Joshua about a week ago. Sometimes he is hard to get to smile for the camera, but not for Karis! For her he says, "Cheese Kay-yes" It is so funny how he says her name now, with quite the southern drawl.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Finally a Post!

Well there are a myriad of reasons that I haven't posted to the blog in 2 months!
A few include: first trimester pregnancy! (due Mar 4th), hardwood floor installations (in other words - turn your home upside down and then try to put it back together, vacations, travels, and Craig joining the pastoral team at Cornerstone Church (more about that later).

With all of that, here are some new photos of the children, and I promise... more to come!

This morning Karis had hot chocolate in the "special cup"! This cup was mine when I was a child. I loved drinking from it on the weekend at my Dad's house. Christmas five years ago, when I was expecting Karis, my Dad gave it to me. I brought it out this morning for Karis. I told her that as she drank her hot chocolate , she would see a suprise.

She was so excited as she sipped her warm yummy treat to find the frog in the bottom of the cup!

All gone! Thanks Dad for passing the cup on for another generation to use!