Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Day At the Beach

Today, we headed to Sheboygan, with Tim. While dad was busy at work, I took the kids to a Lake Michigan Beach – we had a great time, and we got some great pictures of the kids.

IMG_0034_perfectportraitIMG_0072IMG_0047_BWIMG_0052_colorpopIMG_0132_perfectportraitIMG_0088_softfadeIMG_0105_perfectportrait A perfect place to take a morning nap

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Hat Girl

So the other day, while I was trying to take Audrey’s (nearly) 6 month pictures, Alexa decided to lay down on the couch where we were, I snapped a few quick pictures of her and they turned out ADORABLE!!

This one was my favorite, and once I started editing it I couldn’t stop!!

Of course I can’t decide which one I like now… so help me out… which is your favorite?

Here it is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera)

IMG_0144 She was actually moving when I took the picture so it is a little blurry, but once I got it into photoshop I cleared the blur up a bit with some sharpening edits.

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Happy 5th Birthday Superhero!

This past weekend we celebrated Treyton’s 5th Birthday.

We went all out for superheroes and Spiderman, which was so perfect for our little man superhero. He just melts my heart.

His actual Birthday was Thursday which we spent together at home. Dad was here in the morning to open presents, and then went to work. While he was away we made cupcakes and played with some of Treyton’s new toys.

That evening we had Tacos (at Treyton’s request) and Little League practice – a perfect way to end his birthday.

Friday we did a Spiderman camping party with our family and friends. Treyton was “flying” high!!

THURSDAY MORNING – ACTUAL BIRTHDAY

Superheroes BirthdayTreyton insisted on wearing his cape and superhero glasses :) we were happy to oblige

Cutie

Superhero RockstarOur Superhero Rockstar – jammin with his new electric guitar

CupcakesTreyton made his own cupcakes this year. I only scooped into the paper and baked them – he did the rest.

Yummy! 5th Birthday

FRIDAY NIGHT - PARTY 

Buddies2Treyton and his best friend, playing Spiderman!  Cake Treyton’s Spiderman Ice Cream Cake Family minus Audrey  Around the cake, Audrey was sleeping, otherwise it would have been a great family picture :)

Blue Tongue

Spiderman BoyThe “real” superhero Party and Presents Opening presents in front of the tent.

Presents

Scooter Treyton got a scooter, which he really wanted, from my mom dad and sister.      Surprise Spiderman surprised us by coming by the party (even mom was surprised!!)

Surprise2Treyton was a little taken back at first  Surprise3 However, Spiderman was very friendly, so Treyton warmed up pretty quickly.Surprise4 This is my overly ecstatic, very confused face…. where did this Spiderman come from?SpidermanHere is Treyton giving Spiderman his best “web shooting” 

Soccer with SpidermanPlaying Soccer with Spiderman, I don’t think there is anything better for this 5 year old little boy!!

Happy Birthday SongSpiderman, singing Treyton ‘Happy Birthday’

When asked later, Treyton said having Spiderman at his party was his favorite part, but the whole party party was a lot of fun though, he said. We had a great time, thanks to all of our friends and families who made it so great and made Treyton feel so special. It was a successful and relaxing party because of you all!  Treyton and I’s birthdays are a day a part so his party fell on my actual birthday, and there was no where else I would have rather spent my golden b-day either (it was that good)!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Treytonism: Still Awesome

IMG_0056 As I was kissing Treyton good night tonight, I told him that tonight was going to be the last time that I would kiss him as a 4-year old!! I started kissing him all over and he was laughing. He told me he wanted to go kiss daddy goodnight for the last time he was 4, too.

When he went to get back in bed he said to me “Don’t worry mom, I’m still going to be in the same skin, it’s not like I’m going to be a dad or something. My head is going to be the same, I’m still going to be awesome!”

First Day of Little League

Treyton had his first little league practice last night.

He loved it and did a great job. Tim is able to be a part of the practices and games, so that’s awesome for the two of them. During the practice the girls and I headed to the nearby park. Luckily I brought my big camera lens and was still able to get a couple of great pictures of the practice.

Treyton is a great hitter, he needs a little work with his catching and bases. He isn’t used to using a heavier metal bat, but I am sure in the next couple of weeks he’ll get the hang of it. The first time he ran the bases he ran the wrong way…. honest mistake… lets be honest it has happened to the best of us could happen to any of us.

He is in a great program and I love that the focus right now is purely an introduction to the game, instilling the basics and a love of the game, rather than a win or lose focus.

IMG_0005 Stretches

IMG_0022 Warming Up

IMG_0043Playing Short Stop

IMG_0045Throwing Back to First

IMG_0050 Getting Ready to Bat

IMG_0060Batting: Treyton’s favorite part

Here are some of the girls at the park:

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A Mother’s Calling: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Okay, despite my best intentions, this has taken me longer than it should have and I apologize.

A Mother's Calling

Sherri over at Fostering my Family is starting a very honorable meme that I want to be a part of called “A Mother’s Calling”. This week she is discussing the importance of the Sabbath and asking what we do in our home to inspire a love for this day. Her exact question was: Are you doing things to help your children LOVE the sabbath? Are you keeping the the day holy?image

For us, because our children are so young, the simple answer is that we aren’t doing much in regards to “teaching” but we do have a Sabbath routine and schedule which I feel like is teaching our children that this day is different and set apart. This is most important to Tim and I as parents. We have talked about the Sabbath often and our children understand that Sunday is for church, a “special” day to learn about Jesus and resting. At a young age I personally feel like a healthy respect for the Sabbath is more important than a love of  it (though I want them to LOVE it too).

We are attending both services at church right now, so that means we leave the house rather early. The morning is a rush of getting dressed and ready and getting out the door. So not much in the way of tradition or special-ness :)

After church we always share what each member of the family learned about in church, we’ve done this for as long as Treyton has understood what he learned in Sunday School. We felt like this was a good way for Treyton to recall what he just learned which in turns helps him to remember it later as well. Lexie is just getting into this now, she has just graduated to the 2-year old class and comes home with a lesson now.

We almost always go out to eat on Sunday’s the kids enjoy eating out, and it allows both mom and dad to take a little bit of a break from cooking and cleaning.

Occasionally we will plan special trips after church – to the local amusement park, a picnic lunch, lunch and a play date with other families, etc. - Due to family schedules, my side of the family holds most of our extended family events on Sunday, which means we might have a b-day to go to or some holiday. These are mostly summer events, but we make a point to still attend church in the morning regardless of what our schedule is for the rest of the day. We feel as though this shows our children that God comes first even when other things are going on.

It is a very RARE Sunday to not have a family nap time in the afternoon. For me, this is one of my favorite parts of Sunday and what makes it a Sabbath – a nap – it’s a beautiful thing. Tim and Treyton usually nap in the Living Room together OR do something just the two of them while the girls all nap. This is a special time for the two of them, regardless of what they do (a few weeks ago they went golfing, another time they went to the man store – aka Menards – to pick up a few supplies for a project, they’ll swim, ride their bikes, etc.).

I realize after typing this, we certainly have a Sabbath routine, but not much in the way of traditions per se.

Treyton for sure, understands the Sunday is a different kind of day, that it’s a church day, a day of rest and a day to learn about Jesus. I’m happy with that as his understanding at this point. Maybe we will do more in the future, but maybe not.

If you’re family has a special routine, traditions or lessons to teach the importance of love of the Sabbath, consider linking up here on Sherri’s blog. Thanks Sherri for starting this meme – I look forward to being a part of it in the future.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Treytonisms: Faith Like a Child

image We just started doing “Big Truths for Little Kids” devotional after dinner with the kids. We are loving it by the way and I highly recommend it as a devotional for families with younger kids.

We did it three nights this week and each day Treyton amazed us with what he seemed to know, what he wanted to know and his desire to know more about God. It’s so refreshing to talk to a child about God, what they believe about Him and their viewpoint on things. It can bring a lot of things into perspective and remind you of the importance of the “faith of a child”.

Treyton and Alexa Of course, we had our moments of distraction and off the wall subjects (I mean we’re still us :)) but all in all, three nights of success for sure.

Fun vs. Truth

On the second night of doing the devotion, we were talking about the Bible and Treyton (who often pretends he is spiderman while performing a show in our living room) told us about how that very afternoon, he was talking on the stage to the people about two books. And he told them “This book is fun [pointing to the storybook] but it isn’t true, but the Bible is true, it isn’t fun, but it’s God’s Word!!” after a short pause he did say “It’s fun after you read it though.”  Tim and I got a kick out of it. No truer words were probably spoken from the mouth of a child :)

Inspired, kinda like, SpidermanTreyton and Spiderman5

The third night of doing devotions Tim was reading about how the Bible is the inspired word of God. Treyton interrupted to tell us how that was like Spiderman. Tim looked at him a little confused and said “Not really, buddy.” and tried to keep reading. Treyton, not one to let things go, kept trying to explain how Spiderman was like the Word of God. He was showing his web shooting, and pointing to his hand. Treyton isn’t the easiest kid to understand, especially when he’s passionate about something but by chance I picked up on what he was trying to say. He was trying to say that the INSPIRED word of God was like SPIDERMAN…. cause they are kind of the same word in how they sound ;)

The Most Important part of Treyton’s Story

On the third night the story was about the story of a little boy accepting Christ in his heart. Tim and I have always believed that becoming a Christian isn’t about a specific prayer you say but rather a transformation of the heart. While some people express this transformation with a prayer, the prayer has no power in and of itself without the heart of faith behind it. We always felt convicted not to push our kids into saying a prayer unless they felt the desire or conviction to do so themselves, and in fact, we’ve probably discouraged the saying of a prayer (without ever saying anything).

The past couple of weeks Treyton has been learning alot about what it means to be a sinner and the importance of what Christ did for us on the cross. Specifically last week in school we memorized Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” This lead to so many awesome conversations between Treyton and I, he asked a lot of questions, and I could tell he was beginning to understand more and more about salvation and what it really means.

So anyway, Wednesday night, after the story we were talking about the little boy in the story that asked Jesus into his heart.

Treyton asked “Am I a Christian?”

Tim, simply asked Treyton “Do you love Jesus?”

Treyton said “Yeah”

Me: “Do you want to serve Jesus with your whole heart and life?”

Treyton said “Yeah”

Tim and I almost in unison said “Then you’re a Christian!”

To be honest, I don’t know if Treyton will ever say a prayer or have a date to mark down for becoming a believer, and for the record I’m okay if he does (or doesn’t) say some prayer or have a date to hold on to, because for me as a mom, I already know and in his heart, at a tender age of 4 (nearly 5) he already knows too, but most importantly, His Savior knows!