Sunday, August 28, 2011

Treyton’s 6 Birthday - Sports Party

IMG_0041Treyton turned 6 this past Friday. Dad had to work in the morning, but after he got home, we had Pizza for lunch (one of Treyton’s favorites) and then Treyton opened his gifts.

IMG_0030 After Treyton opened his gifts we had plans to go to Bay Beach, but mom ended up getting a headache (in addition to the onset of a cold). So Treyton allowed mom to rest, and we decided to push Bay Beach off until next week. Instead he spent the afternoon playing with all of his new toys, including a Nintendo DS lite (a huge hit!). That night for dinner we went to Nakashima’s (as always) per Treyton’s request. It was great food, and our chef was even more fun than normal.  IMG_0054Treyton decided on a sports theme party this year. My sister, made him a baseball cake, which Treyton had helped design ;)

IMG_0055 As usual, we had lots of little ones, to entertain us and keep us on our toes :)

IMG_0057Here is my niece, Madison and Audrey, “sharing”, at least as well as 1 year olds share.

IMG_0066 We started the party off with a fun baseball game. I was happy that almost all of the kids participated, and a lot of the adults stepped up to help coordinate the game.


The cake was not only pretty, it was delicious, too. Thank you Alana, for making it.


IMG_0092Treyton had a GIANT piece of cake, which he didn’t even come close to finishing, but made him feel special.

IMG_0094 Next was a small football game for the older kids and dads.

IMG_0116To end the party, Treyton opened his gifts.

He got lots of legos, which is what he wanted. He has already started working on building with some of them.


IMG_0131Earlier this summer, Treyton’s bike met a tragic end after getting backed over, so he’s been without one for about a month or so. Aunt Toni was very generous and bought him a new one for his birthday.

IMG_0138 Our friend, Dustin, went for a little ride on the bike as well. :)


Here’s a picture of the 4 babies from my side of the family, all at the party, born with in 5 months of each other, this is actually the first picture of all 4 of them together.

IMG_0141We all had a fun time. Treyton actually said he might do a sports party again next year…. he hasn’t decided yet, which I think means he had fun.

I’m so grateful for all of our family and friends that came to hang out and love on Treyton for his birthday.

Treyton’s 6 Year Old Questionnaire

IMG_0005This past Friday was Treyton’s 6th Birthday. Like most kids his age, he looked talked about the big day for at least the past 3 months. In honor of his birthday, I thought it would be appropriate to post his 6 year old  questionnaire.  

What is your name: Treyton

When is your birthday: August 26th

How old are you: 5 1/2, almost 6

Who is your Mom: Amber

What does your Mom do: She plays with me, she does school with me.

Who is your Daddy: Tim

What does your Daddy do: He works and provides for us, right?

What is your favorite color: Um, Orange, and then red

What is your favorite song: Ewww…. nice trick, Boom Bop

What do you want to do when you grow up: I want to, well, I’m thinking about doing baseball

Where do you want to live when you grow up: North America

What is your favorite food: I have some: pizza, corn, tacos and snacks and special treats

What is your least favorite food: potatoes, I hate. I do not like tomatoes and I do not like mushrooms

What is your favorite animal: Puppy Dog and then a turtle

What is your favorite thing to do: play with my family and have my party, and play with my sisters

What do Mom and Dad do after you go to bed: Talk and Work

What does Daddy say: He says “Night, Night Treyton” and “I love you”

What does Mom say: “I’m sorry” and “I love you” 

Who does our family love the most: Treyton

Where do we go to church: We go pretty much anywhere

Why do we go to church: Because we are Christians and we love God and we want to learn about God.

What is your favorite book: Spiderman

What is your favorite movie: The Princess (but he gave me a just kidding smile) Tangled? Yeah but…. It’s okay if you like Tangled Yeah? I guess that one then, I just don’t want to be weird to like a princess one It’s not weird to like that movie. 

What is your favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate!!!!!!!

Where do you like to eat: When I’m hungry for it I like to eat at Sushi, the one where they sit in front of you (he means habachi)

Who is your favorite person: Mama

Who is your best friend: Henry

Who is your brother: zero. I don’t have a brother!! Why did you answer that?!?!?! (He meant ask) Say nothing!! (He’s getting very worked up that I’m typing saying) “what is this? what is this? take that away!” (I “cut” all the writing and paste it back in later)

Who is your sister(s): Dexa and Audrey

Where did your sister come from: Mommy and the doctor

IMG_0041Treyton is an incredible boy and my big helper around the house. To be honest, most days I don’t know what I would do without him. His biggest flaw would be that he tries to teach and correct his sisters too much, but I truly think most of the time it’s out of love. Just today after I corrected him for it he told me “If I don’t tell her, she won’t know, I don’t want her to be stupid, I want her to know, to understand!”

Treyton has a very wise and discerning spirit, on the flip side of that he can be very skeptical and critical as well. I am a lot like this as well. Lately we’ve both been trying to work on this, so we’ve come up with our own little daily routine of telling each other our “Happy List” we’ll pick a number usually 2-5 and we have to tell each other that many things that made us happy that day, or that we thought were good. It’s easy for us both to go through the day, and have one or two stressful moments and we forget about all the good. This has been a good practice for us.

Treyton is very practical and analytical, honest and for the most part very black-and-white when it comes to things being right or wrong. He’s inquisitive, loves to ask questions and if he doesn’t understand he’ll keep asking until he does.

I am so blessed to be his mother, and I truly do think he’s the most amazing boy in the world!! (Although he tells me “all parents think that about their boys”). Ahhh…. my realist.

Happy Birthday Little Man, I hope you had an amazing day, a great party and a blessed year!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Treyton AND Alexaisms!

imageThis morning during Alexa’s prayer she started out with “God, thank you, help us to listen, help us to die, so that we can go to heaven.”


Treyton this morning ended up locking himself out of the garage, he rang the doorbell, but Lexie and I didn’t answer it (both of the other doors were wide open), he finally came around the house and said “Mom, did you forget where the door was? I was waiting out there for like 2 hours!!”

“2 hours, huh?”

“Mom, I was using…. what’s the word… sarcassing. You know what I mean. It was a long time.”


I had Treyton put all the shoes in order in our shoe closet, he was pretty upset because he couldn’t find one of Dad’s sandals. It took a while to assure him that this was not a big deal. Of course Treyton said “Well, whatever, Dad will never be able to wear those sandals again.”

I said “Buddy, you got to calm down, this is not a big deal at all, Audrey probably just wondered off with it. We will find it, I’m sure of it.”

To which he replied “Ugh…. I really wish Adam and Eve wouldn’t have sinned!!”

I smiled and said “Why?”

“Because, I just want us to be perfect.”


This morning, Alexa and I were cuddling and I said

“I love you so much.”

She said “I love you so much.”

I said “I love you more.”

She said “Yeah, you do.”


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Alexa’s 3 Year Old Questionnaire

image What is your name: Lexa

When is your birthday: August (Her birthday is actually in July, Treyton’s is in August)

How old are you: 3!!

Who is your Mom: Mama

What does your Mom do: Read books with Treyton.

Who is your Daddy: Daddy

What does your Daddy do: Buy stuff

What is your favorite color: Pink!!

What is your favorite song: Cannot Wait

What do you want to do when you grow up: I want like a baby

Where do you want to live when you grow up: Not in Kaukauna, I will go to America

What is your favorite food: Pineapple, NO Apples or Bananas (she doesn’t like bananas), I like crackers and marshmallows. (at this point she breaks out in song and starts singing “yummy yummy marshmallows”)

What is your least favorite food: pineapple (she eats pineapple, while it’s certainly not her favorite food, it’s not like she doesn’t like it either, not sure where this answer came from), not spiders

What is your favorite animal: Train (what she calls Treyton) saw a “big big big zebra”… it was a big one. I like Lambies, not tiger, nope. Don’t you like Kitty cats?: They bite me!

What is your favorite thing to do: play with toys, sit in a time out, no, get a spanking, no. I love Daddy, I love mommy, I love Treyton, I love Audrey and Lexie I like Lexie too.

What do Mama and Daddy do after you go to bed: Pray

What does Daddy say: Love you

What does Mommy say: I love you

Who does our family love the most: Mommy and Dad… and Treyton…. and God…. and Daddy-o, and me, and Daudrey

Where do we go to church: To mine, Mommy and Daddy’s Audrey’s and Train’s and Lexie’s

Why do we go to church: Because we need to go to church Why do we need to go to church? Cause

What is your favorite book: Princess

What is your favorite movie: Princess, with long hair. (She’s referring to tangled)

What is your favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Milk

Where do you like to eat: Kaukauna

Who is your favorite person: Lamby

Who is your best friend: Treynon

Who is your brother: Treynon

Who is your sister: Daudry

Where did your sister come from: I don’t know

Where did your brother come from: I don’t know, either


Alexa is such a blessing to our family. She is a bundle of personality that we can’t get enough of! I’ll admit that she’s the one that wears me out the quickest right now, but not because she’s bad or too much, but because she’s learning a lot right now. I have to stay on my toes and remain consistent to teach her rightly. I am learning more and more with her to only say no when I HAVE to and to try to let her be who she is without trying to control her. She hates to be controlled, and so that doesn’t work well for either of us. Using a gentle approach is usually the best way to reach her, and it’s an answer to prayer to watch as she’s slowly learning to respect authority.

My favorite thing about Alexa right now is how much she loves to cuddle with me. She is a little snuggler, especially in the morning and after her naps. She is also an avid singer, commonly breaking out in song at any point during the day or conversation. It’s not unlike her to start singing an answer rather than to say it (like above when she started singing “yummy, yummy marshmallows”). She will commonly combine two or three songs together to make her own renditions. Just yesterday she combined the song “Jesus loves me” and “God Bless America” into a “Jesus loves America” style song.

Alexa is nurturing, loving and particularly fond of her siblings, having a strong yet unique bond with both her brother and sister. Being in the middle, I think she relates to both. I am so grateful to see that she has the grace, strength and the compassion to handle the middle-position of the family. She does it well.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tim Keller on Jesus in the Old Testament

“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:27)

  • Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us (1 Corinthians 15).
  • Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation (Hebrews 12:24).
  • Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void “not knowing wither he went!” to create a new people of God.
  • Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. While God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from me,” now we can say to God, “Now we know that you love me, because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from me.”
  • Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice we deserved, so we, like Jacob, only receive the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.
  • Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the king, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.
  • Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant (Hebrews 3).
  • Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.
  • Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends (Job 42).
  • Jesus is the true and better David, whose victory becomes his people’s victory, though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.
  • Jesus is the true and better Esther who didn’t just risk losing an earthly palace but lost the ultimate and heavenly one, who didn’t just risk his life, but gave his life to save his people.
  • Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so that we could be brought in.
  • Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb – innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He is the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the Lamb, the Light, the Bread.

The Bible is not about you — it is about him.

(Tim Keller, Ockenga Preaching Series 2006)