Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fun at Home

A few snapshots from playing at home the other night.  Miles was on a roll!
He did this on his own, but it was kind of scary because sometimes he wouldn't get his knees in there far enough, and the truck would flip.  Keriann would then push him around in it, so, of course, he loved that!


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Cold Zoo Day

Last week T.J. took Miles to the zoo.  It was chilly, so we had to bust out the hat and mittens.  Miles wasn't so sure what to make of the mittens:)
T.J. said there was hardly anyone there, and it was awesome!
The pictures he got by this cheetah crack me up.  That cat obviously wants to be in Africa where it's warm!! Or maybe he wants a little snack (Miles).  Either way...



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Monday, November 19, 2012

Trucking Around

Miles is getting more and more into cars these days. He loves driving them all over.


The poor little guy has still got a cold. He had it, was almost over it, now it's back worse than before. I feel so bad that he doesn't know how to blow his nose and get everything out. He is coughing and breathing really heavy. Poor baby! T.J. had a call into the doctor's office about medicine. When they called him back, it was the end of the day and he missed the call. They're calling in a prescription in the morning, so hopefully that will help clear this up!
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Snuggles





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Sunday, November 18, 2012

God at Work

God has been at work in our lives, and I've not really written about it on my blog.  I feel like most of the time I don't have the right words to express what I mean or am feeling.  He is such a big part of our lives now, and for that I am forever grateful.  We attend Harvest Indy West in Avon, Indiana, and have grown so much since going there.  We are in a small group on Sunday nights.  We are challenged weekly by each other in going through our studies and God's Word.  I really love them all dearly and am so thankful for their friendships!  I also joined the choir this fall.  I'm not a great singer, but I do love to sing worship songs to our Lord and Savior!  I am so lucky to be blessed each Saturday when we practice.  I truly love that time worshiping, even if it is practicing.  We also teach Sunday school a couple weeks every once in a while (we are on a rotation).  This has by far been the biggest challenge for us.  We are not natural "teachers."  We are better suited for playing games/having fun/singing/goofing off.  So when it's time to be serious and we need to be strict, we sound ridiculous.  We love how God has stretched us to do this, even though it's not something we are naturally good at.  And we definitely grow each time we do it.  T.J. is also on a rotation doing set up before church.  We go to church in a  movie theater because there is not yet a building (but, Lord willing, there will be one next fall!)  So each Sunday they have to set up a stage/sound equipment/classrooms before church.  

T.J. and I are reading through Luke right now at home.  We are going to be going through it soon at church, so we are reading through it before that.  

We just finished reading this book for our small group.  It was so enlightening and just awakening.  I got so much out of reading it and would definitely recommend it!!  The last chapter on prayer was a game-changer for me!  So good!!
So that's just a glimpse of where we're at.  For those who have known us for a long time and are seeing a change, you're right.  It is a BIG change!  And we thank God for that!  It's by his grace and mercy that we've come to know him.  On that note, I will end this with 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mommy & Miles Date Night

Last weekend Miles and I had a date night, just me and him.  He took me out to dinner and shopping.  And he was on his best behavior!  We had so much fun!  Then we came home, played with a new toy he got, read lots of stories, and he was in bed before Daddy got back from his movie he went to see.



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Friday, November 16, 2012

Anderson Orchard

We hit up another pumpkin patch/apple orchard sometime in October.  Miles' favorite part was playing on at the playground.  So we checked out a few pumpkins, then played away!





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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Halloween (Half a Month Late)


Everything about Halloween was a struggle for us this year.  We barely made it to the trick-or-treat thing at the library.  I had to work late.  Then we missed the night in Plainfield because we were in Iowa.  We missed it in Iowa because we were in Plainfield.  So Miles didn't get to actually trick-or-treat this year.  Oh, well!
Along with our Halloween fail, we didn't carve pumpkins.  I decided about a week late that we should paint them at least.  So here they are all taped off.


Here they are after Miles painted his heart out!


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More Phone Pics

My mom came for a visit over a month ago.  She got here late and surprised Miles in the morning.  He LOVED having her here!!
 Peace and quiet during a lovely dinner out.  We can't be the only ones who do this:)
Silly boy!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Boy Time

Miles and Nolan had to get their boy time in while we were back in Iowa too.  These two played so great together!!  Even though some of these pictures are blurry, I had to post them.  They loved these horses, and I couldn't get enough of seeing them on them!!



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Girl Time!



While in Iowa I was able to sneak away for dinner with these two!  We sure missed Sara and Angie, though.  I love getting together with my girls when I get a chance!!


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Neck pillow? (Wordless Wednesday)





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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ankeny Craft Show


A couple weekends ago Keriann and I did our first real craft show.  Here is our little booth.  Everything went smoothly.  We sold about half of our stuff, and hope to sell more the end of November at a craft show in Indy.  It was stressful preparing for it, especially since we started only about two months before the show.  I'm glad it's over but did have fun doing it.  I wouldn't mind doing another one, maybe just having a little more prep time!

I didn't take pictures of all the stuff we sold.  But I did snap these two boards that we were finishing painting on the eve of the craft show.  They were our top sellers and sold out in an hour and a half!


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Bath tub chats.

Miles is quite the jibber-jabberer these days.  We can catch a few word here and there.  
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Monday, November 12, 2012

1, 2, 3, Whaaaa!!!

Miles likes to say, "Mama cry."  Or "Daddy cry."  He kind of says it in a funny voice and then we have to fake cry afterwards.
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Phone Photo Dump


I don't think I've posted any of these pictures on the blog yet, so I'm just going to do a random post to get them all on here.  Sorry if they're duplicates.

Miles trying out the clown nose while getting out the Halloween decorations.


A soggy day at the zoo.  Lots of puddle jumping was had!


Texting pictures to my baby while I was busy working.

Admiring our gigantic mum.  I planted it last fall after having it for decoration.  I didn't water it or really take care of it at all since, and it hasn't mattered!

Miles is a master leaf collector.  He also loves to rip them up into little teeny, tiny pieces.

LEAVES!


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Korbyn's Birthday Party


A few weeks ago we went to Korbyn's birthday party.  It was Miles' first birthday party, and he LOVED it!!  He got to climb into this bunk bed all by himself, which he was very proud of doing!

He and Korbyn also checked out the girls' makeup in their vanity:)


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Playing in the Leaves!

We have plenty of leaves around our established neighborhood, and we've been taking full advantage of playing in them!!



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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hey, Blue Eyes!!




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Hey batter, batter!

Miles is swinging for the fences already!
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Marching! Marching!

Miles loves marching around the house these days thanks to the Laurie Berkner Band and the Dinosaur Marching song.
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Happy Birthday, Daddy!!

T.J. turned 33 last month.  We had lots to celebrate since he is such an awesome husband and daddy!  I made him a good breakfast, then we headed to Broad Ripple for his first surprise of the day.  He got a massage!  After he was all relaxed from that it was time for the second surprise -- lunch at Fogo de Chao!  Then the third surprise -- is that Keriann and Derrick?  Fourth surprise -- is that Nate and Amy?  

We had a great time eating a delicious lunch!  T.J. tried objecting to every single thing, like I knew he would. But I think he enjoyed it!  After Miles napped, we opened gifts and had (last surprise) ice cream cake from Cold Stone!  YUM!! 
Miles trying to blow out the candle that wasn't there -- the one thing I forgot!

This is the card Miles picked out for T.J.  I'm not even kidding.  I had a cute sock monkey one picked out, and he wanted this monkey:)
We don't do much present opening around here.  Miles LOVES it!!
Miles singing to Daddy!
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Uh-oh drip water on the floor

I'm not sure why Miles says this, but he says it every time he takes a bath these days.  We do talk about getting water on the floor and how he needs to keep it in the tub.  He's such a Chatty Cathy these days!
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Another Birthday Post, Almost a Month Late

Here are some more pics from Miles' birthday that I finally pulled off my camera.  









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