Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Visit From Gramma and Papa
















We had a nice visit from Gramma and Papa this past weekend! Unfortunately, it poured the entire time so we didn't actually DO anything but it was so nice to see them and visit! And nice that Dad did not have to go to the hospital this time! Uneventful is good!! :o) I think they have their holidays mixed up... they must have thought it was Christmas instead of Easter because they brought presents!!! Big presents! They have been busy in their workshop these days making fun things like rocking horses and toy trains and a special dresser for Anson! They are absolutely beautiful!!! We are enjoying all of them! And here is a sales pitch... they are selling these items now with more to come! They are researching pricing now and will have a catalog/blog soon. You just can't find these nice toys in the stores now. Who wants a rocking horse or train that was made in China, anyway! :o) These are keepsakes for sure and we are so glad to have them! Thanks again, Mom and Dad!!
And while they were here, Dusty and I got to go on a date! We had not been on one in a while! We had a great dinner at Vickery's (a local restaurant) and fun roaming the mall. It was raining so our options were narrow but it was nice to have uninterrupted talking time! :o)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

More Spring fun


Just staring





The new floppy hat


Ella actually pedaled by herself this week!

My little flower collector


wild violas? They smell so sweet!

More of our daffodils



one of our flowering bushes

the first tulip to bloom

Anson and Ella are getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine these days! They love the flowers and seeing new buds open daily. Not much new is happening here. I go to a class at church on Tuesday mornings called "Mom-to-Mom" and Anson and Ella go to their class. Anson asked me on the way home if I enjoyed my Mom to Mom class. I said "Yes I did. How was your class?" And he said "I had fun. My class is called Boy-to-Boy and Ella's class is called Baby-To-Baby"! He is regularly making connections and coming up with thought processes that I think are so smart! But I'm his Mommy so of course I think he's smart! :o) He also knows 36 of his 150 catechism questions now! On any random day you can ask him what sin is and he will reply "any lack of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God" !! Pretty big words for a 3 3/4 year old! And speaking of words, Ella's vocabulary is growing too! She can finally say Mama! She can also say "uh-oh!" (and says it a lot!), hi, hot, thank you, (not quite perfect but I know what she says!) here, and God. When we ask "Who made you?", she points upwards and says "Ga!" Close enough!
About the catechism questions: I never knew what catechism was until a month ago. But basically, out church teaches the kids these 150 questions about the Bible, God, etc little by little over their preschool and elementary years so that they know why they believe what they believe. Here are few sample questions:
Who made you? - God
What else did God make? - All things
Why did God make you and all things? - for his own glory
And it goes through, creation, Adam and Eve, Sin, Covenant (Which Anson can tell you what a covenant is also!) etc. I love it! So we ask him his questions at dinner or before bed and he looks forward to it every night! Dusty gives him a high five every time he answers a question.

Well, I guess that's it for now. I think I hear Ella waking up from her nap. Time to walk around the neighborhood and collect dandelions - Anson's request!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dresses and more dresses

My budding artist


Ella feeding her baby


My first embroidery attempt









Dress I made last week



Dress I made yesterday


And the Easter Dress! It says, "Rejoice! He Lives, Lamb of God, Allelujah"


"Do these shoes match?"


"No, what was I thinking?



I went on a dress making spree this weekend. I was sick with a cold and it was rainy all weekend so it was the perfect time to stay home and sew! Here are a few pics... Thanks so much for the Easter fabric, Roxanna. We love it!!!


Monday, March 9, 2009

From Snow to Spring


















We have had some gorgeous weather over the past few days! We are enjoying LOTS of outside time and it is fun to see Ella participate now! She goes exploring around the yard, finding rocks and dandelions, and then goes to the sand box and inevitably ends up pouring sand down Anson's shirt! She is a quiet and devious trouble maker! But in a cute way :o). Today we bought and planted some flowers ... impatients, violas, marigolds, and some others that I can't spell. Our bulbs that I planted in the fall (the whole length of our driveway) are all coming up! We have daffodils, tulips, crocuses, and again some more that I can't spell or remember. They are beautiful!

Today Anson came running in the back door, shouting, "Mommy, guess what? I saw a big bee!! That means its SPRING!!!!!!!!!!! YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Can you tell we like spring around here? :o)
I've posted some various pictures from this past week/end.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow!











We had a good snow today! It started during church and lasted all afternoon and into the evening! We had to drive home from church right through downtown Atlanta in a snow storm! It was really cool (no pun intended)! When we got home we let Anson and Ella play out in it for a few minutes and Anson got the hang of throwing snowballs really fast! Of course he had a great teacher... Dusty! I got pelted a few times too many! They built a little snowman on our table, too. It was a very wet snow so we were soaked after playing for about 15 minutes. But, of course we took a few pictures to share. I must say I'm glad we only get snow a few times a year... I just talked to Aly in Maine and they are getting over a foot!


I'm ready for spring! My daffodils just peeked their heads out this week when we had a warm day... I hope they're not ruined now!
Here is a video that shows the snow really well! This was taken from my front door...

video