Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dinner Delights

Tuesday night we asked Parker if he would like to make dinner for the family. He was excited about the chance to make fish again - even though this time it was frozen fish, not fresh. In addition to the tilapia, he made stuffing and a vegetable medley.... ALL BY HIMSELF! Dinner was absolutely delicious!!  And while we were eating dinner, he thanked us for the chance to cook dinner for the family!!! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Make Your Own Entertainment

When you've been at church since 7:30am, for three services, and then lunch and your parents are teaching a New Member get creative with your entertainment in the church nursery!!! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Backyard Makeover

We have been talking with the Trustees at the church about a backyard makeover ever since we moved in last year. With all the plans made and approvals given, things got started shortly before our beach vacation when a new zone of sprinklers were added to the backyard. 

Then once we returned from vacation, it was time to kick things into high gear. Daryl and I (mostly Daryl!) spent four hours outside one Friday trimming down small trees that had been growing along the backyard fence line. 

We ended up with two big piles of brush and some firewood. Plus a much cleaner tree line with a lot of the low-hanging branches out of the way. 

Then we went shopping for all of the supplies (including 3,000 pounds of pavers!) so that we could extend the patio slab five feet in both directions and put in a fire pit. Daryl worked a bit on this each night for almost a week, with some help from Parker and Wesley. 

I worked on some of the decorative touches, repainting flower pots and the bench that used to sit on the front porch at my parents' house. 

Last Tuesday all of the plants were delivered and installed by a local gentleman known as "The Garden Rebel." Mr. Sims had been out to look around in our yard and talk with us about what we wanted and then worked to incorporate plants that would do well in our mostly shaded yard with little maintenance.  And then several men from the Tuesday morning Men's Prayer Breakfast at church came out on Saturday morning to spread all of the pine straw - 48 bales!

We finished up putting out all the little touches this evening and so now the backyard transformation is finally complete! We are so pleased with how it turned out. It is a great space now where we can relax and entertain. 

Parker and Wesley made the paver border along the pine straw their own special project! 

We got this idea off Pinterest - some of our favorite places in the world - Walt Disney World, Siesta Key Beach, China, Hong Kong, Sapphire Valley, and Grand Cayman. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

First Grade Homework

Davis' Monday night homework involved writing his numbers 1 to 50 in this grid. 

And a few other things including reading this paragraph three times. He knew all the words. 
Davis can read! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School Youth Night

Sunday night was a familywide Back to School Celebration for the youth ministry at the church. Our original pool party at camp was rained out, so we ended up in the Family Life Center for food and games. Davis was "Mr. Personality Plus" during the evening and was cracking everyone up as we were trying to circle up to pray! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Office Transformation

Where did all our bookcases go? 

Oh there they are! We had to move all of them out into the hallway on Thursday so the office suite could get new carpet on Friday. 

The old carpet....

The new carpet...  What a difference! And then of course we had to take the time to move EVERYTHING back. At least we got it done in time for worship on Sunday. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Young Chef

This guy got up on Saturday morning and researched scrambled egg recipes on Youtube. He landed on a recipe from the Culinary Institute of America and made it for taste-testing. Everyone raved about it and so he made scrambled eggs then for the whole family for breakfast! Thanks for breakfast Wesley!