Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thanksgiving, Christmas Parade and School Christmas Program

It's been a long time. Kori has been after me for a Thanksgiving update - so here you go Kori and I'll throw in Christmas Parade and Luke's school Christmas Program.

We spent 10 days out of town around Thanksgiving. We had a 3 day adoption workshop to attend in Tulsa and decided it wasn't worth the gas money to come home and turn around to go back for Thanksgiving. Luke and I made turkey cupcakes while we were hanging out at Nana and Papa's.They turned out pretty cute!Luke had a blast playing with this pink Barbie guitar at Granny's house. Don't tell anyone, but I think he's getting his own for Christmas! :)Here is Luke and Ryan playing Ryan's bass guitar.The cousins playing tag! We got home late on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but we HAD to get the tree up that night too! We had fun even though it was rushed.We went to the Christmas Parade at the beginning of the month with Luke's friend Silas. The low was 7 that night! It was very cold. We had debated taking Luke since he was on antibiotic for double ear infections. We took him and he had a good time. Luke's friend Presley came over last week. They had a great time playing and wanted to pose for a picture.Last weekend we took some of our girls to The Revolve conference. This was the first time we had to take Luke with us. Our babysitters - Nana, Papa and Jen - were busy that weekend. He did great and had a great time dancing to the music.

I am so proud of him. During the Stellar Kart concert he told me - as he was dancing - that he was going to be a rockstar and sing and play the guitar when he grew up. This mommy thinks he can do just that!

On our way home from Revolve. Luke wore his "Ladies Man" shirt to the all girls conference on Saturday. :)Last night was Luke's preschool program. I didn't get a good pic of him on the stage, but he did a great job. Another proud mommy moment - The kids answered questions about Christmas at school. On the question about why we celebrated Christmas Luke answered Jesus! Mommy and Daddy were both very proud.Santa came to visit since the kids did so good. The 2nd question on the questionnaire was who did they want to visit at Christmas. Luke's answer was Santa because he brings him presents. Papa came to Luke's program last night! Luke was really excited that he got to come.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Heavens Gates and Halloween

We've had a busy couple of weeks. Our church did the drama "Heaven's Gates Hell's Flames" October 25-27. A couple came in on Friday October 23. We spent that evening transforming our sanctuary into heaven and hell. On Saturday we finished decorating and got our parts. I played a young old woman if that makes sense. An older woman died of a heart attack and we switched spots in the dark and I woke up in heaven as her (signifying the new body that we will get when we get to heaven and not have aches and pains anymore). Daniel played a construction worker and Lukas played a little boy that had died and gone to heaven. His fictitious family died and he came out of heaven with Jesus. It was a VERY LONG five days, but over 800 people saw the drama and at least 80 people made decisions for Christ so it was very worth the sleep deprivation and having to drag my child out of bed for school. (I was having to drag myself out of bed to get him ready for school! :)
This was the first time that I got to go to heaven in this drama. It really opened up a lot of conversations with Luke. It is amazing how much he understands. This is what happens when you get your child completely off of his schedule! :)We took Luke's pic on the stairs to heaven. He did so good. On the last night he waved so big to the audience. We had been trying to get him to do that all week. I think the real reason that he did that is because since he was elevated in "heaven" he could see in the audience and saw a friend. His bribery was going to see the movie Astro Boy so we did that Friday night. He got to wear his Halloween costume to school on Friday and they went to a nursing home. He was Bumblebee this year. He is in love with Transformers right now.

On Halloween night our church had a Harvest Party. He won a huge water gun and got some candy so he was one happy Bumblebee.
That's about it for now!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Luke's 4th Birthday Party

Luke turned 4 on Friday! He was so excited. It was so neat. His preschool makes a big deal out of all the kids birthdays. He wanted to take OU cookies so we did just that. He got to wear a birthday crown and got a present. His teacher took his picture with me and Daniel for the book they make of the years events. He had a really good time.On Friday night Nana, Papa, Aunt Jen and Granny came to our house. Luke "read" Granny his Transformers book. His memory amazes me. I can read him a book a few times and he has the thing memorized. The Transformers book isn't a short book either.Friday night he opened up a present from Aunt Jen's boyfriend. He had been wanting that Chick Hicks Hauler.We had a Thomas Party on Saturday! I didn't get too many pictures since things were kind of crazy and the pics I did get had other kids in them. I didn't want to post them without their parents permission - but here are a few! :)
We were supposed to have the party at the park but it was rainy and in the 30s on Saturday so we stayed nice and warm in the house!Getting ready for our friends to come! Luke is really into big scary pumpkin heads this year. He loves the book called The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything. If you haven't read it you should check it out!
He had a great day and ended up with lots of fun stuff! He has really enjoyed playing with all his new things.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

It's been a while...

This is for you Kori!
I haven't updated since Luke's 1st day of school, so honestly I can't remember everything that has gone on.
On Luke's 1st day of school by himself they made frog hats. It was pretty cute watching the kids come out with their frog hats on.My boy loves his trains. His room is generally a train lovers paradise. Occasionally he gets creative and will take his track apart to make a different track which generally results in his track being torn apart. It irritates daddy when this happens since he's the track builder at our house.We celebrated Grandparents Day with Nana and Papa. Luke was learning about tadpoles and frogs at school. He had learned a tadpole song so we made a tadpole for their present. Then after we got home I discovered that I had already bought their present so I guess I have both of their birthdays covered. :)We got to make a pennant for school. It was a lot of fun!Luke also was learning about catepillars and cocoons/chrysalis at school. We went to mom's class and they had a chrysalis. Luke wanted one too! Nana was happy to oblige. She brought Luke a chrysalis. (It was already spun by the time she got to our house) We watched it for about a week and then one day Luke ran out of his bedroom and said "It hatched! It hatched!" The boy was so excited and Silas was here playing so that made it even more fun. Daddy was home for lunch so he helped us let it go. I was afraid that Luke was going to be upset so we talked about how the butterfly was going to go explore the world. It hung out for a few hours and then left. That evening Daniel and I were sitting on the back porch watching Luke play when we found a butterfly wing. Daniel was trying to hide it from Luke so he wouldn't see it and see that his butterfly died. For another full week Luke talked about his butterfly and how it was a catepillar. He'd say that the catepillar ate and ate and ate. Then it pooped and pooped and pooped. Then spun his chrysalis and then the chrysalis hatched. We let it go and it went to explore the world. This went on for about a week. One morning he started the story again but kept going. He ended the story with saying that he stepped on a butterfly on his slide. That little stinker had known for a week that his butterfly was dead. :) Luke had tons of fun helping Daddy fill in holes in the backyard.Here's Daddy and Lukas watching the homecoming parade last Friday.
The Sweet boy turns 4 tomorrow! The party is Saturday so I'll post again soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Luke's 1st day of Preschool

Luke had a great first day of preschool. He has been so excited to go. He was ready to go from the moment he woke up this morning.He looked pretty handsome too, if I do say so myself! :)Such a big boy carrying his backpack! This picture is actually after we were leaving. Today the parents went with the kids. He definitely didn't stick close to us at all. When it was time for the parent meeting he was playing and I was watching from across the room. A teacher came to get him to take him to the gym and he went to her. Then I could read his face - I have to make sure it's ok with my mom. He looked around and found me. I waved and he was off! He goes back by himself on Friday and I don't even think that he will miss us!
We had a swim party tonight with our teens for Back to School. Luke hates getting water in his eyes so he wore his goggles tonight. He's pretty cute!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy 3rd Forever Family Day to Us!!!

Three years ago today, the most precious boy in the world officially became our son! We love this little guy so very much and feel so priviledged to be his parents. We celebrated tonight by going out to dinner and with cupcakes and ice cream!
Luke's present this year was a t-shirt from Ha Long Bay. He is anxious to wear it.
Luke had an eventful morning - He cut his hair. Aunt Jen says every kid needs to cut their hair at least once. I'm not so sure about that. I ended up laughing though instead of getting on to him too hard. He is grounded from his scissors for a week though.Here's a cute pic of Luke playing his banjo that we made. He thinks he is a rock star!

Stay tuned for next week's post of his first day of preschool!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cutest Little Ringbearer

So Nana, Papa and Jen can see our cute little man...
Lukas was the ring bearer today in Kori and Trevor's wedding. He did so good. I was wondering last night if he was going to walk down the aisle. Between bribery and a good talking too he did great! Daniel really gave it to him before bed last night. They kept saying "Just smile and walk down the aisle". I went in Luke's bedroom to check on him last night and he was sleeping and saying "Just smile and walk down the aisle" so I think he even dreamed about it. Our cute little guy!Lukas and Ally - the ring bearer and flower girl
Luke told me today that Ally looked like a princess! :) He's already coming up with pick up lines at 3!Right before he prepared to walk down the aisle. Kori and Trevor gave this Bumblebee to him last night, but I wouldn't let him open it until he actually did the deed.
He did great, although I did get a scare. I was on my knees at the back of the sanctuary and when I told him to walk to Trevor he took about 2 steps and turned around. He says "Mom I just need to tell you something real quick". I told him "No just walk". And Tyler said he said mom, i love you. That's my sweet boy! He walked to Trevor and did a decent job standing there through the wedding. We got a few waves and funny faces, but that is to be expected with a 3 year old.Right after the I Do's were said. I accidentally cut Bumblebee out of the picture.
With his bribes - Bumblebee and a sucker!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mini Vacation

After our incredibly busy summer we felt like we needed a little family time so we headed to OKC for a little mini vacation. On Thursday night we went to Incredible Pizza for dinner. Luke had a blast playing the games.His favorite part was driving the go karts with his daddy. They won first place! He even has a ribbon to prove it and he is very proud of it. After dinner we went to the movies and saw Up. We all liked it. It was in 3D and Luke didn't like wearing the glasses, but other than that we all had fun.Friday morning we went to the zoo. The zoo trip didn't exactly go as planned. We overslept that morning and then when we got there they were having free admission. It was a mad house. On top of that I didn't bring a stroller because I thought Luke would want to walk around and see the animals. We had fun but it would have helped if we would have brought our stroller.We left around 2:00 because Luke was getting cranky and went back to the hotel so Luke could take a nap. Funny note - We had slept at church camp so much this summer that when we were in the car going back to the hotel he kept calling it church camp.By the time Luke woke up from his nap it was dinner time. We walked to Abuelo's. It was really good. After that we went and road the boats on the canal. Then we went and saw Ice Age 3. I haven't seen the first 2 all the way through but I think that I liked that better than Up.
This fountain was outside the movie theatre. Luke loved it. We stood here probably 4 times while he looked in.
We're back now. We stopped at Penn Square Mall today so Daniel could get some stuff for the church. They have a new Lego store. Luke is the proud owner of James Celebrating Sodor Day. He's pretty proud of his Lego train!