Friday, January 25, 2013

Spring in January

 Last weekend, the weather was gorgeous and Spring-like, so we went exploring. We found a large park nearby, with some walking paths. Christian went jogging for an hour while I played with the kids. It was one of those beautiful times when the kids all play together.

Hannah loved this long stick and kept posing with it again and again.

On one side of the park, there was a huge, long rock rubble mound, and of course the kids wanted to climb.

 King of the mountain!

 And then, after the climbing was done, Rachel found this sign. Whoops!
 But honestly, I'm glad we found the sign after!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rachel's Races

On of the really cool things about Fort Wayne is that they had cross country teams in the elementary schools. Rachel decided to give it a try, and I'm so glad she did! It was a wonderful experience for her. The races were 1 mile long, and they got to travel around the county for the races. She had some good friends on the team, including a friend of Hannah's, a 5th grader, who looked out for her and helped with some sign language. 

 Getting a ribbon after the first race...

 With the Oak View team, all in orange

The start of the race...


Celebrating after the race!

Awesome job, Rachel!

 I'm working on fixing the technical difficulties that have kept me from blogging. While digging through the photos stuck on my phone, I found these gems...

Aaron, looking like a sweet angel...HA!
This fall I participated in a co-op preschool and we took a field trip to the pumpkin patch (Funny story--When we showed up, the farm was closed--They just didn't get many people mid-day during the week. They opened up just for us, and the kids got to enjoy a small petting farm, a pumpkin farm, hay mazes and stuff to climb on, and a tractor ride.)
And this photo--Taken on a Sunday, after Church. The boys are practicing being reverent, since they obviously had a hard time that day. Sure looks fun, right?!

Monday, January 14, 2013

I finally got some pictures off the camera!

Here's are a few photos from right after we moved in:
(Please excuse boxes and mess...These are truly "before" pictures)

Our entry...

Another shot of the entry (view from upstairs)

The dining room: (a bit echo-y right now, since it has no rug, no curtains, nothing but a bird's nest chandelier that Christian hates.)

The blue upstairs landing... (leads to kids' bedrooms and bathroom)

The purple bathroom...

The gorgeous sparkles in what used the be a girls' room (now our guest room...and yes, someone must have just tossed hand-fulls of glitter on wet paint to get this look)

The basement toy/craft area--will be amazing once I find a home for everything. Check out the Ikea bookshelves the last owners left us!

The girls' bedroom (used to be a boys' bedroom, which explains the dark brown)

Our kitchen:
 Yes, I love it. Although the stools, which came with the house, are driving us crazy.
Here's a pictures of my pretty, organized spice cabinet.
Our family room, at Christmas time:
(yeah, our tree is leaning...Thank goodness it made it through the season without falling down)
 The stairway at Christmas:
 The boys' yellow bedroom:

The girls have a brown room, and the boys have a pretty yellow room with sheer curtains, pink finials on the curtain rod, and a chandelier (Christian also hates this one). We have some work to do:)

That's a quick tour. We really love the house, and don't actually have that much to do to it--just some paint. We are making some minor progress on hanging pictures and getting organized, but otherwise haven't done much aside from move in.

In non-home related news, the kids are taking a trampoline gymnastics class, Nathan now has glasses, I am teaching the 12-13 year old Sunday School class...and we still haven't sold our home in Fort Wayne.