Saturday, October 14, 2017

Happy 7th Birthday, Joya!

Oh Joya.

You're seven! Seven is such a grown up age. You are definitely testing out your independence. You aren't afraid to try new things. I love your courage! You are doing so well in school (as long as you keep the chatting to a minimum.) It's fun to watch you learn and grow.

We pray that you are filled with wisdom as you face each day. We pray that you will choose what is right, and be bold to stand up for what is right too. We pray that you will be humble enough to seek counsel in all things. We pray that you will always be secure in how much we love you and want the best for you.

We love you so much, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet!

Happy Birthday!

Mom, Dad, Alaina & Bria

Joya - Age 7
Favorite Color - Yellow
Favorite Toy - My big, fluffy unicorn
Favorite Fruit – Peach
Favorite TV Show – Tom and Jerry
Favorite Thing to Eat For Lunch - PB&J
Favorite Outfit – Nacho Average Girl shirt/Emoji Skirt
Favorite Game - Five Second Rule Jr.
Favorite Snack – Gummy Bears
Favorite Animal - Kitten
Favorite Song – Light Shine Bright by Toby Mac
Favorite Book – Green Eggs and Ham
Best Friend – Luna and Addie
Favorite Cereal - Frosted Flakes
Favorite Thing to Do Outside - Go in the tree hideout
Favorite Drink - Fanta
Favorite Holiday - My birthday
Favorite Bed Buddy - Hippo
Favorite Thing to Eat for Breakfast - Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie
What do you want for your birthday dinner? Chicken Caeser Salad
What do you want to be when you grow up? An artist and a famous singer


Friday, June 2, 2017

Happy 9th Birthday, Alaina!


You're growing up.

Exhibit A - You didn't have to stand on a chair for your birthday picture next to the chalkboard.

Exhibit B - I don't have to bend over to hug you anymore.

Exhibit C - You chose Pops for your birthday breakfast cereal instead of Lucky Charms.

You are such a great nine-year-old. You are capable and independent and fun. I love how friendly you are to other kids. I love how you make sure to pay special attention to Bria. (I know that's because if you don't she'll bug the snot out of you, but whatever.) It's amazing to watch you make your own choices and handle your responsibilities your own way.

I pray that you will always feel secure in who God made you to be, so that you can concentrate on serving others. I pray that your love for music will grow and that you'll choose to nurture that gift through piano and the kids worship team. I pray that you will learn the benefits of spiritual discipline so that your relationship with God will deepen each year.

I love being your mom, and we love being your family.

Happy Birthday!

Mom, Dad, Joya & Bria

Alaina - Age 9
Favorite Color - Blue
Favorite Toy - Asher
Favorite Fruit – Dried Mango
Favorite TV Show – Ben 10
Favorite Thing to Eat For Lunch -Ramen
Favorite Outfit – I Dogs with shorts
Favorite Game - Soccer
Favorite Snack – Flaming Hot Cheetos
Favorite Animal - Caterpillar
Favorite Song – Move by Toby Mac
Favorite Book – Captain Underpants
Best Friend – Avery Brooke Gillett
Favorite Cereal - Pops
Favorite Thing to Do Outside - Soccer
Favorite Drink- Mountain Dew
Favorite Holiday - My birthday
Favorite Bed Buddy - Patches
Favorite Thing to Eat for Breakfast - Cheerios
What do you want for your birthday dinner? Freddie’s
What do you want to be when you grow up? An artist



Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy 4th Birthday Bria!

Happy Birthday, Bria! You are an amazing little girl. You are funny and kind, quick to apologize and quick to forgive. I've had such fun hanging out with you while your sisters are in school! You are pretty good at being patient when you have to do things like wait for your sisters to get out of school, or wait for Alaina to get done with piano lessons. You love riding your scooter and swinging on swings. You definitely live your life for fun! And you are a good helper. I love hearing you say the Bible verses that you learn at church. Watching you grow up is so fun!

I pray that the Lord keeps you safe, and helps you to grow in wisdom. I pray that you will learn to love Jesus at an early age. I pray that you will hate sin and get caught when you're guilty. I pray that you will always stay tender to the feelings of others.

We just love you so much!

Mommy, Daddy, Alaina and Joya

Alaina's Birthday Poem for Bria:

Happy Birthday Bria!
You're already turning four.
Happy Birthday Bria!
Please don't grow anymore.

Happy Birthday Bria!
This is a special, special day!
Happy Birthday Bria!
I'm glad it isn't May!

Please enjoy this card.
It's very special, you see.
I spent a lot of time making it,
And you are special to me.

I love you so
And yes you know,
I love you to the moon and back
I think of you as a big fun pack.

Love, Alaina


Friday, October 21, 2016


Fall is in full swing around here. Our days are marked by the rhythm and routine of school, and time marches on. Here are a few noteworthy things from the past few weeks:

The girls participated in Spirit week at school at the beginning of the month. Most of the themes were simple. My favorite was twin day, when my girls decided to be the twins. Even though he doesn't go to their school, Lee decided to be their third twin for the day.

Bria got glasses. She definitely needed them, because she has not fought us about it even once. She's a pro at keeping them on, and will ask for them if you don't get them to her quick enough in the morning or after nap.

We had fun celebrating Joya's 6th birthday. We went to Red Robin for lunch, then swimming at the indoor pool near Grammy's house. We had pizza and cupcakes at Grammy's, then the girls spent the night. It was a good day of family fun.

The girls love when the trees dump their leaves in the yard. Daddy hasn't been raking them fast enough, so they do their best to get the job done. My favorite part is when Bria picks them up by hand and takes them to the pile.

And Alaina has a new hole in her mouth.

 These are the days of our lives.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Happy 6th Birthday Joya!

Sweet Joya! You've waited a long time for this, but you are finally six! It's so fun to celebrate with you! You are growing and learning and thriving in school, just like we knew you would. We love watching you be creative. You work hard, even when things are hard to do. We're so proud of you for getting the Ownership Core Value Award at school! You are so fun to be around.

We pray that you continue to learn how to love others and show kindness. We pray that in humility, you'll consider others better than yourself. We pray that you always know that you are loved and that you can be secure in the love that we have for you and that God has for you. We pray that you will always seek Jesus first, when you are happy and sad and confused and thankful and scared.

We love you so much! Happy Birthday!

Mom, Dad, Alaina & Bria


Friday, September 16, 2016

A Discussion About the Quick 5

There's not much new to report this week. We had our first parent teacher conferences with the girls' teachers, and they're both doing great. They are good learners and they are thriving in the classroom. You can't ask for a much better report than that.

I'm considering phasing out the Quick 5. It's been fun, but I'm not sure I have five things to talk about each week anymore. Also, I'm wondering if my quick 5 isn't contributing to the false sense of connection brought on by the Internet. This blog is nice, but it doesn't foster any dialogue. Dialogue is what brings about connection. I often feel like I give my five highlights, but then have nothing else to talk to anyone about. Plus there's the whole braggy/unsolicited/let me talk about US thing going on.

I can still use this blog to let you know if anything spectacular happens. But honestly, most of our life is simple and normal. The kids go to school and learn and grow. I cook food and clean up messes and do laundry. Lee goes to work and does well and provides for our family. That's the essence of every quick 5 anyway.

These are today's musings.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Quick 5

Go Broncos!

1. We're getting into the swing of things around here, I think. Last week Bria and I did something that even I had never done: Family Time at the library. I had never taken any of the girls to any type of story time because it always seemed like I had one that was too small, and I was never in any mood to corral the tiny, loud one while the others heard the story. But Bria is old enough and she needs something to do, so we went. That girl danced like no one was watching, squirmed through the three stories, and did her craft like a boss. I think we'll do that more often now.
 2. Last week was the first week of Awana uniforms, but since Joya was sick we had to wait to take the picture until this week. This is the nicest picture I could get.
3. My friend Amy has chickens, and she brought some eggs for us to take. And then she brought me some of her super special eggs. A novelty, or freak of nature of sorts. See? Two eggs:
Three yolks:
So cool! Thanks Amy!

4. Our apples are all turning red and falling all over the place. And Bria loves to be outside these days. Because she's "so hungry!" And apples are "so hel-fy!" She's a nibbler.
We could probably count the number of apples she's eaten, but we'll probably never know the number of worms she's eaten.

5. Good news: our raspberry bush is making us raspberries! We thought that it was a dud year, because there had been no buds on it all summer. But lo and behold, it was waiting for the cooler nights of September. Now it's a race to see who can get to them first, me or Bria.

 That's all she wrote!