Saturday, July 28, 2007
Sunset over Lake Michigan
Garrett and Micah taking a ride on a motorcycle at Playworld. This was a dreary morning, so we got out of the house by visiting an indoor play area for the kids.
Garrett digging a hole on the beach.
Olivia giving me a sad face on the beach. This was right after I had to punish her, so she wasn't real thrilled to see me in her face with a camera. However, I love the picture of her!
We just got back from a great week on Lake Michigan with Josh's family. His parents, Eric and Erin and their boys all came up to MI for the week and we stayed in a house right across the street from the beach. The weather was pretty good - we had a couple of cloudy and rainy days in the middle of the week, but found other things to get us out of the house. Overall, the kids were great, all 6 of them! There were very few fights to break up and bed times were pretty stress free. They loved the beach and especially the water! Esther and Garrett especially like the water. Yesterday the water was warm, but the rest of the week, it was pretty cold. The coldness didn't stop Garrett - he went in even when the water was 58 degrees! I'm hoping to get a slide show put together, so these pictures are only a taste of what's to come, ENJOY!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Well, here at Burnips Wesleyan Church we are about to have a new pastor come in. I was trying to find their blog because Steve had told me that Beth had found our blog, and I found it. They are in our links, so check them out, but I found this picture on their blog and we will be able to see the group that is about to join our family. Jess and I are very excited to meet the family and we are excited for what is about to happen here at the church. Blessings!!!!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
They call our name, "Crisp." The tech walks us back to the room. "Do you want to know the sex?" She asks.
"YES! And if you could make it a boy that would be great!"
She starts the ultrasound, checks the size and goes right for the leg region. Luckily baby wanted to cooperate. "It's got BOY parts!" she says. I had to ask her to say it again, b/c I wasn't really listening, I was too busy trying to figure out what I was looking at!
So baby #4 will even out our family and we are so glad! Everything looked normal during the ultrasound so that's a praise too. Josh was more worried about that b/c he doesn't feel the baby move yet, like I do. We are so thankful for a good report today! Thanks for all the prayers!
Olivia's glad there will be three boys and three girls. Gotta love my little organizer!
Garrett's glad he has a BOY to sleep with him in his room.
Esther doesn't really know what's going on, we'll let you know how she responds after the baby is born.
All my friends in blog land can give us some ideas on the middle name for our little Gideon. Josh really likes Samuel, I like Aaron and Joshua. Do you have any good names? And it doesn't have to be Biblical.
Friday, July 13, 2007
A close up of one of them.
This is what they looked like when Josh found them, he and Garrett thought they were mice b/c they were so brand new and their features weren't really clear.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Here's what the tree looked like before anything was cut out. The swing was relocated to another tree in the yard.
Josh took the older two up on the "cherry picker" before the fun began.
Two men worked for 4 hours "topping out" the tree.
Almost done the topping out process.
Of course we had tons of mess to clean up. Olivia and Garrett helped as much as they could! It was a lot of hard work, but I'm so happy with the result! The video of the tree falling is the next post down!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
The kids didn't just get a TON of candy at the parade, they also got to watch horses do their "business" along the route. One of them was so kind as to leave some right in front of our seats. At one point we told Garrett to run out into the street to get some candy that didn't quite make it to him, and on his way back he was coughing and gagging, saying, "That poop stinks, we gotta go home soon, PHEW!" He had us rollin'!
Another lovely shot of the three kids, NOT looking at the camera and with eyes closed! The day I get a great shot, will be the day pigs fly!
Mommy and Olivia waiting for the fireworks to start. I love this picture of her, because she's NOT posing and looks so beautiful (if I may brag!!).
Garrett and Daddy waiting on the fireworks (seems like we did a lot of waiting, hu?). But seriously, the kids did GREAT. If I had the day to do over again, I would do it exactly the same, with no exceptions or changes.
More sugar please! This photo was taken at around 9:30pm as we waited for the sun to set so that the show could begin. They did fine with the food - til it was gone - than it was pretty tough keeping them occupied and out of the way of thousands of people sitting around us. Overall they did REALLY well at being up until almost midnight.
Esther saying "CHEESE" for the camera - she never looks at the camera - so this is a great shot!
Olivia framing her face with a glow stick (thanks Miss Deb for buying them for us!). Notice the sky in the background, and the sun still not set all the way. I think this was taken after 10!
Garrett with his favorite trustee, Mr. Gary. Gary is so great with Garrett, putting up with all the questions and interruptions while he's trying to work. Thanks for loving our kids Mr Gary and Miss Deb!
Monday, July 02, 2007
Just wanted to update on Olivia's progress with riding the bike. She's a pro now and can even start herself. She's just a bit taller than Garrett, so she's got the advantage with the start. This same night we went down to the church to let them ride around the parking lot on their bikes and Olivia bit it hard! She still had on her bathing suit, so she got a really nice strawberry on her butt cheek and upper leg. Luckily, we were able to get her back on the bike the next day.
On another note about Olivia, she self-corrected the other day and it was AWESOME! We rode the bikes to the park behind our house on Friday and when we arrived there were three other girls playing and they asked Olivia to play. Garrett wasn't too interested in playing at that time, but a few minutes later he was headed to the picnic tables where they were. At first, all the girls were saying, "NO boys allowed!" Garrett kept his distance, just watching for a couple of minutes. He moved a little bit closer and Olivia turned to one of the older girls and said, "He can sit by me, can't he? He's just my brother, he won't bother us." I was so proud of her. All the tough lessons are not in vain!! Thank you Jesus!