Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas in New Jersey!

Gideon hangin' with uncle J.
Aunt Cheryl, Olivia, Aunt Corrie and Garrett telling stories and playing together.
Esther and Avery sharing toys.
Crisp's on Christmas Eve.
Daddy and Esther on Christmas Eve. Happy 2nd birhtday today to our little Esther Bean! What a big girl! She's our fearless, girl with a great sense of humor! Our lives are brighter because she's in it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Do you see what I see?

Not a star. . A FIVE year old! Olivia turned 5 on the 17th! She had two friends spend the night and they had a blast doing make-up and staying up til almost 10:00pm!
Esther's face after make-up time. The next day she had so much on her, that only a bath would take it off!
This is Garrett's make-up job AFTER we wiped him off with a wash cloth. He looked more like Rambo with the black eye shadow all over his face than a beauty queen.

After I posted, I realized that I didn't put a picture of Gideon up. How sad! So I took a picture of him - and here it is! He's growing fast and is still really good!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Snow Days

Kids on the sled - this was the first picture.
Kids - including Gideon ( blue stripped "blanket" on Esther's lap). This is the last picture and you can tell b/c they couldn't hold themselves up anymore. Snow gear is great for keeping them warm - but not so great for sitting around in.
The snow has officially began in MI. I'm not anticipating seeing the grass until at least April. The other day it was warm enough for the kids to play outside - and they had a great time! Josh went out with them and pulled them around on the sled and built a snowman with them. Josh's snowman isn't pictured - the snowman above is Olivia's very own! Later on in the day they went back out and Olivia built her own snowman. The only thing Josh helped her with was putting the middle piece on and putting the arms on. She hunted for all the face pieces and assembled it on her own. She's getting so big - I can't believe that she's going to be 5 next week!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas came early

Christmas came early to the Crisp house this past weekend when Nana and Pa-pa brought up some furniture from Uncle Ron and Aunt Sherrie. They no longer needed the "kiddy" bunk-beds for their teenage boys and generously offered it to the quickly growing Crisp family. We are so thankful! Garrett is excited to have a top-bunk to sleep on and have Gideon's (formerly Esther's) crib in his room. The top picture is the bunk-bed, with trundle. And this picture is the bookshelf that goes with it, although it's on it's side, but you get the point. This trip up they also brought the nightstand. At another time they will be bringing up a dresser and a TV stand. Garrett went from have a bed and dresser in his room to having the most furniture in his room of anyone in the house. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Esther showing how big she is in her big-girl bed. She's done pretty well the last three nights. Sunday morning was the only morning she wanted to get up at 5 am - but by 6 she was back asleep.
A lot of people have been asking me how the kids are adjusting to Gideon's arrival, and I always reply with a "really well!" I was a little worried that the newness would wear off and Esther would get jealous and Garrett would want to put him back. But they've got NOTHING but love for him. Esther is quick to let us know that he's crying, with an "UH-OH", when she's hears him through the monitor. Garrett never turns down the chance to hold him and at church is very protective of him. He always lets people know what his name is, "This is my brother Gideon." And last night at church, he didn't want ANYONE touching him. He was standing guard at the carseat and would not leave his post.

So, all in all, we are adjusting well. Josh worked all last week and I was home with the kids. I think I may just make it through this crazy time. God has granted me grace for my short-comings as a wife and mother and given me grace to sustain me so that I can treat my husband and kids as a servant and teacher. Thank you God for hearing our prayers and answering them according to your will.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Random Pictures

Ok -so I know that he's not suppose to be on a pillow - but he's been a little congested lately and being propped up helps him sleep. Plus he looks so chill - with his hand under he head. . .he's so great!
Esther's learning early to "cheese" for the camera.
Again - so chill. This is the word that I have chosen for our little Gideon. Even when he's awake he's SO laid back.
Daddy and Garrett relaxing together.
Olivia NOT wanting her picture taken. And Es trying to be like her big sis.