Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Upward Soccer

We have spent the last 7 Saturday mornings playing Upward Soccer. I coached Zachary's team of 3 and 4 year olds and Andrew and Karson played also. This meant that every Saturday we were at the soccer fields for 3 hours. Most of the time it was so hot but it was so much fun!! I loved coaching my team and teaching them a little about soccer and a lot about God's love for them. Karson and Andrew both loved playing and Karson has decided that maybe she would like to play "real" soccer next year as she called it. I am so glad that it is over and we can start enjoying SUMMER!!!

After our season is over our church hosted an Awards Night for the kids. They all got a trophy and an Upward bag. They were all so proud of their trophies.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Easter Activites

Okay since Easter has long since been over and I am just now getting around to posting about it I thought I would just put it all together in one post. We started the festivites by dying our Easter Eggs early this year since we always forget them until the last minute and we are rushed. This kids had a great time. We went to an Easter Egg Hunt at church put together by none other than my good friend Tracy Harrison. First Kim told the Easter Story to the kids and we had a puppet show and then we went to look for eggs on the field. There were tons of eggs and the kids had a great time.

On Saturday night we made Easter Cookies. These cookies are so cool because they tell the true Easter Story.
First you pound the nuts just like Jesus was beaten. Then you smell vinegar to symbolize what Jesus was offered to drink while he hung on the cross. Then you add eggs because they smybolize life. Jesus gave His life to give us life. Next you taste salt to represent the tears of Jesus' followers. Next you add sugar because the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. Beat with a mixer to form white peaks and white represents the purity of God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleared by Jesus. Drop on cookie sheet and each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Put in oven and seal door with tape. On Easter morning wake up and remove tape from oven. After you bite the cookies you realize the are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty!! After we were dressed we gave the kids their Easter baskets and took a few family photos.

After church we went to Aunt G's house for lunch with Nana and the kids had fun looking for Eggs at her house and then they loved hitting the real eggs with a baseball bat. For dinner we all went to my grandparents house. This is the first family event on my side where both of brothers have children of their own.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Where Have I Been?

Ok so I know you are dying to know why I haven't posted anything in almost a month. Well, it is then end of school for me and it has been very busy. I had scrapbooks to make for 17 children and I made them cute pillowcases with a poem about school and all of the kids in our class hand prints. I also made each child a DVD with all the pictures that I had made this year and a CD with all of our favorite songs of the year. WOW!! That was a lot of stuff and every year I tell myself I will not procrastinate and I will start early and just keep it up all year long, but I never do and I always spend every day for two weeks getting everything done. Oh well I love it!! Then in the middle of doing all of this Summer Laney brought me the first Twilight book and I told myself that I would not start it until I finished all my school stuff, but I couldn't resist. I started reading the first book last Wednesday night and I finished the third book on this Wednesday night. That is a lot of reading in a week and I still finished everything else too. And the best part is today at 2pm I will be leaving my children and husband at home to go to a Women Of Joy conference in Charleston with four of the best friends a girl could ask for. I can't wait to spend time with the girls and get closer to HIM at the same time. I promise to update everything else we have done for the last month when I get home. Next week I have no school, but my older kids still do so I should be able to get a lot done!!!