Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This was the biggest Christmas so far. Luke, Cameron, & Miriam got new bikes. Levi got a train table & train set and Micah got a kitchen set. Cole enjoyed his first Christmas...he got some "coal" in his stocking, sipped some of ZeeZee's coffee, and took a nap while we opened presents.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Greetings family and friends! Here is our annual end-of-the-year rundown.
After much prayer and consideration, we decided to go ahead with adding a second floor to our house this year. The project kicked-off in late April with plumbing and foundation work. On May 17th the framers started tearing away the existing area where the new section was going, and by Memorial Day weekend they had the new upstairs more-or-less “blacked-in”. A couple more weeks of framing followed, and then in June the A/C and electrical rough-in, and roofing and masonry work was completed. July saw much of the interior work get going, including installing the insulation, hanging and floating the sheetrock, and starting the trim carpentry. August got really exciting around here as the interior painting was finished, and the bathroom and electrical fixtures were all installed. Finally, in September, the flooring, vanities, window blinds, and driveway extension were all completed, finishing the project, as a great kickoff to football season. Everyone please feel free to come visit us soon, and stay a night or two. In the end we added a playroom, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms upstairs, then a garage/storeroom and bathroom downstairs. In October, Luke and Cameron moved into one of the rooms upstairs, which made room for Cole and his crib to move in with Levi (downstairs), and gave Miriam and Micah their own girly room too.
We are so thankful to our general contractor Wayne Dodge (Construction), who did a fantastic job with a very complex and difficult project, having to endure 6 months of Craig’s fastidious and hyper-meticulous nature. Also special thanks to Wayne’s framer Wes Hart, whose crew did an unbelievable job of making sure no rain ever got into our home, during the framing days. A final big thank you to Rick (the best dad and father-in-law in the world) for putting in a limestone driveway and 3 catch basins, allowing us a way to drive back to our barn, where we parked our vehicles during the project.
Craig (38) – He continues to sing with the Parkview Praise Team and Choir and lead the Children’s Choir; and, he finally retired his last aquarium, and got to see the Saints win a Super Bowl and a Johnny’s Pizza open in Baton Rouge in the same year (yay!). He also continues his instrument engineering work at Jacobs Engineering, where he got the opportunity to work with 2 new clients this year.
Candi (35) – She is busy homeschooling the kids and continues to blog about homeschool and family activities. She once again participated in the Mommytography 365 project and continues to learn more about photography. She even had a couple of photo shoots…a wedding in May and senior pictures in November.
Luke (7½) – He is in 3rd grade this year and loves math and geography. He really enjoys football and many other sports, and played Upward Basketball (Rattlers) at Woodlawn Baptist, coaches pitch baseball (Cubs) at Istrouma Baptist, and YMCA flag football (Cubs). Luke also enjoyed playing his first year of fantasy football.
Cameron (6) – He is in 1st grade this year, but in general doesn’t really enjoy school. This year Cameron became a lot more interested in football. He played YMCA flag football (Red Dragons) again and was often the quarterback for his team. He will play Upward Basketball, starting in just a few weeks.
Both Luke and Cameron attended 2 music camps this summer. The first was a children’s choir camp called “Art-Is-In”. On Friday night of the camp, they presented a musical called “2 Tickets to Hollywood.” Luke played the part of an actor named “Basil Filamore” and sang his first solo. Cameron was one of the bull-fighter dancers in the same song. The second camp was a week-long fine arts camp where they learned how they use fine arts to worship God. They also got to attend many football games (high school & LSU) with Daddy.
Miriam (4½) – She is doing more structured preschool work and already knows all of the letters and many of their sounds. She continues to love “girly” things like jewelry, purses, and especially make-up and lipstick (Thanks to Aunt Laura & ZeeZee). She really liked the Father/Daughter Sweetheart dance that Daddy took her to in February. Currently she enjoys taking care of Cole and helping with her cousins Grace and Elliott when they are visiting.
Micah (2½) – Micah does some of the same preschool work as Levi when she’s interested. She’s a girly girl…she loves to play with purses and shoes! She’s definitely in the terrible two stage right now, trying both Mommy & Daddy’s patience!
Cole (5 months) – Cole Benjamin was born on July 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm weighing 8 lbs and was 19.5 inches long. He is a very content baby and loves being around his older siblings.
Here are some highlights of family activities this past year – Grace’s baptism (Jan), Vacation Bible School (June), 10th Dating Anniversary @ Cheesecake Bistro (July), Birth of Elliott Lane Busby to Eric & Laura (Oct), New van (Nov)
Trips – Houston (Jan), Monroe (May, Aug, Nov), Arkansas (Aug, Nov), Gulf Shores with all the Stanford’s (Sept), NC vs. LSU in Atlanta (Sept), Clinton (Oct, Nov), LSU vs. Arkansas (Nov)
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year, and please do not forget the reason for it in all the busyness.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
Friday, December 24, 2010
Today the twins from down the street brought Luke & Cameron their present. It seems that the moms had the same idea because we both bought walkie talkies.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday night our choir sang at Holiday Harmony at Perkins Rowe. Area choirs sang selections and led in Christmas carols. There were activities for the kids as well…Santa, elves on stilts passing out candy canes, free cokes and hot chocolate, clowns making balloon animals.
Friday, December 17, 2010
I intended to make these yesterday for our school snack since Levi was counting horses and horses eat hay! Can you tell I like themes? Well anyway, the original recipe calls for butterscotch chips and peanuts. Well I didn’t have any butterscotch or peanuts, so I just used some white chocolate chips and I picked out the cashews out of a can of mixed nuts. I made just a little batch for our school work snack, then after I read Amy’s Chocolate Friday post, I decided to make some other variations. I had 3 bags of different chocolate chips that only had a little in each one so I made the following batches: Nestle Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels, Andes Crème de Menthe chips, and white chocolate chips with almonds from the mixed nuts can.
So basically melt any kind of chocolate chips you want and add chow mein noodles and/or nuts.
For more chocolate recipes, be sure to check out Kristal's Chocolate Friday.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Luke & Cameron enjoyed being with their best friends.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Kahlua Cake Recipe
-given to us by Dennis & Kelly Meyers
- 1 pkg Devil’s Food cake mix
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup Kahlua
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- ½ bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Well for the Homeschool Ladies Fellowship, I decided to use the recipe to make cupcakes. I baked the big ones for about 30 minutes and the mini ones for about 20 minutes. Then I made some cream cheese frosting that I dyed green. Then Miriam helped me decorate them with different Christmas sprinkles and toppings.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
At the Thanksgiving info station, Mrs. Tiany read info from The Thanksgiving Story by Dagliesh and the kids got to create a Thanksgiving sticker scene.
Next station was the Oreo Turkey made from a graham cracker, chocolate icing, oreo, candy corn and goldfish.
Next they made pilgrim hats with Mrs. Rachel. She did such a great job with these. She explains how to make them on her blog.
Then she read them a story about how clothes were made during that time period.
Next was the butter station. Here they got to make their own butter from heavy whipping cream by shaking it in a plastic container. Then Mrs. Starr explained how wheat is ground and made into bread. They also got to try grinding wheat using a hand grinder and she also showed them her electric grinder. After the butter was made, they got to eat some of it on her homemade bread. YUMMO!
At the pumpkin info station, Mrs. Amanda told them many different facts about pumpkins. She did a great job making charts and games for the station.
Last was the picture frame station where they made frames to put their picture. I took their picture at the pilgrim hat station after their hat was finished.
Then of course, we had a big feast!