So the Kansas Grandparents were finally able to visit Atlanta and celebrate with us so many great occasions this week.
We started out celebrating Elizabeth’s first birthday. (More birthday pictures to come soon.) She might be #4, but she is no less photographed.
We also celebrated this special man and the occasion of his first communion. (Yes. More pictures to come of that also.)
When the grandparents visit, there are sure to be lots of games played. In fact, we give some consideration to making sure there are a few new ones to try in their visits. There was some serious game playing this week…more games than I even photographed! The kids are thrilled!!!
Great Grandma Edna hasn’t been to Atlanta for four years. Our sweet Elizabeth Edna is named after her and this birthday was the perfect opportunity to celebrate together, for the first time.
She also happens to love Peeps. Thanks to a family friend for having purchased matching shirts for the kids. I love this photo of Grandma Edna with her peeps.
Nate’s parents, Sandy & Kent, are so fantastic at truly creating some memories and playing with the kids while they visit. I love this about their visits. (This trip, they were also an incredible gift to me in helping prepare for two celebrations.)
What a great week and so many fantastic memories. Please come back again soon…this time for some late summertime swimming maybe?
Oh. My. Goodness. We have certainly experienced an unusual southern winter! An abundance of snow TWICE! This time, we actually got more snow, 5″ by Thursday morning, and ice too. That’s the tricky part…the ice. However, we were blessed to not lose power and the temps really were warmer this time around than the last. That helps.
I’m just going to let the photos speak for themselves. Unless you have lived in the tropics your whole life, I’ll spare you the usual snow commentary.
So the sweet girl had no shoes other than her cowboy boots and her tennis shoes. So…what does any good redneck southern do…find the camo duct tape an outdoor trash bag. Slip on your cowboy boots and commence to make them waterproof! Yes. Folks. We have officially arrived.
Snow fort with the neighborhood kids.
She was indeed resourceful with her winter attire.
I wonder if the kids will ever spend so much consecutive hours outside the rest of the year? They have loved the snow play. It’s such a rite of childhood, right?! Nate and I both love to reminisce of growing up in KS during the winter. It makes me happy that the kids have some of their own memories, even though we live in the south. I’m forever grateful for our seasons!
What a great few days.
We were able to share a fantastic circus performance. I remember going to the circus with mom and dad as a kid. There is truly nothing that compares to the magic and show quality of a Ringling Bros circus. Their Built to Amaze show was Katie’s favorite. We’ve seen a few now over the course of the last 10 years. They are all fantastic! I love the Gwinnett Arena venue. For $12 tickets, I was quite pleased with our seats.
I love the circus!
We were able to bring a friend with us. The kids were delighted. I, however, was delighted Momma came with us. (Thanks also Momma for the surprise snow cones and now ice cream cups. They are cute, and no doubt the kids will not forget the sweetness of that juice either. WOW!)
Clare & Elizabeth were especially fond of the glow sticks. I’m quite thankful to have remembered them. They were handy toys as well as flash lights.
I’m also quite thankful to have remembered the noise cancelling headphones. Clare didn’t take them off…by choice I might add. Yea for a good idea and a mommy reminder. Thank goodness for large bags to carry all the essentials, right?!
What a great afternoon! Thankfully the row in front of us was empty. It sure made our movement less controlled. I appreciate that with two little ones.
Tonight, was the annual Father/Daughter date night at Chick-fil-A. It’s tradition for Nate & Katie for the last 5 years or so. It’s so fun!!
You reserve your table & time. There are waitresses to take your order at your table. There’s flowers and table cloths. This year there were live violinists playing. They walk around with platters offering free chocolate chunk cookies. There are chocolate roses for the daughters and a specially designed questionnaire book for conversation starters. They love it!
Even the cow takes part in the fun!
I can’t believe how big she’s getting. Daddy says next year, it’s likely there will be another daughter attending with him. I love it!
I absolve you of your sins. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (at our parish, St. Brigid Catholic Church).
Michael is an amazing young man. He had the opportunity tonight to experience God’s all-forgiving grace. What a gift of love to our soul. Fr. Josh is a beautiful soul who lovingly coached Michael through this Sacrament. Michael emerged with a smile on his face. I love it!
We were able to accompany Michael to the Paschal candle where he prayed his penance and we were able to lead him through a renewal of his baptismal vows. It is especially great that his Godmother, Aunt Anna, was able to kneel there with him as he prayed and said “I do”. I love our faith!
I have a clean heart in Christ.
Just a few more weeks until he receives the Eucharist for the first time. Fr. Michael Silloway will be there to celebrate.
Will you join me for some Valentine’s Day inspired tangle drawing?
Bring your permanent marker or pen and come on over to the Cumming Library for this month’s class.
We’ll draw some patterns, both new and old, and then you can add color as you like from home. I suggest using permanent markers. I’ll have a few on-site for those who want to color with remaining time.
I like how this brand keeps a fluid line of color on the surface of your paper without smearing. I also like the vibrancy of the color, even the black looks nice. You can find them HERE or at OfficeMax in a package of 5 black or 12 colors. The colored set is $10 at my local Office Max. I also recommend the markers from the previous post HERE. However, I think the bigger .5 marker is the best as the ink tends to be a bit more fluid for the duration of the class.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for February 7th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Cumming Branch Library. Please bring a friend or two or three. RSVP on this blog post by leaving a comment with how many will be drawing and ages if applicable. Also, if you consider yourself an advanced or intermediate tangler, I’d like to know that also. Although, an RSVP is not necessary for coming, it does help me predict how many supplies I’ll need. I recommend children 3rd grade on up AND parents too! Anyone who is interested in art and/or has the patience to draw a step-by-step line drawing, will love this class. I look forward to drawing with you!
It’s a new day and yesterday’s snow isn’t going anywhere.
It’s 8:30 a.m. and the snow gear is on and there’s playing to be done.
A little street hockey with the neighbors and some snow play too.
Oh yes. You must abandon the gloves to scoop up some serious snow.
Of course a scoop makes a perfect spoon for eating snow. Why didn’t I think of this before?
She has the coveted ski mask today.
A little snow fight to round out the morning before a certain one’s temper flared and got sent inside for the next hour.
The snow is definitely not going anywhere today. There will be more playing later! Until then….all stay warm. For those still trapped in their cars (friends of ours in fact), my prayers have been constant all morning. God be with you!!
Oh how I love snow. Well, snow in the south that comes once every few years. Of course we were laughing when we woke up today and saw that our county wasn’t even predicted for more than a dusting. Well, much to everyone’s delight (those of us that have been safe at home all afternoon), we have SNOW!!!
Our friendly cardinal made his appearance just as the snow started to fall around noontime. By 1:00, the kids were chomping at the bit to get outside and play. I happily obliged as we thought it was only going to be flurries for a few hours at most.
Clare was so anxious and even located all the normal cold attire and dressed herself!! She wasn’t exactly pleased when I mentioned she’d have to wear other clothes outside.
Michael has played in the frozen ice all week. He’s been quite thankful for the various outside toys that tend to collect water and then happen to freeze when we have several below zero days. He was so excited, he didn’t even wipe his face after eating lunch.
Thankfully, at 11:30 p.m. last night, Nate remembered to climb into the attic and retrieve the box of snow gear. I’m so very, very thankful that he graciously delayed his bedtime so the kids could play this afternoon warmer than most southerners, and oh how they played!!! Our kids played outside from 1:00 p.m. until we finally called them in for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Katie took a break mid-afternoon to watch a movie at a neighbor’s house, but Michael and the boys were dying to get out in the snow again. I’m told their movie watching lasted 30 minutes.
How does the baby experience snow? From the window looking out!
“What does snow feel like?”, she says. “Well, let me eat it and find out.” (Clare had come in and taken off her snow attire, and within seconds, Elizabeth had scurried over to investigate this unknown white substance.) Does the old adage still hold true? “Eat the snow. Just don’t eat yellow snow.”
Thankfully, Nate’s commute home (normally 30 minutes) was only an hour and a half. He left the office at 12:30 p.m. Thank God for the new job and it’s family friendly mentality!
However, he has a friend that left Buckhead at 1:30 today and is now (at 9:15 p.m.) still stuck in traffic at a standstill on GA400. There’s word that the highway may have just been closed completely. There’s talk of motorists sleeping in their cars. So many prayers go out to our friends; those who have wives stranded on the roads (one is walking 6 miles to sit with her or hopefully navigate the icy roads for her), and those with high school kids trying to get home from school. In addition, there are children all over the city sleeping at their school after buses broke down or parents couldn’t retrieve them. God bless everyone, especially those who are in danger of illness or cold due to travel complications. There’s already been at least one baby born on the highway tonight. State of emergency has been declared! God bless us all!!