Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012

Tucker's class party
Tucker's preschool had a "Cowboy" day, and everyone dressed up as cowboys and girls.  He was so proud to be dressed up like Woody - his favorite part were his work boots!

Lana's class party
The whole first grade had Pajama Day.  
They spent an hour in the morning traveling from classroom to classroom, listening to a different story being read by every teacher.
Then they came back to their classroom for our party.

I am ever so grateful to Dan for working so hard and being willing to make crazy sacrifices so that I can do this.  Being Mommy to this girl is the greatest gift of my life, and I am so very thankful that I get to be there for all of the special things like this.

We had fun stations set up all around the room for the kids to visit: a snack making station, a weighing with candy corn station, a measuring with candy corn station, a necklace making station, an estimating station, and more.  So much fun!

 Mrs. Moorhead's shirt was so precious:
You can't scare me.  I'm a TEACHER.

This year we made bags of Pumpkin Poop for all of their friends at school.  :)

Trick or Treating
 I'm certain I have the most adorable cowgirl and Spiderman ever in the history of the world.
This is the first year they haven't wanted me coordinate their costumes- 
they both had very strong opinions about what they wanted to dress up as,
so we went with it.

Dan & I dressed up in honor of the scariest thing we can think of: the Tide!

How adorable are Tucker & Olivia?!

Lana & Pudd

Dan's fam came for the fun again this year:

We went to our church's trunk or treat - 
here they're waiting patiently for candy from Bob the Builder.

Train ride with one of our sweet students, Ryan

 We had a reptile exhibit this year - wow!

 cute dressed up cousins

Lana couldn't wait to get back to the bull ride this year!

and we were so proud when Tucker climbed up!  
Lana was not happy about him taking a ride - she was literally in tears because she was afraid he was going to fall off.  She was reassured when Pudd stayed close to him.

his expression says it ALL:

Our pastor, dressed up in true Duck Dynasty style!  Love it!

Lana was also thrilled about riding the horses:

And this may have been our favorite stop of the night - 
the baseball throw, where they would clock your speed.

Lana clocked in around 25 mph,
while Tucker just cozied up to the candy man:

And his night was made when he got to help his favorite buddy Josh pick up the baseballs:

Halloween 2012, in the books.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Life with Lana today (6 years, 3 months)

It's hard to believe that this beauty is is 6.25 years old.  :)
She is truly a joy and a delight to us.
She loves life.
Height: - 48.25" - 95th percentile
Weight: 50 pounds - 75th percentile

We had a conference with her teacher earlier in the month, and it couldn't have gone better.  We heard so many things that made our heart sing: she is kind to others; she submits to the authority of her teacher well and accepts correction quickly; she is reading on a fourth grade level and performing at or above grade level in all other areas; she stays attentive and works hard even when doing tasks that she might have already mastered; she loves group teaching time and is enthusiastic about learning.
Spiritually, she is eager to learn more and more.  She treasures the time we spend reading the Bible and doing catechism together.  When we talk about the gospel and salvation, she declares that she loves Jesus and tells Him as she prays that she's so thankful that He is her Savior.  We're continually and deliberately continuing conversations with her about her faith in Christ, praying always that we will be led by the Holy Spirit in her spiritual development.  She is showing an increased awareness for others and their relationship with Christ.  A few weeks ago, our nighttime conversation centered around her asking questions like these: How do I know if my friend knows about Jesus? What if she asks questions I don't know? Can we do more catechism so I know the answers?  What's the most important thing I should tell her? And then driving down the road last week: Where does our soul LIVE?  Like, in what part of our body, mommy?  How long after grandaddy died did it take his soul to get to heaven?  What is he doing now?
One of the reasons that Lana is such a good reader is because she loves to read, and she loves to read because she's a good reader - literacy is circular that way.  
She would spend hours and hours reading every day - she told me that her favorite part of "Sleep In Saturday" is that she has lots of time to read in the mornings before we come to get her out of bed.  She often spends Tucker's entire nap time curled up reading somewhere.
Together we are reading C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Tucker's naptime and at night before she goes to bed.  
She still gets embarrassed very easily, and takes a while to warm up in new situations.  She even sometimes gets embarrassed by Tucker's outgoing personality!  We were meeting someone new a few weeks ago, and Tucker ran up to them and said "Hi!  My name is Tucker Davis!" and she turned and looked at me with her big eyes and said "Mom!  That is so embarrassing."  

She is also quite modest - there are 2 pair of shorts in her closet that she won't wear because "they are too short."  We've talked about modesty since she was very young, and she's aware of it in a really good, positive way now.  One of her friends asked her in the car the other day "What's modesty?"  And she said "Well, it means covering up the parts of your body that shouldn't be shown. mom's wearing a tank top right now, and it's showing too much skin.  That's not very modest."  Needless to say, I changed shirts when we got home!  :)
That part of her personality lends itself to her caring quite a lot about what other people think.  For example, she's very particular about how I do her hair: pigtails must be low, not high.  Ponytail must be flat, not bumpy.  Ribbons, not bows.  When I ask her about it, she says it's because she doesn't want her friends to laugh at her.  We've had lots of conversations about "fear of man" (Proverbs 29:25).  We're open with her about how this is part of her personality that she'll always have to watch carefully to make sure she's not letting what others think lead her down a wrong path.  We do lots of role playing and "What would you do if?"  Most importantly, I think, we pray out loud over her that she may be like Noah and Joseph and care more about what God thinks than about what others think.
Favorites (in her words):
Food: Pizza (we had just finished eating it)
Book: Magic Tree House
Song: Seasons of Love from the soundtrack of Rent
TV show: Horseland (on Netflix)
Toy: Ummm....books? (it was literally all she could come up with.)
Activity: playing board games (she just learned how to play Sorry!)
When I grow up, I want to be: a veterinarian

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cousin Camp Out

Dan's brother invited us over this weekend to spend the night with them, so that they could camp out with the "bigs," Lana and her cousin Jake, who is 7.

We didn't hesitate - packed our bags and zipped out to their new house that sits on about 10 acres of beautiful property.  We had a great afternoon and evening riding 4 wheelers, grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, and roasting marshmallows.

 We totally ignored the clock and just let the kids run and play together in the dark for as long as they wanted.  Around 9:30 p.m., Tucker came and found me and asked "Can we go back to Jake's house?"  "Buddy, why do you want to go to the house?"  "Cause I want to sleep in them bed."  Ha!  My sweet boy had had enough.  So we went back to the house, gave everyone much needed baths, put the little kids to bed, and then got the big kids ready to sleep in the treehouse:

They could not have been more excited to bunk down in that treehouse with their daddies.

They chose a bedtime story about snakes - would not have been my first choice when sleeping outside! The word is that they finally fell asleep about midnight, and woke up around 6 a.m.
Such sweet memories made!
We can't wait until the next time!