We spent Thanksgiving with some of my extended family this year. We played games, ate too much food and gave thanks for so many things. I took a lot of picture so of course I’m not in any of them. I really need to teach someone else how to use my camera.
Abel in suspenders!
My Uncle Zack carves the turkey.
Joe and my Uncle Keith talk Big Green Eggs.
My cousin and his beautiful fiance.
Noah and Simon love my cousin Nikki.
Abel and Boogie playing
My Cousin Alexa showing her Dad something on the internet.
Noah enjoys the acorn treats we made.
The boys decorate turkey crafts.
Noah showing Grandma his colorful turkey.
Great Grandma Lois admires the turkey crafts.
Simon working hard on his turkey.
Abel enjoys the orange icing.
Aunt Laney telling everyone a story.
The other day I took the 3 oldest boys to Pullen Park for a last minute afternoon adventure. Because Joe works from home we have ability to sneak away while Abel takes his afternoon nap. It’s actually very ideal because the boys get really loud and rambunctious in the afternoons.
I love a good plan but I also like spontaneity especially when we can just go along with out any major time constrains. I hate living chained to the clock and calendar. Obviously we have responsibilities but every once in awhile a day or even part of a day is wide open and I love heading out and seeing where the day takes us. On this particular day the boys chose to ride the carousel and walk around the pond/lake. I was pretty surprised by their decisions especially since they are very fond of the train and giant playground. But they are curious creatures and I don’t think they’d ever walked around the pond and we’re always up for a good adventure. We were also the only ones to ride the carousel which was pretty exciting.
I love family outings that allow the kids to indulge their curiosity and gives them the freedom to make decisions about how we will spend our time.
Last Wednesday Abel decided to give Joe and I a bit of a scare. While Joe was upstairs working and I was in the bathroom he got under the kitchen sink (which was child proofed) and drank some Mr. Clean (which is one of the only non-natural cleaners we owned and was in the very back of the cabinet). Thankfully Jude was there to take it away from him pretty quickly but it was evident that he did in fact drink the cleaner.
So after reading the bottle and giving him some water (what the label suggested) we call the pediatrician. They suggested we take him to the ER, which we did. He threw up a little and then seemed mostly fine after that but not without giving us a scare.
They watched him for a few hours in the ER and then the doctors gave him the all clear to go home.
About 4 months ago God starting making big changes in our life. I think both Joe and I had felt a shift in our world even before that but things really started to happen about 4, maybe 5, months ago.
After a long process on interviews and long phone calls Joe quit the job he had been working for 8 year and stepped out in faith to take a job with people he’d never met in person.
A few weeks ago he started working a job that is 100% remote, meaning he works from home or anywhere he has internet access. This past month he’s had to travel away from our family several times while he learns the processes of the new company. Travel won’t be a regular part of his work but this transition period requires it.
I’m excited to see what new journey this holds for our family but if I’m honest this transition period is hard. We’re trying to figure out a new rhythm to life and be flexible when things change without any notice. But it is all very exciting. We are growing and learning. We’re more intentional about how we spend our time and it seems as though God is preparing our hearts for more. I’m not sure what that “more” is but we are excited to find out.
Pictures are from a recent family outing to the Raleigh Rose Garden.
Jude and Noah joined Cub Scouts a few months ago. Joe was a Boy Scout and ever since Jude learned about Boy Scouts he’s been begging to become scout. There are so many extra curricular activities that kids can participate in but we decided the benefits of scouting were the best for our boys.
Joe and his dad participated in the Boy Scouts and I know Joe really enjoyed the quality time he got to spend with his dad. He also formed some great lasting relationships with the other scouts, not to mention the important life skills.
~Joe, the Eagle Scout~
The boys are really excited to earn badges, go camping and learn all of the fun outdoor skills they will learn in the Cub Scouts.
For the past several years Shop Local Raleigh has teamed up with local bookstore, Quail Ridge Books to coordinate a great summer activity of a local Where’s Waldo?. This past July we decided to join the Where’s Waldo fun and ventured around town searching for Waldo at local businesses.
The boys had a blast searching each designated location for Waldo’s secret hiding spot. Each boy had their own “Find Waldo Local in Raleigh!” passport and loved collecting signatures and stamps from local participating businesses. They eventually found all of the hidden Waldos and returned their completed passports to Quail Ridge Bookstore where they received small prizes and were entered into a special drawing.
Noah eating a Rise donut
Watching chocolates being made at Videri
A sweet ice cream Treat
This past Saturday we attended the “Where’s Waldo Party” at Quail Ridge Bookstore where all of the participants were rewarded with cake and a chance to win some big prizes. Noah won a gift certificate to one of the participating locations, Rise Biscuit and Donuts. He was super embarrassed when they called his name and didn’t really understand what a gift certificate was but he was excited nonetheless.
We had such a great time running around Raleigh looking for Waldo. The boys are bummed we found them all and now we have to wait another year to Find Waldo again.
Now the boys are obsessed with Waldo and we have since bought several Where’s Waldo Books. We also discovered some great new local shops through out adventures to find Waldo.