My Boys

My Boys

Sunday, February 22, 2015


I haven't been very good at taking pictures lately, and thus I feel like I have not had anything to journal about on my blog. I've resolved to do better since I love being able to turn this into a family book at the end of the year.

Here's a picture I snapped in January of all the boys napping together--a very rare occurrence! 

We've been taking afternoon walks together most days since Carter LOVES to ride his scooter. He's pretty darn fast too!

This past week I did a preschool field trip to The Downtown Aquarium which Caleb joined us for. 

Bryson had a great time on the carousel!

Family Goal for 2015: We are working month by month to memorize The Living Christ. It is quite lengthy, and I'm so impressed with how well the boys are doing!

Updates on the family

Caleb: He's still excelling in school and piano. He's been on the all A honor roll each 9 weeks at school, and the subject where he scores near perfect each time is math. We just discovered the other day that Caleb has the same talent I do on the piano! I haven't met any other person who can do this (except my older brother I think?). If you play any white note on the piano, Caleb can tell you what it is immediately--no thinking involved. The sharps and flats, as for me, take a little more thought. Soccer starts up in March!

Carter: His reading skills are improving a lot in preschool. He is the comic relief in the family, constantly making us laugh. Instead of riding in the double stroller to drop Caleb off at school every morning, he now rides his scooter. Even though I run with the stroller, I can't keep up with him. He's so fast! He asks every day how many more days till his birthday (March 30). We're gearing up for trying a season of soccer and getting ready to start piano.

Bryson: He's made significant progress with his speech, which has been a concern that he might need speech therapy. He is obsessed with the song, "Let it Go," not because we watch that movie frequently, but because the girls in preschool will break out in that song regularly. He does fairly well in preschool and wants to be included as part of the class. He copies what the other kids do for each of our activities.

The company Matt works for is directly affected by the drop in oil price, and there have been many lay-offs. We're grateful that he still has a job. I'm staying very busy with church service and teaching preschool. When I do have free time, you'll find me curled up with a good book!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas 2014

Making gingerbread houses as a family.

Caleb's house

Carter's finished product

Christmas Morning opening stockings

Carter's presents this year
He's quite fast on that new scooter!

Caleb's presents

Bryson's new piggy bank toy

Playing with the new family toy: magna tiles
They're so fun!
(Bryson also got some new books, bath toys, and the car ramp in the background)

Despite all the busyness of Primary, this is what Caleb and I did a lot of over Christmas break--games!
He got a few new games this year including Connect 4, The Allowance Game, and Qwirkle.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Eve 2014

One of my favorite days of the was so fun to have all my siblings here for Christmas!

The kids playing some Christmas songs with handbells

Carter holding cousin Capri

Holding cousin Lili--there's an obsession with the babies

Acting out the nativity story--Bryson was a shepherd

Caleb as a wiseman

Carter was also a shepherd

 Chimes--a favorite part of the evening

Grandma's village is pretty fun to look at


The kids each get to open one present from Grandma and Grandpa

We ended the night with the adult white elephant exchange, which is always a blast!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Personal Record

I have to record that I ran 10 miles at a 7:59 pace. I've never broken an 8 minute pace before!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa Visit

Bryson refused to go anywhere near Santa so he didn't make it into the picture. Caleb, an unbeliever, DID NOT want to be in the picture. Like usual, he was a good sport when I asked him to be there near Bryson, hoping that would be enough security for Bryson. It didn't work.

Caleb stopped believing in Santa last year when he was 6. I can't quite pinpoint why--maybe a kid said something at school. Whenever he asked us if Santa was real last year, we would just respond along the lines, "Well, what do you think?" This year, while we've neither vocally confirmed or denied anything, the fact that he's had to remind us on a few different occasions to move our Elf on the Shelf (Elfie) when he sees it's still in the same place the next morning has kind of sealed the deal!

Running Update

I am running personal best times right now, and it feels awesome! I ran 6 miles at an 8:04 pace the other day, and a week before that ran 10 miles at an 8:10 pace. I'm tentatively planning on running a half marathon in February, which I would be thrilled to do because I know I could get a PR beating my previous half marathon pace of 8:15 miles.

Here's how we look going to school with Caleb every morning. Caleb rides his bike, and I try to keep up pushing the younger boys in the double stroller.

(Caleb took this picture this morning. Gotta love a Texas winter right now. It's a balmy 70 degrees today.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Caleb's Christmas Piano Recital


Fum, Fum, Fum and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Nerves got the better of him, and he played too fast which resulted in more mistakes than normal. Still a very talented 7 year old!