Thursday, November 01, 2012

Halloween 2012...and a little of this & that

Halloween 2012 has come & gone, and fun was had!  It's not my favorite of the holidays, but the girls had fun, so that's good!  :)

Ellie had a Fall Festival at her preschool. Cinderella & a Happy Monster!

Katie (aka enjoyed Trunk or Treat at her school Friday night. 

The girls had fun creating Halloween cookies.  They didn't all get eaten though, so I think they had more fun decorating them than eating them.  I think they prefer less "stuff" on their cookies!
Halloween 2012:  Hello Kitty, Spiderman (still makes me laugh), & Cinderella

 Our 3 sweet girls, before church on Fall Festival day
 Fall Festival at church



  Daddy & his Spidey girl
So, after Trunk or Treat and then Fall Festival, we got to the actual day of Halloween! Gracie leaves earlier than Katie, so she was already gone, but she wore her costume to school (and church that night.)  Katie was bummed that they hadn't been told THEY could wear their costumes, but at least she had a cute Halloween shirt. After wearing her Cinderella costume Thursday, Friday, & Sunday, we were a little tired of it, so Ellie was a pumpkin on the 31st! 
Ellie & I went to a little carnival at Texas Children's West.  We also got to help hand out treats to some of the patients afterwards that one of our friends helps to coordinate.  This friend lost her little boy to Leukemia in 2007, and she loves to help others in his memory and to the glory of God.  His birthday was November 1 (he would be 7) so Halloween is a big chance for her to give back to the patients at the hospitals by handing out treats and helping with a BIG carnival at Texas Children's in the Med Center.  We weren't able to help with the big carnival this year, but Ellie & I were happy to be able to help just a tiny bit with the smaller treat delivery.  The carnival was an added bonus of fun!

  Sweet friends!

 Sweet little helpers, ready to make a patient's day a little brighter!
Last Friday was a beautiful (cool!) day here, so we enjoyed some time at the park while the older girls were at school.

 So happy!
 Enjoying it!
 She loves her Daddy!
 2 of my sweet girls

Can't forget our sweet Katie! 

Peter Pan, Toby Mac, & Family Retreat

A few weeks ago, I took the girls to see a local high school perform a production of Peter Pan.  One of our youth group girls was in it as a "Lost Boy" and did a great job!  They all did a really good job!

Notice Ellie is missing from the picture with Captain Hook.  She didn't want anything to do with him!
with Hannah, the "Lost Boy", looking beautiful with her fans!
 Peter Pan!
Chris & I, along with Gracie & Katie, went to see Toby Mac.  He puts on such a great show!  I always chuckle a little inside when people, even Christian Facebook friends, make snide comments about "that Christian rock" or roll their eyes or say sarcastic things about Christian artists not being any good........well, to that I say, "Whatever."  You like your music, I'll like my music.  All I know is that our local Christian station is on in the car (which we spend a LOT of time in) 99% of the time, and yesterday, one of the currently popular songs came on about forgiveness..."Father, won't you forgive them for they don't know what they're doing...."  Ellie, who is 4, immediately & very naturally began to sing along.  I'm not sure why, but it surprised me and made me really happy.  Katie made a comment about how Ellie is in the car a lot, so that's why she knows the words.  I agreed and said THAT'S why we listen to it, so THAT'S what's in their hearts rather than other things that aren't good.  Now, of course, that's not to say that all secular music is bad; I listen to some of it, too.  It does seem though that whenever I change it to one of the other stations, I almost always have to reach over to switch it after just a couple of songs because of objectionable things.  I'm just saying, I get so tired of people snickering & laughing & making fun of Christian music.  If they'd rather their 4 year old sing curse words or songs about sleeping around, I guess that's their business.  (Again, not to say that all secular music is about that.)  AND, for the record, from what I understand, Toby Mac's newest album went to #1...and not just on the Christian charts.  I'm not saying everyone has to love that style of music, but for those of us who do, get over it and let us.  My own mother loves her some Gaither music....and I have to admit, so do I from time to time.  Some of those old hymns are beautiful!  I just always chuckle & groan at the same time whenever someone thinks that "their thing" is better than everyone else's and everyone else's thing is stupid.  We don't all have to like the same things, and we don't all need to make fun of others for not liking what we do.  Okay, I'm done. ;)

Katie started out excited & jumping....and during "Funky Jesus Music".....she was asleep.  What?!

We really enjoyed our church Family Retreat a few weekends ago.  We always enjoy this time together with our family, as well as our church family. 
Gracie was brave enough to try frog legs at the urging of her youth minister.  Good girl! Not ALL peer pressure is bad.  lol
 Some of our handsome youth group guys. 

meal time is always fun (maybe not yummy...but fun!)

 our Scripture Scavenger hunt team (minus Gracie)


Scripture Scavenger Hunt team

 "When will it be my turn??!" 
 nothing like a bff

 the ones in charge!  ;)

We love this sweet couple; one of our elders & his wife who are always sweet to love & encourage us. 

 Ready for the egg race!

 "Pull, pull!"

 Catching a water balloon can be intimidating!

 Clothes Relay Race....Ellie didn't enjoy this so much!  lol

 Our family!

 She decided Smores aren't too bad!
Sleeping in a "hotel" is loads of fun when you're a child! 
 Tired out!
 Hard play makes for a good sleep!
 Good Night!