Forever Young

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Snow!

The day after Valentine's Day, it snowed again. We got another 7 1/2 to 8 inches on top of the other snow that had not melted from when we got 7 inches just a week earlier.

We had lots of giant icicles on the house!

Todd's footprint shows how deep the snow was.

Brandon did some "trust falls" into the snow!

Then he got buried in the snow!

Every time the kids went out to play they came in and warmed up with some hot chocolate. So, as you can imagine with that much snow we went through lots of hot chocolate at our house! Here is Bekah getting warmed up.

We still have remnants of from the big piles of snow hanging around at our house. We are thankful for all the fun snow that we had this winter, but now we are ready for spring to arrive!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day fell on Sunday this year, so Todd and I celebrated on Saturday. We had a friend who offered to come over and babysit for us so we could go out on a date Saturday afternoon. We gladly accepted and then traded out and kept her little one so she and her husband could go out as well. Todd and I ate at Red Lobster and did some shopping. Todd got me 2 pairs of new shoes, and I got him a fire pit for the back porch. Then we stopped for coffee and a card game before heading back home.
On Sunday morning, the church leadership cooked breakfast for the church during the Sunday School time. We ate some yummy food and Todd gave a devotional about love and ways to show love to our church family. Here is the yummy food:

After church we came home and gave the kids Valentine gifts.
The kids made cards for me and Todd and gave those to us as well.
Daddy getting some love from his kiddos!

These are the flowers Todd got me for Valentine's Day! Hopefully I'll get to enjoy them all summer.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Snow Fort

This was a beautiful snow!

And here are the promised snow fort pictures:

Mommy and Daddy worked hard to build the fort!

Brandon is adding his touch to the fort.

Liberty and Bekah are hanging out inside!
Brandon playing in the fort several days later. They played some kind of game where they stockpiled food (made of snow) and weapons in there. They used the fort for snowball fights and lots of other fun games.

Friday, February 12, 2010


On Monday night it started to snow. It snowed most of the day on Tuesday and again on Wednesday. We got a little more than 7 inches. The kids have been having a blast playing outside in it. Mommy and Daddy helped them build a snow fort (pictures to come). They made snow angels, had a snowball fight, etc.

One of the best things about snow is that everything gets cancelled! We have not had anywhere to go all week! It is wonderful! The roads have pretty much been cleared now, so I am assuming Bekah will have dance class today (Friday). Todd was able to work from home some, and he took one day off from work. He helped push a couple of cars up the small hill on our road one night and it nearly killed him. The next night the UPS truck got stuck, but he wasn't up for pushing that up the hill! (The truck finally made it up the hill after 20 minutes of trying the same thing over and over and then following some advice that someone on our street went out there and gave him.)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

3 Less Teeth

Here is Bekah after losing her first tooth!

Then Daddy got a hold of that second tooth, and this is how she looks now!

Brandon's missing tooth is hard to see, but here he is showing off his empty spot!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Medieval Inn

We have been studying the Medievel times in school lately. One day we had dinner at a medieval inn. We ate chicken pot pie with spoons (since forks had not been invented yet) by candlelight. They used large pieces of bread for plates, so we had our pies on texas toast instead of plates. We drank ale (diet ginger ale) out of mugs. And we played a game that was popular during that time called Nine Men's Morris. It was lots of fun!
(And by the way, the word medieval irks me so much. Who invented that spelling?!?! I think it should be spelled midevil!)

Friday, February 05, 2010


Here are a couple of recent pictures of our kids:

It's really hard to catch Brandon sleeping. He is a light sleeper like his Mommy, so usually when you go into his room he wakes up immediately. One morning, he just could not wake up, so Daddy snapped his picture!

This is what Bekah looks like when she gets up in the morning! Now do you see why we usually do her baths in the mornings instead of at night? Trying to untangle and brush that mess is really hard unless it's freshly washed! And on those days that she doesn't take a bath in the morning, you will see her hair pulled back into a ponytail that day. It's way too much work to make this mess look nice! And if you notice closely in the picture, she has one tooth right in the middle of her mouth on the bottom. She had lost her first tooth and the second one was so loose it was falling over into the middle of her mouth!
I feel so blessed to have 2 wonderful kiddos! Although there are many days that they drive me crazy, I love my job of spending my days teaching and training these 2 kids!!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

What's Up?

I know, I know, I never blog. So, what's been going on with us? We are thoroughly enjoying the fact that Southern Seminary is in session, but Todd is not attending!! He comes home at night and we can decide to do whatever we want! We have been trying to get together with church members more often, and Todd has been able to help out with some of Brandon's school stuff in the evenings. We've also had time to just hang out and play the Wii or watch movies, and we spent one warmer Saturday hiking in the woods!
I have also been preparing to teach a women's Bible study at church. Our pastor's wife usually teaches, but she is due to have a baby right in the middle of the session, so she asked me to teach this time. We'll be studying a book by Cynthia Heald called, Becoming a Woman of Freedom.
This weekend Todd and I will be starting a 3 weekend training session for Biblical counseling. This is one step toward us becoming certified NANC counselors. This is something we have had interest in doing for a while, but never could because of Todd's schoolwork. So, we are excited to be starting this process. We will see how God will use this counseling training in our ministry in the future. The conference meets Friday nights from 5-9 and Saturdays from 9-5 every other weekend. So, I have been busy trying to arrange childcare for these three weekends. I am so thankful that God has blessed us with so many great friends up here to help us out!
Todd and I are also looking forward to a stay at the Leavenworth Inn B&B at the end of February. Our great friends gave us a gift certificate to stay there for Todd's graduation/our Christmas gift. Thank you Chris and Sonja! And the kids are looking forward to spending some time with Grandmom and Grandpa while Todd and I are there. This will be an early spring break from school that will make us all happy!
Bekah lost her first 2 teeth! She lost the 2 middle bottom teeth just 4 days apart. She lost the first one and the second one was falling over in the middle of her mouth, so it looked like she just had one tooth right in the middle. Finally, Todd decided it was time for it to come out and he pulled it out! We do have pictures, but they are still in Todd's camera, so hopefully I can post those soon.
Brandon also lost a tooth recently. He lost his first molar and the new tooth is already about half way grown in. It had been a long time since he had lost any teeth, so he was quite excited. We have been keeping the tooth fairy busy at our house!
We did have about 3 inches of snow last week when the big snow hit Kentucky and Tennessee. It didn't last long, but it was enough for the kids to get out and enjoy it. Here is one of the pics Todd took of the kids sledding with the neighbors.

Louisville Mega Cavern

During the month of January, our science club studied geology. We got to take a field trip to the Louisville Mega Cavern. We rode through the cavern on a tram, and all the kids got flashlights to use so they wouldn't be scared. It was interesting to learn about the history of the cavern. (It's not a cave, and we found that out too!). It was prepared to be a safe shelter during the cold war, and so we learned a lot about that too. They had dummies placed throughout the cavern showing what it would have been like to have lived in there in case of a nuclear attack. Bekah said she was scared of the dummies and was afraid they would start moving. Thankfully, that didn't happen, so she survived. I would definitely recommend the tour for anyone who is considering going there.