Friday, March 8, 2013

February Festivities

Last month was full of fun, and here are a few other happenings.
Lance is now the third child to need vision correction...Before
AFTER: He wasn't very happy about having to get
 them, but has since warmed up to the idea of being able to see much better.
 I think he looks rather handsome, although I am completely biased. I think he looks very teenager-ish, don't you?
 We visited the library and grabbed a few things to read. These three books were my selections.
 So naturally we snuggled up and passed our time reading them before we had to give them back.
 February also included a party with our Sunday School class. We always have such a great time together...Love...Love...Love this group of people!
 This is probably my favorite picture I captured this past month on my IPhone. I looked up and saw this in my rear view mirror, and immediately stopped and snapped this picture. Jasper thought he needed to ride along to pick up the boys from a science day field trip.
 Julia and Justin enjoyed a Daddy/Daughter Date night together. She totally loves having her dad to herself. He treated her to Mexican food.
 I have also spent LOTS of time baking and making an ample supply of elderberry syrup. We ran out for a few days.....then we got sick! Lesson learned, ALWAYS have syrup on hand.
We have a couple of big projects brewing around here, I can't wait to show you what we've been up to! I hope to post more on that next week!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Celebrating Valentine's Day!

Justin and I decided we wanted to do something different this year. Instead of going out to eat and spending some cash, we asked the kids if they would like to "put on a date night" for us. They immediately said yes and were very excited. We told them they were in charge of all the details: Menu, cooking, table service, and clean-up. I have to say my heart melted with such appreciation for all the thought they put into the night. 
Julia was our waitress, and she wore her princess dress to look all fancy for us.
 Caleb and Zach were the waiters, they brought us our food. Caleb even gave each of us a Bible verse about love while we were waiting for our food. I love how they were so excited to put on their ties for us. Caleb even delivered our food on his roller blades. I failed to get a picture of it though. Seriously so stinkin' adorable!
 Lance was master chef and was in charge of when they sent the food out. He executed a fine meal.
 Justin joked about where our bill was....a few minutes later this appeared.
I think this clearly states the menu they came up with...I love our payment! Justin was very proud of them and tipped each one of them with real money. They were thrilled and surprised.
We all had such a great time I think we might makes this a yearly event. It could be real fun to see what they come up with over the next few years. They are all for it, and it's been really fun starting a new family tradition.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sleepover Mania

Winter is a slow down time for us and this year the boys have really been living it up with sleepovers nearly every weekend. We either have a house full of extra kids or they are away having a blast at someone else's home. Several weekends ago I caught a few pictures of what it's like to sleepover at the Gaertegang Homestead.
First, there is a lot of eating, which requires lots of cooking on my part. I'm bracing myself for what this will mean in the years to come. After supper, Justin told everyone a story. He is such a great story teller......the kids LOVED it!
 There is usually some Wii playing with lots of laughing, and animated instruction giving to whomever has the remotes.
 No sleepover would be complete without a movie or two and some popcorn.
 If all your brothers have friends over and your the only girl, you and your mom have a tea party, play hair dresser, or quilt together.
 On a recent occasion Julia was able to have her first girlfriend sleepover party herself. They had a grand time together.
We are enjoying our time with friends before the many busy months ahead begin and sleepovers become harder to arrange until after the 4-H fair.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Caleb's DOUBLE DIGIT Birthday!

On February 21, our spunky and energetic son entered double digits. Ten years ago during a crazy snow and ice storm he entered the world. His birthday also marked the beginning of my journey as a full-time stay at home mom. It's impossible to count the blessings that this whole journey has granted me. I am thankful for each trial and triumph all the same. 
Caleb enjoyed a fun sleepover in honor of his birthday, complete with Lemon Cake and Cookies and Cream Ice Cream.
 As a ten year old Caleb loves building Legos, listening to music, he is learning a few chords on the guitar. He loves our puppy dog Jasper, and reads to him nearly every day during school.
 He also thought Jasper should enjoy one of his favorite gifts. A hand me down IPOD shuffle loaded with hundreds of songs! Caleb your growing into a great young man, we love you very much.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Snow Much Fun

This winter hasn't given us as much snow as my family would prefer, but it has provided enough on occasion for some entertainment.
 Lance is heading up the sledding party
 I barely caught this separate incident on camera...
 Project snowman demolition quickly followed! They are so proud.
 Ta-Dah.....Look what we did, Caleb exclaimed.
 I simply LOVE this moment...It looks like a warrior call, don't you think?
 I hope your enjoying the hopefully fleeting days of the winter months. Now that March has rolled around we are getting very excited about Spring! 

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