Hebrews 11:6

"...for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

typical

typical

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gingerbread Houses Part II

Ever since we went to see the gingerbread houses at the Grove Park, my boys have wanted to make their own. I was a little nervous about the proposition knowing it takes forever to make the ginger bread, glue like icing, and not to mention they would not be able to make something that seemed worth my time in prep. But when I was at ALDI I found a kit for $5.99 which included gingerbread, icing, candy, and a stabilizing tray! I was all in.

Sam helped me put together the houses while Steven was our photographer. These are by far the best two pictures he took.
After "naptime" we got busy decorating. It was a perfect afternoon activity for our rainy week. I will say Sam's ended up being a bit better because he let me put the icing on for him (for a lot of it) while Steven "is good at building lego houses." Which OBVIOUSLY transfers to tubing icing and candy on a gingerbread house. I was very impressed with the kit. It held up really well and the boys loved it!



Picture taken by Sam

Picture taken by Steven


Picture taken by Mama


Totally doing the kit again next year. When we are skilled enough to enter it into the competition at Grove Park, we'll go from scratch. But for now.... kit all the way.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingerbread Houses


Today my amazing angel of a neighbor kept Eliza while she had her morning nap and the boys and I headed off to the Grove Park to check out the gingerbread houses. Every year they have a national gingerbread house building competition and the winners are AMAZING. Seriously, they are ridiculous. No idea how long it takes these people to do this or how they ship them here. It's a pretty impressive spectacle.








We started our boy and mommy date by getting some chocolate milk and then headed to check out the Christmas decorations in the lobby of the hotel. It was great fun.
visible evidence for Sam's disobedience. sigh.


We had a really great time. We even listened to our local Christmas station all the way there. We're in the spirit now! And it should be noted that they thought This one is for the Children by New Kids on the Block was worth playing. Sad.

This igloo was simply decoration.... not edible.

Monday, November 14, 2011

First Foods




Bananas......yummy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

There! I said it! It's always the whole debate... I'm a Christian, should I participate? I didn't in college, but that was because of what it stood for at UNC. But since we've had little ones it has been a fun holiday to be a part of. Tonight we had 4 other families at our house for a potluck (which was surprisingly low key for the amount of people here - 12 kids and 10 adults) and then we all caravanned to one of the neighborhoods we frequent and did a 3/4 mile loop of trick or
treating.



Steven was a recycled giraffe, Eliza a recycled duck, and Sam was a home-made cardboard Wall-E. It was priceless. I must say Sam's outfit turned out to be a bit cumbersome as he had to walk the .75 mile and he refused to let me carry his candy bag. He had to do it, "my-by-own." His eyes were intended to be on his head, but a good tumble (which involved crying, a 30 second double take by mom and dad, other parents laughing incessantly, and Sam stuck like a flipped turtle) ended up necessitating them on top of his head. It was quite cute and he got lots of attention.



Steven definitely said "trick or treat" with a sucker in his mouth. What a bad mom. How rude!

Eliza was not impressed


Then we came home to our neighbors who gave my boys bags filled with candy, toothbrushes, glow sticks, and recorders! They also had an outfit and a book for Eliza! Over the top! What great neighbors we have! We'll see if I still think that tomorrow when the recorders are walking around the house.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One Step Closer


Any of you who know me well know that I'm just waiting until the point when our whole family can go on a family bike ride. That will be SO much fun for me. Sometimes I dream about it..... three trailing bikes with all of them trying to outrun their father. And maybe we pull up to a campsite as a family on our bikes.... anyway.... we're one step closer to my dream!



Steven Edward started working on a glider bike a couple months ago and my Nanny found this bike at a yard sale for us. It is a bit too big so we're going to probably have to find one that is more his size. But he LOVES it. He wasn't so sure at first, but after about 1/2 mile on the first ride he fell in love with it. By 3 miles he told his Daddy he was starting to feel achy. Funny!

That was Eliza sneezing in the background!

Here are also some pictures that I failed to put up last week! We were graciously given a year pass to the Biltmore, so we are going to have to take advantage of the beauty and fun that it offers! There is so much to do there.







How cute is this laughter?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sam's 3rd Birthday!

While I feel like Sam has been 3 for quite some time (based on him always following his brother and doing as he does), today was his actual birthday. It really was the perfect day for a 3 year old. We started with a gift from Papa and Nanna Sally - a glider bike. His older brother is quite good on a homemade version, but it was a bit big for Sam. So he was given the real one (which is much smaller). He literally was glued to it all morning.

Then this afternoon his Daddy took just him to the book store to pick out his own book for his birthday. His father steered his choosing and he ended up with a Little Bear Treasury. When he was gone, his godparents showed up to help me decorate the house. And he was able to come home to a small surprise.
He had the sweetest smile on his face and was so excited his friends were there. Then we opened presents.

This is what occupied the kids (and dads as you can see) while dinner was cooking. For dinner - good ol' Sam-picked steak, asparagus, and roasted potatoes. Looks like we are in for pricey birthday dinners. What happened to a kids' favorite.... pizza, spaghetti?
Eliza is also a form of entertainment for the sweet Krueger boys.

Then on to cake - We chose this birthday to start our little lego collection, so I used them for the cake. Legos....



I think this smile pretty much sums up Sam's feelings about the day.

Sam is his own little person. He is so much fun to be with and IMPOSSIBLE to sum up in words. Instead I will give you some of the things he has done or enjoys doing.

*Peeing outside or in a cup. If you give him either of these options the boy would be potty trained. Otherwise, he may wait until Kindergarten.
*Sam is a meat-hound. He ate an entire steak by himself tonight.
*He is incredibly focused when he wants to be. He can sit for hours doing a task he loves.
*He loves little things. His friend Ryan gave him a miniature pumpkin and he carried it around most of the night. He also does this with pennies, and I'm sure he will do it will little creatures as he grows. I will have to check pockets at laundry time!
*He is incredibly affectionate. He spends much of his day nuzzling his sister.
*If he wants something, he is very stubborn.... persistent we'll say. He will sit for an incredibly long time on a swing waiting to be pushed. That is a moment when I know he is a middle child.... his older brother is pumping and his younger sister is nursing... Sam is sitting on the swing waiting for his mother.
*He knows his physical abilities incredibly well. He is incredibly daring physically, but only when he knows he can do something. He will jump from ridiculous places, yet he is happy to watch his brother higher in the tree because he is not quite ready to follow him to the top.
*He is a bit argumentative. He will argue with his brother FOREVER even when I have told him he is wrong. For example, tonight at bedtime Steven said, "I'm bigger." Sam's response was, "No, I am." He continued much past my correction.
*He is always the last to the table. Slow and steady.... or in his case, not so steady sometimes.
*He is happy for you to do things for him.....feed him, tell him his birthday...whatever.
*His is really gentle much of the time, but when he blows, watch out. He will come swinging, even with a toy in his hand.
*When he doesn't want to do something, he just stands still and pretends not to hear you. Even if you are inches away....and if you are not his parent... good luck getting him to listen if he doesn't want to! I have to drag him off the playground weekly at church to eat. It is almost a ritual.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fun filled family weekend



This weekend Eliza was baptized and therefore lots of family was able to come visit. On Saturday we went apple picking for the second time and had great success with my favorite variety (blushing gold).



The boys spent the entire time with an apple in their hands. Afterward we went to their favorite restaurant. What a day for boys!



Eliza was able to wear the same baptism dress that has been worn for 60 years by her family. It was actually made by her Great Grandmother!

The actual baptism was incredibly sweet and we had an amazing turn out of supporters. Thanks guys. It was a really special weekend for us.