Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Our February

The month of February started with a bang! Abby turned three on February 3. Yes, it is hard to believe that my baby is already THREE! We took cupcakes up to her preschool class and will have her and Avery's combined birthday party in the near future.

Abby,what a blessing from God you have been these last three years!

Trying desperately to blow the candle out!

Yum! Yum!

Say "ICING".

Trying out her new remote control car. The girls had a lot of fun playing with their cousin's cars at Christmas, so I couldn't resist getting her this.

Setting up Dora's castle with all the new furniture. Maybe she will be an interior decorator???

We had a terrific Valentine's Day. The girls and I made tons of pink, heart-shaped rice krispie treats to give to their classmates, friends, teachers, and family. The Valentine that was attached said, "You make my heart go snap, crackle, pop!" We had such a good time making those together. I am so glad the girls enjoy cooking. Unfortunately, I failed to take pictures of these sweet memories.

Wes and I enjoyed a date together while my friend, Carrie watched our girls. We went to an Italian restaurant in town and then to see "The Bucket List", which I highly recommend. Even after almost 12 years of going on dates with Wes, he still makes a wonderful date. I love those special times with my hubby!

This past weekend I went on our annual ladies retreat. This year we went to Sky Ranch. It was a great time of fellowship, faith building, worship, and fun. This year our group seemed to get especially close as we shared our faith defining moments with one another. Yes, there were many tears shed, some happy and some sad. I feel so thankful to be a part of such a magnificent group of Christian ladies that I can call "sisters". God has really blessed Wes and I with a loving church family. While we were there we had the opportunity to go on a cattle drive, and go for a high ride on a zip line.

I love you ladies!

8 out of about 50 of us ladies decided we didn't want to miss the cattle drive. How do you like our lovely helmets?

I look like I am smelling the most horrible smell. Sorry, Nicona, you really didn't smell that bad, buddy. I only wish I had sat on a pillow. My bottom is still sore from the ride.

Abby went to the doctor today for her annual wellness visit. She checked out great! She is in about the 95th percentile in height and 50th percentile in weight. She is quickly catching up with Avery in height. She really impressed the doctor by counting to 30 - leaving out only the number 15.

Avery really impressed me on Monday. A while back after she had told a lie (I can't even remember what it was) we told her that God hates it when people lie. Well, on Monday, I asked her to clean her room while I was in the kitchen cleaning the dishes. After I finished it didn't look like she had cleaned up a thing in her room. I asked her if she had been cleaning, like I had asked her to. She paused, then replied, "No". Later in the day, she randomly said to me, "Mom, you know how I told you "no" this morning. I thought about lying and telling you that I had been cleaning my room, but I remembered that you said that God hates it when we lie. I decided I'd better not lie." I was pretty proud of her.

Heather's Pictures

My sister, Heather, is a wonderful photographer. She took these pictures while they were here in December. She has her own website that is dedicated to orphans and refugees around the world.

Avery, Abby, Mylen, and Grandpa enjoying the ride to the Dallas World Aquarium on the DART.

"Thanks for the lift, Grandpa!"

I hope you never stop being cuddly!

Caleb, Avery, and Mylen had fun playing at the DART stop.

Precious Aivlyn with her adoring Daddy.

The whole Chowning Gang

"We love you, Grandpa!"