Thursday, January 19, 2012

November 2011

November 2011 kept our schedules busy too! Looking back it is a wonder we did so much! Among our regular activities of playdates, work, MOPS, youth group, church, Bible studies, meetings, and the like Adam was also tested and ordained by our church. It required a whole morning of questioning by pastors in our area and included our pastor from our church back home. It was quite a grueling process and Adam came out wonderfully.

Grammy and PopPop came to visit for the event and then we went home for Thanksgiving so we had lots of family love.

Penny is quite a Miss Thing. She is very strong willed and has been prone to throwing fits. So I had to include this one.

But she can also be the happiest person around and is very much a girl in she likes to "shop" (here with a shopping bag I crocheted for a friend) and likes to pick out her clothes and especially has a thing for shoes!

Max is always creating new ways to keep us on our toes. He is often pretending to be someone other than Max (but house rules are that you always have to be yourself at the dinner table, just so you know). Here he is riding his beloved stuffed rhino Graca.
(Little known fact: Graca is named after the church that I visited in Porto Portugal Communidade de Graca in college. Adam got me Graca upon my return. Max adopted him when he was 1 and had slept with him ever since.)

October 2011

Thought I would do a few monthly posts here to get everyone caught up on the end of our year. We had a wonderful end to 2011.

October was a bit of a whirlwind-
We kept waiting for autumn and it seemed to allude us. It was warm and wonderful and we were full of busy outings and playing outside.

Then we decided to extend summer a little longer by spending a couple of weeks on vacation! I flew with the kids to Florida to spend time with Grammy and then the rest of the family joined us a few days later. The kids LOVED playing at the beach and had so much fun with their cousin Ella.

We capped off the fun time by taking a Disney Cruise on the new boat Disney Dream. It was truly amazing. Everything was done up to "Disney" quality and while it was our (Adam and I) first cruise, I think it really did spoil us for any other type (the others that had cruised in our family agreed)!
I did thoroughly enjoy going to Nassau and shopping a bit with Grammy and Penny but by far the most fun was the day we spent on Disney's Island. It was so relaxing as Max LOVED the kids play area (which was a supervised clubhouse type thing) and Penny LOVED the babysitting/daycare area. So we were kids free for a few glorious hours!