Monday, March 28, 2016

Christmas Tree Hunt 2016

On November 28th we headed out to the Family Farm with Nonnie, Poppie, Mimi, Uncle Cheese and Dodie to pick out our Christmas tree! We've been going to this farm for a couple years now and love how you pay by donation and the money goes to help feed third world countries. Plus, they have a cute cow barn with cows to feed and an amazing slide which you have to climb the hay bales to get to.

We were going to meet up with some families, but filled up the wagon just about with our family alone, so we headed out to the tree fields and met up with friends when they got there later.

The tree hunt picture was a lovely family picture!

The tree hunt was on! The kids took off in different directions all searching for the perfect tree. Some Berg and Pella chose very tiny trees and Jasper picked a huge one. We marked our perfect tree with our hats.

Some cute kids we found among the trees.

All the kids helped Dada chop it down and we took a picture with our tree. Then we rode the wagon back got some hot cocoa and treats, said hello to our friends and then headed home for Pella's birthday party!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Baby Bear's First Birthday

Tuff's belly name was Baby Bear, so for his first birthday we decided to give hime a Bear Party on his actual birthday!

We decorated in green, red and browns and put up chalkboard signs, burlap, and painted trees and bears in all the windows. The chili was hot and cornbread muffins were ready to eat as guests arrived.
We made up an involved game, which Tuffy didn't even play, but all the other kids were great sports. The kids got in teams of two and were the Papa and Mama bear and had to find their bear cubs, a bag of gummy bears. But first they had to get food; berries (a bag of raspberry cookies), an insect (plastic toy bug) and fish (Swedish red fish). Jasper and Grace found their bear cubs the fastest. Before the game, I had to hide all of the items all over the house, which took a while so Dada led all the kids in the longest version of "Going on a Bear Hunt". It was hilarious.

Everyone who came to love our Baby Bear.

Then it was cake time!

Tuff was definitely our best one year old cake eater. I think he ate half the cake!

Tuffy's second "kissing picture"!

Happy Birthday Tuffy! You are so loved. Your brothers and sisters all race to you and bargain with each other over who can hold you and feed you and clean you up. During your first year of life, we moved, so you will never know the Lake Louise house. You had to transition to formula from breast milk at 7 months because of Baby Thumper and it took you a while to make the switch. You hardly ate any baby food, because you love to feed yourself you've mainly eaten tiny bite sized pieces of whatever we are eating. You love "Itsy, Bitsy Spider" and other songs with motions. You love music and bouncing your body up and down is your dance. You can sit. You don't crawl or say any words yet. You love people and to show off in front of others. You love to get your brothers and sister to do whatever you are doing. Usually, hitting the table and then lifting your arms up and yelling. We are so happy to have you in our family and know you will do great things with your life to glorify the Lord! We love you, Tuff!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

House Changes

The beginning of Nov. we painted the dining room and finished taking all the carpet out of the dining room and kitchen on the16th of Nov. This red tile will one day be slate (probably) but for now, it's better than super dirty carpet.

Our new table (from Restoration Hardware which I love, love, love!) was delivered on the 17th.

And while Nonnie was painting away in the bathrooms, Poppie and Dada were busy installing lighting in the living room! This house is coming along!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Eben's Maker Birthday!

Eben really wanted a Maker Party for his 12th birthday, and we found out that on the 7th of November Barnes and Noble was hosting a Maker Fair, so it seemed like the perfect combo. Plus, we were already behind in throwing him a party. The boys all came over and ate chips, Wendy's hamburgers and soda. That's what the boy wanted. We decorated in purple (his favorite color, see his shirt) and Eben set up some squishy circuits that we borrowed from computer clubhouse.

After they all ate, we headed to Lakewood Town Center for the fair. Really it ended up being more of some demonstrations, but this is also Eben's favorite store, so it was ok. We saw and participated in the demos (after begging the guy, apparently they thought they were done for the day) then looked around at fun games, toys and books. There were a couple of cool robots.
When we arrived back home, we found out that Dada had been hard at work ripping out the carpet in the kitchen!! Who puts carpet in a kitchen? It was so dirty and gross. Now we have gross looking red tile! Much better. (It looks dirty because of all the carpet glue.)
 We kissed our big 12 year old boy.

We sang him happy birthday and ate his birthday brownies, which I think he has chosen for two years in a row now, and then we watched him open some very great techy/Legoey presents.

Eben, you amaze us all the time. You are super creative, funny, responsible, witty, original, kind, helpful and cute. I can say you are cute even though you are twelve, because amazingly, you don't get embarrassed! You are very confident. You love computer clubhouse, computer games, wii, Studio C videos, anything on the computer actually and books. You are super helpful with your siblings, they love you and look up to you so much and you love your brothers and sisters, especially Tuff right now because he's the baby, and you love babies. You always have - good thing, you've been around a lot of babies in your life. You serve at church in Promiseland on the Serve Team and in Awana on the Serve Team and serve on the Adult Tech Team on Sundays. You are a great servant and are so quick to drop what you're doing and obey or help out when asked. We know God will bless you and use your servant's heart for His glory for His kingdom. Happy 12th, Cutie EbenMan!