Sunday, November 30, 2014

Time to Decorate

We decorated for Christmas this past week. The boys once again have a tree in their rooms to put their growing ornament collection on. It's hard to believe Ezra is tall enough to reach the top of the tree!
Obed really loved unwrapping each ornament and thinking through what he remembered about each item. He has a really sweet and sentimental side.
Uzziah was so excited! He and Solomon hung all their own ornaments (in about a 2 foot area).

Meet Kevin

This is Kevin, the newest member of the Black family. He is a mix of lab(ish) and terrier(ish). The rescue place didn't actually know for sure, but lab and terrier was their best guess.

Warnie died about 10 weeks ago. I had really hoped to wait quite a bit longer before we got another dog (like a year or two). But alas, not a week has gone by since Warnie's death that at least one or two of the boys have been in tears multiple times a week over missing him. We put up our Christmas decorations this past week, and as I hung a picture of Warnie on our tree, one of the boys pulled a chair up to the tree, sat and stared at Warnie's picture, and just sobbed. Every time we've left a friend's house who had a dog, the boys left and cried in the car, wishing they had a dog. It seems that with time, the boys' sadness and longing for a dog has grown rather than diminished.

So after much searching, much research, some prayer and a bit of "just going for it," we found Kevin at a local rescue. We have a week to "test him out" to see if he fits with our family (ha!). Thus far (after having him for all of 8 hours) the boys have said at least 20 times "I'm in love!!!!!" or "He's SO cute!!" or "I'm SO HAPPY to have a dog again!" Here's to hoping he's a good fit with the family of Blacks.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gigi Came to Visit

We had the special blessing of having my 92 year old grandma visit us in early November. She flew from Canada to spend some time with some of her US family. Although my oldest 3 boys had met her, they didn't remember it, as it was 6 years ago, so we all thoroughly enjoyed getting re-acquainted (or meeting for the first time, as was the case for Solomon and Uzziah).

Gigi is quite sprightly. The first night she was here, she stepped up onto a bench in our school room to show the boys something on the map.
She spent a lot of time telling stories to the boys about her childhood. It was really special for them to hear about her upbringing and much of what she lived through.
She and Solomon played a lot of games. She tried to get Solomon to play Chinese Checkers according to the actual rules, but Solomon prefers to play his own way.
Gigi with 5 of her great-grandsons. What a gift for them to get to spend time with her!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Uzziah Wears His "Gwasses"

Uzziah went through a phase recently in which he wore his "gwasses" around throughout the day. Yes, they are the plastic Mr. Potato Head glasses. But he insisted on wearing them for various activities. Man, I love that kid. He makes us all laugh a lot.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Church Work Day

The church had a fall clean up day and we were able to go as a family to help. The boys had a really great time working with some of the other kids, loading leaf bags.
The work day was the day after Halloween, and Uzziah was insistent upon wearing his Halloween costume (which he also slept in on Halloween night). It was pretty cute watching Spiderman (wearing rubber boots) do yard work.

Ezra got some experience with the leaf blower.
Asher and Obed worked hard raking leaves.
It was a fun day to serve as a family.


Every year on Halloween, Chipotle offers $3 burrito bowls for anyone who comes in to eat in costume, so this year, the whole family dressed up and we ate for $18! Uzziah was pretty excited about Halloween. I'm not sure he really understood anything about it, but he got up from rest on Halloween and said, "We go Halloweenin' now?" And then as we were trick-or-treating, he kept exclaiming, "I got Halloween in my bucket!" 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Zoo Trip

We bought a new-to-us car a few weeks ago. We got a pretty good deal on the car because it had significant hail damage on it, which the dealership promised to fix. The only caveat was that we had to take the car back to Denver to get it fixed. We decided to make a day of our trip to Denver since we had 7 free zoo passes that needed to be used up soon, so we picked up Grammy on our way down to the dealership. After we turned in our car and picked up our rental, we drove over to the zoo. It was a beautiful day to be outside and enjoy God's creativity in creation.

We learned a lot about the tapir. Asher is trying out what it is like to have binocular vision.
 Uzziah eyeing the rhino.
 After the zoo, Grammy treated everyone to ice cream at Liks.
 Uzziah got "yellow ice cream" (per his request).
Obed got peppermint s'mores ice-cream (sounds bizarre, but was pretty tasty). In spite of the necessary trip to the dealership, it turned out to be a fun day!