Thursday, October 19, 2017

Things we've enjoyed lately

A few things we've enjoyed lately:

Mums of all colors.

Baby August smiles.

Warm October weather.

Snail mail.

Homemade Oreo popsicles.

Praying mantises. 

Caterpillars turning into chrysalises before our eyes.

Neighborhood walks at dusk.

Shay's new "Simmers" slow-cooker recipe book.

Free tows. (And thankfully no accidents.)

Playtime with cousins.

Chewing on everything.


Baby dimples.

Mexican food.

Happy Trader Joe's pumpkins.

Soccer games.

Long eyelashes.

The Cheesecake Factory. A slice of the Godiva. And making new friends!

I've got another post of apple-picking and zoo-visiting to get up soon!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Nolan's Birthday Weekend

Okay, I'm making it my goal to be a little more current on this blog. I can't believe it's already been a month since Nolan's big 6th birthday! Because we just moved and we don't know many people yet, I knew that this party wasn't going to be a huge one, but I still wanted it to be extra special for Nolan. And it ended up being so much fun. We invited Steve's brother Phil and his family, my cousin Zac and his family, and then my mom and Don (who traveled from Pennsylvania for their first visit).

 I asked Nolan at the beginning of the summer what he wanted his party theme to be, and he chose Lightning McQueen. And even though I've never done a character party before, I thought it would be really memorable for him, especially since Cars 3 just came out this summer.

My favorite part of the food decor was this tower of tires a la Luigi's! 

Steve and I made a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and decorated it with some of the boys' Lightning McQueen cars. (We have an embarassing amount of Lightning McQueens.)

Our fam of five.

I think Don got some more photos of the guests on his camera, but I didn't get much.

Our sweet little baby cousin (born in July!)

Ready for cake and presents! He acquired many more Legos, and Nolan and Ephraim are obsessed with them. (And I'm a nervous wreck trying to keep the Legos away from the baby!)

Since his birthday, he has started looking SO tall and thin and old!

While Mormor and Papa Don were here, they treated us to a trip to the Children's Museum in Indy. It is such a cool museum, and I would recommend it to anyone with kids our kids' ages.

The preschool area had sand and water and balls... they could have stayed in this section of the museum all day.

And Steve found an exhibit he liked. :)

The museum has a really awesome dinosaur section. Here the boys are holding up a cast of a dinosaur skull.

And then they got to touch a real T-Rex leg fossil.

August thought Mormor's phone was fun. :)

And he liked the bright Chihuly glass display.

Nolan collected the red pieces and lined them up, while Ephraim collected the yellow pieces.

The boys put together a Chinese Terra Cotta Warrior.

And we wrapped up the night with a Chicago favorite (GIORDANO'S!)

Things have been going well otherwise. We're getting to know the area, finding some great parks, looking for a church home, and spending time with family when we can. 

August's 8-month photo. I just took his 9-month one (how, already?!), and I'll post it soon!

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Jeremy Camp "The Answer" Album Giveaway

I've known of Jeremy Camp since the start of his music career, with his first hits like "Walk by Faith" and "Take You Back" in the early 2000s. But it wasn't until 2011 that I first heard his story and connected to it. Nolan was a year old, and he really liked Jeremy Camp's song "Overcome". We watched the video frequently on YouTube and I did a little research on Jeremy Camp's story. He grew up in Lafayette, Indiana (yay Indiana!) and after high school, he started a career in leading worship. He married his first wife, Melissa, in October 2000, knowing that she had ovarian cancer, and she passed away on February 5, 2001 when she was 21-years-old. The date struck me because my sister, Hannah, passed away from cancer that same week on February 11, 2001, at age 17. Jeremy has gone on to share Melissa's story and her amazing faith in Jesus at all of his concerts. He is married again (for fourteen years) and has two daughters and a son.
This new CD (which comes out today!) very much follows suit with his older albums. There are songs that are so full of the joy that comes from knowing Jesus, and there are songs that are encouraging and positive for when the road seems too dark to continue. His deep and STRONG voice carry the whole album, and it's definitely one you should check out!

Jeremy Camp's first hit off of The Answer album is "Word of Life". It's August's and my new dance song.

In this video, Jeremy explains the background behind the song:

I also really like this new hit, "Never Stopped Loving", a slower song about how Jesus has never turned his back on us, and he'll never stop pursuing us.

To purchase "The Answer" CD, click here for Amazon and here for iTunes.

If you're interested in winning a copy of this new album, enter the Rafflecopter below!

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