Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Bat Walk

Last night, at the supper table, I leaned over and whispered into Nathan's ear, "Want to go on a bat walk tonight?"

He looked at me with an enormous grin on his face, "Oh, yeah!"

So, while Scott put Jack to bed, Nathan and I--hand in hand--went for a bat walk. Nathan decided that he needed to make a "bat hat" out of construction paper and yarn. "Mom," he said, "this will help me hear the bats when they're coming."

We walked through the neighborhood, looking for bats, for about thirty minutes. We held hands, and Nathan just talked and talked and talked. He talked about bats. He talked about bugs. He talked about school. He talked about his friends. He talked about God and Jesus. I could listen to my children talk My heart was so full last night, being with my son and soaking up the pleasure of his company, one on one. This boy of mine, he's oozing confidence and genuine curiosity. He's so full of wonder.

I am so,so, so blessed to be his mother. Every day, I thank Jesus for that enormous privilege. During our walk, Nathan said, "Mom, I'm so lucky." No, sweet boy. I am.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter 2015

What a busy and blessed day our Easter was this year! We pretty much hit the ground running at 6:30 when the alarm clock went off.

Hunting for Easter eggs--Nathan loved it! Eating ALL of the candy in the Easter baskets and not caring one bit for the hunting part--that was Jack! Scott said something about "a bird in the hand. . . " Made me laugh. :)

Scott had to run up to the hospital, so the boys went to first service with me. I teach Sunday school first service. And then, Scott met up with me for second service. Our Easter service was wonderful! And, we even managed to get some pictures before church!

Then it was home for a yummy lunch and quick naps before a super fun {and chocolatey!} Easter egg hunt at a neighbor's house.

And then, it was back home to cook and clean! We invited some friends over to eat supper with us. So fun! I would have taken a picture, but we were too busy eating and laughing and corralling children! :)

He is risen! He is risen, indeed! What a wonderful Easter! :)

Creature Power!

Both of my boys absolutely love the PBS show "Wild Kratts." Have you ever seen it? As a highly-paranoid parent when it comes to television (cough, cough, and everything), I give this show my stamp of approval! I'm pretty sure that Nathan now knows more about animals than I do!

Scott surprised the boys with two creature power suits from Wild Kratts. They were SO excited!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Mommy And Me Day

Last week, I had the immense pleasure of attending Mommy and Me Day at the boys' preschool. Nathan was so excited! I truly treasured every moment. I loved watching him play with his friends, going to workshop with him and watching him hammer nails into wood to make a picture holder for me, and just seeing his confidence bloom. That boy. What a blessing from Jesus.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Day Trip To Lynchburg

Today, we took a family day trip to Lynchburg, Virginia. First stop? The Depot Grill. Yum, yum, and yummmmmm.

After lunch, we walked over to Amazement Square / The Rightmire Children's Museum. It was so much fun! The boys LOVED every second of it! Because the entire center of the museum is slides, ropes, tubes, and tunnels, we played tag team and paired off with the boys. For the most part, I was with Nathan and Scott was with Jack. The boys ran around non-stop for hours!

When we left the museum, we went to check out an old antebellum home. But when we discovered that you had to pay to walk around the grounds we were currently standing on, we said, "Nah! Let's go get ice cream!" The boys were thrilled, to say the least. The entire way to the ice cream shop, Jack kept saying, "Chocolate!" And Nathan kept saying, "I want vanilla!"

All three of my guys slept the whole way back to Roanoke. I kept looking at them as I drove along, and thinking, "Thank You, Jesus." Nathan kept giving me sweet kisses at lunch. The boys fought in the restaurant over who would sit next to Mommy. Scott kept climbing through the tunnels and going down the slides that I'm nearly 100% certain adults are NOT supposed to be in. But you know what? I married this incredible man who loves his sons and wants to do everything with them, and to hell with the rules. And both of my children ate all of their lunches {a small miracle}. So, for the kisses and laughs and lunch and slides and tunnels, "Thank You, Jesus."

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Family Hike

After the undeniable success of a very short hike last weekend on Mill Mountain, we decided to take the boys for a longer hike yesterday since Scott had the day off. We came prepared: hiking backpack ready and waiting to receive whiny, 35 lb. two year old once he ran out of steam.

First wonder we encountered in the "Haunted Animal Shadow Forest" {as so named by Nathan}: "A RIVER!" {as declared by Jack}.

It was cold outside on this last day of winter, but the boys were soaking up the adventure of their first real hike!

We had a lot of fun with the boys. We laughed, we searched for wild animals {while the boys shouted at the top of their lungs}, we jumped over logs, we shook small trees while shouting, "I big an' strong!" {okay, that was just Jack}.

I'm so excited that Scott and I get to share our love of the outdoors with our boys. They're finally at an age where we can enjoy {most} of a hike! I know this is the first of many wonderful hikes we'll take, with our boys alongside us, definitely NOT riding in the hiking backpack, which was met with screams of protest.