Monday, December 27, 2010
And what Trunk or Treat would be complete without a Lifegroup kids picture?? I know, its not the greatest picture in the world, with babies falling down out of laps and Drew hanging from the ceiling and NO ONE looking at the camera...but I'm pretty sure if we had a perfect picture of all the kids then we would be breaking tradition. ;)
That about wraps up our Halloween festivities. But in other Blankinship Family news, we did begin an exciting new chapter in our lives. Our house that we've lived in since I was pregnant with the twins is now on the market and we're beginning the process of completely gutting/ renovating a house! We've had lots of weekends that we've had to totally rearrange our schedules at the drop of a had so we could have a showing, but we're really hopeful that God will provide for us in His perfect timing. More to come on the progress of the house in the next few posts. Until then, thanks for checking in on us!
And they were pretty excited about turning five. Maybe more excited than they've ever been about a birthday so far. And of course, we wanted to celebrate them in a special way. So once we FINALLY convinced them that we couldn't have a boys-only-spend-the-night-camp-out-in-our-own-backyard birthday party, they decided they wanted to go to the pumpkin farm. I knew the perfect place.
We headed to Walden Farm in Nolensville for some Fall Fun. We had everyone meet us at the back of the farm where they have this huge kids activity area with bins of dried corn to play in (think, like a sand box, but full of corn kernels to dig around in), see-saws, a 40 foot slide, a huge old tree, complete with a tire swing, and best of all a hay-bale mountain that was enormous! The kids all loved climbing to the top.
This is my best effort at getting a group picture. No one else was really that interested in helping me with this, though. On our way back down towards the log cabin where we had all the rest of the party set up, we stopped at the pumpkin patch to pick out a little pumpkin. We took them all back to the cabin and everyone got to decorate their own however they wanted. We took a break from all the artistry for some lunch and cupcakes.......and then showed everyone our hard work.And that pretty much wrapped up the party. So, most of our buddies left. But seeing that we were blessed with such great weather, we took the few that stayed around on a hayride. Here's a picture with Mommy and the Birthday Boy......and Daddy with the Birthday Boy!!!And it just wouldn't be right to have a birthday party for Ben and Drew WITHOUT getting a picture with their buddy Brax.After the hayride the boys decided to explore even more. So we headed back into the farm to see all the things we didn't have time to do earlier.And wrapped up with a little choo-choo ride.It was a pretty fun day. And the best part is that they both had a great time celebrating with their friends, knowing how much they are loved.
and lastly, we celebrated their birthday by bringing treats to their class at school. They chose for me to bring donuts from Krispy Kreme (no complaints here!) and asked if I would come have lunch with them. I was so happy to say YES! The three of us got to sit at a very special table in the middle of the room and eat together. And then they stood up with Miss Anna while the class sang the Happy Birthday song and Miss Anna led a prayer of blessing for them. Of course, I cried during it. But I'm pretty sure I covered it up in time to pass out the treats and get happy to celebrate our boys in such a special place. We LOVE Otter Creek! And we LOVE Miss Anna!!! We are so thankful that they are there!So that about wraps up our three-week long birthday celebration. And thank goodness for it too...I'm not sure how much more celebrating I could do. ;) The truth is they are such sweet spirited little boys, and I am just so proud of who they are. Getting to watch them grow these last five years has been the biggest honor and blessing of my life, and I can't wait to see what all God has in store for them. Each special in his own way, we are blessed beyond measure with these twins.
Thanks for checking in on us! ...at this rate, I might even be caught up on all thats going on in our lives by the next time you stop by.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
Here's what the backyard looked like the morning after...What better way to wake up than to already be with all your favorite friends and start running around outside in your jammies at 5:30 a.m.?
They reallly did have a blast, and months later are STILL talking about how they want to have a no-girls-allowed spend-the-night campout in their backyard. Hate to tell em, but its probably not possible to top that one. Better just leave that to Miss Darci.
Next stop was the old barn where she taught them all about wheat and flour, and inside were lots of little activity stations for them to play with and learn about.Then we visited an old tobacco barn that is now currently housing a hay-bale maze......that ends with a slide down.Measuring one of my little pumpkins:And then for the hayride. This is Mr. Gentry explaining to all the kids about how the pumpkin starts out as a little yellow flower, and tying it all into God's goodness and faithfulness. Such a sweet object lesson. And then we got to each pick out our own pumpkin.It was one of my favorite field trips!