Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rodeo Cowboys

Last weekend we went to the Siloam Springs Rodeo with Robyn and Jack.  The boys had a blast.  We started with mutton bustin (where the little kids ride the sheep) and Caleb wanted to do it so bad.  Maybe next year buddy.  :)  I am realizing more and more how much of a country boy he is.  

It was so fun watching the boys.

Jack was getting down with the music!  

Haha, Jack was hitting on a girl down the row.  It was hilarious - he just stood there and stared.  So cute!

The boys went out with Nick and did the calf scramble.  They let all these calves out into the arena and 10 of them have a ribbon tied on their tail.  The kids have to try to grab a ribbon and win $5-10!  Jack pretty much hung with Uncle Nick and Caleb did to for awhile then he just took off running, haha!  I think he was just following the crowd, but it was sure cute!  The boys are well on their way to being cowboys.  But I already told them they are not allowed to be bull riders.  Let's stick with sheep.  :)

Cousin love.

I just realized that I didn't get any pics of Robyn, but she was there!  We had so much fun and are glad it worked out to go together!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Playing Outside

On Saturday, we bought Caleb a little kiddie pool.  He absolutely loved it!  He played while I tried to get a little tan and read my book.  

Boone wanted to play too.

In other news, Nick got a riding lawnmower from a guy on craigslist (partly to ease the desire to have a farm and drive a tractor and partly for our big backyard, haha).  Caleb loves to help drive.  I caught these pictures from inside, you can obviously see the screen in the second picture.

(Also - just ignore the holes that Boonie has put in the screen.)  :) 

We are trying to enjoy summer even though it is pretty hot!  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19

Today was supposed to be my due date.  I am doing better than I thought I would so far, but certainly missing the baby I thought I would be holding or close to holding.  I thought I would capture some verses and quotes that have been comforting to commemorate the day.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
"Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me."

Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Psalm 23 (NLT)
The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
"Do not fear, for I am with you;
   do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

"God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to."
 ~ Elisabeth Elliot 

Psalm 139:13-18 (NIV)
For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

Lamentations 3:22-33 (NLT)
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
   His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
   His mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
   therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
   to those who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly
   for salvation from the Lord.
And it is good for people to submit at an early age
   to the yoke of his discipline:

Let them sit alone in silence
   beneath the Lord’s demands.
Let them lie face down in the dust,
   for there may be hope at last.
Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them
   and accept the insults of their enemies.

For no one is abandoned
   by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion
   because of the greatness of his unfailing love.
For he does not enjoy hurting people
   or causing them sorrow.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) 
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!"

"I will trust Him... If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. God does nothing in vain."
 ~ John Henry Newman

1 Peter 1:3-7 (NLT)
"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world."

Psalm 27:8 (NLT)
“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’
And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.’”

Psalm 115:1 (NIV)
"Not to us, Lord, not to us
    but to Your name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness."

Romans 5:3-4 (NLV)
"We are glad for our troubles also. We know that troubles help us learn not to give up. When we have learned not to give up, it shows we have stood the test. When we have stood the test, it gives us hope."

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
"Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails."

John 14:27 (NIV)
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)
"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD,   I will be joyful in God my Savior."

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT)
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.."

Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)
"LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. "

2 Corinthians 12:9
"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."

Isaiah 40:28-31
"Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 33:2
"LORD, be gracious to us;
   we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
   our salvation in times of distress."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Summer Fun in Wichita

Every time I write a post, I feel like it's about a trip to Wichita.  We do go there a lot, but we're definitely not there every weekend.  :)  We love seeing our family and we just got back from a 3 day weekend trip up there.

We picked up a special visitor on the way.  Jake's girlfriend, Bekah, just moved to Sand Springs, OK which is near Tulsa.  We were so glad to have her on the ride - we love Bekah!  This was Caleb's favorite car ride ever I think.

Saturday morning was full of wedding invitation making at my parents' house for Julie's wedding.

Check out my hubby and Grandpa's awesome ribbon cutting skills.  :)

We also got to meet my new niece, Zoey Grace.  She is soo tiny and so cute.  Caleb loved holding her and wanted to hold her about 4 times.  

We played with Nana and Grandpa Braschler - fishing and bubbles and Monster's Inc. 

On Sunday, I got to go to a bridal shower for my sweet college roommate, Emily!  She looked beautiful and I can't wait to be in her wedding at the end of July!

We stayed an extra day and on Monday I spent the day with Julie and Zoey.  We took a Chipotle lunch and met my other sister at her work to celebrate their birthdays which are on Friday.

Zoey Grace was born on May 15.  She was about 3 weeks early and weighed 6 lbs.  She is so cute.

Here is Zoey compared to a huge Chipotle burrito, haha!

While I was with Julie and Zoey, the rest of the clan went fishing.  They caught some nice ones!  And Caleb had fun swimming in the water and playing in the mud.  

This is what happened when we dropped Bekah off at her house on the way back home and Caleb couldn't stay.  Somebody has a major crush.  Look out Jake.  :)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Family Fun: Fishing & Picnic

We've been taking advantage of the amazing June weather so far!  I'm not usually a fan of summer heat, but lately we've been having unseasonably cooler temps for this time of year.  And I love it!!  We took the boat out to City Lake for Memorial Day weekend and Caleb caught his first fish!!!  He was making me kind of nervous in the boat, but he did great.  His favorite part (besides catching fish and skipping rocks with Daddy) was probably dipping his hands and animal crackers in the lake water and then sucking off the water or eating the cracker.  Can you say all boy?!?

This is probably one of my favorite pictures of all time.  Love these boys.

We also have made several trips to the park lately and a few days ago we took a picnic!  We fed the ducks (and the chucks - chicken/ducks that reside in Siloam Springs' Sager Creek).

I love making these kind of memories with my family!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cousins Sleepover!

Last Saturday night, our nephew Jack came to stay with us for the night and most of the next day.  Caleb was so so excited and kept talking about it the day before he came.  We took the boys to a Naturals game and they had an absolute blast.  They loved cheering on the team and eating hotdogs.  It was so fun to hear them giggling in the backseat on the way to the game and seeing them interact.  It is such a fun age!  They both behaved really well.  It was a really great memory!

When Caleb went potty, Jack wanted to also!

Happy with animal crackers.  Aren't snacks the best part of baseball anyway?  :)  

It was a really fun weekend with the boys and I'm so glad that they are close enough (in age and proximity!) to do things like this.  :)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Weekend with Mommy

The weekend after Mother's Day, we were supposed to go to Doniphan, Missouri just like last year.  Then Caleb came down with bronchitis.  Poor boy.  He acted pretty good, but he had a yucky cough and a temp. He got to stay home with daddy one day and mommy the next day.  So for the weekend, I stayed home with him and Nick went to Doniphan with the Braschler family.  Caleb and I had a mommy-son weekend.  :)

Sick boy had to do breathing treatments 3x/day.

Watching Cars while mommy worked a little.

We went to the park and had a picnic one day.

And got a haircut (that girl was not the friendliest and didn't do the best job I have to say).

Had dinner at Chick-Fil-A!

His first experience in the Chick-Fil-A playground.  (Yes, I'm a great mother and took my sick child to play in the public play area - not the best thinking on my part, but Caleb loved it.  Granted, he had been on antibiotics for a couple of days...)

We went for a walk and found a caterpillar...

I had fun spending some one-on-one time with my boy!  I look forward to more mother-son dates in the future!