Thursday, October 01, 2015

Natey's Birthday, A Spring Wedding and A Mother's Day Weekend!:)

(And I am finally updating the blog! It's been a busy summer! There's a lot that's been going on here, so hang on for the wild rollercoaster of posts!;)
Life stays busy, whether it is a slow consistent busyness or a face paced, wild busyness!  

We ended the month of April with our Natey's 12th birthday! Opa, who shares that birthday with him, came to visit the Saturday before and we all enjoyed going to the Dutch Store and sepnding time with him! We got pictures, but unfortanltey, the computer they were on is not working for us at present so we'll have to make do without them.;) He got to go shooting with the his Dad and brothers to celebrate the day before, which he really enjoyed, and then we had a BBQ on the actual day.:) 
He made his own target to shoot at!;) Happy Birthday, Natey! He's growing up, folks....:)
Another fun occasion for this month was the wedding of some friends, Stephen and Lorna Weston!:D
Helping set up the outdoor reception....
I had the honor of attending the guestbook for the exciting day!!
Awaiting the brides entrance....
Here she comes....a bit blurry but still looking lovely!!!

It was truly neat to see Stephen and Lorna take this step in faith and love, making the commitments that God created marriage to have.
A sweet moment........Caytlin did an excellent job capturing the day!
It was nice to see friends again!
The little boys by the cake having fun...:)'s hard to believe how time flies!
Caytlin and her childhood friends took a reunion picture!:)
For the reception, we had a simple, but lovely outdoor lunch themed like a picnic!
Kevin, Stephen's brother who married them, giving a speech!

One of the things we loved about watching Stephen and Lorna that day, was seeing just how much they loved each other and how happy they were
"He who finds a wife finds a good thing...";)
We were very grateful to be able to witness the beautiful and God honoring wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Weston!!:)

Some random pictures from the week days...Catching and studying bugs....:) What a privilege we have to learn!
Helping siblings with math...:)
Isaiah was playing around with one of the cameras and took this/edited this lovely picture!
Mom's friend from highschool, Mrs. Delang, came and took mom out Mother's Day weekend!:) The two mothers enjoyed a time of fellowship and lunch while the kiddos had a fun afternoon playing and visiting!
Legos with David Delang!:)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Horsback Riding/Timothy Turns 7!:)

Back to April! The following day, after the Oak Glen/Resurrection Sunday weekend, we were off to Norco to go horseback riding for Timothy's 7th birthday! His actual birth date was Tuesday, but we went Monday so the Estradas could join us!
Timmy had been looking forward to this day for some time, as this was his first time ever riding a horse!
 The guys didn't get a lot of pictures of Timmy actually riding but they had a great time!! He was very happy to go riding with his Uncle and cousin!  See that smile!;)
While the guys rode, us girls went to a nearby park.....
Sliding! We had a lot of fun sliding on all the slides regardless of our size, and before we knew it, it was time to pick up the guys!
Coming back from their ride!
The birthday guy and Matthew! Very happy riders!
Evie and Rachel hanging out with some handsome men..;)
A group picture!
Some wild people...;)
The guy who owns the stables was really nice and let the little girls ride in the yard for a few minutes!
Emily next to the sign.....
Rachel enjoying her turn!
One more picture with the sign!:)
Playing with the birthday boy! Our Timbo is growing up!
After that we all headed back to the park to play and eat a hearty lunch!
Daddy went to visit his aunt who was in the area, from Canada, while the guys rode, but joined us for lunch afterwards.:)
A full table, complete with pizza, apples, tangerines, chips, sandwiches, soda, juice boxes, lots of eager conversationalists and laughter! We enjoyed flying Uncle Victor's kite later and rolling down the grassy hills before heading home!
The next day, Tuesday was Timmy's actual birthday and we had another BBQ.:) It started to sprinkle, so the guys pinned a tarp across the  top of the table and used part of a light stand to hold it up!;)
 After our BBQ Timmy requested a movie which we watched, and then it was time to eat his cake! He had been waiting all day for it!;)
Happy Birthday, Timmy!:)
Daniel made him this very special portrait etched in wood, which he gave him that evening!
 I think it is safe to say he liked it!!:D

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
             2 Timothy 2:1-4

Handy-Dad and Sons!:)

The last few months Dad and the guys did come major fixing up the house!:) We've been needing to make more space and move things around for some time, so the timing was perfect! It was really neat to watch them work together, have adventures, and gain experience in the whole process.;)
 Moving a cabinet to rearrange a bedroom.....
 Timmy staying occupied.....
With the work going on in the house, meals were moved outside for awhile..:)
 The kiddos keeping themselves occupied with that basket again!
One of the biggest projects was replacing the kitchen cabinets! They really needed to go!;)
 Installing the new cabinets.....
This was a first for Dad and he did a great job!
One day Aunt Rocio came to visit with Sophia and Grandma and had lunch in our outdoor dinning area.;)
 The new countertop....
The guys also replaced and installed a new sink......
 This sink is a lot deeper which is really nice!
 Cutting the hole for the sink....
 Taking measurements for depth.....
 Adding the was super exciting to see everything coming together!
 A new shiny sink!! The finished results... 
All done!
 Assembling some new storage cabinets.....
Another big project was building a bunk bed, with a trundle bed for the older guys room!
 We are so thankful for our men!
The bunk was all finished here, but the drawer bed was still being built.

It was really good to be able to get these projects accomplished! We've often talked about how we'd like to move, but we realized recently that God isn't opening the door for that and that we need to make do with what He HAS given. Not only does it teach character but it has drawn us closer s a family.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 
                            Colossians 3:23-24