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

Oak Glen/ Resurrection Sunday Weekend:)

In April our family was able to go to Oak Glen again, and a friend of Mom's joined us with her children and nephew for the weekend! We had a great time with them and enjoyed visiting with old acquaintances and meeting new ones!
Driving up we went through the drive through at Del Taco! There's nothing quite like sitting in a van packed to the brim and sharing a few fiesta packs with the siblings!;)  
We stopped at a candy store a few miles away from the campground and bought some yummy treats!
After that, we headed over to the Los Rios Rancho Apple Orchard, and shared a gallon of fresh cider and a pie!;) While we were eating the Delang's arrived!
After everyone met, we discovered we had gotten the wrong check-in time for the campground, so we headed over to the nature trails to get some energy out of the little ones, and pass the time.:)
Isaiah on "baby-duty" here.....once we got settled in, the little ones were very eager to play on the "merry-go-round!"
 The sessions were really good and it was neat to see how everything tied together even through each speaker had prepared something apart from the others'.;) We were also very excited to have over a hundred people with us for the weekend!
Craig and Beth Ewalt, taught the children's meetings again this year, and we enjoyed getting to know them better.
Mealtimes were similar to musical chairs, no one sat in the same place twice or with the same people!:) This gave us a better opportunity to get to know the first-timers as well as the old!
Friday night, we enjoyed the talent show, and this year, we had a lot of fun variations, including a violin/harmonica/piano duet!;)
Josh and Natey are following in Daniel's steps with ventriloquism! They sang a duet, and Natey did a really good impression of the camp director Jerome, which everyone said was the highlight of the evening!
Daniel and Caytlin sang a duet that they did last year at church for Resurrection Sunday, as it was Good Friday.
We always get lots of exercise walking up and down those hills.......
Mr. Osborn asked me to ply the piano for the services this year, so Mrs. Ewalt kindly agreed to fill in for me if a song was picked that I wasn't familiar with.
Uncle Joe leading the singing...
Evie really enjoyed seeing Hunter (the camp director's dog) again!
And of course, the gym was full of activity throughout the weekend.;) British Bulldog is a game that everyone looks forward to, in particular, because Mr. Osborn dons his sports gear and leads it!
Having lunch.....the young man talking to Dad is Mrs. Delang's nephew, Gabriel, and the guys enjoyed meeting him and bunking with him for the weekend.:) The lady beside Ryan is Mom's friend Kristie, and seated next two here are her two daughters, Allsion and Audrey. The other young lady across from Dad was enjoying her first time at Oak Glen.
Satruday afternoon was the ladies meeting. We discussed spiritual gifts and how the Lord would have us use them.
 Before the last meeting, there was a piƱata in the gym for the kids! They have enjoyed this the last two years, in place of the Pinewood Derby Race.
Mom and Mrs. Delang grabbing a picture before heading home, .:) It was really neat to watch Mom encourage her friend and hear stories from when they were young, during the weekend.:)
Caytlin also enjoyed visiting again with Allison, who is around her age, as they hadn't seen one another since Mom's surprise party last year!
 Trying out Jerome before leaving!:D Gabrel kept us entertained as we packed!
On the way home, we met up with Opa for dinner at a nearby Chinese Restaurant!  
 We enjoyed vising with him, but it had to be a short one sadly, as we needed to get the little ones home and get ready for the Resurrection Service at church the following day!
Saying goodbye!:) Evie sure loves her Opa!
The following Sunday was our church's Resurrection Program....
The service closed with the choir singing excerpts from the Hallelujah Chorus!:) A piece we had been working on for some time..:)
After the service we took a few pictures....Left to right: Ryan, Micah Talbert, Philip Smith, Isaiah and Daniel.:) 
 Micah and Amy matched that Sunday and they didn't even plan it!:D
Most of the young ladies- Ashlee Fox, Amy Fox, Hannah Socolofsky, Ashley (me), and Susanna Smith.
We are going on two years now and grateful for how the Lord has grown our family since we've been at this fellowship. Praise God for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and through that we have salvation
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.  For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!  Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
                                                1 Corinthians 15:12-20