Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fun with Friends

We've been part of a Life Group through our church for several months now. There are 5 great couples and we all have little kids. We meet on Thursday nights and the kids are watched down in the basement while the adults meet upstairs. We just finished going through a parenting book and these pictures are of a potluck dinner we had together a couple weeks back. It's so wonderful to have great Christian friends to fellowship with!

After he was commissioned, Brian got to be his friend, Alex's "first salute". Alex is from Perry County where Brian grew up so it's been neat to get to know him and his fiance.
Brian made a toybox for our living room so the toys aren't always exploding all over.

It turned out really well! Way to go my Handy Manny!

Enjoying some chicken!

Some outdoor fun:
I traced the kids with chalk...
"I'm trying erase Blake but he won't stay still!"
Love this picture
We had our friends Brent and Stacey over for dinner. They are in the Army too, doing a similar program here at Penn State. It's been great to find some friends that understand the military life. They have four girls: 6, 2, and twin 9 month olds so they're busy like us. :)
Chasing eachother around the house. :)

On Thursday mornings, a group of ladies from church meet at different parks in the areas. It's been a neat way to meet more people and to learn about different places to play. And of course the kids love it! :)
Blake loved this toy and drove it all over the place!
Picnic lunch
As usual, Evan slept through most of it.
Some of the mommies- in the middle is Melinda who has become a great friend-we actually meet at her house for Life Group.
Brian was doing some work in the garage and Natalie was playing in the water... with our beach toys... no beach here! :(

Pictures of Memorial Day Weekend coming soon!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mom and Aunt Jocelyn's Visit

Brian finished up the school year at Penn State last week and now we have a week off before his summer classes start. We've been getting some projects done, going on little day trips and just relaxing together. It's been so nice to have so much family time here--more than we've ever had and probably more than we'll ever have again. We know that in another year, we'll be back into the "real" military with long hours, lots of trips away, and probably a deployment right away so we're soaking up all this family time now to save in reserve for when he has to be gone. Our three month old :)
Blake is learning new words everyday... and loves books just like his big sister, especially ones with objects he can point to and say.
Playing princesses with Alayna
My mom and her sister, my Aunt Jocelyn came by for a quick overnight last week. I hadn't seen her since my brother's wedding when Natalie was only about 5 months old. She is probably our most avid blog follower so she keeps up with the kids pretty well but it was fun for her to meet them in person. A walk to the playground

Aunt Jocelyn noticed my comment about getting more magnet letters for the fridge and brought some new ones for along with some other gifts. Thanks so much! Now Natalie can write her name! :)

We went on a picnic at a nearby park
Took a walk on the path before lunch

My mom and Aunt Jocelyn

Daddy made them a double-decker slide
Some of Evan's 3-month-old photo shoot:

Until next time... :)