Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mackenzie's Story

This past weekend, Mackenzie wrote a story. She used a notebook from Grannie and Papa New, and an ink pen. She even illustrated it! I am so proud of her. Here is the story: (The Caterpillar and the Butterfly: Once upon a time, there lived a little caterpillar. It went into his cocoon. The butterfly shared her cocoon.)
(because she had hatched.)

(After that, the butterfly flew away. The End.)

Below is the picture of the laundry basket mentioned in the previous post. The "Bolt" sign is the one Josiah made. He was pretending to be Bolt, the dog from the movie, in his cage! He made the sign by himself.
(Bolt is my name.)
I am so proud of both my kids. They are learning so much every day.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


My Little Soccer Player
My little man loves to play soccer. I could not figure out which of the above two pics I liked the best (same pic but different effects), so I am posting them both! :)

Josiah, standing at attention and listening to the coaches' directions.

Josiah (in the black on the left) kicking the ball toward his goal.

He scored!!! He's directly behind the kids in yellow on the left. If you look closely, you'll see Josiah's brown hair and profile sticking out in front of the kid in yellow's head! The ball that is in the goal is in the one he had just kicked! Way to go, Josiah!

Here's another great big kick!

This came home from school today. Josiah knows all the vowels as well as their short and long vowel sounds. I am so proud of how much he is learning! That said, this particular paper just cracks me up. I love his teacher's sense of humor, too. :)

I zoomed in on the paper so you can see it better. Notice the "e" is perfectly upside down?! What a hoot. He is a very good writer and is doing a fantastic job of learning how to write all the letters in the alphabet. I was afraid if I did not take a picture of this one, I won't have too many other opportunities. He sits with me and practices his letters even on days when he's not in school. He does this by choice, mind you. He asks me to help him learn how to write. Tonight, after school, he sat down with a paper and a marker and asked how to spell "Bolt." Then, he came back and wanted to know how to spell "is my name." He did a great job of writing all those words. He hung his sign, that he made all by himself, on the laundry basket. It is his cage! He is Bolt, the dog from the movie we rented recently. I love seeing my kids learning to read and write.
Well, that's all my updates for now. Have a lovely day.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

What a day!

For David's birthday last year, I intended to take him for a helicopter ride over the Smokey Mountains. The weather did not cooperate, however, so we postponed the flight. A year later, I decided it was high time for his present! ;)
On another note, for those of you who know the Robertson Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kenny Robertson, a dear family friend, passed on from this world on August 31, 2010. He was 35 years old, just 3 months younger than David. They were friends since 4th grade. We visited his family in September 2003, while he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, as a marine for our military. We never expected to get the phone call a week and a half ago from our families saying that his helicopter crashed, killing all 3 on board. He flew for a medical evacuation company in Arkansas. He was flying, and as best as people can tell at this point, the helicopter came apart in the air. Rotor blades were found a great distance from the actual crash site. Medical gases were on board, and likely caused the explosion that also took place. The two other crew members, a flight nurse and a paramedic, also died that Tuesday morning in route to rescue another person. Kenny is leaving behind his precious wife, Angie, a dear friend of mine, as well as their 3 children, Kale, age 9, Abby, age 7, and Archie, age 4 or 5. I mention this in lieu of the helicopter ride we took today. I would like to ask for everyone who reads this blog to please pray for our dear friends, the Robertsons. We are thankful that Kenny's life was lived for the Lord. I pray that his family receives the strength, peace, and comfort they need.
Here we are after the ride was finished!
Zoomed out so you can see the whole helicopter.

Mackenzie with her headset on enjoying the ride.

Josiah with his headset on enjoying the ride.

David took this picture of the kids and me. We were all in the backseat. I insisted that the birthday boy ride in the front with the pilot! :)

Above is a picture of Mount LeConte. Gorgeous views. Perfect weather. Visibility something like 70 miles. Amazing.

My man, enjoying the ride.

More scenic views of God's amazing creation.

My little man, all buckled in and enjoying his headset.

Two very excited kids!

This is my favorite picture of David. Isn't he handsome?! :)

Two precious kids during the flight.

My beautiful girl.

The view of Lake Douglas on our return trip. Did I mention it was a gorgeous day?

This is my favorite of the kids. Mackenzie and Josiah both figured out how the headset worked about half way through the flight. They were hilarious having a conversation between the two of them that all of us could hear as we flew. They LOVED flying. What a fun experience and neat memory for us all. Happy Birthday to my precious husband. I love you, and I always will. I am thankful that God directed our paths together. I am so thankful for you. May God bless you each and every day.