Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sports and Trucks

Two of our (totally adorable) nephews had birthdays last week! Jadon turned 11, and Knox turned 3. They enjoyed little parties on their actual birthdays, but since we weren't able to be a part of those, I insisted on extending the celebration to Sunday, and brought the cake.

Jadon is an active, sports-lovin' kid who would rather be throwing a ball than anything in the world. Knox is fascinated with "big trucks" and races them through the house at breakneck speeds. So in an effort to blend their two obsessions, I of course went ahead and dug up a football field!

Complete with broken field goal post and everything. (Riley came up with the idea to use straws for the field goals!)

I was so pleased with how it turned out! It was a hit!

Happy birthday to our sweet nephews!!  It is such a joy to watch you growing and maturing into godly young men. We love you so!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Onto Peds!

After delivering a handful of babies (on his own!), assisting in numerous surgeries, and performing a variety of obstetrical and gynecological services, Riley has completed his OB-GYN rotation!

Today he begins his pediatric rotation. Something tells me he'll be a natural...


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Digging in Dirt

Here's a little "Before and After" of our garden out back!


When we moved in, our landlord told us that a previous tenant had put in a garden bed along the side of the shed, and that we could feel free to redo that if we wanted a garden. We did. So during the crazy couple of weeks before Riley started school, while we were still jumping over boxes to get through rooms in our house, we decided to take advantage of Riley's manpower and dig up the garden bed!

I am sure glad we did, because the garden turned out to be the former home to probably 20 rosebushes who had long since withered and left their gnarly root balls for us to remove... what a project!! 

We dug and loosened and sifted and fertilized, poured sweat, blood, and tears (well, no tears, really) into our little garden bed, and after some very hard work in the hot Summer sun, we had created something to be proud of!!


We widened, lengthened, and then lined the garden bed with some rocks we gathered from Riley's beloved grandmother's farm. (So special to have a touch of her in our garden. I hear she had quite the green thumb!) 

I got right to work transplanting strawberry bushes and flowers I had in pots, and sowing a variety of vegetables for a fall crop! We have broccoli, radishes, two varieties of carrots, green beans, peas, spinach and spring mix all popping out of the ground. It's really so fun! And on the far right side I've sectioned off the "boys' garden," where they may feel free to dig and play and not worry about destroying our crop! 

My little garden helpers!

This is our first home with a space to dig and plant in the ground, and it really is so much fun. And this lovely little space is the view from my kitchen window. I'm so very thankful.

And, thanks to a motion-activated sprinkler I got on clearance at Walmart, the deer and rabbits are leaving my plants alone! 

Happy gardening!
(And likewise, happy scrubbing-the-dirt-from-your-fingernails!)


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Field Trip to Farmville!

Asher is starting pre-school with our church's homeschool co-op this year, and it's pretty much the most exciting thing for him, ever. When I was asking him what kind of "friends" birthday party he wanted, nothing appealed to him until I mentioned "A School Party."

Yes! That's it!!

The invitations

When I asked him what friends he wanted to invite, he of course requested his two besties: 
Cousin Ian Jude, and the lovely Miss Helen Weizenecker!

I realized after the party was underway that I forgot to take some nice pictures of all the cute little details  that went into the food table, but I did remember to snap a photo of all of us!

Asher had requested a couple of his other friends as well, but they weren't able to make it. Even with their absence, though, we were still a pretty sizable group!
The Walkers are a party wherever they go!

We ate...

PB&J sack lunches, milk, popcorn in notebook paper cones,
animal crackers, and other tasty treats!

Opened gifts... 

Asher proudly sporting his new back pack!

Devoured some birthday cake... 

Ruled paper cupcake liners? How cute is that??

And then went outside to enjoy some perfect water-game-weather!

The slip-n-slide was a hit!
We had a great, very low-key day celebrating our sweet four-year-old. 

We love you, Asher James!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Six Years!

Six years!!

August 11, 2007 I married my very best friend.

And like a good wine, our love grows sweeter with time.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth,
for your love is better than wine.
Song of Songs 1:2

I love you, wonderful husband of mine!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Four Years of Happy

Asher turned 4 today!
How did he get so big??
When we were trying to pick a name for our firstborn son, we settled on Asher because we loved the fact that it meant "happy." And he truly has made us so happy! In fact, he keeps us rolling with laughter on a regular basis! He's a real ham, and a joy to be around! I thought that in honor of his birthday I would share a few of my favorite Asher quotes from this past year.
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"Mama, I so sick, I need some chocolate milk. That make me feel so healthy..." (He was most certainly not sick!)
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Daddy: "So, the chickens give us eggs, and the cows give us milk, what does the.... kitchen give us?" (because we like to give him random questions and laugh at his answers)
Asher: "NO, Daddy. The kitchens don't give. MAMA gives us. Mama gives us bacon and fings." He then proceeded to sing to us,

"The Mama gives us bacon,
the Mama gives us bacon,
hi-ho the dairy-o
the Mama gives us BACON!"
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When I forgot to give Asher his treat for using the big boy potty, he seized the opportunity to embark on a mini lecture about forgetfulness, reminding me of how God was angry with the Israelites in the desert when they forgot Him and all He had done for them. He made sure to remind me of the water that came out of the rock, the bread that came raining out of the sky, and how the Israelites did not remember. "You MUST not forget, Mommy. You GOT to get my treat!"
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Riley: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Asher: I want to drink coffee.
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Asher: What did baby Jesus sleep in?
Me: He slept in a trough that the animals ate out of. It's called a manger.
Asher: They didn't have no pack-n-play for him??
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Me: Asher! Don't steal from your brother!
Asher: But Mom! I'm teaching Grayson how to share!
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[To Daddy, who had just fed him a bite of his dinner]: You almost poked my uvula!
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When Gray was crying because we had left the boys with some friends for a couple days to get our house packed up, Asher decided to offer (very little) reassurance by piping up and shouting, "Mommy and Daddy will be gone for 40 days and 40 nights!"
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Me: What happened??
Asher: Well, I was just sittin' here being patient, and then my patience went away from me, and so I just hit him.
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You sure keep our bellies full with laughter, dear son!
Happy Birthday, Happy Asher!