4.27.2017

Performing Arts

After her two brothers went through preschool, I thought maybe it was just my kids who despised being front and center. The ones who wouldn't even lip sync. The ones who refused to do any motions. Hid behind everyone. Then I had a daughter and that theory went out the window. She lights up when her feet hit the stage. Hadassah LOVES to perform and it is a true joy to watch her sing her heart out and do all the motions to a "T" and ham it up. She is our precious star and boy does she shine...








4.26.2017

Happy Easter

I realized I never posted any Easter pictures of our day with my parents. Better late than never. It felt more like summer than early spring but it was so fun to be outside together. The kids loved finding eggs, taking tractor rides, playing games, and reading Grandpa's magazines. A day well spent!












4.03.2017

Like Spring Chickens...

The annual Martin cousins egg hunt happened yesterday and 8 of the 10 cousins participated. Two little babes were napping. After the kids' had their egg hunt they requested to hide them for the grown ups to do an egg hunt. Even the oldest family member got in on the fun. It's always so fun to see the kids running around together at Grandpa and Grandma's house.





 


3.13.2017

Holding Hazel

Over the weekend we had the opportunity to meet our newest niece in Philadelphia. Moses and Roanna welcomed her home almost five weeks ago. Our kids were all beyond excited to hold her and it was fun to connect with her parents again as well. She is #10 of the Martin cousins. Five boys and five girls ages 11 and under. Cousin chaos :) Praising the LORD for another healthy baby in the family.










2.27.2017

State College or Bust...

We left our house before 6am to watch Clayton on the ice in State College. Our crew was beyond excited to cheer on their cousin and we were thankful to spend time together touring around Penn State a little. The kids always enjoy spending time at their farm. Lots of memories made this weekend...










2.11.2017

On the Court...

Malakai has been enjoying a new sport this winter. For the last four weeks, he's had basketball practice at a local rec center. Today he had his first game. And wow, did he ever love it! We watched him get one break away after another and go sprinting down the court towards his team's basket. He is a fierce defender. I'm talking hands up in your face, quick feet and eyes on the ball to steal it away. He told us after the game that he really enjoys playing point guard and his team had a very successful first game of the season. A few shots from his game...





1.03.2017

Celebrating With Friends & Family

We wrapped up another great Christmas celebration with my side of the family on Thursday evening into Friday. Paper was flying. Cousins played together happily inside and then went across the street to our house for an afternoon of street hockey. The cold and wind didn't seem to bother those boys in the least. It is so fun to see them building memories together as the traditions of years past are reminisced about. Hadassah made her first of many hot pads for Grandma this year. I remember as a little girl making countless hot pads for my Grandma. This tradition MUST be passed on to the next generation! Speaking of passing things on...my mom gave Hadassah her doll house that she received almost 60 years ago as a Christmas gift. As you can see, both girls are pretty happy about i!

And New Year's Eve has been a long standing (almost 10 years now) tradition of gathering with our dear friends, Marvin & Dori who now reside in Kansas City. Treats, games, story telling...another one for the books. 2017...my word is BE FEARLESS! Ready to dive in...