Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, p

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, p

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friends and a Wedding

This past weekend I was able to help one of my friends with her BFF's wedding.  We probably had more fun than the bride and groom. 

Us girls just goofing around. 

I am pretty sure I was holding both of these girls up in this picture but I am a pretty tough ol' gal.

Just another goofy picture of us.

The precious bride and groom

Sweet Kim already to walk down the isle.  It was a beautiful day for a wedding and I pray much happiness on this couple.

Birthday party fun

Oh how we love Birthday's in our family.  This past week, we were able to celebrate Grayson's 1st birthday.  

It was very cutely decorated and the baseball smash cake was beautiful. 

How precious is this little Benton boy?!?

It has been a quick year but our family is so blessed to have you.

Look at this spread of food!!

Sweet Grayson and his Grandma!

Luke's Soccer Game

We have a new sport in The Benton House and that sport is Soccer.  I honestly have to say that I have never been interested in this sport but Luke seems to really like it.  I also think it is good for him to run some energy off and learn to focus. 

It is so funny to watch him because he thinks that the only time he can kick the ball is when he is facing his goal.  He also wants to be a goalie so badly but they do not have goalies at this age.

Another thing about soccer that I did not know is that it can be quite aggressive.  The kids really push around on one another and end up on the ground more than you would think.

Luke's classmate Lela is on his team and she is very good.  This is her second year of playing soccer.  

Luke and Lela waiting for a kickoff. 

Tree House Part 1

Operation Tree house is underway at the Benton's house.  On Saturday we went to Pa and Grandma's house and we began on the tree house.

Evan was not much help and simply wanted to play in the yard.

I also brought Ethan over and he and Luke were not much help either.  They spent all day climbing trees and playing.

Luke did do a little bit of work but overall he just wants it to be done and get up in the tree. 

Jeff and Luke helping Pa set up the supports for the base.

This is the beginning but this tree house is going to be amazing.  I cant wait to see the finished product and I hope these boys allowed girls to climb up in the tree house.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Church Family Picnic

Our family is so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family of God.  This past Sunday, we had our annual church picnic.  The kids had a blast and the food was wonderful!!

As always, the kids enjoyed the bounce house and playing with their friends.  We adults enjoyed getting to fellowship with fellow parents and church members.

Evan loved the sand even though it made me nauseous to allow him to play in it.  I can only imagine the nasty things that occur on that sand.  Anyhow, he had a blast.

I know my hair seem really bright but the sun was hitting it just right and I got it done just a few days ago.  I am still trying to decide whether I should add more dark back in next time or rock the red.  As much as I dislike my picture being taken, I am blessed to have this fella next to be to make it better.

Luke also like the sand but he had the most fun chasing the big kids around and around the park.  I love that our youth enjoy hanging out with our kiddos.  It is so important to establish role models early in life and I hope that my children always seek Godly ones.

We had a blast swinging, eating, and running about but the best part is spending time with those of like faith.  Our God is so mighty.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fair, Rodeo, and Randomness

In about a two week span, I was only able to run three times.  I am starting to get nervous that I may never be ready for my 1/2 marathon but I plan to give it my very best.  The other night, I knew I had to get a run in despite that darkness was upon me.  Thus, I ran as fast as I could to get a mile in.  I was so excited because it was my fastest mile ever.  I know to many of you that might not be that fast but for me and my ever aging body, I was rocking it!

I have also been trying to find neat things to do with my classes at church.  I stumbled upon this and thought it looked fun and cute.  Of course, it doesn't scream "Do this at Church" but I still think I will do this at home with my kiddos or maybe I will make them and take them to the kiddos schools.  

We went to the fair and rodeo this past weekend.  In our family, there always has to be some type of drama when we leave the house.  So for this trip I failed to grab Luke's old boots but we were headed to Harrison to get him a new pair so I thought we were good to go.  Of course, we arrive at the boot store around 5:35 because we thought they stayed open till 6:00 (according to their website).  They were locking everything up.  Then the tears start falling because as you can imagine a cowboy can not go to a rodeo without a pair of boots.  It took a lot of time to convince him that sometimes cowboys wear tennis shoes (says no cowboy ever, LOL).

While at the fair, Luke wanted to ride the farris wheel (I imagine because his buddy Landon rode it the week before at the Baxter County Fair).  I figured he might get a little nervous or even back out but of course my adventurous little Luke loved it.

Even sweet little Evan wanted to ride but I told him he wasn't tall enough (AKA I am too chicken to ride with him).  So instead, we watched and rode a few more appropriate rides (AKA, rides I do not have to get on at all).

I thought that each boy would quickly jump into a car and take off but not these two, they wanted to ride together.  I only wish they could get along like this every other minute of the day.

I was so proud of Luke because he helped Evan get buckled in (because the carny just stood there watching them).  I also failed to get any pictures of the rodeo but it was so fun.  I have not been to a rodeo since I was in the 9th grade which seems crazy because I love them so much.  I guess sometimes life just takes over.  The boys got stick horses (which we are currently hiding in the back of my car because they think they are swords).  Luke couldn't get enough of the rodeo and Evan was ready to go home and go to sleep (which he screamed for 30 minutes straight making sure that everyone around us knew he wanted to go home).  We made it through the barrel racing and then Evan and I headed to the car.  Overall, I think it was a wonderful weekend and I was so thankful to spend the time with my precious family.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Family and Fall evenings

Fall seems to have arrived and the boys are enjoying the cooler weather so we have been spending extra time outside.

We roasted marshmallows for smores!

God sure has painted some beautiful skies for us to see.

These sweet boys bring us great joy.

Another beautiful picture.

And another.

Fire to keep warm

Precious Evan has had a few days of being sick over the past two weeks,

Luke and his dad went to the farm to play around.

Luke feels all big and thinks he can drive the 4-wheeler all by himself.