Sunday, April 25, 2010

Where there is a kid, there is a Jennie...these words are all too true! Would you not believe that when Jimmie (my brother) came to visit last weekend, I did not snap one picture of him and the AJB's, or of Alisha, him and myself? The only pictures that I took were all to cute to pass up; pictures of Meredith eating ice cream. It was fun to get 'the gang' back together again. Mark and Naomi (with Grace and Mer), Keith and Rachel (with Cadance and Ian), Jimmie, Alisha, Mark (mine) and the AJB's got together for dinner and to catch up. It has been at least since Jimmie's wedding since we were all together! It was a lot of fun!Mer eating her ice cream

Last Sunday before church, Abi and Austin joined me on the back porch with their cereal. It was just a really beautiful morning. Occasionally I sit out alone. On that morning, Austin asked if he could sit with me. Abi was not far behind him! Austin and Abi eating breakfast

This Saturday, Naomi, Lizzie, Taunya, and I went to see The Spa Girls for a live event...we had a blast! And many, many laughs! Then we headed to Chuy's for lunch, YUMMY! Then I picked up Abi and we had our nails done with Sarah. It was Abi's first trip to the nail salon, and she LOVED it! She was disappointed that she didn't get her pedicure (because of a little communication error) but it subsided with ice cream and her own bottle of nail polish from Walmart! What a great mommy- daughter date!

Abi chose red polish...even after I suggested a much lighter pink!
treatment of a princess!

This is my last week of school until (at least) Spring 2011. We will begin our homeschooling journey in September. I have been researching home school curriculum, but haven't come to any definitive answers yet. There are so many things to choose from! Taunya suggested that Austin take an anatomy/physiology class with Cameron. The class includes dissecting a cow's eye, which Austin would probably think was great! Whatever we do end up doing, I am very excited!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Sunday 2010

I suppose Easter weekend began like any other weekend-o-fun. Friday night we had Aunt Marie, Deve, Sluz, and Aimee over for burgers and game night to celebrate Mark's 31st birthday. Then Austin and Mark went to a guys movie night while Abi and I stayed home to paint our nails. Saturday morning began with cooking. I made a dessert and potato salad for our small group Easter get together. Unfortunately, I am a dork and forgot to take the camera. Hopefully, someone can forward me their pics! We had a great time; I spent time truly bonding with Pacey- she not only puked on me this time, but peed on me as well! She's so cute, I don't care! The kids and I came home while Mark worked the 5pm service.

Sunday morning was, as every Easter is, a special and exciting morning. Each year I struggle with deciding what that one special thing is that I am going to put in their basket. I love that Easter is a holiday to celebrate, but I hate that it is so commercialized with yellow chickens and chocolate bunnies! I struggle each year with not wanting my kids to feel left out from the candy-o-rama traditions; I want to be sure that they grow up knowing why our family celebrates Easter. It's not just because Walmart says we should. I want them to get some candy, but not for their candy to overshadow the true focus of the season. Last year, the AJB's each got a Bible for their big gift in their baskets. This year I made them each a bracelet with their names and a charm-a cross. Both were excited that they had a cross. We then got dressed in our Easter's best-

the AJB'S finding their baskets

2010 Easter at Copperfield Church


Abi at the Easter egg hunt

Austin at the Easter egg hunt

After church, we went home for a little rest. We went to Mark's dad's house for Easter dinner- it was super yummy! Mark and the boys threw the football around while Abi played with Tom's latest addition to the family, Alex.

Abi and Alex- a very lazy puppy!

We ended the day with family movie night- Alvin and the Chipmunks, the squeakquel!
The Brewer Family 2010