Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DYSO and Easter

Happy Easter! He is Risen!
We went to the zoo last weekend, and I let Brian do most of the photography so I don't have many photos, but I could not pass this one up. This giraffe was so friendly... it stuck it's head right into this crowd of people and almost licked a few kids. You can see Brian holding Laney and Avery up there right underneath it's head. Once the security guard noticed, he made everyone back away until the giraffe wandered off back into his habitat.

Avery & Brian made this little red sports car for the Sparky Drive-in last week at Awana. I think she might have been the only one with a windshield, so she was very proud of that. There were a lot of cute cars. The Sparks got to watch "Cars" and eat popcorn while sitting in (or beside) their homemade cars.

Here's Avery & her friends watching "Cars." You can see all the cool cars around the room.
Here's Bodie and his buddies watching the movie too. Since I keep the one-year-old nursery on Wednesday nights, these are my little munchkins that I get to hang out with every Wednesday night and Sunday morning. They love the buggy... and it is a lifesaver!

Tatum loves this dress. We have been blessed with wonderful hand-me-downs from a couple friends and this dress was in one of the bags we just got. It's silky and shiny and she looks and feels like a princess when she wears it. She asked me to take her picture when she wore it last.

Here's our little one year old with his mullet. It just hit me out of the blue one day that I need to get him a haircut. You don't really think about haircuts when you have baby girls because you just want to let it grow, so it was a new thought to me to need to get our baby a haircut.

Here's the side and back of the sweet little mullet.
He was a very good sport about it. He sucked the life out of his paci and kept his focus on the Elmo movie, and he did wimper once or twice, but overall the experience was a surprisingly good one.
I asked her to give him a faux hawk, so here she is styling his new 'do.

Tada... he looks like such a big boy now. And the back of his head is the spitting image of the back of Brian's head, except for the hair color difference. It's so funny the way genetics works... the exact same hairline and shape of head as his daddy.

Avery & Tatum have been practicing for a couple months for Dance Your Shoes Off, which was held last weekend in front of City Hall. It was so hot and so crowded, I admit all I wanted to do was dance our shoes off and get the heck out of there. But it was so awesome to see so many kids out there praising the Lord with dance and singing (and shouting) "He's alive, He's alive inside us and we will rise up." It was a memorable day for us.

They wore brand new shoes to do the dance, then at the end they all took their shoes off and put them in these huge containers to donate to kids at various ministries our church serves.

And we couldn't resist a little dip in the pond.

If you've never seen the video of the adult version of Dance Your Shoes Off, it's pretty neat. You can see it here. And here's the video of the Kids version last weekend. You can see the backs of A & T at 2:21, but you kinda have to know what to look for.

I have probably watched the DYSO video from last Easter 10 times and I still get chills every time I see it. I think it's a miniature taste of what Heaven will be like. Thousands of very different people, young & old, singing & dancing to Jesus together. It was really fun for our family to get to be a part of it this year.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

We're a Homeschooling Family

My friend Jennifer invited me to write a guest post for her blog.... you can read it here. She also has so many words of wisdom to share on her blog and lots of fun ideas for crafts, recipes, etc. And I love all her photos of her sweet kids. So take some time to look around at The Kindle Crew while you're there!