Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I don't often write about what we are up to in everyday life..but I felt like it this morning. Ben is a week and a half away from completing this semester of classes. For the past month he has been in the actual classroom at an elementary school in Park City doing student teaching and observation in a 2nd grade class. He goes every Tuesday and Thursday for the full day. Last Saturday, he took a LONG test for ESL and Spanish certification. He already has taken the other LONG test that he had to take for elementary ed certification and found out he passed. It takes about a month or two to find out if you pass. So, after this semester, he has the fall semester to student teach and in December he's DONE!!! Yay.

This summer he plans to do some house painting. A couple houses are in mind so far, so hopefully like last summer...the rest will fall into place. It's a little different having Christian now, because Ben is the child care most days when I go to work. I'm sure we'll figure something out :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

God's creation

Last Thursday, we (Mom, Alyssa, Ava, Kade, Christian and me) visited the Botanica Gardens in Wichita. There were so many beautiful flowers to look at...and so many different colors of tulips. I love tulips! We enjoyed looking at all the types of flowers, I would like to go again in the summer to see what different ones are growing. Our timing was just right...God turned on his full force sprinklers right as we got in the car...it was POURING! Glad we could enjoy His creation...pictures don't really grasp it, but at least you get the idea.

One of the many reasons I love Kade...he's just himself! So goofy, but such a sweet little boy :)

The three cousins..we missed Maddox..he was at school.

Ava is a growing girl. She is a sweet-loving girl...she lets Christian know how much she loves him and how cute he is (frequently). :) 

It was kinda hard to get a picture with Christian...he was much more interested in the flowers and dirt than looking up at a camera.

Grandma walking with the "runaways"...they are fast!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Another year, another project

It seems like every spring/summer there is some kind of project to do outside. Last year we changed the front yard...pulled out all the nasty bushes, and planted different ones. This year we are doing some things to the back yard. Ben is making a border/flower bed to cover up the big ol' stump that still remains from the tree we removed 2 years ago. He also is putting one in front of the shed. Then, he thought he wanted to move a couple of bushes in the back yard and transplant them to the corner...so the yappy dog next door can't see us as easily. I'm not so sure they will survive the move...but we're really not out much if they don't.

Hopefully I'll have some "after" photos of successful finished looks!

Daddy's little helper?? Maybe not quite yet...but he does like to watch!

This isn't quite the finished product...the middle/inside bed is not shown and we still need to fill it all in with dirt. This dirt is supposed to be coming from the second driveway we will be doing. Seems like I said we were going to do that last year...oh well. We have the plan in place, so I'm hoping within the next week or so we will have that done!

Bush #1, I gave it a SERIOUS haircut before Ben moved it.

Bush #2..gave him a little more problems, but she eventually gave in and uprooted.

We were watching Daddy work!

the GREAT outdoors

We've been having some beautiful weather...and enjoying every bit of it! 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Springtime at Gpa & Gma's house

We're so HAPPY the weather is getting warmer and springtime is here! These were some of the things Christian did Saturday at Gma and Gpa's house...
Gpa gave Christian his first swing ride..this is pretty much the expression the entire time. He didn't seem to mind, but didn't give any signs of loving it either. I'm sure he'll learn that it IS a fun thing to do!

Mom and Dad bought 40+ chicks to raise for eating. They just got them last Saturday, so we had to check them out. Who knew that little ol' Christian could practically kill the 2 week old chick with his own two hands. YIKES! The picture below was right before he went in for the clench around the poor chicks neck. 

It was a feeding frenzy when they were put in their new home...2 feeders covered in little yellow pecking chicks. 

H.a.p.p.y E.a.s.t.e.r

Happy Easter...He is Risen! 

We had a wonderful Easter weekend, spent with family and spring weather. Saturday, we spent the day in Hesston at Mom and Dad's house doing yard work and such. It was such a nice day outside. In the evening, Ben went over to Mitch's to watch the Final Four games with Brent and Mitch. We ended up staying the night in Hesston, and just went to church at Whitestone Sunday morning. Those of us who live in KS (aka...Carissa wasn't there) came over for Easter dinner. 

The grandkids with Gpa and Gma

Grandpa and Grandma Sweigart

In the afternoon, Ben, Christian and I went into town to Grandpa and Grandma Hershberger's. They had hosted Easter dinner there for the whole family, and we wanted to stop in to see everyone. Even if we only could stay a little bit, it was nice to say hello and see their faces. Christian wasn't exactly showing his happy side at the time...which was a bummer..but I guess you can't help it always.

Grandpa and Grandma H.

Later in the afternoon, we dyed Easter eggs and had a couple Easter egg hunts. We spent quite a bit of time outside, it may have been windy..but at least it was warm enough to enjoy the weather! I think we were all quite tired by the time we got home that night...it was a full day..but a very GOOD one!

8 month pictures

I'm 8 months old today! April 2, 2010...

Eight months old :)

Christian is eight months old!! This last month he really has seemed to grow up. He sure does use his mode of talking a lot more around Ben and I. Some of the screams from excitement are a bit intense..but usually it's pretty funny and entertaining. 

His hair has grown so much in the past month...after bath time it was going everywhere!

He still usually wakes up a happy little guy...it's doubtful he'll be in the same position he was laid in. He enjoys his crib and rolling all over it! He has also mastered the skill of pulling down the bumper pad..and so proud of himself when he's caught!

So serious, sleepy little Christian. He still enjoys being rocked to sleep...although lately he has been giving it all he has to fight going to sleep for whatever reason (teething, too tired, too many fun things to miss out on!! ...who knows). Speaking of teeth...still toothless so far!

YEP!!! That's right, Christian can sit up by himself, so proud of himself :) He had been sitting with little help for awhile..and the one day I sat him down, he acted like he had known all along how to do it. Its seems silly to get excited over the little new things he learns...but I guess that what parents are supposed to do. Its never as "exciting" when its not your kid...but since he is mine...watching him develop in the appropriate stages is quite awesome!