Thursday, March 8, 2018

Resurrecting the Old Blog- Alaska Mission Trip

Well I finally decided to resurrect this old blog. To be honest, I had completely forgotten I even had it until I was trying to decide the best way to keep everyone updated on our Alaska Mission trip. So here we are! If you want to stay up to date on our trip while we are gone, my plan is to journal daily or every other day and post on here. It automatically posts to Facebook, but if you want notifications via email, just enter your email on the right of the page. So here are the details if you have no idea what I am talking about!

Brian and I are leaving in 1 week to spend 7 days in Alaska on a mission trip with an organization called Alaska Missions. We will be working the last part of the Iditarod(the annual dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome), hosting a banquet for all the mushers(a.k.a- dog sled drivers), working concessions at a basketball tournament(basketball is huge in Alaska) for the locals where all proceeds will be donated to the local women's shelter, along with a few other ministry opportunities.

While we are gone the kids will be spending the first few days with my Dad and the last part with my Mom. We are so lucky to have them available and willing, so that Brian and I can experience this Mission Trip together.

So many of you have faithfully given financially to our trip and we thank you so much! God's hand has been on this trip and he has definitely been orchestrating everything about it. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for us.

As we prepare for departure we ask for the following prayers:
-safety as we make the 3,500 mile trek north
-opportunities to share the Gospel while sharing His love to an area so dark
-that we are able to experience His blessings and serve selflessly

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

All things winter!

Well winter has been...interesting to say the least here in Texas. We have gone back and forth from 70s to ice back to 70s and now in the teens and 20s. Here is a recap of what our winter has contained so far.

The first weekend in December was "supposed" to run my very first full marathon, but thanks to the Icemaggedon that we incurred, we spent most of the weekend cuddled on the couch and staying warm. The one exception was when Brian took Atticus over to The Taylor's house to play in the ice. Little did I know, it was for the big boys, not the kids!
 Atticus and Leighton had more fun eating the ice! Yum......
Tucker had his first haircut! People were starting to refer to him as "our daughter" in public, because of his cute curls. Daddy didn't like that one bit, so Momma gave in.

Then the weather was nice for awhile and we had many park and outside play days!

His bike that he got from Dede last year, ended up being too little already! Guess Tucker can use it next year!

I will post Christmas pictures as soon as I get them all saved in one place!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Atticus' 4 year pictures!

Our dear friend Michelle at Conversation Art, took Attie's 4 year pictures for us. She also happened to do his 1 year pictures as well, so this was a fun shoot! She is so talented!

Here are a few of my favorites.
This one is classic Attie. Love this face.
 Oh my....he is going to be a heartbreaker!
 This might be my #1 favorite. So serious, but soft.
 He wanted to "explore!"
 Brotherly love at it's finest!

 I know it's an Attie post, but how can I resist posting these killer eyes???

Friday, January 10, 2014

Atticus turns 4!

Will my first born turn 4 about 5 weeks ago. This year his birthday was on Thanksgiving.  Our plans changed at the last minute for Thanksgiving and we ended up having Thanksgiving lunch at our house with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. I made a big spread of ham and all the fixins, along with a birthday cake for Attie and a sugar-free pecan pie for my father-in-law, who is diabetic. Pecan Pie is his favorite and you can't find it sugar-free very often, so I tried a new recipe. It turned out to be a hit! :)

The morning of Atticus' birthday, he woke up to his bedroom door decorated with streamers and balloons on the floor! He was so excited and felt so special! 
For his birthday, Atticus requested a "chocolate chip" cake. I found a recipe and made him his homemade cake on his birthday.
We had his birthday party the following Saturday at a Fire Station in Wylie. BEST.....IDEA......EVER! The cost=Free! They ask for donations to the Friends of Wylie Fire Rescue so instead of gifts for his birthday(he didn't need ANYTHING, especially with his birthday close to Christmas), we asked people to make a donation. We ended up raising $150 for them!
Atticus had some of his closest friends and family their to celebrate with us!The kids had a blast talking with the fireman, although a few were confused and thought they were policemen since they weren't wearing their fire suits. :)

The firemen gave a safety lesson and the kids learned all about the firemen and the firestation.

We also had snacks and an awesome birthday cake made by my grandmother, Susan. 

I had also seen on Pinterest this interview to ask your kids on thier birthday. It was quite entertaining, but here are his answers:
What is your name? Atticus Hobbs
How old are you now? 4
What is your favorite color? white
What is your favorite animal? a cow
Favorite Book? Zebra says SHHH
TV Show? Sofia the First (Brian loves this
What is your brother's name? Baby Tucker
What is your favorite thing to do with him? Play with him
What does Daddy do during the day? Work on cars
What does Mommy do during the day? Go to work
What does Mommy do at work? Eat
Who is your best friend? Rylin
What do you like to do with Rylin? Watch TV
Who are your other friends? Adelay, Leighton, Carson
What is your favorite song? Spiderman (no idea what he is talking about!!)
Favorite food? Quesadillas
Favorite toy? Chupacobbla (aka...Chupacabra from Planes)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Halloween and all things Fall

This fall seemed to go by quickly, as it seems winter weather has arrived here in North Texas. Atticus chose to dress up as Buzz Lightyear for Halloween this year.
He loved trick or treating and apparently had to potty here :)
He was a pro at saying "trick or treat" and "thank you", but when people asked who he was he would reply, "I'm Atticus!"
Tucker was originally supposed to be a pumpkin, but that did not fit him for long. He ended up going trick or treating as "Farmer Ted" a character from his Lego book. 
We also attended the annual "Trunk or Treat" event at our church. There Tucker was a pumpkin.
Atticus enjoyed the evening with his buddy Rylin, aka Optimus Prime.

 There were games, bounce houses, a petting zoo, and candy!
We also got to spend some time with my mom, aka Dede, this fall.
We first took a weekend trip to Oklahoma and saw Grandma Hudson and Mom.
Grandma loved Tucker's snuggles!

Bath time with Dede was fun too, at least for Tucker ;)

Then a few weeks later, Mom came down to visit for the day. We met up with her and my nieces, Madison and Kaylin for lunch at McDonalds.
 Dede had fun playing with all the kids!
Madison and Kaylin loved seeing the boys!!

Atticus thought this was a hat :)

We had a great fall and are now preparing for Atticus' birthday, Thanksgiving and then Christmas!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Perot Museum Visit

While Daddy went to Honduras on a mission trip with our church, I took a few days off to spend with the boys. We ended up visiting the Perot Museum with some good friends and had a blast!!

Atticus loved riding the Dart train downtown!

The Perot is very much a "hands on" museum. Atticus and Rylin had a blast exploring and learning all about how things worked.

The boys were truly in awe of the dinosaurs! Heck even I was astonished at the size close up.

The sports area is really cool. They have this mini track where you get to pick an animal or person to race against. Rylin and Atticus chose T-Rex :)

There was even a play area for Tucker!

They had a huge water table that entertained them for a long while.

Do you think Tucker had a good time?? :)
My good friend Deliahna was also with us with her daughter Adelay and another friend Bea, but for some reason I don't have any pictures of them!
We will definitely be visiting the museum again!