Monday, April 29, 2013

Flutter by little Butterflies

With decent weather, we decided this was the day to say good-bye to our butterflies.

My Creative Flower Child Chef

Ashley was the dinner helper the other night, and wanted to dress up so she was pretty first.

She is so creative!

And what a beauty she is, both inside and out!

The Best Indoor Bubbles Ever

I may have written about this product before, but it truly is the best at what it is!

Gymboree makes the best bubbles ever - at least for indoors.

Check out the pictures of the clouds of bubbles they make and the way we can catch and stack them!

We love the 'Bubble Wonderland' effect!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Answered Prayer, the desires of our hearts

God answered a very direct prayer for me.  Ever since we went to Lake Chelan, I have prayed for a swimming pool...something big enough for us to swim in, to teach the little ones to swim in, to do some water therapy with Callie, and just something that we could really enjoy using as a family.
And that it would be something that we could afford...I was thinking a deeply discounted display model or something.

God answered!

I found this on freecycle - a 15' diameter, 42" above ground pool.  It had been gently used the season before by 2 girls...but because it was dirty from storage all winter in an open carport, they were willing to give it away and move on to something else.

We set it up today so we could start to fill it (something that will take awhile on our well, with fairly low water pressure!), and to let the sun heat the water...ok, so that might be wishful thinking!

The girls were excited to say the least!

I think everyone was involved one way or another in setting up the pool!

As we started to fill it, the girls were even brave enough (on this mid 50's degree overcast day!) to get wet.

Ashley and Brianna even had their swim suits on. lol!

Serenity had a splashing contest with Bailey.

And at the end of the evening, after about 3 hours, we have filled it about 3 inches...

Like I said, it is going to take awhile!

In the meantime, we are drilling and quizzing the littles on when they may get in the pool, and when they may NOT get in the pool.

We are so thankful for a  God who cares about little things, like a pool.  For a God who answers prayer, who builds up our faith, and who walks ahead of us in all things.  Whether getting us a pool, or losing 2 babies in a row to miscarriage, as we have the last 2 consecutive months.  God is there.  God is faithful.  God is good, all the time.

Taking Walks

We have been taking a lot of walks lately.  

Often twice a day.

Tired puppies, don't tend to get into things.  

And everyone really enjoys getting a turn to walk them!

We also enjoy being together as a family, and seeing the world that God has made us!

Puppy Time!

Whenever the puppies are close to the chickens, all the chickens come to see them...
But if the chickens are outside their enclosure, in the garden, the puppies are afraid of them!

The little ones really like to walk the puppies!

This is the first bath that we have given the puppies.

The puppies are settling in nicely, learning the routine, and the rules.  They are getting better about house training.  The twins are doing a great job with training them, too.