Audrey at 11 days
Audrey at 4
Audrey at 20 days old
Looking at how small she used to be!
She still isn’t a big girl, but she did make it into the 28th percentile for height & the 24th percentile for weight at her 4-year old check-up, which is the highest percentile she’s ever been before, so we’re excited!
It’s hard to believe that our little Audrey is FOUR! These years have gone by so quickly! Here are some pictures from her birthday party!
Dinner time! Hot dogs & Hamburgers, of course! (That’s what you get when the 4-year old gets to pick the menu!)
So excited to have cousins over!
Look at my nephew!! Isn’t he the cutest ever!?!?
There was lots of wrestling! These cousins love to ‘rar-rar’ as Micah called it growing up!
Time for cake! My little princess ordered a “horse-y” birthday!
This was Audrey’s first birthday with family, so it was really special to get to celebrate with so much of her family!
Back in October, Ezra had a field trip to a pumpkin patch! Parents were allowed to join the group at the farm OR they could ride the bus along with the students. Ezra specifically asked me to come along with him on the bus & sit next to him! Ahhh….made my mommy heart so happy!
Riding on the hay wagon out to the pumpkins!
This was Ezra’s first choice. We opted to find one that was a little less ‘crusty’ on the side!
Mommy & Ezra
Getting ready to go in the corn maze! That corn is REALLY tall!!!
They also had games at the end of the corn maze (which was back at the farm) and then served everyone fresh squeezed apple cider and warm pumpkin donuts! In spite of some rain at the end of our time, it was a successful field trip in my book!
Early in October the kids participated in a Race for Education to raise money for new equipment & supplies for school!
Audrey running one of the 5 laps she ended up “running”!
Daddy came out & joined Audrey for one lap
Ezra looking quite fierce as he starts his race!
Daddy joined Ezra for one of his 13 laps! (They just did as many laps as they could in 45 minutes)
That night was homecoming & Audrey was so enthralled by the princesses!
Striking a pose!
Audrey insisted on having pictures taken with nearly every princess (but I’ve only included 2 as they all look similar!)
We went to a birthday party & they had dress-ups! Audrey was in heaven!
I came into my bedroom & found this dinosaur admiring himself in the mirror!
We went to an away game for Micah’s school…to my hometown! It was strange to be with the ‘Visitors’ on the other side of the field! Although, it was definitely better to be cheering with the ‘Visitors’ as we soundly trounced my hometown’s team!
We all got library cards & every Saturday morning they have story time & songs for the kids! We love going!
They also have a play room, which the kids LOVE!!!
Ezra is reading now!!! I can’t believe it!
Audrey wanted to paint her pumpkin
Ezra & Daddy carved Ezra’s pumpkin
Going trick-or-treating in our friends’ neighborhood on what was probably the world’s wettest Halloween! Ezra was Wile E. Coyote & Audrey was a princess, of course!
I’m finding that we use our cell phones more & more as a camera so a lot more of our ‘daily life’ is being recorded with our phones. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I do know that I like the convenience of being able to take pictures whenever without lugging a camera around with me!
Leftover pizza in the park means leftover crusts perfect for feeding the ducks!
The newest addition to our family! It’s an infiniti something or other! I know it’s red!!
I was excited to get to take my kids to something I always did when I was growing up…
The Tractor Pull!!! Ezra wasn’t so sure about it beforehand, but he got into it & really enjoyed it!
Someone was so tired they fell asleep even with all the noise!
We love our cousins!!!
The Birthday Boy!
I can’t believe he’s two already!!!
My sweet husband bought me ‘moving in’ flowers! Even though the entire house was chaos, there was a little bit of sunshine!
After 2 1/2 months of living out of suitcases, our shipment finally arrived!!!
Everyone was SUPER excited!!!
It was like Christmas & Birthday all rolled into one!
What-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow up Day! Ezra is going to be a diver & Audrey is going to be a princess!
I think most people who follow along with our blog either receive our update letter or have simply figured out from other sources, such as Facebook, that we are no longer at ECA and are back in the U.S. We certainly felt called to ECA and while our time there was not easy, we definitely loved the community that we got to be a part of. When it became clear that it was time for us to leave, we had a pretty short turn around time and we had no idea what we were coming back to. It was definitely a stressful time. However, I LOVE sharing how God provides and thought I would share the way He led this past summer!
In early August, Micah applied to a Christian school in our area as they were advertising an opening for a Jr. High P.E. teacher. However, by the time he interviewed they had already shifted teachers around and were looking for a Jr. High Science teacher instead. Micah went ahead with the interview and was offered the job. We both really felt a connection with the school, which was strange, given that neither of us had ever had any association with it previously. However, after praying about it we decided against Micah taking the job as he is not trained in Science & it would be like being a first year teacher all over again. Even though we knew it was the right decision we both felt a little sad about it.
Micah e-mailed his intent on Thursday and on Monday we heard that the High School Principal had resigned and they were now looking for an interim principal! Micah called the school and by the end of that day an interview was set up for later that week. He had a second interview the following week and was hired on Friday before the first day of school!
A huge blessing is that our kids get to attend the school for free as a benefit to staff members! Our kids didn’t even miss a thing as the “Meet the Teacher” was on Monday and school started on Tuesday! They both love their teachers and are really thriving in their new school.
Time for a little Pumpkin Spice Latte for mom!!!
Having lined up a job (details coming in the next post!), but not having the information needed to begin the house hunt, we decided to take my Aunt & Uncle up on their offer of using their beach house over the labor day weekend! Micah had something planned for Saturday morning & had to report to work on Tuesday, but we figured we could use two nights at the coast before everything began to get crazy! It was a great decision!!!
We had been watching my brother’s dog, but with the last minute decision we had to run her over to the family dairy! Not having a truck, we had to squeeze her into the honda! She wasn’t so sure about it!
We ate a very delicious dinner, including crab chowder that was amazing!
The kids were excited to play on the beach after dinner!
The sunset was incredible!!
The next day we spent a good part of the day in Tillamook
It’s not a successful stop at the Tillamook factory if it doesn’t include ice cream!!!
The kids insisted on another outing down to the beach before dinner – thankfully we were staying RIGHT on the beach!!
The next morning we woke to an absolutely gorgeous day! (That’s what I love about the coast – it’s different every day!)
The kids were anxious to get back on the beach – this time with sand toys they found in the house!
They had fun chasing a boat around in the waves!
It was a really quick trip, but it was wonderful to get away & just spend time together as a family before we started the school year!