Psalm 127:3-5

Behold children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior, so are the children of one's youth.
How blessed are those whose quiver is full of them

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Last night the children had the time of their life playing in the mud.... Not a whole lot more to say, the pictures speak for themselves!
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Omni - IMAX

Saturday morning mom and dad were kind enough to watch Rivers and we took the oldes three to see Animalopolis at the IMAX. I LOVE the Omni and always have so it was so fun to take the kiddos there! This was a great show geared towards little children with narration that had a Dr. Seuss feel to it. They loved it and can't wait to go back.... Although, when the lighta first go down at the Omni the do a little demonstration of how the speakers work and when that bass speaker boomed Anna about jumped out of her seat. She immediately wanted to switch seats so she could sit by Daddy. She got a seat next to him and held his arm the whole time. So sweet!

Can't wait to back!
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Pizza night

Pizza night used to be a regular occurrence in our home but for one reason or another we had gotten away from it. However, now that fall is just around the corner we are establishing some of our fun family routines again... One of them, homemade pizza night. Our very favorite pizza is one we first discovered on an episode of Barefoot Contessa.... We simply call it "Ina Pizza". It is in reality a Margarita Pizza and is soo yummy! Tonight we also let the children make their own, only thing was the two middle children were still napping at 6:00 (long day swimming) so it ended up being only Anna making the kid pizzas. I think she realized how boring her life would be without a house full of siblings. She made some super cute pizzas for each kid in the house including some adorable smiley faces on some!

Jimmy makes the dough from scratch and it is sooo yummy! We had a fun pizza night even though two people slept thru the whole thing. Serene was NOT happy when she woke up and realized she missed getting to make her own. She looked forward to it all day. We promised another chance soon so it looks like another pizza night is forthcoming! Yay!!

I love our fun family weekends!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"End" of summer

We had a special "end"of summer weekend this past weekend! It is only sort of the end of summer since it is still 100+ EVERY DAY! :(

However, our school, along with all of Texas is back in session so to a large degree summer of 2011 is behind us. As a family we have had such an incredible summer. An amazing vacation, tons of swimming, lots of time with extended family, and of course finding out about baby #5.... Etc. The weather has made it unbearable in so many ways but that's Texas.... You just deal!

This weekend as a end of summer / back to school celebration we let the girls each pick something special they wanted as a little gift. Anna decided on roller skates and Serene chose a princess night gown. They are both thrilled with their choices!

Then on Sunday night we let them pick their favorite take-out so they chose spaghetti from a little Italian hole in the wall down the street. It was even yummy for a pregnant mom who is grossed out by just about everything right now.

We had such a fun weekend and then Monday morning bright and early we started our new school year. Our first day was amazing and everyone was excited for the next day. I even purchased Preschool curriculum for Serene and Ben for the year and they loved it. It is simple and doesn't take long but they felt important and I know they learned a few things too... So it was a win win!!!

Now if it could just start feeling like fall it would really make it nice!! :)

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Baby Z5

We are incredibly excited to announce that baby #5 will be arriving in late March! We are affectionately referring to our little one as "Z5" !!!
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Sprinkles.... just for fun

After we got the house all clean for company we decided to take an impromptu trip to Sprinkles and get cupcakes. The girls were giddy over there chocolate marshmallow flavor! I love fun summer Sundays!
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Library Club

Today was our final Terrific Tuesday. This is our church library summer reading club and weekly story time. We go each week and the children hear stories, do crafts, have snacks and check out books. My girls both won for most pages read for their age group. Anna also won for Bible memory for age group. They learned Bible verses each week and she learned the most in her age category.

I was so proud of them for sitting down and spending time reading and listening to many many books this summer. It has been a VERY hot summer so that helped get lots of extra reading time in! :)

It was such a special day because we had the awards banquet which included pizza and cake... A kid favorite! There was also a sweet little lady who is a professional story teller who told the children stories for nearly an hour and they loved it. She was so interesting and clearly knew how to get the childrens attention!

To top it all off Daddy surprised the girls and came to the party!! What an incredible Daddy! He came all the way from Plano and stayed the entire two hours! They were so proud to get their awards in front of Daddy!! You are the best ever JZ!!

Although the boys did attend the club with us all summer and loved it, we thought it might be best for them to stay home today because it was a little more formal than normal. So while we pizza partied at church Nana came over and brought little pizzas for the boys and a special dessert. Thank you Nana for making it a happy day for our little guys as well.

Can't wait for next years club! We all love it!!!
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Rivers getting a buzz

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sleepy boy

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