Corbin turns 6

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Corbin turned 6 on Dec, 2nd. He wasn’t thrilled about having school on his birthday, so I decorated the house a little to make his birthday a little more exciting. I made him a crown and placed birthday signs around the house. I also made him his favorite waffle breakfast. He was all smiles. After school was over I gave him his gift so he could enjoy it all afternoon. Oh yes, he was a happy kid!
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Corbin was even letting his brother help out…a rare thing to see:)
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For dinner I made homemade pizza with a pepperoni smiley face and a funfetti cake for dessert per Corbin’s request. Such a fun way to celebrate!

Japanese Garden

I took the boys to the Japanese Garden in Hayward today. It’s tucked away from the main street and something you’d normally pass without noticing which is why I am so glad I happened to hear about it and took the time to look on Google maps to find it. I dressed them up a bit just in case we used the on the Christmas card this year. The boys and I had fun exploring the garden and they loved climbing the rocks and discovering where the paths would lead. I think we found ourselves a magical little spot. Here are some photos from our adventure. Recently Updated121 (1024x724)

Kidz Love Soccer

Last week I told Corbin that it was supposed to rain Sunday thru Tuesday and his last class might be cancelled. He was so bummed, but I told him to pray about it and see what happens. Weather is sometimes unpredictable and changes last minute. Yesterday I told him that the rain we were expected to have is not going to happen and that soccer is on. He was so happy to hear it and had such a great time out on the field today with the other boys. Here are some pictures with his coach and the other kids.
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Halloween 2013

Yep, the final choice for this years Halloween costumes were cowboys. Phew! It was not an easy decision to say the least. From pirates, to Indians, to brave knights, to ninjas, to the Lone Ranger and then cowboys…makes me dizzy just thinking about it. Ha! So happy they came up with something completely unique to them and had fun with it. I found the hats at Michael’s for only about $2 each with coupon and Corbin wanted to add their names with foam stickers to personalize them. Everything else we had was in our closets. Love that! Attached are some pictures before the kids went trick or treating with dad. They were so excited! I just love the expressions on their faces.
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9 Year Anniversary

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October 23rd Luke and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary. Not sure where the time went, but we are now a little older and I hope to say a little wiser. I am learning to be thankful for even the small things in life and in doing so, here are the things I am thankful for these past 9 years.
1. A loving God who continues to correct and guide our steps
2. A devoted husband who works hard to provide for the family. He is a great dad and makes sure to spend as much time with them in his spare time so that they feel loved by their daddy.
3. My spunky, energetic and imaginative boys, Corbin and Benjamin. Becoming a mom is the toughest job, but has the sweetest rewards
4. Our baby in heaven. One day we will see you again.
5. A home (I may complain sometimes about the dishes piling high, the clutter on the table and toys on the floor as well as other issues with renting, but when it comes down to it I am thankful that I have a washer and dryer, my kids have room to play and we have a place to lay our heads at night)
6. A church that preaches the gospel
7. My mom and dad…I miss being so far from them!
8. Family. I once thought that my family would live forever or at least I wished that were true. That bubble busts 3 years ago. My grandparents passed away on both sides, In November of this year I had a miscarriage and the very next day my mother-in-law passed away from cancer. It is truly heartbreaking, but it also makes me appreciate the life I have and the relationships I have a bit more
9. Friends who have stayed connected even though miles separate us now
10. Good health and health coverage even if we are paying out the wazoo
11. Clothes. They may not be new or the latest fashion, but they do the job they were intended to do
12. A hobby that has provided a little extra income while I have fun and stay home with my boys
13. Taking on the role as teacher. Being able to provide a christian education for my kids is something I didn’t have growing up. I am so thankful that homeschooling is an option that is widely accepted in the US
14. A car that is paid off and runs
15. Family outings and exploring our new city.
16. Family dinners are a sweet time for us to sit, eat and talk.
17. Hearing my boys pray
18. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bars and Chai Tea. So good!
19. $4.99 rotisserie chicken from Costco. Seriously cuts my cooking time in half and tastes great
20. Melt your heart moments. My youngest likes to tell me “Mommy, you are so beautiful” and wants to snuggle and have his cheek or hand on my cheek. Both my boys like to pick me flowers “weeds” without being prompted. My oldest will ask if he can pray for me when I am not feeling well or am having a bad day.

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