Archive for April 2017

Sadler's 6th Birthday!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sadler was SO excited about turning 6!

He was up bright and early to start his special day!
I took him (and Gray) to school, instead of their usual bus ride. It just so happened to be "VIP day" at school so Robb was able to visit his class, and spend some special time with him.

I came to school at lunch time to bring him his favorite chicken nuggets from McDonalds. As I was approaching his room I heard singing! I peak in to see Sadler in front of his class as his friends sang "Happy Birthday" to him!

I stayed to help during recess, and then was the helper for math centers in his class.

Robb and I took him out for a special birthday dinner. With the help of a coin toss he chose Red Robin.

He had such a great day!

We are looking forward to celebrating him again at his and Grayden's birthday party next week!

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Holy Weekend 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

We changed things up a bit this year, and went to Good Friday service at Grand Rapids First Church, one of Robb's co-workers invited us to their special service. 
Their outfits all coordinated, and for once I didn't even plan it!

On Saturday we went to my parents house to make Resurrection Rolls, and the kids had an egg hunt

The kids had some fun on the little gator. We got such a kick out of Sadler in these pictures!

This little girly slept in sponge rollers for the first time. I used to do that all the time when I was little!

Sunday morning we had church at 9:00

this is attempt #3 at a family photo :)

When we got home the kids checked out their Easter baskets.
We went to my Grandma's house for lunch.

Easter is one of my favorite days of the year. 
We had a great day celebrating our Risen Lord! Hallelujah!

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SB '17 {The Ark Encounter}

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

From one big boat to another....

We spent Friday morning visiting the Ark Encounter.
It was such a cool thing to experience and have a life size visual!

I loved the fair trade stuff in the gift shop!

After a couple hours everyone was ready to head home, it was a pretty quiet ride!

1 week + 2565 miles of driving + 2 adults + 3 kids + 2 boats + countless trips to the potty + several interrupted dinner conversations + tons of steps going the wrong way on the ship + a few sibling disputes  = Infinite memories to last a lifetime.

We had such an incredible time. So grateful for the opportunity we had to spend this time together as a family, and see more of God's beauty in our world. 

We made it back home around 5:30 and it was back to reality real fast :)

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SB '17 {Disney Wonder Days 3 & 4}

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday morning we woke up just as we were pulling into Castaway Cay, Disney's private island.

We got off the ship right after breakfast to hit the beach!

Pelican's Plunge

If you look close you can see Robb flying out the tube on the left!

We had lunch on the island and then got back on the boat

Tuesday night was Pirate Night, we ate at Animators Palate again, and had a Caribbean inspired menu. 


They sure have changed since our last pirate night 3 years ago!

We sent the kids to the kids club after they finished their dinner, although Jovie wanted to be picked up shortly after, and the 3 of us went to a magic/illusion show. 

Having fun at the Pirate Party. We ended the night watching fireworks!

Sadler enjoying a little bedtime snack :)

Wednesday was our day at sea.

We had tickets for the Princess Gathering after breakfast:

Jovie is the most observant kid I know, she caught on to how the princesses posed for pictures so she's trying to do the same!

We spent some time in the pool, and the boys went to the kids club for awhile in the afternoon. 
Sadler couldn't quite touch in the pool, so Grayden would carry him along on his back. It was nice to see them getting along for once!

more dancing before dinner

Our last dinner was at Tiana's Place, the menu was New Orleans inspired. We had the most amazing shrimp and grits dish that I never want to forget! Ha!

Of course Tiana, (and the alligator) were there!

I had to get a picture of Lodion getting Sadler more ketchup, he had gotten really good and knowing how much he liked!

Parading around the dining room with our table-mate, Shane.

The show that night was called "Dreams"

one last towel animal to end our cruise. 

We got off the ship bright and early at 7am on Thursday morning to start our 13 hour drive to Kentucky where we had a hotel booked near the Ark Encounter. More on that to come!

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