Tuesday, July 19, 2016

4th of July

For 4th of July, we invited old friends over for lunch. The girls played on the inflatable water slide before lunch while the adults talked and sweated like crazy since it was so hot! ;)

After lunch, the girls played inside while the guys played guitars and the ladies talked some more!  After all, it's what I do best!

I love these girls (including Miranda who is not pictured).  Teresa and I were college roommates the year before we all got married and I love that our girls play together!

Miranda doing her own thing!

Originally we had planned on napping/resting and then watching fireworks at the mall, but after lunch Brandon and I decided we would just stay at home.  The girls were fairly disappointed at first, but then I told them we could decorate, do crafts, read books and watch fireworks on TV!  I loved their response - "This is going to be the BEST 4th of July ever!"  "Our decorations looks soo good!"  I can't wait to do our crafts.  It's going to be so much fun!" ;)

Here are the decorations which includes several drawings they made!
 And of course, they were dressed for the occasion as well!

Meredith is showing us her "fireworks"!
Jumping for JOY!  What a fun 4th of July!

One of our crafts was making firecracker rings with pipe cleaners.
We also made cupcakes!
They were delicious as are all pillsbury mixes! Ha!

After dinner we finally settled in to watch the fireworks on TV! ;)

Miranda really found her energy at 9:00!  She was singing and running around everywhere!

Meanwhile, Meredith just couldn't make it through the fireworks, so she fell asleep under her blanket next to me. ;)

Happy 240th birthday America!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Joy vs Happiness

I think God was trying to teach me about finding Joy the other day!  Brandon and I signed up to help with Bible Hour this summer and our particular lesson was on the second fruit of the Spirit - Joy!  A friend of mine was also the teacher and her husband taught the bible lesson, so I jumped in with the applications I found online. 

The basic application is learning the difference between happiness and true Joy.  Happiness comes from things in the world like playing, talking to friends, going on vacation, swimming...things that come and go or float up and down like a balloon filled with regular air, never staying constant.
JOY on the other hand is constant because it comes from God.  We can find JOY in reading our Bible, praising and worshipping God, helping others, teaching others about God, knowing we have salvation through Jesus.  In fact, it's very similar to a balloon filled with helium and constantly afloat!

The kids really enjoyed this next application lesson.  I had each kid (15) squeeze some water in a cup while telling me what made them happy...sharing with sisters, playing, reading.

After filling the cup about half way we talked about how happiness can't ever really fill our cup.  It fills us up a little bit, but no all the way.  Instead, we should focus on JOY (rocks) and when we do, our cup will overflow! ;)
Afterwards all the kids made Fruit Loop necklaces for Fruit of the Spirit!

The lesson was great and then 2 days later when I was preparing for my 1st grade class on Wednesday I discovered that our lesson was on JOY!  Well, why try to find another lesson when you already have one?!  Mackenzie's class only had 4 kids that night, so we took a lot of turns filling our cup with happiness!
Mackenzie got fairly tickled when her friend didn't want his picture taken and was hiding under the table.  I think it makes her look so much older - you know giggling at a boy she likes. ;)

After happiness, we moved onto Joy.  Mackenzie said, "can we put the rocks in?", so they did.  Again, with only 4 kids, it went around a long time before we filled it up, but eventually our JOY filled our cup!

So, I'm trying.  I'm working on finding JOY and not just focusing on whether I'm happy or not.  JOY is so much better!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Makeup session

The girls begged for a "make up day" a couple of weeks ago, so I let them do their own makeup one afternoon.

Meredith loved putting on lipstick, as you can see!

And clearly, Mackenzie loved the blush.

Not sure why eye shadow goes on the bottom, but oh well! ;)

So bright and fun!

Finished products!

We also painted nails and toenails.  Meredith wanted to have her nails painted like the sea!  Two toned nails...
...and beachy toe nails.

And then she turned into a mermaid!
This is her swimming!

The entire time they were doing this they kept saying "I'm so pretty!  I need more make up!  This is so fun!"  Here's to many more moments of make up fun in the future!  ;)
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