Friday, July 25, 2014

Celebrating 10 Years!

It's hard to believe we've been married 10 years already! We thank God for bringing us together and blessing us with 3 beautiful children. Every marriage has it's struggles, but we've definitely had more laughter than tears!

We celebrated with a "kid free" night of shopping for an anniversary band - yeah for diamonds! Then we ate out at a restaurant with real linens (fancy) and then out for ice cream. It was fun and I get to pick up my ring on Tuesday!

Here are a few pictures from 10 years ago, July 24, 2004.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Little League

This year was Rebecca's first year in Little League. She really had a great time, but it was a big step up from playing Bam Bam Ball as a 5 year old last year. It was also a big step up for us getting all the equipment that goes with playing ball - glove, bat, helmet with a face guard, pants, socks, and cleats! She better continue to play :) 
Rebecca (far right) was on the Gold team. This is both the Black and Gold team (k-2).
Up to bat. They started hitting off a pitching machine, but then went to coach pitch.
She got much better throughout the season at paying attention in the outfield. After the first game I told her that she had to pay me 10 cents every time she played in the dirt while in the field :)
Here she is playing catcher, which was really just for looks because I don't think she caught a single one. The ball just bounced past her to the coach that was also behind the plate, but she had fun! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Easter Blessings

(Here is a little more catching up.)

Easter is such a great time of the year! First, we celebrate our risen Savior and second, it's Spring time and who doesn't love Spring weather?! This year we did a little photo shoot before leaving for church on Easter morning. I'm so glad the kids were in a good mood!
 I put this collage together in Picasa. And then here are all the individual pictures just a little bit larger.
Dad and the kids.
Mom and the kids.
I was so excited to find matching dresses for Rebecca and Brianna! I didn't think I would be able to because they are so far apart in age, but I did - at The Children's Place online - great prices too!
Blake is such a goof ball! We love his silly smiles!
Rebecca took this one!
Brianna has some pretty good smiles too!
Growing up way too fast!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Oink Oink Moo, Look Who's 2!

(Just trying to pick up where I left off 8 months ago! Real life has taken over and I find little time for reflecting/blogging on our simple life. This blog has been an amazing journal of our family life whether anyone reads it or not. So as I start my new role as a "stay at home" mom, I want to pick up where I left off and hopefully find time to continue.)

Blake turned 2 on January 19! He loves animals and the farm. What little boy of a farm family doesn't? At 2 he knows all the sounds farm animals make and when asked what the farmer says, he replies, "E-I-O". Also, any farm book, puzzle, or movie we have is called "E-I-O". 
I got inspiration for the cake off Pinterest of course and can up with the wall sign on my own. The animal cut outs and napkins are from the party store.
Our Family of 5!
 The base of the cake was made in a large deep dish pizza pan and I used one and a half cake mixes for it. The barn was made with half of a cake mix in a 8x8 pan, which I then cut into pieces and stacked up. Thankfully it all got covered with a good layer of frosting and no one knows how messy it started.
Make a wish!
 The birthday meal menu was a few of Blake's favorites - hot ham and cheese sandwiches, corn, cheesy potatoes and applesauce. Cake was served with ice cream of course!
He got plenty of new toys and clothes too, including a barn shape sorter, a Lego car set, a Lego firehouse set and a DreamLite.
Happy Birthday Blake! You are such a happy and spunky 2 year old. We love you so much and you bring so much joy to our family!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Family Pictures

It's that time of year when just about every family is thinking about taking a good picture for their Christmas card that gets sent out to family and friends near and far. We were a little behind on this because of a new addition to our family. But as the weather got colder, I knew we had to do it soon. Our friend Andrea came over and took some great shots of our family for us a few weeks ago.

Brianna - 4 weeks

Blake - 22 months

Rebecca - 6 years

Here are just a few pictures from around the house.
Blake is very affectionate with Brianna and loves to get down on the floor with her.

Here is Brianna all dressed up - love her hair!

Here are the kids before church last Sunday.
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Candy Cornucopias

Thanksgiving is later this week and we all have so much to be thankful for. Here is a fun way to show others you are thankful for them.

I saw this idea first on Pinterest - soak the tip of a sugar cone in water and bend it up. Here's my take on it - just a little different. I didn't have sugar cones, but I did have waffle cones left over from Rebecca's birthday so I thought I would give it a try.

 I tried soaking the cone in water like I saw on Pinterest, but that didn't work. The cone just got slimy and
still didn't bend. I had the idea of putting the cone in the microwave to see if it would soften up and - BINGO it worked. I found that 20 seconds on high was just right for being able to bend the end of the cone. After shaping the end the way you want, you have to hold it in place until it cools and gets hard again.

For the candy mix, I used candy corns, candy pumpkins, and Reece's Pieces. Fall colored M&Ms would work great too, but I couldn't find those in the store. Fill the cornucopia with candy and use a candy bag or plastic wrap to cover it and keep the candy in place.

I finished them off with a gift tag that I found HERE - free printable. They turned out so cute and I look forward to giving them to a few special people!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3 weeks

Brianna is 3 weeks old already. The days are just flying by. She is such a good baby, which makes the transition from 2 kids to 3 kids pretty easy. I am loving my time at home with Blake and Brianna and also having my mom here to visit for 2 weeks.
Brianna has lots of hair - everyone has to comment on it. I love her hair too! It gets nice and curly after a bath and has a natural fluff. 
As expected, Grandma Pontier has spend lots of time in the kitchen and has had some little helpers too. Here they are making apple dumplings.
On Sunday, Nov. 17th Brianna was baptized at our church. We had a lunch after church for family and friends.
Here is Brianna wearing the baptism gown that has been in our family for over 60 years. My dad wore it and so did I.
Our beautiful children that God has greatly blessed us with!
Here are all the De Vries grand kids.
The De Vries family (only missing Linda and Bill).
Grandma Pontier with her 12th grandchild.
The weekend before, we has some good visits with the Pontier side of the family. Here is cousin Michal with Brianna and Rebecca.
Blake is a budding musician, he loves anything that plays music and can't keep his hands off the piano at the Barnes' house. Here he is with cousin Joanna.