- It was a good weekend. I had the opportunity to take Friday off so we had Ezra's "official" birthday party. Nothing like a house full of little kids! It was a lot of fun, though. I just loved seeing the excitement on Ezra's face when his friends came over. Even though I don't think he gets the "concept" of friends yet, he was just excited that people other the mom and dad were at the house. Carol did a great job planning the party. We had the kids make homemade pizzas, let them play outside, had lunch, and then designed a "treasure hunt" for all of the kids. Each kid was given a present but they had to find it using a map with a specific clue on it (a picture of something in our backyard). They loved it! We also did the limbo, had cake (my favorite part) and watched Ezra open some presents. Here are a couple of pictures:
We really want to make birthdays a big deal for our kids. Having them with us IS a celebration and we never wan to forget that. We've committed to trying our best to celebrating the day that God brought them in to our lives.
- It was also nice on Friday to be able to go out for an hour with Carol. We went to Star Bucks and just sat for a bit. Some friends watched the kids allowing us an hour of "quiet" time with each other. We are trying to prioritize dates with each other, even if it means we're only out for an hour. We are trying to learn to lean on people more and not be afraid to ask them if they can watch the kids for us. Not easy to do, but we're finding that people don't seem to mind. We are very thankful for that!
- Been a little frustrated lately with my right knee. I've been having some knee pain since the half marathon and haven't been able to run. After popping lots of ibubrofen and resting it for the past two weeks, I'm going to give it another go on Wednesday and see if I can run. Hopefully I can because I'm feeling the "itch" to do so. Plus, with all of the leftover birtday cake, I could use a run or two. :)
- Speaking of running, Pastor Jim did his marathon yesterday. Very cool. 26.2 miles in just over 4 hours. That's pretty darn impressive. We call him the "senior" pastor, but there's not much "senior" about him. Good job, Jim!
- Really good services at church yesterday. We had the Kid City worship team (made up entirely of kids) on the stage helping lead worship. It was AWESOME and they brought so much energy to the stage. Jon spoke on Revelation 17 & 18 and did a great job of making things clear and also giving us things to apply. Afterwards, I went to the first graduation party of the summer. Only about 100 more to go. :)