I wanted to choose a Bible to give to David now that he is reading. I wanted him to have his very own Bible as we begin our formal schooling years.
I got the idea from a dear friend to have a treasure hunt on the first day of school and to give David a Bible as the treasure at the end.
I went to the store to see what was on offer.
I wanted a Bible that had large print and that had a lot of spacing between the lines of text as that is what he needs to read well right now.
I found all of these options (I would have also included the Beginners Bible but we already have that one and I wanted this to be something special and new for him.)
There were things I really liked about all of these story Bible options. The one I picked though was the Big Picture Story Bible. I loved how it told the story of God's plan for the world and redemption as a whole and I predict David will like the bookmark.
taken right before I ruthlessly pulled them and a bunch of others out of the ground . . . It's a shame that they are so invasive because they really are beautiful in their yellow glory as well as their puffball stage!
I really do want to finish up blogging about our Europe trip (why is it always so easy to get bogged down recording big trips?!) and the rest of 2014 but for today, a 7 minute post.
This baby girl had a birthday and turned TWO! And unfortunately on the same day her brother had an asthma flair up and went to the dr. then was sent to the ER then was admitted for two nights. God was so faithful and saw us all through. He was a champ and we are all thrilled to be back home together again!
our dining room right now makes me really happy
We had just been to a friend's house where Cora played with this birthday cake toy non-stop and then I went to the Just Between Friends sale here and found one! Score!!
This girl is quite the adventurous sort!
What better day for a fancy skirt than a normal Tuesday trip to Wal-mart?
They made a "wetland habitat" in our backyard.
So very muddy!
Just a bit over an hour later we were all cleaned up and taking photos at Nana and Ducca's house as we had a postponed Easter celebration since we had been in the hospital all weekend.
This would have been cute if someone hadn't decided to reach for her nose! :)
Such sweet cousins - and can I say that I want a dress for ME like hers?! So classic, so feminine
Aunt Mandy did a fun craft with the kids making monster eye shirts! :)
Quality wise this is a terrible photo but I just love it so much I had to include it.
So the scoop is that Adrian had a conference for work in Amsterdam. He also has a lot of family in Great Britain and his boss is in Italy SO we decided to all go and make a gigantic work/family visit/vacation trip.
Twenty seven days of togetherness! :)
We left out of Colorado Springs and had a bunch of crazy stuff happen with checking in and then the we boarded and then they had us get off and then we rebounded. It didn't seem like the best way to start 27 straight days of travel but what can you do?
And just for the record, we normally LOVE flying out of Colorado Springs. Small, easy airport!!!
We arrived in DFW for a short layover before boarding our overnight plane to London!
Overnight travel is not my favorite but the kids really did amazingly well and we all made it through!
We found our hotel and headed out to get some lunch. The super nice staff at our hotel recommended Nando's. It was just down the street from our hotel and it was a GREAT place for us to eat lunch. They had an allergy menu you guys! That was huge for an easy first meal. The food was delicious and it was a very easy atmosphere. I did notice some other moms with kids there and that day as well as others I noticed that London moms seem to iron their kids' clothes way more than American (or at least Coloradan) moms!
I couldn't help but snap a photo of the changing table in the restroom either. "Tidy Bottoms" is a new expression for me and a fun one.
David and I also LOVED the cute little vacuum we would see in the hallway at our hotel as we came and went. If we had had room in our suitcase I would have bought one and brought it home! How happy is that vacuum??!!! David is wearing his collapsible water bottle on his belt loop. He was super responsible on this trip with keeping up with his things.
It was so wonderful to get to meet up with family while we were there. They met us at the hotel and we went for a walk to a playground. Cora obviously LOVED the swings! Everyone had a good time and we had a lovely stroll around the rest of the park right near Buckingham Palace.
We went to Wagamama for dinner and Cora was obviously a fan!
Hooray for family!
I love seeing all of our shoes lined up by the door of the hotel. I had wanted to take a similar picture at each place we stayed but I gave up on that idea when it felt like too much work. These shoes covered a LOT of ground!!!
The next morning we were among the last into the hotel's breakfast room to enjoy this feast! Ahh European breakfasts!
We were very blessed to enjoy GORGEOUS weather! We expected rain and cold in England in September but it was beautiful!!!
Cora was walking quite a bit holding hands at this stage of the trip. She wasn't yet an independent walker.
England had SUCH cool playgrounds!!!
And blackcurrant capri sun! Don't see that everyday. :)
waiting outside Buckingham Palace
The Museum of Natural History
This was one of my absolute favorite days!!! The four of us went to the Museum of Natural History and it was spectacular! I loved that all four of us were engaged. David was super into it and the museum was great about having knobs and dials and levers and things on various exhibits to make it interactive. Cora LOVES animals and was excited to see everything and it was a big playground to her to practice her walking cruising along the exhibits. Adrian and I were learning tons of cool facts we didn't know. It felt to me as if the vision we have for our family as we embark on homeschooling of learning all together was a reality that day and it was absolutely wonderful!
His favorite Bible story is Jonah and the Whale.
Riding the double decker busses was a REAL thrill for David. He was completely enthralled!!!
And on top of that we also got to ride Metros! He was given a couple of gifts with underground symbols and maps on them and he decided then and there that his "4 1/2 year old birthday party" (oh, news to us!) should be "Underground" themed and have a chocolate cake!
On our last day in London while looking for lunch we passed through this crazy tunnel with paint everywhere including a painting in progress!