December 31, 2009
I looked back to see what were my most played tunes and albums in the past year and here are the results. If you know me, many of these are not surprising.
Top 3 Songs:
#1 Desert Song (Brooke Fraser)
No surprise here. This song became my anthem, for the second half of 2008 and into the new year.
#2 God of our Yesterdays (Matt Redman)
Another not so new song but that encouraged me through difficult days.
#3 By Our Love (Christy Nockels)
I had the opportunity to introduce this song to our church a few months ago and since, it has become a calling to our congregation and our family to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around us.
Top 10 Albums
#1 "Relentless" by Natalie Grant
One of my vocal heroes. She is so talented and her lyrics really touch my heart. This album is perfect in my opinion.
#2 "Across the Earth" by Hillsong United
Can't get tired of this one. "You Hold me Now", "Soon", "Desert Song". This album get me singing, dancing, praising no matter where I am.
#3 "Life Ligth Up" by Christy Nockels
Another vocal hero. I still prefer some of her Watermark albums over this one but still...who can resist playing Nockels over and over again, right?
#4 "Hope Rising" by Fee
LOVE this album!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#5 "Kari Jobe" by Kari Jobe
Sweet and anointed voice.
Didn't make it to the top 5 but worthy to mention...
*Matt Redman's new album is GREAT! Favorite tracks: "This is is How We Know", "Comunion Song" and "You Alone Can Rescue".
*Leeland/Heath "Follow You" it's a wonderful song. It's a call to give, since we have been given so much.
*Heather Headley's "I Wish". Makes me cry everytime as I think of the prayers I pray for my children's future.
* I don't listen to a lot of mainstream music anymore but Leona Lewis "Happy" it's my favorite pop song. I love her voice too!
December 26, 2009
Christmas time is always hard for me because I'm far from my family and this year we are also far from Brad's family as well. At the same time, one nice thing about being far from family is that our Christmas was very stress free, quiet, relaxing and we truly enjoyed our time together with the kids.
On Christmas Eve we went to our church's candlelight service. The boys love this more and more every year. Afterwards, we made a tent (bedsheets) in our living and let the boys sleep there for the night after opening our stockings by the fireplace.
On Christmas we spent the day at home, enjoying family time. We read the account of Christ's birth from the gospel of Luke, sang some carols together. Opened our last advent calendar bag and prayed together thanking God for the gift of Jesus.
We went out to the local asian neighborhood in Houston (along Bellaire) to get some yummy Vietnamese subs for lunch. In the evening, we had our Christmas feats at home with ham, lobstair tails, cornbread, rice, salad and sweep potatoe pie. Oh, and a birthday cake for Jesus too.
Today we spent the day resting and did some after Christmas shopping at Old Navy and Ikea. Great deals!!!
I love that Brad is able to be home with us. Being in the health care field not always allows him to be off work during holidays but I'm glad he was able to be here this weekend and will be as well next week for new year's.
December 23, 2009
#1 Boys singing Mighty to save
#2 Sarah's first steps
#3 Boys reciting Psalm 100
#4 Sarah smiling at her Lily doll
Note to my blogger friends: as you may or may not know both Brad's family and mine and many of our friends are far from us at the moment and so I like to post videos here mostly for them to watch. You are welcomed to enjoy them as well. : )
December 21, 2009
We purchased this kit from Costco and it's the best one so far. It came with 9 different types of candy, 2 different colored icing, icing dispenser with extra decorating tips, house parts, tree and gingerbread boys.
Here's Noah's baby...
I've had so much fun watching the boys get more and more into the Christmas festivities this year. This week we are taking a break from school work and just building some Christmas traditions.
Today will be making our Gingerbread House and reading one of our favorite stories Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby! Lots of gingerbread fun planned for the day. I'll make sure to post some pics.
After today I'll be taking a blogging break, but will return next week to share what the Lord has been teaching us about parenting.
December 18, 2009
December 17, 2009
He is such a joy to teach as well. Already reading 3-4 letter words, doing K math and so far great handwriting (it does look like he will be a lefty like his mami). I must say I didn't push any of this. But he continues to ask for more so I will officially start him on Kindergarten in January.
Noah has a lot of energy to burn so we try to keep him active and encourage him to jump in the trampoline A LOT! He enjoys singing and dancing as well, being silly and making everyone laugh.
Hello, everyone, it's time for my monthly update. As you can see, I'm not a little baby anymore. I'm on my way to toddlerhood! And here's a picture of me with my new favorite toy. I'm busy these days walking around the house and have already adventure to do up to 6 steps on my own. Very soon I won't need this walker.
I've got a few new words under my belt and I'm really enjoying dancing to any music and trying to reach anything my brothers are playing with.
I love food...real food. No more strained or mashed foods for me. Now I can eat all kinds of table food very well. My favorites are bananas, rices and beans. As you know I've got that double tropical island heritage going on so I'm sure I make both side of grandparents very proud with eating choices.
December 16, 2009
December 14, 2009
December 09, 2009
Our Christmas tree full of ornaments made by the boys. Look closely and you'll see even the "angel" on top is Noah. A bit of sarcasm there if you know my precious middle child. :) I let the boys put up all the ornaments this year and resisted the temptation to re-arrange them.
In our school room we have a small Christmas tree full of all the ornaments we received from the FIAR Ornament Exchange the past two years. Caleb added cotton balls for snow.
By the little tree I added a very cute plastic nativity set I found at a thrift store a few years ago. The set is missing two wise men but it's proven to be a hit with the boys, especially Sarah, who loves to stand by the table and "kiss" the baby Jesus. : )
Note: frugal schooling here...I made Mat Man's hands by tracing Noah's hands on blue contruction paper. Didn't see a need to purchase the ones offered by the company (I'm sure they are more durable than mine). I told Noah Mat Man was going to wear his hands. We thought this was great! I used modeling clay for the eyes, nose and belly button. Wood pieces and blue letter mat are from HWT.
December 07, 2009
First, I gave each boy a piece of black construction paper and a magnifying glass. They were to "catch" snowflakes with the paper and observe with the magnifying glass. This was so simple but they had a lot fun looking at the different shapes and sizes of the flakes.
The boys made these "touchy feely" turkey pictures. Aren't they cute? Noah wanted his turkey to have all kinds of fun things on it (stickers, yarn, tissue, lace, glitter, foam, felt and buttons).