and kids

and kids

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jason/Daddy Birthday

This Sunday birthday, Jason got to share with Heather.
 And, he had to light his own candles.

 I was helping, see... 
 You know you are old, when you are excited about grass seed and socks.
 Birthday at home, with the kiddos ~

The kids got Daddy this card, shaped like a drill
 I got him puzzles!!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

8th Grade Dance

A few pics I stole from school website:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mac and Lauren

Buddies since kindergarten, always together watching their brothers play soccer and their dads coach.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Marriage Retreat - Cabin 126

As Jon was having people guess who different couples were, our description was "They were the most unlikely people to be here and he is, surprisingly, one of the most affectionate husbands you will ever meet".  Yep, I would agree with that!

We've never been on a CPC Marriage Retreat.  But pieces fell together for us to go and Philip and Sarah were willing to keep the kids, so we went.  And we had a blast!  Our cabin consisted of the Kemps, Pearce's and Perrel's.  Loads of games between sessions, good discussion during small groups and lots and lots of junk food.

We were in Cabin 126, which was all decorated in tractors.  I loved it!  And since Jason and I were the old people in the cabin, we got the Master Bedroom.  :)

Here is a photo dump of the weekend:
 Playing Pandemic - John just sleeping
 Pacman downstairs
 Playing Ticket To Ride
 Ping Pong Tournament
 The Sessions - Friday night, two Saturday morning, one Saturday night and then worship Sunday night
 Scotty and Darlene Smith
 Josh leading the music
 The Leaders

Great Weekend!!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My son John

Growing up, I can remember Granny (Dad's Mom), saying "My son John" and shaking her head many times.  Two things struck me about this:  One, that John is my Dad's first name and no one calls him that.  And two, he was still embarrassing and frustrating his mother, even tho he was an adult and had six kids of his own.

If you heard the tone and Southern slang that it was said with, you would know it was not necessarily said with pride.

I find myself mumbling "my son John" often at 'my son Tavis', just as anyone would mimic a parent's common phrase.

I love the boy!  He is probably the one that I connect the best with emotionally.  He is a hugger, he is funny, he is adorable.  He knows how to compliment well.  He is all of my brothers wrapped into one and if you know me well, you know my three brothers have always been three of my best friends.

But, I share this story, not with pride, but to encourage my daughter-in-law one day when she is shaking her head and mumbling something similar to "my son John".

We had chili last night.  It was a late night with soccer games.  We actually got to eat as a family, around 8:00, quick showers for everyone and then Tavis had homework.  He sat at the kitchen counter until almost 10:00 trying to finish some simple assignments, but he was tired and it was all taking too long.  (He has always been my child that goes to bed at 8:00 and is asleep by 8:10)

This morning, he came to breakfast half asleep.  He was too tired to even get a bowl for his cereal.  Apparently, he had set his chili bowl on the floor for Omar to lick clean.  So, he just picked that bowl up and used it for his cereal.  Because he is Tavis.

All I can do is smile and pray daily.

A dogs mouth is cleaner than a humans, right?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chalk with Lilly

I tried to draw with chalk with Lilly.  Really, I just made her cry, but we'll look at these pictures and pretend it was happy:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter 2015

 Incredible service.  Beautiful weather.  Lots of pictures this year.

He is Risen.  He is Risen Indeed.

 Typically, for the boys, we pick a theme - all ties, all polos, etc.  This year, we went with personalities - and I think I like it best!  Mac - colorful.  Capps - green.  Daegan - fully dressed up.  Tavis - pink, shorts, high socks.
 The Brown Clan at CPC 
 The Brown boys and their girls

 Yep, this is what I get sometimes....and I'm ok with it. 

 Daddy and his girls!


 All of this love and laughter, because of these two awesome people! 

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