28 Sep 2016

100 Days of Summer {a busy, busy summer!}

I set out to photograph 100 days of summer again this year. I wasn't sure i'd actually make it as it was the 3rd trimester of pregnancy with baby boy #4... but i'm so thankful to have captured these memories of our little guys!

The first part of the summer was around the home and our garden plot, trips to the park and friends birthday parties. We also went on family vacation to the playmobil play park {germany} and spent a few days in the Swiss Alps.


Then it was more time in the backyard, Elias' batman birthday party, keeping the boys busy at different playgrounds around town, visiting an Art Festival and the Zoo and getting ready for baby boys arrival.


The month of August was a fod for me, but a glorious fog. My mom arrived from Canada August 3rd, baby boy arrived August 5th, and the boys love their new brother! Since we needed to keep the big boys busy we also visited a castle, and re-visited a dinopark and the zoo. Baby boy was dedicated at church and we said good-bye and THANKYOU to grandma for her presence and loving on our family during this time of transition to a family of 6!


Summer of 2016, you were grand! So thankful for the many ways God continues to bless us and take care of our family on this adventure called life.

10 Sep 2016

Baby Jonas {Newborns}

Life is super busy with 4 boys around our house now. So thankful i was able to get some pictures of Jonas at just 7 days old! I love that we have newborn sessions of each of our boys. Taking newborn photos is far from relaxing and easy... but the memories are worth it! Enjoy ~


















10 Aug 2016

What's in a Name?


 


I posted this 4 years ago when our second son was born... What's in a name? ...reflecting on the meaning of names and sharing the meaning of our second sons name. 

The newest addition to our family (baby boy #4) arrived just 5 days ago! We gave him the name Jonas Benjamin. Here's a little about why...





Jonas. When i think of Jonah i think of the rebellious prophet who wouldn't do what God was asking of him. Although in the end, he actually did obey and God used him in a great revival of a rebellious people for His own glory. Jonas is a form of Jonah, that is slightly more popular in Europe. We like the name for a few reasons, first we felt that it worked really well with our other kids names (Lucas, Elias & Alex). Secondly it works well in both Polish (Jonasz) & English (Jonas) which is important to us because our kids live in Poland and will mostly likely spend most of their lives between two languages and cultures. But mostly we were sold on the name when we found out that it means "gift from God"! There couldn't be a more perfect name for this little one that we prayed to God for, and yet wondered if there would be another baby in our home.

We now have 4 boys in our family! God has done beyond all that I would have hoped or imagined in giving me a family. At 30, I was a single missionary living in a foreign land and wondered if i would ever be married or have kids. There were days i hoped. And there were days i lost hope and cried, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24) I knew that nothing was too difficult for God... God brought an amazing man into my life, Benjamin.




Benjamin. Our little guy has his daddy's name as his middle name.  It has been one of the greatest blessings of my life to meet, fall in love with and marry Ben.  To serve the Lord alongside him and be on this adventure called life together with him. I love watching who God is growing him to be and the passion he has for men and helping them grow spiritually. I hope that our youngest grows to have a godly character like his daddy and a passion for God and his kingdom! Benjamin also means "youngest"In in the Old Testament, he is the 12th and youngest son of Jacob. 

Welcome to the world Jonas Benjamin! You are a gift from God and our youngest. You are greatly loved and we can't wait to see who you grow to be!



3 Aug 2016

Elias' 4th Batman Birthday Party

This little guy LOVES batman! So when i asked him what theme he wanted for his 4th birthday party, i kind of already knew the answer ;) This was supposed to be a low-key birthday party as i was 38 weeks pregnant expecting #4. 



To kick things off i found these amazing Batman Capes & Masks and bought them for the party guests!! (seriously for $2.89 how can you go wrong?!? and they are really good quality! Just order early... as it can take up to 6 weeks for delivery!)

I also found this really fun graphic of Batman Villains and had 4 of them printed at our local printers. They printed them 50cm x 50cm and the total cost was about $10. They doubles as party decor and we used them for one of the games later. I was really happy with how they turned out.



I printed out this free Batman printable and used a Batman figure toy we had around the house for the snack table. 




Let the Bat Games Begin! We played 4 games:

1) Batman Training Camp
2) Stomp the Villains - i didn't get any pictures of this because it happened too fast, but we blew up balloons and taped pictures of Batman villains on them. For some reason the balloons were super fragile, should have checked that so they had to work harder!
3) Conquer Batman's Enemies (with silly string!)
4) Bad Guy Shootdown (with water shooters)



My husband led most of the games. For Batman Training Camp they ran around the yard to practise flying skills, had a race, did 10 push-ups and burpees!



We have these silly adult costumes (one-eye and pigeon head) and had the kids chase some of the dads around the yard Conquer Batman's Enemies. The 5 year olds did great... it was a bit hard for the smaller kids.


Bad Guy Shootdown was the most successful party game, as we had enough water shooters for everyone and the kids really loved shooting the bad guys! We had 2 buckets of water set up where they could re-fuel.  We were ready for it to turn into an all out water fight but that didn't happen with our crew and we moved onto food.



Opening presents with his buddies.


Found this cake i liked on Pinterest and ordered it!



Singing Happy Birthday in Polish :)


Our little Bat Girl guest! She was super shy, but put on her cape right before she went home. All the kids were thrilled to take their capes and masks home and we're sure they'll get some good use!

We have 3, soon to be 4, little boys... so boy birthday parties are kind of my thing. I love making the boys feel special on their day, but also keeping the birthday parties low cost, fun and pretty! I think there is something about inviting your friends to your home (and it helps keep costs down) so we try to do most of them at home. For other ideas check these out ~ 




I realize i didn't blog all of the kids parties... sometimes life gets busy! Other themes we have had include:
  • jake & the neverland pirates (3rd)
  • train birthday (2nd)
  • frog prince (1st)
  • baseball (3rd)


Other future boy party ideas:

  • dinosaur
  • hotwheels
  • lego
... and i'm going to have to think up a million more! Thankful for Pinterest! Check out my Boys Birthday Party Idea board here.

2 Aug 2016

European Road Trip :: Day 7 :: Rinerhorn Cable Car {Davos, Switzerland}

On our last day we found this gem ~ a cable car to the top of a mountain in Davos, Switzerland. Rinerhorn was perfect for our family, as the boys LOVED riding the cable car and at the top of the mountain there was an amazing playground, petting zoo and hiking trail.

on the way up!


at the alpine playground





It also had a zipline, sandbox, slide and climber that aren't in this picture. The kids played there for about an hour!




The amazing thing about taking the cable car up is that the trail was flat, and the scenery was magnificent! We joked that the only people up there were families with little kids and elderly! 




But you could even take a stroller up there with no problem! It was a great day trip for our family!





The stunning scenery all around!

"You formed the mountains by your power and armed yourself with mighty strength." 
Psalm 65:6



There was a spot for lunch with a fire pit and a bunch of picnic tables... and great views!



When we got back to the cable car station, the kids played at the playground for almost another hour, and we visited the petting zoo!