Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Elaine turns 4

Elaine has been a little into Tinkerbell for about a year. Well actually the whole family enjoyed the Tinkerbell movies on the Disney Channel. I have always been a fan of Peter Pan and Neverland. So Neverland made a fun theme for Elaine's 4th Birthday. It was a fun party, even though the rain kept us indoors.

Daddy decorated the cupcakes. The strawberry ones were little Tinkerbell dresses, and the chocolate ones had little leaves on top. I saw these on pinterest, and Daddy translated them to fit our theme.
Thankfully our deck keeps the rain off the covered patio from the walkout basement. We used this space for the pinata.


We cleared out the rug and furniture from our living room so we could set up tables for the kids to eat and do their craft.

Elaine had a very Happy 4th Birthday.

I got lots of ideas for her party here. This theme worked well as she had boys and girls at her party. 

Elaine, 

We are always amazed at how thoughtful you are. You look out for your little brother, and think through choices and the results before you make a decision to act. You love to wear dresses, and tuck in all your stuff animals and babies each night for nap time and bed time. You frequently ask for broccoli and ranch for a snack, and get upset when Daddy makes a green smoothie and doesn't share with you. I think you may be ready for your baby brother to move out of your room...but I bet you miss him when he does. You love to do "school work" and can write your name, count, write your letters, and make some letter sounds. You are the most beautiful ballerina. I love your heart for those that are hurting. God continues to shape you, and Daddy and I are so glad we get to play a part in His awesome plan for you. Happy Birthday!

Love,
Mom and Dad

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Spring and New Life

I love Spring, how everything seems to come back to life. Our yard and neighborhood is beautiful this time of year. It always gives me a renewed look at life too. Such an awesome way to prepare for Easter celebrations, a real sense of the new life we are offered in Christ.




I also want to leave you with this song. It has really been a powerful reminder for me this week. After all, the message that Jesus Paid it All is not one that can be taken lightly.




Happy Easter!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Help is on the Way

I have felt a little beat down by life. No huge battle to describe, no specific struggle, just the ins and outs of life.

Teaching my oldest to read, helping my daughter understand how to express her self appropriately, praying my youngest would be healthy and sleep.  All while watching that I eat healthy, exercise, keep house, love my husband, and spend time in God's Word.

Some days go really well, and others just go.

The past two Sundays the worship team at church has lead us in this song. It really speaks to me. When I feel beat down, I need to remember my help is on the way.

 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Joy 2011

We had a Very Merry Christmas at the Carnahan Household this year. I think it had to with the pre-planning and simplifying I did before the start of the season. But most of all it had to do with my focus. My heart was truly joyful to share the Good News of the Season with not only my three little ones, but also those around us. So each tradition we completed had at its heart, pointing to our Savior. What else good bring such a Merry Christmas? Here are some highlights in pictures...
Annual choosing of our Christmas Tree from a local boy scout troop.



Why can't I play with, pull down. and chew on the ornaments?

Peeling the paper off old crayons to make new ones for the cousins.


Eating the chocolate out of the advent chart...yummy!


Christmas Eve in our new Christmas PJammies.





 We hope you also had a Very Blessed Christmas!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

El Paso, TX 2011 Trip Highlights

We had a really good visit with Kyle's Family in El Paso the end of November and Beginning of December. It was a great way to spend quality time as a family before we began the Christmas season and closed out 2011. I think my favorite part of the trip, was all the unrushed time we had together. Those moments were not captured by the camera, but they refreshed my heart non the less. Of course we also spent a few days out and about too.

Strahmans Pecan Farm
You can learn all about it here, but they also had yummy ice cream.



Air Force Museum

El Paso Zoo




Cloudcroft, New Mexico


White Sands, New Mexico



I couldn't get too many pictures of Landon, he was way too busy sledding!



Friday, December 9, 2011

Traveling with Children Tips

We just returned from a trip to see Gram and Poppy in El Paso, TX. We left Thanksgiving night and returned this past Wednesday. It was a great trip with some fun excursions, yummy food, and rest. Just what this momma needed. Today I wanted to share 3 things that made our trip go more smoothly.

Number 1
The Trunki...well 2 to be exact.
One in Purple
 
and one in Blue

These little rolling suitcases were great! The held a few of the big kids treasured items, a change of clothes, and a blanket. They come with a "leash" so L (5) and E (3) were able to pull them through the airport. They also rode them and pushed along with their feet. The Trunki fits perfectly in the overhead storage on the plane too. I was a little worried the novelty would wear off and I would be dragging these through the airport, but they were a hit! They come in lots of colors and you can get one here.

Number 2 
Dried Cranberries Snack Mix
I have always packed snacks for my children when we travel due to overpriced airport food and convenience. This time I really wanted to avoid artificial and high sugar snacks. So I put together dried cranberries and nuts. The kids (and parents) enjoyed it, and I didn't feel like it was a complete waste of calories...even if on the way home I threw in a little chocolate.

Number 3 
ebags

I was looking for a way to make the packing, living out of suitcases, repacking, and unpacking easier. So I got online and found ebags. They work just as described and made keeping all the kids clothes organized a breeze. The ebags even made my thankful list. Using these I fit all 3 kids clothes in one large suitcase for a 14 day trip. Also when we arrived at Gram and Poppy's I just put each child's ebag in a drawer and they could still help dress themselves each day like they do at home. Before if they tried to help, clothes were thrown everywhere as they dug through an overstuffed suitcase. I would love a second set to use for the adult clothes too.

So there you have it...3 travel helps for your upcoming Christmas Traveling. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thankful Challenge (Day 23 - 30)

Reason 23
My understanding husband stayed up with me while I finalized packing for our trip to El Paso.

Reason 24
A wonderful meal with family.

Reason 25
Smooth flights to visit the in - laws and a second tasty Thanksgiving meal.

Reason 26
The discovery of ebags which not only aided in the packing process, but also makes living out of suitcases tolerable.

Reason 27
Worshiping with fellow believers and ice cream.

Reason 28
Exploring a new zoo, and having dinner at a favorite spot.

Reason 29
Finding a gift you know will bring a smile from the receiver.

Reason 30
Our classroom is very portable.