Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we celebrated an early Thanksgiving gathering with our Cagle family. We brought two little turkeys to Fayetteville...


We ate, played games, and built a fire outside.


Molly and Grammy enjoying the gorgeous fall day:


Reed and Cameron played "Tarzan" in the backyard for hours.


Thanks to a book we checked out from the library, Reed had been very into the idea of the wishbone. He snapped the bigger piece of the wishbone. He wished for a yo-yo, and I happened to have one on hand, so I slipped it under his pillow to find the next morning-- so fun! :)


This year for dessert we brought monster cookies (with fall M&Ms, of course), and tried a new Pinterest recipe called Pumpkin Lust Cake-- a layered dessert with pecan crust, cream cheese, cool whip, and pumpkin spice pudding.


(The pumpkin dessert was pinned from Sweet Treats & More, here).

On Thanksgiving Day, the kids got a kick out of seeing the Macy's Day Parade in the morning, and then we celebrated that afternoon with a Morgan family dinner.

We visited by the fire, read, ate, and played... and Reed had a big 'ol time drilling football with Jonathan, playing a real trumpet they found, and climbing and rolling around in a new, fun Mimi contraption made of stretchy fabric and tied over the doors in the upstairs hallway! Such adventures! :)


We brought appetizers-- "nailed it" wedge salads (ha), cranberry feta pinwheels, and (of course) fluff. ;)



Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Ingredients:
1 package dried, sweetened cranberries
1 container cream cheese spread
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion
4 large tortillas (flour, wheat, or spinach)

Directions:
1- Combine first 4 ingredients, mix well.
2- Divide and spread mixture evenly onto tortillas
3- Roll up tightly, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour
4- Cut into slices and serve

My favorite memories this Thanksgiving are Reed's love for all things wishbone, and that Molly keeps calling a turkey a "gobble chicken." :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Fun List Update

Quick Fall Fun check in...  We've made some progress on our family list!

  hiking     GA football!     apple picking     saturday soup night     apple cider     pumpkin patch      Athens visit     
decorate pumpkins      s'mores in fire pit      pumpkin pancakes      leaf art      jump in leaves      make bird feeders      nature walk/ scavenger hunt       make a fall dessert       costumes!       family movie night       first fire    Zoo & Botanical Gardens      fall keepsake craft


Let's start with the obvious!  OF COURSE we've been cheering on the Dawgs!


We've kicked off Saturday soup night.

We took a break from BFiaR and had an "Autumn" week of activities, which included handprint leaves (our keepsake craft) and two leaf art "masterpieces." :)


We made our annual Athens visit, including a pumpkin patch stop.


This year we ate lunch with Uncle Zach and saw his awesome college house. We also stopped by our old campus ministry stomping ground and visited with our campus ministers Nathan and Franklin (<who married us!). We visited with Sanctuary Youth alum over afternoon froyo, a quick trip to the Athens zoo, and dinner at the weirdest Mexican restaurant I've ever encountered. :) Fun, full day!

Daddy made pumpkin pancakes. More of those in our near future, I'm sure!

We went on a beautiful fall hike at Kennesaw Mountain. Our super troopers made it about three miles... with some carrying thrown in there!



We wrapped up our first season of fall ball. (spoiler alert: to-die-for picture ahead)


Just this weekend, we visited a second pumpkin patch at a local family farm as a festive LifeGroup outing. It was a gorgeous day- we played on the hay barrel slides, zip line, and corn maze, and took a hay ride.




Our extra credit so far: Sanctuary's Hayes Fall Festival fun. We got to help celebrate fall and share Jesus' love with some family fun at a local elementary school. I think Reed and Molly "favorited" the petting zoo.


After a glorious burst of fall air to invite the start of autumn, we had some warmer temps return. :( Now that the cool fall fun is back it feels like we're just getting started! Bring it on! :)


Sunday, October 19, 2014

2 1/2

Happy 2 1/2 to Molly Bette!


Your sunday morning half birthday called for a cake pop stop on the way to church. :)


Here is a glimpse of Molly at 2 1/2... You love to "read" books to yourself. One of my favorite things to do is watch you quietly from the hallway as you narrate a pile of books in your sweet little way. Your current favorite is Fancy Nancy Tea for Two. You like to play "the baby game" with Reed where you say "goo ga ga" and he picks you up and carries you a few feet... at least that's all I can figure out about it. The two of you do lots of pretend play together. For some reason you think that putting your hands on your hips is a safe alternative to hand holding in the parking lot. It's so cute and we've spent so much time talking about it that I'm afraid we've encouraged it and your "hip walking" is now a signature move. You carry around my old pink ipod, and call it your "leappod."


And speaking of a "leappod," if ever your birthday is mentioned you quickly exclaim "my own leappad!" (Apparently Reed has promised to purchase you a leappad when you turn three). You pronounce many plural words with an extra syllable, like "wash clothses" and "ghostes." You are so, so cute and spirited. You make me smile even when you get angry. Last week Reed stole a piece of your snack out of your car seat cupholder. You crossed you arms, squinted your eyes, puckered your lips and yelled, "that was vewy wude, Weedy!! Oh my.


At your 30 month well check you were 35 inches and 24.2 pounds.

You are growing up so fast. I find myself constantly trying to keep up with you, and ever celebrating who you are becoming. It is the joy of my heart to laugh with you, steady you, comfort you, teach you, and point you to Jesus.


We love you, little love!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Go Orioles! (Reed's 1st Baseball Season)

Reed played his first season of baseball this fall! We signed up to play through Oregon Park with our buddy Keaton and Keaton's Dad, Coach Brian.


Reed was so excited about all of his baseball gear! We got to pick out baseball pants, baseball socks, cleats, a helmet, a glove, and a bat.


Baseball antics quickly ensued in the back yard.


It was so fun to watch Reed eagerly gather up his gear to head outside with daddy to practice. One day they were going to play for a few minutes and as Reed scrambled toward the backyard I heard him exclaim, "I cant wait to hear it [his metal bat] ding!" So cute!

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Reed was a quick study! He has a good throwing arm, learned to trap grounders quickly, and is good at connecting bat to ball. Before we knew it, it was the first day of practice for the Orioles.


Reed and his team worked on "chomping" grounders, pointing and throwing, hitting off the tee, and some running. :)




Molly and Wynnie enjoyed hanging out in the bleachers... well, most of the time. They were troopers for the season of practices and games!


Reed was pumped to get his Orioles uniform. He was player #1, and has his name and number on the back of his hat too!


After spending some time at the baseball park Reed asked for a bat bag, and we couldn't help ourselves! So stinkin' cute!


Coach Daddy was a big help to the Orioles too!


Our first game was on September 7th. It was SO hot, but Reed loved the whole shebang! Here he is in the dugout:


You can see Audrey Grace in the dugout too... Reed had a fan section comprised of the Bowlers, Ms. Debbie, the Bebers, and of course Daddy, Mommy and Molly. And I'm not kidding when I say it was a hot, hot day, so these friends showed some real love to come cheer on the Reedster. :)


Reed was awesome! He hit off the pitch both at-bats, had some good throws to first base as pitcher, and ran like a champ to "score" two runs!


This is from a different game, but here is a video of Reed batting:

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We played five regular season games. It was especially fun as the weather cooled into fall. Reed liked playing under the lights, and staying out late.


He also loved the game snacks, and getting to pass them out when it was our turn. :)


Mimi and Jonathan and Aunt Katie came to cheer at a game, and we made a night of it at Dairy Queen!


Papa & Grammy came to cheer at Reed's last season game.


Ms. Cyndi and Grayson came to root for the Orioles too, and it was a great fall-ish end to our season play!


Not many of the balls bounced our way during the tournament play, but the boys did a great job. I'm not sure Daddy will let Mommy live down pulling out the rule book during one of the games... :) Reed had some tears at our second loss because it meant the end of the season, but he enjoyed the pizza party and team celebration with his pals.


All in all, our first season was a great experience. We loved that Reed enjoyed being active, learning the game of baseball, and meeting some new friends.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Soup Saturday

I put "Soup Saturday" on the fall fun list this year, hoping to motivate myself to find and prepare a soup recipe each fall weekend to enjoy. I missed one already (oops!), but so far we've had...

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Taco Soup for the UGA v. Tenn game to share with our friends the Jennettes. I've made this soup since college and used a variety of recipes.  It is easy and flexible so you could google and use whatever version you find as a starting point.  This go round I stuck closest to this version, using ground turkey instead of beef and adding avocados to the garnish list.



And tonight we had this cheesy vegetable chowder... It kind of became a joke because it was 80 degrees in our house on "fall soup night" ...then it took me TWO HOURS to make the soup. It was good, but not two hours good. ;) (Disclaimer: Both the extended cooking time and the mediocre outcome were likely due to my questionable culinary talent and not the recipe, so feel free to give it a go). And I actually did enjoy the soup-- looking forward to having some for lunch tomorrow. :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Fun List 2014

It's Fall, Y'all!


hiking
GA football!
apple picking
saturday soup night
apple cider
pumpkin patch
Athens visit
decorate pumpkins
s'mores in fire pit
pumpkin pancakes
leaf art
jump in leaves
nature walk/ scavenger hunt
make a fall dessert
costumes!
family movie night
make bird feeders
Zoo & Botanical Gardens
first fire
fall keepsake craft

Ready, Set, Go!

(*Reed's additions: Play at Grammy's, go to Disney World, go to Indiana, go to Eli's house and Josh and Jordan's house, and swing on our swings) ;)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

4 1/2

Happy 4 1/2, Reed!


We had a little impromptu candle-muffin-singing festivity at breakfast this morning.


I'm fairly certain you just turned four, but we'll go with it... Look how big and handsome you are!


You are growing so quickly, and changing every day. I wish I wrote down more things you say and ask and do, but here are a few of my favorite things about you at 4 1/2...

You are funny, and still love to make people laugh. And you really lay on the comedy act when you are supposed to be in trouble! ;)


One new development is that you've started to draw people lately. They have big eyes and ears, and big circles for bodies, and are usually sporting a pronounced belly button! :)


The other day you and Molly were huddled together looking out the window and I heard you tell her, "Ohhh, look at the cute chipmunks. A mommy and a baby one. ...I think it's a mommy... I can't tell if it has breastes." Ha! You and Molly have also been trying to "catch squirrels" in the back yard. I love what great buddies you are, even when you get in to mischief together (see contraband below). :)


You've been enjoying tee ball as well as watching football and playing football in the living room, working on your spin moves and such. :)

The other day you were riding in the back of the van with Grant and Mason, and you had requested to rock out loudly to some of the Tru Worship songs from Sanctuary Kids. A little while into the song you yelled for me to pause it. I did and you leaned over to G and M and exclaimed, "did you guys know that Jesus died on the cross for us and came back to life?!" May you always light up with the good news of Jesus, sweet Reed, and may it lead you to the cross!

I love your tender heart, your joy, your humor, your enthusiasm, your inquisitiveness, and your passion. It is such an honor, alongside your daddy, to get to nurture you and watch you grow into the special boy God created you to be.


We love you!