Thursday, October 25, 2012

The date to trash mountain...

Chris' parents like to take our kids out on a special date in honor of their birthday.  The girls usually go to lunch and a movie and out for a little shopping.  They LOVE the one-on-one time they get and it makes them feel very special!  Sam has really never gone since he's been so young.  But this year he got his chance.

When they asked him what he wanted to do, he told them he wanted to go on a date to the dump.  A date to the dump.  Yep, you read that correctly.  My guy dreams big!  Sam loves trash trucks, dump trucks, excavators.  If it's got wheels and moves, he loves it! 

So yesterday, Sam, Chris and Howard set out for a trip to the dump.  Or, as Howard affectionately called it, "trash mountain."  Howard had to get rid of an old, broken, sidewalk.  Afterwards, they planned to head to the sandpit to get a trailer load of sand for the new sidewalk.  Sam was told to bring his shovel along for the trip.  Here are a few pictures from the big date. 

They ended their day with a trip to McDonald's where a firetruck pulled up and Sam got to check it out.  Great way to end a day!  He had a blast!  I'm thinking Sam is going to enjoy "helping" Papa with more projects which might require trips to the dump in the coming years!  

Saturday, October 20, 2012

On becoming a Nitro.

This fall Sophia and Anna joined the Newton Nitro's year-round swimming team. Honestly, I'm not really sure what a Nitro is, but I guess that's not really the point.  Isabella also joined the team for their winter league.  It's only two months long and is set up to teach the younger ones the basics and work with the older ones on their technique.  She can't really swim yet, but it's only a matter of time I'm sure.  

Last Thursday they had a practice swim meet.  This was the first time we've had all three girls in a meet together.  So cute!   

They were so sweet and had an older girl walk along with Isabella and the other younger ones in the pool so they could at least try to participate.  She was very proud and tried the 25m free, back and fly.  Her little arms and legs were pretty sore that night! 
On Saturday, we took Sophia and Anna to compete at the Monster Splash at K-State.  We had to be on the road by 5:30am, so that meant Chris and I got up at 4:45.  Holy Moly!  I usually wake up at 7am so that was crazy early!   The night before I told Sam we were leaving before the sun would rise and he told me he would not get up before the sun.  A boy after my own heart!  
The girls did great getting best times in all of their events.  Then we walked around campus a little and took a picture in front of the student union to send to Uncle Chris!  The kids' Great Grandpa Walz built many of the buildings on campus so it was great to show them around a bit.  
We've had a busy few days around here, but lots of fun family time together!  And you can't beat that!  

Monday, October 1, 2012

Isabella's Baptism

Yesterday my sweet Isabella Grace was baptised by her Daddy.  It was such a special day.  She has been asking to be baptised for several months now.  But we waited until all three sets of her Grandparents could be there to watch.   

The water was a little more full than usual and she is just so stinkin' short that she couldn't really reach the bottom.  Her legs just kept floating to the side.  Pretty cute though. She might be small, but she has big faith in God and loves to pray for everyone in her sweet little voice!
Love the way she's looking at Chris! 
What a great Sunday!