Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Through the Lens

It's time again to see our life through the lens of my camera.

At the beginning of January we took a family trip to the Children's Discovery Center.  This was the first time my older two and Titus were able to check things out.  They loved it there!  Zech really enjoyed being the tour guide and showing everyone all the fun things the center had to offer.

They have a really fun workshop for kids to build in.  Ariel made an adorable penguin.  Gabe built a house, and Zech made his own car!

Right before we left Zechariah found some face paint.  This was the first time I've seen that there.

The weather was so mild this winter we were able to make a few trips to the zoo.  It's so fun to see the animals at a different time of year than we're used to.

Ariel and Titus had their formal date first this year.  They dressed up fancy and dined at Blind Tiger where Ariel got to purchase a meal from the adult menu.  Talk about special for her!  Afterwards they went out for coffee and then finished their date with a trip to the movie theater to see Happy Feet Two.

Valentine is getting to be such an old bird.  She turned 5 this year!  Depending on how well taken care of a parakeet is, they can live anywhere from 5 to 20 years.  Ariel is hoping her bird will be around for much much longer.

Gabe planned everything on our date out together. We started our fun with dinner at Cracker Barrel.  Gabe especially wanted to go there as he had heard about the shop full of old fashioned candies.  When dinner was done, we browsed all the candy selections and came up with several to try. My favorite is pop rocks, Gabe's was wax bottles (Nik-L-Nips). After we were completely stuffed, we walked around the Mulvane Art Museum and saw their new Twist and Turn exhibit. (It was full of Bird artwork which Ariel actually participated in.) Our date was concluded by seeing The Adventures of TinTin at the movie theater.

Gabe is standing next to Ariel's painting of a white swan swimming on the water.

During spring break the kids had the wonderful idea of driving to Kansas City to eat at the T-REX Cafe.  The kids were wonderful!  They wanted this trip so badly that they each spent their own money.  Our waitress was shocked when I requested three separate tickets. The food is rather pricy so this was a big treat for me.  Each of them also took turns paying for our toll on the way there and back.  You can see Gabriel is cutting his geode in half at the T-REX gift shop.

My brother and Mikaela celebrated their birthdays together.  They are only 5 days apart.  You can barely see the cake for the amount of candles that are on top.  My mom thought it would be a good idea to put 33 for Shaun and 13 for Mikaela.  Those candles could have cooked the cake themselves!

In March I bought a new camera for myself!  It's a small one that I can fit in my purse so I will always have the ability to snap some photos whenever I want.  One of the features my camera has that I really like is the panoramic shots.  It's so much fun to take!

My ornery little boy... he likes to pretend to be unhappy.

I'm so excited to share this with you!!! On St. Patrick's day my husband and I celebrated our 11th anniversary. Three years ago I lost my wedding ring.  You can imagine how sad I was and have been since.  I hated living with out it.  This year for our anniversary Titus bought me a new ring!  I absolutely love it!  This is the same exact style of ring I originally had, only this time the diamond in the middle has been upgraded.  I guarantee you, this ring will not leave my finger.

We had a wonderful time celebrating together.  We didn't leave Topeka, so we purposely tried to do things we've never done here, and ate at places we've never been before, and stayed at a hotel we've always wanted to go to.

Check out the car seat!  Zech has graduated to a big boy booster seat!  He feels so grown up.  I'm sure it will be awhile before he can get rid of the high back on the seat, but we're so happy to have him out of his baby seat.  This car was such a blessing to me because it has a shoulder harness in the middle seat.  Normally you only find those on the sides.  I was so happy to get this car for this specific reason.  The middle seat is always the safest place for a little guy.

My beautiful daughter got all dressed up to go to a birthday party for one of her friends.  They had a fashion show and this is what Ariel wore down the runway.  As the parent I was asked to write her fashion biography.  Here's what I came up with:

Ariel Johnson is wearing a black toga dress done by 2-Hip a part of B. Rapper.  This is part of their new spring line of clothing.  The dress is perfect for that next formal gathering or funeral where you're wanting to pull off a dramatic look.  The dress is complemented by her silver owl pendent, and lustrous engraved hoop earrings. The ensemble is completed by her charcoal American Eagle leather shoes.

Easter!  We never can pass up an opportunity to hunt for Easter eggs.  My kids are addicted to candy.  I mean really, what kid isn't?

Normally I find different gifts for each kid, but this year I decided to make it easy and went for a movie for the entire family to share, HOP.  I found a tutorial for these adorable bunny pops online and had to make them for my family.  Our signs read "Some bunny loves you"  I made each bunny in the favorite color of my kids. The orange one belongs to Alex, a friend of our family.

My sister came home on spring break!  We took a day trip to the Salina zoo and museum.  I love that place.  I didn't want to share too many pictures here because I hope to do a blog post on it someday soon.  It's such a fun zoo!

And lastly... my community.  This is a group of friends from church.

"Love one another in the same way I love you." John 13:34

"If we are ever going to be church, the way Jesus wanted us to be, we are going to have to be a community of people who demonstrate uncommon love."

Uncommon love = forgiveness, compassion, truth, selflessness, and accountability

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