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The Wrong Lesson

Yesterday the girls and I were reading our devotions.  The chapter happened to be on Jesus when he stayed in the temple after his parents had left Jerusalem.  (Luke 2:41-52)

The end of the chapters asked this:

How can you be more like Jesus as you’re growing up?

My youngest daughter replied:

I can disobey just like he did!

I swallowed and asked: hmmmm??? what do you mean?

When he really wanted to do something, he just did it even though his parents went home and left!

I tried to point out that he hadn’t disobeyed and talk her through her observation, but she would have none of it. She is convinced that she is right.

Yes, devotions with a three year old keep me on my toes.

Pics to Help Remember

I know this post is a little late, but wanted to get it up anyway.  Hopefully I’ll get the whole week documented on the blog at some point today! So here’s the first of hopefully a few more Christmas posts.

Our Christmas Eve began with opening presents from Grandma and Grandpa.

Its Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas


A kitchen covered in flour, powered sugar, and frosting makes me smileThat much baking only means one thingChristmas celebrations are in full swing and I’m loving itHappy week before Christmas!

Merry Christmas From the Minters

The Great State of….

As a kid, I couldn’t wait to get out of Iowa.  It represented missed opportunities, no chance to explore the world, a boring life, and a REALLY cold and miserable existence.  Somehow, the years have changed my perspective. And my idea of what is important.We now cross the border into Iowa and find ourselves excited to be there.  This state is where my family is and where we will be surrounded by love and memories for the few days we are there.  Plus, I get uninterrupted time with this crew.  The holidays can’t get much better than this.

Here are our pics from Thanksgiving in Iowa.  Just warning you, I went camera happy!

Thankful Tree

As we complete our annual Thankful Tree leading up to Thanksgiving, I have to smile over what the kids are thankful for this year.

Forks, apples, coffee cake, movies, getting to drive 15 hours in the car so we can watch lots of movies, the whole universe, chairs, tables, ice skates…you know, the big stuff in life.

So far, my absolute favorite thing that was put on the tree though came from my middle daughter who said, “I’m thankful that God always knows what to do and that he is in control”.   Yes, sweet girl, so am I.

Family Vacation

I sit here writing and am at a loss for words that will adequately describe the past week.  Pine Cove Family Camp is amazing and so many amazing things happen during the week that it may take me two posts to fully describe them.   =) If you want to see all the pics from the week, click here

We left last Sunday right after church and drove into camp around 3:30pm.  As you can see, the little man drove us into camp this year =)
Once we got into camp, the fun didn’t stop.  Avery was a “Wild Kid” this year, Elliana was a “June Bug”, and Justus was a “Rollie Pollie” which meant Elliana and Justus both still got naps in their class while Avery got to do fun things like have water balloon fights, shaving cream wars, swimming contests, and pony rides during naps.  All three of them love their classes.  In fact, Brent and I had a plan to take the kids out on individual dates throughout the week.  We’ll just say it took some convincing to get the kids to leave their class to go out with mommy and daddy!

I don’t have any pictures of our dates with the kids.  So wish I did!  But on Monday, we took Elliana out on the boat and she rode the water rocket.  You sit on it and hang on for dear life while the boat tries to throw you in the water.  Every time a wave hit the water rocket, Elliana yelled “yeehaw”.  She loved it!  I took Avery out on the boat to do the same thing on Friday.  I think she giggled through the entire thing =)  REALLY really wish I had both experiences on video!

Brent and I also got a few dates throughout the week.  A breakfast trail ride, a morning water ski outing, and 2 dinner dates.  I think that’s one of the things I love about Pine Cove.  It provides amazing family activities as well as amazing couple activites and amazing kids programs.    Everyone in the family gets to have fun without mommy and daddy feeling like they are working overtime to take care of everyone!So because I can’t really put into words the amazing week of vacation, I put together the video below that somewhat captures our week.  I know its long, but I’m sure the grandparents will be as excited about it as I am =) If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, you should skip ahead to about 3 min. & 40 seconds  and catch a glimpse of the kids’ musical debut.  I’ll just say Elliana learned to use her hips that way from her father.  =)  Hope you enjoy!

Happy Birthday to Me

My birthday happened to fall on the day that Brent pulls a 14 hour work day, so we’re pretending my birthday is tomorrow.   The girls decided that I needed a cake today though since it was my actual birthday.  I think they thought they were going to make it themselves  because when I started to get everything ready to make the cake, I was bombarded with two little girls who were beside themselves about the fact that I was going to make my own birthday cake.

They kept saying “you can’t make your own cake.  It must be a surprise.” Followed by “the cake has to be made after you’re in bed and you don’t get to see it until your party!” They definitely have the  birthday cake ritual down. 

They finally were convinced that if they were to get cake tonight, I was going to have to help make it, and we settled on making a butterfly cake.   Well, actually I made it while they played in frosting and said things like “I’m just about to do the crumb coat” and “I need a better offset spatula”. I think they’ve been watching cooking videos a little too much.

The cake turned out a little messy which is a good representation of the whole day.  A little messy, but perfect all at the same time.

Family Fun Day

We attempted to go to the zoo, saw the 30 minute wait to get into the alternative parking lot because the normal zoo parking lot was already full, and decided to do something else instead.

Around the area of the zoo, there are a few other options.  The mini train was our first thought, but we didn’t have any cash.  As we pulled out of the road, we saw a sign that said “Log Cabin Village” and thought “why not? Let’s try it”.  So we went.
None of us had ever been there so we didn’t know what to expect.
It was a blast. The kids got to play in the “woods”, learned how candles were made, and got a few interesting history lessons about the type of potties the pioneers used.
They also had a “hands on” house where the kids got to play in the kitchen, play with a spinning wheel, gather eggs from a chicken coup, grind coffee, and pump water.
Not too bad for a last minute revision of plans!

Family Fun Day

This post is just a few days late…oops =)

But Family Fun Day was a bit low key this week. Brent’s sick, the oldest is recovering from an ear and sinus infection, the middle one has horrible allergies, and the youngest one has been sick for 3 weeks. So we moved a bit slow this Friday =)

A leisurely walk to the park to climb some trees and have a picnic lunch
then we let each girl use money from their piggy banks to go to the Revive Carnival at church.  Revive is our special needs ministry and every year we have a carnival at the church and all proceeds go to Revive.  The girls had a blast. Little man was still sick, but he’s a trooper.We ended the evening by making some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and watching “Franklin”.  I found this recipe out of desperation one girls’ night when I was preggos with the little man.  I googled “peanut butter cookies using 4 ingredients”  and found this recipe.  It is amazing and the girls can make it themselves; although I have yet to leave the kitchen while they are making it!  In case you want to try it out, here’s the recipe:

1 egg

1 cup sugar

1 cup peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir it all together, make it into little balls on a cookie sheet, and put it in the oven at 350 for 7-10 min.  This is the first time we added chocolate chips to the recipe and it was really good.  I don’t think you can mess this up!

And I end this post with a little prayer request for the little guy.  We’re on week 2 of pretty intensely high fevers.  We did a round of blood work today, X-rays earlier this week, and plenty of doctors visits.  We are going back in on Monday morning to review the blood work.  If you could pray that his little body would be healed, I would appreciate it.  He’s too little to be this sick.

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