Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Molly's 6 Year Stats

Going along with celebrating and documenting Molly's 6th birthday, that was almost 3 weeks ago...we went for her 6 year check up today.

Molly, you are 6, here is what you are up to...
-You are 48 inches tall {88%}
-You weigh 61.5 pounds {95%} {I think at least!  The nurse and Lucy were both talking to me at the same time.}
-You LOVE to read, you are now devouring Junie B. Jones chapter books.  You love going to the library and picking out a ton of books and you read every single one of them. 
-You are really big into art right now.  You love to color, draw, create, and come up with big projects using all sorts of objects and tactiles. 
-You are an awesome big sister.  You take care of Lucy like she is your own daughter, you also fight with Lucy like she is your own daughter. 
-You are excited to move back to Ohio and be close to family.
-You love school and can not wait to start 1st grade!
-You are so kind and compassionate.  You have a tender heart and care deeply for others.
-You will talk to any and everyone and tell them our business.  I am sure every Target cashier knows that we are moving to Ohio to start a new church, but first we are living with your grandparents. 
-You want to grow your hair back out to donate again. 
-You love being helpful and going above and beyond. 

Molly, we love you very much and we are so proud of you!  I can not wait to see what God has planned for you this next year and the years to come! 

Today at the doctor's office!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday to Molly!

On August 8th, Molly turned 6 years old!  We didn't have a big blow out party or anything, but we did manage to celebrate big.  We met up with my mom and step-dad in Chicago to treat Molly to a little get away! 

 We got up early on Thursday morning {like 4am early} and boarded the Metro train and headed to Chicago.  Once we got to Chi-town, we walked a couple blocks to take a water taxi.  That was so much fun! 

 Then we walked one more block and arrived at our hotel.  The first order of business was heading out the door to get to the American Girl store!

Molly won an American Girl doll at a school raffle and she has a bitty baby, too.  So she knows about AG, but thankfully is not obsessed with them.  The AG store was pretty overwhelming and a dream come true for me, err...Molly.  Actually, I think we all were in shock.  Lucy hung out in the bitty baby section where she got to chose a new outfit for her baby, and Molly wandered around and looked at everything.  Molly also made an appointment at the hair salon for Julie to get her hair done!  While we were waiting in line a of couple girls came up to Molly to wish her a happy birthday {she was wearing a birthday sticker that a store clerk gave her}, and they went on and on about her doll, and how cool Julie is and blah, blah.  I basically had to pick Molly's jaw up off the ground because she thought it was so cool these "older girls" were talking to her.  They actually were super sweet and I thanked their mom for raising them so nicely.  Good thing Julie is a doll because that hairdresser just ripped through her whole head of hair!  My word, it was painful watching!  But she did look cute, and I am sure her hair is back to being a rat's nest now.

Molly was able to get two outfits for Julie {ice skating and tennis} and an outfit for herself.  I had a lot of fun looking around and just staring at all the displays.  I always wanted to go to AG and look around.  My first doll was Molly McIntyre, and she is being retired this year, so sad!

Then we went to LegoLand next door and the girls loved playing there!  Molly built a school with students and Lucy built a compound with prisoners, her words, not mine, friends!  Then we ate lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, yum!

After our morning of shopping and eating we went back to the hotel to relax.  I think we all napped and then ate cupcakes from Crumbs.  Later on we went to walk around Navy Pier.  It was fun, the girls rode the little train, and we looked at all the boats.  The girls also ran around like crazy people in a grassy area, and Lucy played in a fountain.

On Friday we took the trolley back to Navy Pier to see and tour the Tall Ships docked there.  They had ships from all over the US there and they were so cool!  We got to board them and tour the decks and cabins.  We got there right when they opened and left right when the crowd was getting huge!  We also rode the Farris Wheel at Navy Pier, you know the big, tall one!  Yep, we rode it with my mom and the girls.  Molly and Eric also rode the big swings.  Molly buried her head in Eric's armpit the whole time, then proceeded to tell us it was "the most fun ever."

We ate lunch then went back to the hotel and got ready to head back to Milwaukee.  We took the water taxi and Metro again.  It was a lot of fun!

Molly had a great time, actually we all did.  It was something totally different than normal birthday's and probably will be a one time treat, but it was worth it!  I think for birthday #7 we will get take out and a red box!   

Monday, August 19, 2013

Here is What I Want You to Know

I have many, many post ideas swirl through my head daily, but rarely put them down on the computer screen.  So here is what I want you to know...

-This is our last week in Wisconsin, yep, one week from today we will be in Ohio.
-When I say I am excited to move, or wear all my Ohio State shirts, it's not because I can't wait to get outta here, it's because I am flippin' excited to plant a new church.
-My last day of work was July 31 and since then I have been living up every single day of being home with my girls.  We have made so many memories in the last couple weeks, my heart is bursting at the seams.
-I now have a 6 year old, yep a 6 year old.  {Separate post about that coming tomorrow!}
-We are gearing up for our homeschool season to start.  I feel like that could be a blog series in its self.  I have learned so much about homeschooling {the good, the bad, and the ugliness of it}, but I am excited to start and Molly is chomping at the bit to learn. 
-I took the girls back to Ohio last week for a visit and to drop a load of stuff off before we move.  We had a great time and I said good bye to my childhood home.  {Another post coming this week!}
-I love seeing all the back to school photos my friends are posting, it makes me happy and sad.  We are still doing back to school pics for Molly, but we aren't starting school for another 2 weeks.
-Not a whole lot has been happening on the church planting front.  A lot of decisions won't be made until we move to Ohio.  We feel like we can not be truly connected and make wise choices while living in WI.  Plus, if we knew it all now, life would be a little boring in a couple of months. {This is what I am telling myself to keep from freaking out!} 
-Lastly, I want to thank you all for all the kind words, support, and prayers over the last couple of months.  There are many, many times I have no words to pray, so I just rest in knowing someone else has me covered right now.  Leaving one ministry for another is bittersweet, but I know we are doing exactly what God is calling us to do, so it makes it a little easier.