Sunday, November 10, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday David James!

 Our first precious miracle - November 9, 2006
November 9, 2013 - 7 years old and out on his first hunting adventure with Daddy.
Our dear, sweet David. Happy Birthday son! We are so incredibly proud of the young man that God is molding you to be. Your tender-heart and your love for adventure are quite a combination that we are excited to see how God will use in your life. Your smile is contagious and your testimony and example to your little brother is precious. Each moment of the your life has been a blessing to us as your Mommy & Daddy. We love you so much and look forward to each new moment that God gives us with you. Stay strong in the Lord my son and may His hand shower you with blessings forever.
Daddy & Mommy

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Visit from the Stockers!

The morning of October 4th, the boys had a huge surprise when I drove them to the airport to pick up Auntie Jamie, Uncle Brad, & Liam. We hadn't see each other since Liam's 1st birthday back in June of 2012 so it was a much needed visit!
 David and Liam bonded right away
 Aiden took a little bit longer to warm up...
 but not that long...Liam brought David & Aiden a goody bag filled with all kinds of stuff, including new airplanes, which they loved! Aiden wouldn't put his down all through breakfast.
 From the airport we headed straight to where else? Baker's Kitchen. They arrived around 10am and had flown all night from CA, so despite being tired, they were also very hungry. Plus what is a trip to New Bern without a trip for French toast and some yummy syrup?!
 Sweet cousins posing downtown New Bern by one of the many bears
 A love seat is only so big, but everyone wanted some snuggle time with Auntie Jamie, and she couldn't resist.
 David was teaching Aiden and Liam his military parade marching skills
 Our precious families
 Can you tell their Mommies are sisters?
 Posing for a group shot after church on Sunday
 These cousins love each other so much and really enjoyed spending more time together bonding
 Liam had some very cool different colored shades that he shared with Aiden. We thought a picture was very necessary.
 The Monday they had to head back home, their flight didn't leave until around 5 so we were able to head to base and Jim took a quick 20 minute break from work to show the inside the KC-130J
 Look who can fly a C-130!
One last picture before we had to head back home to get them ready for their flight. We had such a wonderful visit. It really makes it hard when we live literally across the country from each other, but we thank God that we were able to make some special memories together and look forward to the next visit! We love you Brad, Jamie, & Liam Hugh!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Upward Soccer 2013

This was our 3rd year participating in Upward Soccer through our church. We have LOVED every minute of it! This year Jim was able to be coach again and David picked out our team name, the Eagles!
 David has really improved over the last 3 years and is so quick on the field. I love watching him play!
 Coach Jim warming up our team
 Getting ready for team announcing, David would fly through the tunnel like an eagle every game day.
 Team Eagles ready to play
 Our kiddos really learned how to play together as a team, we are so proud of them
 David & Shane scrimmaging at practice.
 Flying like an Eagle again
Our final game of the season was this past Saturday. Our Eagles did so well! Even though we "don't keep score" we won all our games but one and tied two. David made several goals this year and is such a team player. He is always running and never stops until the game ends. Jim played tons of soccer growing up and watching David I can just imagine him being the spitting image of his Daddy when he was younger.
We thank you Eagles for a wonderful and blessed season!
E-A-G-L-E-S, Goooooo Eagles!!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

April & May 2013 Highlights

Just to catch everyone up a little bit with some fun pictures from April & May so far...
 Jim celebrated his 32nd Birthday on April 1st- Happy Birthday Daddy!
 April 27th, David ran in his very first competitive race. The Lookout Rotary Race in Morehead City, NC. Jim's parents were visiting that weekend and due to a last minute, but very much delayed, work trip for Jim, he was unable to run with David. Grandpa Taylor filled in as "Jim Friedlein" and David's running buddy.
 Much to our excitement, David did very well and ended up placing 2nd in his age group with a mile run time of 9 minutes and 21 seconds, I was one proud Mama!
 Grandpa also placed! He won 1st in "his" age group too, not bad for a "32" year old :) We had so much fun with Grandpa & Grandma and were thrilled to be able to celebrate Grandma's birthday with her while they were here.
 Daddy returned from his trip the afternoon of April 28th and was off of work the following day. David's tooth had started to get loose a few weeks prior, but finally fell out on the morning of April 29, 2013! His first lost tooth! He was so excited and we were happy Daddy was home to see it too! Our little man is growing up, *tear from Mama
 The Wehrman little ones spend a morning with us. Aiden & Kylee enjoying some yogurt together.
 May 2, we headed to Downtown New Bern to visit the Fire Station. It was a wonderful field trip with some local homeschool families. We thank God for the brave men who serve and protect us as fighter fighters!
 This picture is for you Mrs. Donna! :)
 We continue our "coupon" shopping and my little assistants are learning how to be big helpers. On this particular day Aiden said he was sleepy and wanted to lie down for a nap in the front part of the cart. Silly boy!
 Mr. Voddie Baucham & Jim having a heart-to-heart at the CHAP convention
 On Friday while in PA for the homeschool convention, we all headed to the NOAH Show @ Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster County, PA. It was truly amazing and we are so glad we took the time to experience this remarkably convicting rendition of the biblical account of Noah and the Ark. It was a beautiful theater and everything from the singing to the live and animatronic animals was a huge hit for our whole family.
I don't normally like to put only diapered pictures of my children out for the world to see, but this little man was just too silly and too sweet last night not to share this. While getting ready for bed and trying to pull his t-shirt off, Aiden said, "Mommy I have a hat," and wanted to show David & Daddy his "hat." This sweet little smile melts my heart :) We are truly blessed indeed...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"We are here, we are here, we are here"

We ARE alive! It's true I have been a bad blogger for a very long time. I've had encouragement from some and just plain, "WHERE are you?" from others regarding getting myself in gear. Truthfully neither worked, I have just come to the realization that I just have to do it, no excuses, just do it. We have been up to so much these last few months that there is just no possible way I could catch up without devoting an entire week, or more, of just blogging. So for now I am just going to pick up from here and move forward, hopefully.

This past weekend we drove to Harrisburg, PA for this years first homeschool convention, CHAP  Convention. We will also be heading to Pittsburgh, VA next month to meet the Duggars, (YAY!) at the HEAV Convention. Jim will be heading out for another "work trip," as we have started calling them, at the end of this month, so it was great to be able to attend even just one convention as a family this year. We had a blast! We were encouraged and challenged by the families we met as well as the many ministries present. We also were able to find some great curriculum and materials for our family at some amazing deals. I love discount shopping!

One of the men that we have been challenged and encouraged by through the Word of God is Mr. Voddie Baucham. The little boys and  I had the privilege of meeting him last year at the Teach Them Diligently Convention, but since Jim was deployed this year was his first opportunity to hear him speak in person and to sit down with him to ask some questions. We appreciate his ministry very much and the diligence he has in preaching and teaching God's Word.

We were able to spend a little time with our dear friends, the Goodfellows which is always a great time. Our two families have been so busy that we had to meet in Pennsylvania just to catch up over dinner, even though we only live 15 minutes from each other :) David never left their booth and had a fantastic time being a cowboy and spending time with their girls.

Sunday morning on our way home we visited Hope Baptist Church where we worshipped and fellowshipped, I know made up word, with some amazing families who took us in as their own and challenged us with God's Word and encouraged us in our walks with the Lord. Our boys made friends quickly with the other children there and we were so thankful for the precious time these dear people shared with us. We will be visiting them once again on Memorial Day for their amazing celebration, found here. ALL are welcome to join us, it is sure to be an amazing time.

This week and next week, David is finishing his "official" school work for the year and will be promoted to the 2nd grade, wowey! I will have lots to blog about regarding school in a little bit, once we are "done" for this year.

We have lots of plans for the summer and I know it is going to fly by, but I am going to make sure that blogging fits in our schedule, and hopefully some scrapbooking too.

I know this blog has lots of links and not so many pictures, but I need to organized them all and retrieve them off of my phone and Jim's and our camera, so I will get to that later.

For now, there is a little update on the Friedleins. Stay tuned for more!

Monday, March 25, 2013

December 2012 Florida Trip - Part 4 Legoland

Monday morning, we hopped into Grandpa & Gramma Taylor's car and headed to David's Christmas surprise...Legoland!
He was super excited! I woke up not feeling that well again, but was determined to have a fun day. It went by so fast and we explored many of the things that Legoland has to offer, you could definitely spend two days seeing and riding everything. It was a wonderful surprise for David and a perfect gift for him! Thank you Grandpa & Gramma!
 Ready to go in for a fun day
 Huge water spitting Lego dinosaur
We had to take a couple rides on the carousal! Lego horses!
The miniland was super cool! There were a bunch of major cities all done up in Legos, you literally could walk around here the entire day just to see everything.
 Washington D.C.
 On our way to the Lego Pirate Show
 This was a really cute show, including Lego men on jet skis and water skis :)
 Enjoying some fun rides with Gramma
 Lego Firefighters
 Taking a quiet stroll in the Lego boats, while trying to avoid getting sprayed with water. Aiden liked to steer us into the water sprays, nice.
 We had a great day at Legoland! Near closing David was starting to feel yucky, so he climbed into the stroller with Aiden for a rest. All three of us took a little nap on the way back to the hotel. That evening we were hit hard with feeling ill again, this time it was David's turn too. With the help of some meds we climbed in bed early again for some rest.
PJ time and one last goodbye to Mickey Mouse as we get ready to fly back home. We arrived late Tuesday evening and the Goodfellows were there to help us to the van. With one look they could tell we were not feeling well one bit. The next day I look Aiden to the doctor because he seemed to be taking a turn for the worst. We had a confirmed Influenza A, so much for that flu shot working this year! : ( Then Thursday I headed in and sure enough I had it too. The next week or so was rough for the three of us as we battled the flu. It really was the worst I can remember ever feeling. I know some may have their opinions on the flu shot, but I tell you what that is the last year I go without one! Our trip to Florida was great despite the awful sickness we battled. It was so great to see everyone and to have a sneak peak at Disney World before we headed back in January...

December 2012 Florida Trip Part 3 - Universal Studios & Meeting New Friends

Sunday afternoon, Grandma & Grandpa Van took the boys and I to Universal Studios. I was feeling a bit better that day after a good nights rest, and we were really looking forward to a fun-filled day. There was way more the see and do than I had excepted, but we picked the few that were more our style and had a great time! Thank you so much mom & Tom for the special day!
 Who wouldn't want to ride a tiger?
 Stopping in Jurassic Park. This dinosaur looked so real that David could barely stand turning his back on him just so we could take this picture.
 Dino-boys. They had a pretty cool gift shop.
 Mommy's favorite dinosaur, the triceratops.
 Heading into Dr. Seuss Land...
 There was hardly a line for anything the entire day which was so fun. This one ride was the only time we had to wait, and for only about 25 minutes. It was Aiden's first real ride and he was SUPER excited!!!
 Doing  like brother and putting his hands up in the air, "Wheee!!!"
 Any and all types of carousal rides are definitely Aiden's all time favorite!
 David enjoys them too!
 Having fun on the rides with Mommy, my sweet boys
 Hey, it's The Cat in the Hat!!
 It only took us 6 years, but finally David and Simon got to meet for the first time ever! Simon's Daddy was one of Jim's roommate's from the Naval Academy and their family is dear friends of ours. Our boys are barely one week apart in age and by a total "coincidence"of  God we found out that they were staying at Shades of Green the same time we were there. We were able to make a quick visit with them the night we headed back from Universal Studios.
 The boys hit it off right away and became instant friends.
 That evening Grandpa & Gramma Taylor met us for dinner at Universal and headed back to Shades of Green with us. We grabbed a quick ice cream cone before heading to bed for another adventure the next day.
David & Aiden's bed at Shades of Green. Time for some Zs because the yuckiness was returning...