Friday, December 16, 2011

Marbles Children's Museum Field Trip

Last Friday we went with NBCA on their first field trip to the Marbles Children's Museum in Raleigh and it was a blast! I think us parents has as much fun with each other on the drive up as the kids did at the museum. We give it 2 thumbs up! It was the coolest place for a kid ever! David and Aiden both could play for hours and hours and still have more to see and explore. We definitely have to take Daddy and go back again soon and make a day of it! Thanks to my friend Bethany for taking so many great pictures!
Playing Hockey!

 and soccer! (all those Upwards practices show!)
 They were trying to reach NC
 David and some buddies, Brandon & Christopher making a splash!
 Aiden was loving being able to explore too. Check out this giant chess board.
 Our riding buddies. David bought this stuffed snake, which he named John. Brandon bought sticky mustaches and insisted on being called "Mario" Carson was so sweet with these boys the whole trip. We love you!
Hooray for being IN a picture for a change. Me and my big boy! 

Growing Up Fast!

I can hardly believe our little boy will be 1 year old next month! He sure seems to have "grown up" so quickly already! He isn't walking just yet, but he loves to push David around the house on Lightning McQueen. Today we had Kylie & Kristen over for a few hours and Aiden showed off his skills by giving her a ride around the house too.
 Get on board!
 Where to next Kristen??

With all this growing up, Aiden has been tasting all kinds of new foods too. He pretty much loves everything which is a huge blessing I know. The other day he was trying real oatmeal for breakfast and do you think he enjoyed it??

Apparently he took the "you are what you eat" saying literally!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Friedlein Family Fun Weekend

Aiden has just recently started to really love reading books with us. His most favorite one is "First 100 Words." It is so sweet to see him looking at the pictures and listening as we point (or he points) things out. He especially loves the pictures of animals & other babies.
 "What's that Daddy?"
 "and that?"
 "Teach me Daddy"

This afternoon we headed to base for Jim's squadron Christmas party. Gunny Claus "flew" in on a C-130 and passed out ornaments and stuffed animals to all of the kids. We saw him last year for the first time at Jim's previous squadron. We had fun, eating great food, hanging out with friends, and watching the kiddos play.
 Here comes Gunny Claus!
 Having fun with Daddy
 My guys XOXO!
 Our family with Mr. Gunny Claus

After the party, we picked up Kylie & Kristen and headed downtown for the Christmas parade. We found a nice cozy (and sunny) spot to stay warm.
 Friends, ready for fun
 There was quite a delay for the parade to come our way, but the kids found plenty of ways to have fun.
 Yay! Parade!
 This was our favorite float, hahaha, it was the craziest thing ever!

Later on this evening, I was doing the dishes and Aiden decided he wanted to lend a hand....or his whole body, what a silly boy
 I suppose he knew he needed a bath, right?
He was having a great time playing with the spoon in the dishwasher :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December Goals

November Goals:

1. Exercise & shower every weekday before the boys wake up.  I would say a complete FAIL. I didn't technically "exercise" even one day...I did wake up before the boys most days, grrr. I need some serious motivation on this one.2. Make bed every day. Sort of, I do want to make my bed every single day, but it just didn't happen this past month.3. Do daily Bible study & memorize 4 verses. Not a complete PASS, I didn't do study every day, but I did memorize my verses. I MUST do better with this.
4. Brush the dogs once a week FAIL I think I brushed Bailey 2, maybe 3 times.
5. Clean stairs to bonus room (don't allow stuff to clutter on them) I started off great with this, I put everything in its place, vacuumed and steam cleaned the stairs that same week I posted these, but about a week and a half ago, things started collecting again...
6. Have an amazing 5 year old "aircraft carrier" birthday party! COMPLETE SUCCESS! We had a blast and even more importantly David did too! (Not to be a "Debbie Downer," but I still have thank yous to pass out)
7. Finish the mulch in front yard COMPLETE SUCCESS, but I can't take credit for this one, Jim did it all the Friday before David's birthday party and it looks amazing! Great job honey!
8. Keep finances balanced.Just like keeping the stairs clean I did great with this for the first 2-3 weeks, but as of today, I've got some work to catch up on, boo me.
9. Keep coupons organized and filed. Not a complete SUCCESS, but as of TODAY they are all filed and organized. Tomorrow brings more :)
10. Go on a real date with my husband. Does the Marine Corps Ball count? :) We did have a great night, but I might call that a "required" date. We do need to go on a real one this month. We'll be visiting family for about a week, so yay for Grandparent babysitters! :)

Sooooo, let's try this again:

December Goals:

1. Make bed every weekday
2. Daily Bible study every day & memorize 4 more verses
3. Keep coupons organized
4. Balance & KEEP balanced finances weekly
5. Create a dinner menu
6. Go on a date with my man
7. Spend a special 1st Christmas with our family of 4 (Yay for Aiden on the outside this year!)
8. Keep our bedroom "heavenly" (no pets, no clutter, etc)
9. Keep stairs to bonus room clean
10. Create a weekly schedule to start in 2012

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Who doesn't love italian?!?

Aiden had spaghetti for the first time today, do you think he liked it?

Our little Explorer

Aiden's new love is for the little camo chair that we got for David from some friends a few years ago. It is the perfect size for him to sit and lounge in. He likes to climb in and out of it, look at books in it and just plain ole sit there and enjoy the view. He is such a sweet little boy. We feel like he grows up so much in just days, it is so much fun to watch him. He is one smiley little guy who has no fear (except for in bouncey houses).
 Getting comfortable
 Playing with his feet and gabbing all day long
 Observing the world around him.

This morning Aiden and I had some time alone together while David slept in so I followed him around with the camera as he explored and chatted with himself. He has been saying both "Mama" & "Dada" for some time now, but "Dada" has been the word of choice for the past several weeks. This morning however, I was delight to hear many a "Mamamamamama" :)
 I found you Aiden!
 "I found YOU Mama!" (and the camera strap)
 Our sweet blue eyed boy, with some pearly white chompers!
 He got stuck trying to fit his head in between the chair and the sofa. He kept on trying though! Silly billy!
 Ok, on to something new and exciting!
Check out those sweet curls! How we got a little one with those I'm not sure?? We'll just count it as a blessing! Happy Playing Aiden!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from the Friedleins!

 One AMAZING turkey roaster, ready to go in the oven. (I love David's peeking in the background)
 Some good ole fun in the backyard, this is WAY better than watching football on TV.
 The BEST turkey I have ever tasted. Jim prepared and baked and basted, etc our turkey and it was incredibly delicious! Way to go honey!
 I'm so thankful for these precious men in my life. I am blessed!
Aiden enjoyed his first Thanksgiving with all the trimmings: turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, yum yum yum!

This was one of our family crafts today. We each traced our hands and then made them to look like turkeys. Our sweet little gobbling family :)
We also have a tradition of writing something we are thankful for on these little foam leaves to put on a foam tree. We received it as a gift from a friend 3 years ago, and this year we completed all of the leaves. We have MANY things to be thankful for!

Many blessings to you all on this very special day that we give thanks to our Lord for ALL He has provided.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


"Many, O Lord my God are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered." Psalm 40:5

Monday, November 21, 2011

On "Post Revival" ...

We had revival this past week at church, so many convicting services. We always say that we want not only to be stirred, but to be changed. I'm praying that this time it really will be true for me...

This past Sunday morning, God moved in our church. It was truly one of those service where you didn't want the preaching to end. I believe at least 3 people were saved, praise the Lord!

These verses in particular have been settling in my heart and I wanted to share them, perhaps you too want to be changed and not just stirred by the Holy Spirit of God:

"And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh again. How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!" Psalm 78:35-40

Oh that we would be a people who did not grieve the heart of God, but devoted our entire being to bringing him glory with a thankful heart!

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

I am also trying to really understand that my salvation, though a glorious gift to me, is truly for God's glory and nothing more; nothing less.

"Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known" Psalm 106:8

This week I am thankful for my salvation, I am thankful for a real, personal relationship with my God. He can be your God too if you really truly repent, believe, and receive...

If you would like to know what it means to be saved click here and then, believing and truly meaning it with all your heart, pray to God Almighty and He will answer...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Birthday Boy

Today we went to Toys R Us so David could spend some special birthday money. This was how they welcomed the Birthday Boy!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

David's 5th Birthday Party

 This year David's birthday theme was "Aircraft Carrier/Pilot/Jets..." It was a great military theme and I enjoy party planning and prep very much. This year the biggest adventure was the creation of the cake. My wonderful husband was enlisted for help and he quickly became the Master Engineer of the project. After some beautiful drawing of plans we got to work. Here are some of the steps of our rendition of an Aircraft Carrier Cake:
We started with 2 sheet cakes and one meatloaf pan size cake and put them all together with some cutting and shaping to get the above.

 Then with the help of some frosting "glue" we pieced it together, using a cupcake and extra cake pieces to make a tower.

With just a teeny tiny dab of black food coloring we made this beautiful gray color and it started to look like something...

Add a runway and some outlining as well as some blue ocean waves...

The final product. I must say this cake looks pretty amazing. I particularly like the red radar dish we borrowed from his new aircraft carrier toy. David's favorite part was the jet, go figure :)

The Birthday Boy in his new "real" flight suit and patches, red & yellow for USMC

Our family tradition continues with a party pinata, this time of course it was an airplane.

David also got a bomber jacket to go with his flight suite so he had to model that too. Is he handsome or what???

At the party, all of the kids had to "earn their wings" by completing 4 evaluations: Academics, Physical Fitness Test, Ground Training, & Carrier Landing. After each "game" their received a check on their flight sheet.

Junior Pilot in Training David testing his shooting skills

David & Chelsea

Getting ready to sing "Happy Birthday" to our 5 year old big boy!

What a blessed boy he is. All of these sweet children were here to celebrate with him. After all of the evaluations, we had a mini "winging ceremony" and all of the kids were pinned with Junior Pilot wings. It was a blast!

Showing some of the wonderful gifts

 Reading a sweet card from one of his favorite people...
Gotta love more military aircraft toys!

After everyone headed home, the 4 of us headed outside to have some family time on the absolutely gigantic bouncey house that we rented (of course I didn't realize until now that I never took a picture of it, oh well). We were having so much fun outside that we completely forgot that our doggies were inside alone with the party trash...looks like they had a little bit of fun themselves, nice.
All in all it was an absolutely wonderful birthday party and we are so thankful to God for giving us our precious son David. We look forward to many more birthdays celebrated together! It's hard to believe that soon I will be starting planning for Aiden's 1st birthday, my oh my how time flies!!