4.15.2012

Things I'm Loving Lately

It's been a while since I've done one of these "Things I'm Loving Lately" kind of posts.  Here are some things I'm loving lately:

Mumford & Sons
I don't remember when I very first heard of this British folk rock band, but about a month ago I read an article that they were performing at the White House for the state dinner in honor of the visiting British Prime Minister, David Cameron.  When I read the article, I realized I had heard the name before, but had never heard their music.  Then a few days later someone posted a video of one of their performances at the SXSW Festival.  I watched the video then went to iTunes and YouTube to hear some more of their songs.  And then I was hooked.  I downloaded their album and have been listening to it non-stop since---much to the annoyance of Ron.  This was the song/performance that sucked me in:


I can't listen to this song (or the album for that matter) without tapping my feet, drumming my fingers and wishing I could play the banjo.  Ok, not so much the last one, but these guys rock. Here's another favorite of mine from the album. 


I might be a little obsessed.  I would LOVE to see them live!

Up All Night
We got this show much later than when it began airing in the States so we're a bit behind on the episodes, but this show is hi-larious!  Super funny cast, great writing..love it!

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton
I'm not even 1/4 of the way through this book, but I love it already.  I was probably crying within the first couple of paragraphs.  I have been following Kelle's blog for a couple of years now and upon discovering it, she quickly turned into my favorite blogger.  I always look forward to reading her posts.  She inspires me to be a better mom, a better friend and to live life to the fullest.  The book tells the story of the day she happily went to the hospital to give birth to her 2nd "perfect" child, but when Nella was born they discovered she had Down Syndrome.  She beautifully tells the story and how this moment changed her life forever.  Kelle's zest for life can sometimes seem a little over-the-top, but you can't help but be moved by her cheerfulness and her expertise at Enjoying the Small Things.

I know there's more, but can't think of them now.  If I think of them, I guess they'll make it into the next post.  What are you loving lately??

4.10.2012

Dairy Farmers for a Day

The day after we went to the Soreq Cave, we joined a group from the embassy for a day at a dairy farm.  When we arrived, the kids gathered grass.

...and fed the bunnies.


Jonathan really like this little guy.  Once the bunnies were full, we got to go into his pen and get a closer look.
At first, Kaitlyn didn't want to go near him, but after seeing all the kids around him she finally gave him a chance. 

Next, we prepared bottles so we could feed the baby cows.

This calf was a bit aggressive.  He pulled the bottle out of our hands.

The second calf we fed was much calmer so Kaitlyn bravely gave him the bottle. 

Once all the calves were fed, the "Farmer" asked Kaitlyn to help him.  Without skipping a beat, she went right along with him.
The kids paid close attention as he explained that we'd be making chocolate milk and butter. Yummy!
 Jonathan got to help skim the fat from the milk for the butter.
 He was quite proud of himself.


Kaitlyn helped mix the chocolate milk.
Then had a taste...delicious!
She shared with her brother.
Then he realized he needed his own cup.  Smart boy!
Jonathan found a little girlfriend for the day.  This is Naomi.  Isn't her outfit adorable??
She gets all of Kaitlyn's hand-me-downs and she just happened to be wearing one of Kaitlyn's old outfits this day.  :) They held hands all afternoon. It was pretty darn cute.
We ended the day with a picnic in the nearby nature reserve.

The kids had a great time and it was quite a fun experience.

4.08.2012

Happy Easter!

We had a great, but exhasuting Easter weekend!

When Ron and Jonathan got back from hiking yesterday we dyed Easter eggs.  (Please excuse the messy kitchen.)
They were so proud! 

Kaitlyn woke us up bright and early this morning and said she wanted to find where the Easter Bunny had hid the Easter eggs.

Someone looks like they could have slept a little longer...
Considering it was his first egg hunt, Jonathan found eggs like an old pro.
Kaitlyn was such a sweet big sister, letting Jonathan have the big basket while she took the little felt bag to collect eggs.  She even gave him a couple of eggs when he declared the ones she'd fine "mine". 
Daddy took a moment to have his first taste of a sugary treat after giving them up for Lent.
Once all the eggs were found, the kids dug into their loot.
After church to we headed to our friend's house for a yummy Easter lunch and another egg hunt.
We hope everyone had a very happy and blessed Easter!
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