Monday, December 29, 2008
All month long we have been talking with Ethan about the true meaning of Christmas - how God loved the world so much that he decided to send His son, Jesus, to earth as a baby, so that everyone who receives Jesus into their hearts will have everlasting life. And that the reason we give gifts to each other is because Jesus was God's gift to us. We have also had numerous conversations over time about how we are all sinners and we need a Savior - that Jesus is that Savior if we ask Him to come into our hearts.
So, the day before Christmas Eve, I was running errands with Ethan & Annaliese and Ethan & I were discussing this on our drive. He asked me if I have Jesus in my heart. I told him yes, I did. He then said, "Pray it again." So, I indulged him and prayed the prayer of salvation for myself. Then he said, "Pray it for me." I told him that I can't ask Jesus into his heart for him, but that if he wanted to make that decision for himself, I would help him pray the prayer. Ethan told me that he did want to ask Jesus into his heart. So I lead him in the prayer with him repeating every line: "Dear Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. And you came to give me everlasting life. Please forgive me of my sin. Please come into my heart. Help me to be like you. I love you, Jesus. Amen."
I know Ethan is young, but I am not about to discount the fact that the Holy Spirit resonates in the tiny spirits of children. The bible says that, "From the mouths of babes and infants, you have ordained praise." I know the angels rejoiced with me & Bobby over his decision!
Thank you, Jesus, for giving Ethan a heart after you. Help him to be more like you and have an ever-increasing desire to know you. Give him a heart for righteousness. Help him to be a leader, standing strong in his faith. Protect him and keep him healthy. Praise you, Lord!
Posted by The Houston's at 7:34 PM
After a leisurely morning at home with the kids, we headed over to Pop & Gigi's house for more Christmas merriment that afternoon. We had a fun time with Pop, Gigi & Kyle. There was a Scrabble game that I demand a redo of!
Ethan, Bobby, Heidi & Annaliese
Ethan, Pop, Gigi & Annaliese
Kimmy, Mom & Heidi
Ethan, Gigi & Aunt Kimmy
Gigi with Annaliese
Posted by The Houston's at 6:35 PM
For the first time as our little family, we celebrated Christmas together on Christmas morning. It was the most fun I have had at Christmas since I was kid! I have always heard how Christmas is for the kids, and for the first time I totally got that. I was so happy to see Ethan & Annaliese with their wonder and excitement, that wondering what I received for Christmas was not even a thought this year. I will really treasure the memories we made!
Here are some pictures from our fun-filled morning:
Here's the kids with their stockings
Ethan playing with his new kaleidoscope, Bobby checking out Ethan's pop-up bug book and Annaliese on the move
Sweet Annaliese taking it all in!
Annaliese playing with new toy
Handsome Ethan on his new bike!
Posted by The Houston's at 6:14 PM
On Christmas Eve we had Dad, Laura & Kimmy over for Christmas dinner & more presents! We had a GREAT time!
Ethan waiting to open presents!
Laura, Dad & Annaliese (with Ethan's arm - sorry!)
Laura, Ethan & Dad
Bobby & Ethan
Ethan with his new bike!
Posted by The Houston's at 3:12 PM
On Christmas Eve Eve, we had Bobby's mom, step-dad & sister over for a Christmas dinner and presents. Here are some pictures from our time together:
Annaliese & her new Waterbaby
Ethan on his new scooter!
Ethan with Aunt Holly
Roy, Annaliese, Sandy, Ethan, Bobby & Holly
Posted by The Houston's at 2:58 PM
Friday, December 26, 2008
We almost didn't get a Santa picture this year, but we managed to sneak away for a little bit on Christmas Eve morning to go get a picture. Boy am I glad we did! Check out the picture:
Ethan was excited to see Santa and asked for toys (nothing specific, just a general wish). Annaliese on the other hand was not so happy.....Oh well, she'll get a kick one day of looking at this picture!
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
A couple of my blogging friends posted similar videos and I just had to copy their idea....I knew Ethan would get a kick out of it!
So, enjoy our silly little elf video!
Posted by The Houston's at 10:03 PM
Friday, December 12, 2008
I just thought this was funny.....
Ethan was eating chocolate pudding and when he was finished, his face looked like this:
It looks like he has a moustache & goatee! He looked in the mirror and laughed and said he looked like a pirate!
Posted by The Houston's at 10:44 AM
I thought that my little Annaliese would be a late-bloomer with crawling & walking because of her size. For the last couple months she's been perfectly content to sit in one place and play with whatever toy Ethan would bring her. Well, someone must have sent her the memo that she turned eight months old because she decided to do just about everything this past week! She is scooting, crawling, pulling up, cruising along furniture, and standing for a couple seconds at a time. She can get from one end of the room to the other and has even pulled off a couple Christmas ornaments!
That will be the last time I underestimate my little girl! She is small, but MIGHTY!
I caught a few pictures of her in action.....
Hmmm, something over there looks interesting. I think I'll check it out!
Oh wow! It's a neat bar stool!
It is just the perfect place for pulling up and standing!
Big brother had to see what all the fuss was about!
Mommy realizes her world just got a lot more busy!
Posted by The Houston's at 10:40 AM
Gigi took the kids & I for a trip to the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine to view all their beautiful Christmas decorations. They have a huge train display which Ethan LOVED, life-size gingerbread house, huge tree and decorations galore! It was a fun little "field trip". Thanks Gigi!
Posted by The Houston's at 10:20 AM
Monday, December 1, 2008
Here are two more short videos:
Sorry....this one is sideways, but cute!
And this one is dark, but sweet!
Posted by The Houston's at 4:20 PM
I finally have a videos of Ethan & Annaliese to share with you! Here's the first one. It's from a couple of months ago, but it is really cute! You can see the typical interaction between Ethan & Annaliese. Watch til the end if you are a Pogue or Sondeno great-grandparent for a special message from Ethan!
Posted by The Houston's at 4:12 PM
Friday, November 28, 2008
1. The free gift of salvation
2. My wonderful hubby
3. My sweet, sweet kids
4. All of our family...parents, sister, grandparents, great-grandparents
5. Our home
6. Our awesome church
7. All of our fun friends
8. All of our other friends who aren't fun (ha ha, just kidding)
9. Thanksgiving Leftovers
11. Gas at about $1.60/gal
12. Christmas music and decorations
13. Mi Cocina, La Hacienda and Los Molcajetes
14. Singing on the worship team
15. Stein Mart
17. Disposable diapers
18. The Food Network
19. that Bobby keeps our cars in working order
20. that Bobby loves to play with the kids
21. that Bobby is so handy
22. Ethan's sticky kisses
23. Ethan's infectious laughs
23. Annaliese's sweet smile
24. Annaliese's cuddles
25. online shopping
26. Southlake Town Square
27. our sweet nursery workers
28. Spinach Cheese Dip in a Sourdough bread bowl
29. my digital camera
30. my Chi hair iron
Posted by The Houston's at 11:06 AM
Monday, November 24, 2008
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Monday, November 10, 2008
Because Annaliese is on the small side for her age, we had a couple warm-weather outfits that were too big for her until now. This little dress & hat is one of my favorites. Even though it is too chilly to wear the outfit now, that didn't stop Mommy from having a little dress-up photo shoot with Annaliese!
Posted by The Houston's at 4:48 PM
As an alternative to Halloween, our incredible church hosts a Fall Festival at Dragon Stadium every year. They have bounce houses, petting zoo, rides, food vendors and lots of games and candy. We bundled up and met all the grandparents for a fun night!
Posted by The Houston's at 11:34 AM