Saturday, November 20, 2010

Changing Seasons

As I write this post, I can see our neighbor outside raking up leaves. Fall is certainly a favorite season for me, at least in the beginning. But once all of the colors change to brown and the freshness of the cool air just starts to feel cold, my love for the season starts to change. The familiarity of fall begins to take the edge off of my excitement of its arrival. I see that same case in other areas of my life. The giddiness of anticipation for something large or small soon is replaced with the mundane. Unfortunately, I have seen this at work in my relationship with Christ. I have such a desire, such a longing for time with him. But soon my times become part of the ordinary, easily pushed aside for another day.
What can ignite excitement once again? What can illicit that anticipation, at the same time pushing off the familiarity? Isn't it perspective? Isn't it a cherishing of the mundane, seeing it as worthy as well? The beauty of fall still remains, only my view of it has changed.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

... a long time (& Wes' wish list)

Wow, its been a long time since we've updated this blog. I guess this is one of those things that gets pushed to the back burner when you're busy.

(and the only update we're giving today is a few items on Wes' wish list)

Even though his birthday is less than 2 weeks away, we still wanted to let you know some of the items he would like. It will also give you ideas for Christmas.

He is really into Star Wars right now. He loves storm troopers and clone troopers.

... But he loves Darth Vader more. Don't ask me why, I don't know.

He saw these at the Family Christian Store and thought it was cool. It's like Rescue Heroes, but they are Bible Heroes.

Both boys love to play with the set of Trio that Nathan got. And they still love anything with a firehouse.

He picked this dinosaur from playmobil out when we were at Toys-R-Us. He loves dinosaurs and loves to play with his other playmobil stuff.

There are a few ideas of what he likes to play with these days.

And WE PROMISE we'll update with pictures and status updates soon.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Moriah's spring

Moriah Jane is 9 months old now...and she is doing great! She is crawling everywhere and is a rather curious little girl. Here are some photos of our gal.

Enjoying a visit with Becca

She loves to go down the baby doll aisle at the store. She just talks and talks to the babies!

This one is sure to be a favorite photo for years to come!

Here she is practicing standing. She is doing so well!

And here she is starting to help herself in the pantry---won't be long and I will have another helper in the kitchen :)

Photos, photos, and more photos!

Here are some photos to catch you up on the Kupferer household activities...

Nathan & Amy before bedtime

Here is Moriah, happy as can be (notice the one shoe on, one shoe off style!)

Amy and the kids got to take a trip to the Evansville zoo with some friends- we had a great time

This was a beautiful sight---it actually was a double rainbow, but it didn't show up on the photo

Mike & Moriah

Amy, Nathan, & Wes replaced the kitchen faucet...the boys were a big help. Moriah napped almost the whole time, which was a help, too!

Wes, who just turned 3 1/2, is here with some new Rescue Hero toys

Where would he learn this? Nathan is feeding Moriah some Cheerios and reading a magazine at the same time! :)

We had a great visit from Amy's mom, Marti, and Becca. Here is a pic of Becca and Nathan

And finally, we have been enjoying the park a lot so far this spring. Moriah loves to swing and the boys love everything there is to do there.

Those are just a few highlight photos. The next post will be especially for Moriah's fans :)

Saturday, March 07, 2009

5th Birthday Wish List

Well, it's birthday season again at the Kupferer house, and for those family members who may be wondering what Nathan might be wanting- this post is for you! :)

Here is a picture of Nathan with his new lunch box that he bought for school this fall. He is really excited about starting school!

These items have been on Nathan's wish list for a while. He enjoys helping outside with any project and would really enjoy a weedeater or leaf blower (probably the weedeater more actually). He is not a "brand boy", so it does not at all have to be this exact one, but any will do.

Nathan is very interested in playing with any action figure kind of guy, and he thought these looked pretty cool. As a side note, the boat actually floats. We saw this at Walmart.

We play a lot of games as a family, and Mike spotted this toy at Walmart and thought Nathan would like this twist. We don't have all of these board games, but it looked like ones Nathan would enjoy.

Another item that he needs for school is a backpack. He picked out one online that he likes, and we think it will hold up well for his early school years. Click on the link to see it. He would like to have his name monogramed on it so he can easily find it. :)

The last item on his wish list is called A Moon in My Room. It is sold at Target or online at Discovery toys. It is a moon that you hang on the wall and it lights up to go through the 12 phases of the moon. It looks pretty cool and I have read really good reviews of it.

Well, that's about it for now. Please remember, family, that these are just ideas/suggestions. Anyone who has been to our house knows that we are in no way lacking in the toy department. But I also recognize that a five year old needs a present or two :)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure: a review

I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the new Hermie & Friends DVD.

I was excited to watch the new Hermie video with the kids for our movie night. Having seen a couple of the other Hermie & Friends, I knew Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure was going to be good. And I was not disappointed. Beyond the lesson it teaches, about being unique, it was plain fun to watch.

Like all good animated movies it has entertainment for both the kid and the adult. One of my favorite parts was when Sinclair presents his presentation to the garden friends. His pictures are being projected onto a sheet of paper which reads, "From the desk of Max Lucado." Beyond the little bits of humor, parents will also love the message on how God designs each of us unique, and our differences do not make us less worthy than someone else.

The DVD also includes a fun, little cartoon short, "Hermie Had a Little Lamb," along with other extras. There are coloring pages, a sing-along, a trivia game and a recipe for a fun dessert to make with your kids. I highly recommend Skeeter and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure to anyone with toddlers in their house. You might even want to use your kids as an excuse to watch it yourself.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Despite the lack of posting, things have been happening

As usual, we have gotten pretty busy and have not posted anything to this blog. In an effort to help you see what we have been doing, here are some pictures of the last month or so.

Wes playing a Rescue Heroes game on the computer. He is getting really good at the puzzles.

Nathan playing an Imaginext game on the computer, all by himself. He is getting pretty good at using the mouse and arrow keys and playing the game on his own.

Moriah's first time in the swing.

Aunt Kim stopped by on her way to Texas for a few days. It was a great visit. (Just look at how happy everyone is)

Moriah with one of her headbands in.

Nathan & Wes with their snowman. It was good packing snow, but it sure wasn't enough to make a big snowman.

Moriah reaching for the camera through the barn window.

Pizza night - Wes wanted ketchup on his. (He said it was good.)

Wes stopping long enough to get a picture.

Nathan and his new lunch bag. He is excited about using it at Kindergarten next year.

Moriah chewing on a zwebok teething biscuit. Her new teeth sure do come in handy for biting food, or so she is learning.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Haircut

Well, I (Amy) don't want to sound dramatic, but something has happened to Wes. He's just not the same little guy anymore. Here, I'll let you see for yourself...

Yep, Wes finally at age 3 got his first major haircut. For those who are curious, he is not a fan. Although the cut was his idea, he wanted to back out of it about 1/3 of the way in. The other night at dinner he said, "I'm never going to do this again." We asked him what he was talking about and he just pointed to his hair.
We have had a week now to adjust to Wes' new look, and I have to say that it certainly grows on you. ( no pun intended). And for those of us who just loved the way the little guys hair was his "signature look" as I call it...yes, he is growing it back out. :)

Christmas pictures

I know how much you all love to see the pictures, so here are some pictures from our Christmas trip to Terre Haute and Fort Wayne.

The age of technology...brothers can't even just talk anymore :)

Nathan & Wes taking some time to play at Grandpa's

Thanks for all the new clothes, Aunt Kim!

Grandpa, Mike, Wes, and Nathan

Amy M. and Moriah--- Amy's a natural!

We had the chance to have dinner with some old friends. Here's Jason, Becca, & Ethan.

Grammy loving on her Moriah.

Moriah is checking out a new toy with Grammy and Aunt Marti-- it actually has become a favorite of hers. Thanks, Aunt Jan!

Even big boys get sleepy :) Nathan & Sadie enjoying a Christmas snooze.

Uncle Paul and Wes enjoying a little Wii action.

We had a great time celebrating 2008 & bringing in 2009 with a game night. Doug is taking in some of the Wii games.

Wes & Moriah in their jammies :) Priceless.

And here is Allison with her biggest fan, Moriah :) Let's just say that Moriah was not short on people to talk to and entertain her!

It was pass-the-Moriah night :) Here's Nathan with his lil' sis.

Nee Nee and the boys and Allison had a chance one night to make some monkey muffins. They were delicious and everyone really had a great time doing it (thanks, Mom K.) And the good news is that very few monkeys were actually harmed in the making of the muffins. :)

Well, that is far from the majority of our Christmas trip, but we don't want to overwhelm you. I'm sure you have other things to do besides look at our Christmas pictures. :) Thanks for taking time to check out the happenings at the Kupferer house. Oh, and hope you had a Merry Christmas.