Thursday, March 27, 2008

Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs.  These were not ordinary pigs, these were money savvy pigs with a lesson to teach.  Each little pig comes with four sections.  One section for saving, one for spending, one for donations, and one for investing (Tithe).

Sophia's Pig

The first little pig is red and belonged to Sophia.  Sophia's dreams for his spending money is pretty much anything that is a high concentration of sugar covered in something sweet.

Megan's Pig

The second little pig is pink and belongs to Megan.  Her spending plan also includes candy of some sort, but she also has some higher goals and dreams that include some princess coloring books.

Matthew's Pig

And last but not least we have the blue little pig.  This little pig belongs to Matthew.  His spending goals point to a new video game for his Nintendo DS.  Or possible another Wii game... who knows what the future will hold for these kids.  These cool little pigs are helping us to teach some important money lessons to our kids.  Not only about savings and donation to the needy.  But also about how investing in God's kingdom is #1 priority.  We give that part first from our allowances.  A lot of good learning opportunity and the kids seem to really be enjoying it.  Hope these good lessons and habits stick.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Georgia Snow

Oh rare indeed.  Rare that moisture of any kind would fall from the sky in a frozen state.  Probably so infrequent that the little ones don't remember what snow looks (or taste like).  So everyone puts on the gear....

Snow Gang

All bundled up, they poke it... they catch it... Maybe not enough to make any good size snowball... but they still try to throw it (at me..)

What is she planning?

Click on either of the pictures or HERE to see more pictures.  I did pull this picture of Megan out the bunch.  Look at that grin.  I wonder what that could mean.  This was before we ran outside to play in the snow.  Maybe she is thinking "OH I am going to get Matthew good with a giant snowball!!"  .... the world may never know.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pod People

For some time I have known about the Pod people out there.  Waiting.  Watching.  Plotting.  Their plans for world domination are being finalized, and it is only a matter of time before they start their attacks.  But for the most part, we have been powerless to find them and stop them.  No evidence that they exist... until now!  Check out these pictures...and you will be convinced!   Click on the pics to see more from the pod people headquarters.  This alien base has been cleverly disguised as a kids museum called "Imagine IT".

Pod MatthewPod Sophia

In lieu of all this undeniable evidence, we have gathered our greatest scientist to put together a plan to stop these evil invaders.  We have thrown all our resources in to preventing their evil world domination plans.

The Plan!

Only time will tell if we will be able to succeed.  We will not rest until we can assure the safety of the human race!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

All about the Kids

I was trying to catch up on some pictures from January, and I noticed a couple of cute one's from when Paola's parents were in town.

Grandpa Humberto reads the kids a story.

Here we have Abuelo Humberto reading the girls a Dora story.  I have seen that show so often, the theme song haunts my dreams.

Matthew reads to Grandma Isabel

Here we have Matthew reading Abuela Isabel one of his favorite "Cat in the Hat" books.  He really does not like green eggs and ham.

Sophia rides horsey

And here is Sophia showing off her control on the horsey ride.  When it's her turn I don't mind so much, specially since she is still so light... but when Matthew and Megan have their turns, they really twist me up.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Good Friends

I was looking through some of the pictures from around Paola's birthday and I came across one of Paola and Migdalia.

Paola and Migdalia 

I was thinking of the friendships we form... the real friendships and how important they can be to our lives.  It is not something to be taken lightly.  These are the people we confide in ... the people that lift us up when we are down.  They are the ones that we share with in the good times and in the bad.  They are the ones that give us advice when our spouses don't understand (or we don't understand)... Friends try to correct us when we are in the wrong.  Friends celebrate with us when we are blessed... In the truest sense, real friends are an extension of our 'family'. ...who are my friends?  ... am I a being a good friend?  I am glad that my best friend is my wife!  ...and that is truly a blessing.