Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Jake 36

TODAY Jake turned 36! 
We love him so much and tried to celebrate him the best we could.

Ella, my HUGE helper in the kitchen, helped me make his cake on Friday afternoon.  And why not help?  Helpers get to lick the bowl! Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and topped with Reese's.  It's so good.  We make it almost every year for Jake's birthday.

Lily & Ella helped me set up the "party" Friday night.  Then Saturday morning we had a family breakfast complete with waffles, nutella, strawberries & whipped cream.  

Now, we also had a new concrete driveway poured today. Not what I would pick to do on my birthday, but it was what Jake picked.  We've been wanting to do this for a while.  So Jake & the girls spent most of the day outside.  I kept the littles inside and out of the wet concrete!

We enjoyed dinner all together with some dear friends of ours.  Jake picked the dinner menu and then we finally got to dive into THE cake!
candle says "29! again"

We love you Jake - Daddy! Happy 36th Birthday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

quilts from Grandma

Jake's mom has made quilts for all of her grand-kids.  I remember when Lily's quilt first came in the mail.  Then I remember picking out Ella's fabrics and getting her nursery ready.  Well, we (me & ALL 4 kids) went and selected fabrics this fall for the little's quilts. 

#babyB is into doggies and football so we ran with that inspiration.  

#babyS's nickname is a bird, so I found a cute bird print for the back.  She was also born in December so we found a cute accent print with Christmas words on it. 

Both quilts came in the mail this past week.  
We love them! Thank you Grandma!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

coffee bean

Currently, this is #babyB's favorite "car," and even though we call it a helicopter, he calls it "coffee bean."  It's so cute and it makes us laugh.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas at Home 2016

Once again, we had a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior. 
Jon, Emily & Blake arrived Friday afternoon.  It was so fun having them here with us for Christmas.

Christmas Eve...We continued our tradition of our family advent calendar for December (the activities vary from year to year but some remain the same) and opening our Christmas Eve Box.  And once again, I had cones & frosting in the box for making Christmas trees, or a Santa hat.

Auntie Em & I (Meg) did one too.
#babyB decided to "eat?" most of his.

We even played a math game with Auntie Em.

Later that evening we went to our Christmas Eve Gathering at The Bridge.  
It was a great way to remember what Christmas is all about - THE greatest gift ever given.
The girls even sang "Joy to the World" with a children's choir.

Christmas morning...we were up early.  But it's fun with kids. They are so excited.  We opened gifts from our immediate family, while the Hight's slept in.  Lily & Ella used their own money, from their piggy banks, and went shopping, with Daddy, for sibling presents.  They did a great job picking out thoughtful gifts for each of their siblings. Here is Benny opening one of his gifts. 

We enjoyed a leisurely brunch, while the babies napped.
Yes, we're still in our jammies!

Lily requested monkey bread. Ella requested scones.  Jake requested chocolate chip scones. We enjoyed some of our family favorites. After brunch, we Skyped with family and opened gifts from them. 

It was a beautiful day so we decided to walk to the park and burn off some energy (i.e. all that sugar).

These two are only 3 months apart...and lots of pounds, like 5+ pounds. 

We had an early Christmas dinner. Skyped with more family & opened more gifts. And then used Ella's new tea set for a tea party ("tea" and peppernuts) before bed.

M e r r y  C h r i s t m a s !

Friday, December 23, 2016

just in time for Christmas

She lost ONE of her front teeth.  
We've had to explain the "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth." She's heard that comment a lot!

Monday, December 19, 2016

miss katelyn

We have had THE BEST babysitter for years!  Initially, our girls had her as a teacher for 2-3 year old Sunday School.  She started babysitting for us when we were a family of four.  Unfortunately, I can't remember if Katelyn was in high school or college, either way, it's been a while. Our kids love her, we love her, and she is a sweet friend of mine.  She's spent many nights here with me and the kids when Jake was out of town for work.  This is such a help & blessing to me.

We had to say goodbye (or see ya later) to Katelyn this past weekend.  She just graduated from UNCW and is off to Oregon for an internship.  Tears were shed.  

 Friday night, was the last night Katelyn babysat for us.  The girls did the chalkboard for her. 

Katelyn made each of the kids these cute doggie pillows.  So sweet.

Our family loves Miss Katelyn.  We will miss her so much, but we are so proud of her and all of her accomplishments.  Katelyn, may God continue to guide you as you move to Oregon and begin your internship.  Whenever you're back in Wilmington, we want to see you!

We are praying Psalm 16:11 for you, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Merry Christmas

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.    Galatians 4:4-7

Merry Christmas, from the Flaming's