Monday, February 23, 2015

Our resident artist

Joost is very artistically gifted, especially in his drawings.  Every year, the school has a competition before the Read-a-thon begins for each student to create a bookmark.  Joost won the bookmark battle for the 4th-6th grade classes!  Even smaller things like this make a mother so proud.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Some school things...

Our school, Covenant Christian Academy, offers a bunch of extra activities that families can take part in.  One of them is skiing lessons. Jeff decided to take Joost and Grace this year. Both Jeff & Joost had skied before, but it was a first time for Grace. They have some funny stories to tell about getting on the lift at the top of the hill!

Joost's class just finished reading Treasure Island, and so their teacher decided to have a party! Each of them dressed up as a character in the book and enjoyed treats and a movie.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Farm Show 2015

So you may be looking at all of these pictures and wondering, "why in the world are the vB kids hanging out in farm equipment?"

Jeff did not get a new job, and we're not hunting farm machines.  :)  We're actually at the Pennsylvania Farm Show!  If you're not from Harrisburg, this may seem like a lame way to spend a night, but it's so much more than just tractors.  There's farm animals, rodeos, horse shows, cute little peeps, wine tastings, butter sculptures, local honey, Pennsylvania produce, and (most importantly) great food!  One of our main reasons of going is always to try out the breaded mushrooms, apple cider, fried veggies, mozzarella sticks, potato donuts, and the milk shakes!  We never get all of that food each visit, but the milk shakes do happen annually.  It's a fun evening out that we look forward to each January.

Yeah for Pennsylvania and the farms! It's a great state to live in.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Kate's 6th birthday

She's six years old!

Kate Majorie van Bastelaar, our sweet girl, is enjoying her birthday dinner celebration at home.  I do feel bad for her, though.  Christmas--the ultimate gift giving holiday--was only 13 days ago.  Now she's celebrating the only other gift giving event of her year--not even two weeks later!  And, on top of that, she's impossible to buy for, so we're all fruitlessly hunting for gift possibilities.  :)

(Yes, that's a donut, not a cake. Despite its lack of traditional birthday dessert-ness, it did a good job of holding six candles.)

The kids don't get "kid parties" every year.  They have 16 cousins--family birthday parties are kid parties!  This year she celebrated with her cousin, classmates, and friends from church--and they had afternoon tea.  Who doesn't love tea parties? They had fun making fans and sipping tea together.  They even ate cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream. All three grandparents came to help with the celebration, too.

Kate, we love you oh-so-much and are so thankful that God gave you to us.  We pray that God will bless you--in many ways, but especially in your walk with Him.  May you trust in Him for your salvation and strive to follow Him for all of your days.  

Happy, happy 6th birthday, Katie!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Don't worry...the kids are drinking sparkling grape juice.  :)  We always enjoy ringing in the new year all together.  

Happy 2015 to you!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas with the vBs

It's every other year. Since this year was a Bosworth family Christmas, we're celebrating with the van Bastelaars today. I didn't get many great pictures except this one of Jeff and his brother, Sean. Jeff and Sean enjoy time together but don't get enough of it. So I'm posting this picture of the two of them since who knows when the next one might be taken.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 2014

We love our Christmas Eves--celebrating with Elizabeth's extended family and worshiping Christ's coming to earth with our church family as a close to the night.

Christmas morning is never complete without a picture of the kids sitting on the steps (in their matching pjs) waiting to descend to their Christmas gifts.

The descent each years seems to get more and more goofiness included into it. (I attributed this primarily to my oldest son.)

The gifts are enjoyed.

And then we celebrate Christmas with our family. (It alters back and forth every year.) We were able to celebrate with the Sonjus this year, as well.  It's always such a wonderful day.  

We praise God for sending His only son to earth to redeem us from our sins and the punishment we deserve because of them.  There is no reason for celebrating without Christ's birth, death, and resurrection.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Old fashion fun

Every year, Paxtang (the bureau we live in) brings Santa around for the kids to visit and get bags of goodies. Even my 11 year old still enjoys it. We know he's coming with the loud Christmas music moving down our street.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas concert 2014

Every December Covenant Christian has a Christmas concert that we love attending.  Our children sing in it, which is wonderful to be apart of.  Even if they weren't in it, though, we'd still be attending. It's an incredible concert. The choir director somehow finds time to direct 3 different choirs and two select choirs--and trains them very well.  On top of that, the concert is organized around the Nine Lessons and Carols--pushing our eyes toward Jesus and His coming to earth to be our Savior.

Here are some clips of songs from it.  I'm only showing the songs that Joost and Grace were a part of, but the upper school choir is a delight to listen to, as well.

(Of course I couldn't leave out the picture of my 5th grade son and his friends...they're trying to look that way. :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The annual Christmas tree hunt

Every year, the weekend after Thanksgiving, we do our annual tree hunt and decorating.  It's a fun and cherished tradition.  We even watch White Christmas each time we decorate the tree.