Wednesday, February 17, 2016

January, 2016!

If you thought December was a busy month for our party of six, just wait til you see what January had in store.  January began with a road trip (imagine that!) to south GA to spend time with my family for Christmas.  And I'm so sad, but I hardly took any pictures at all.  
David did send me this one of Story and Carter in the hotel sleeping.  Sweet things.  
And right after we got home, David took Tilly and Carter with him on a road trip to Indianola to preach for some friends there, the Burkes.  They have children Tilly and Carter's ages, so he thought they would have a big time together, and they did! 
First day back to school after Christmas break in their new pullovers Santa's elves (aka Miss Pam) stitched for them.  
My Fridays are spent with this handsome fella, and I couldn't be more thankful! We make hospital visits, grocery shop, exercise, and just enjoy being together.  
Carter got to go see the Harlem Globetrotters with his daddy and Papa.  He was more excited than this picture entails, ha! 
So thankful for the faces in this picture.  Our first season as Baptist Prep Eagles was so much fun! 
We slept with our clothes inside out and backwards hoping for snow! 
Tilly kept losing more teeth!
Carter got new glasses.  
I enjoyed surprising these two girls for lunch at school.  
Story had her first spelling test and made a 100!
Even Darth Vader sleeps sometimes, apparently.  
We enjoyed elementary night at the High School basketball game.  
Complete with face painting and fun with friends.  
We got our first little snow.  
Summer got new glasses.  
Carter and David enjoyed lots of duck hunting.  
Carter helped Story with her reading.  
We built forts inside.  
And we finally got that first big snow fall! 
We had the most fun sledding with church friends on the big hill.  
I'm not sure who enjoyed it more! 
We made snow angels, too!
Story went to school in her PJs.  That's my kind of day! 
Tilly miraculously turned 100 years old over night! 
Story with 100 hearts for the 100th day of school.  
The kindergartners all released 100 red balloons.  It was such a beautiful sight!
I am so thankful to be able to experience all this school fun with my loves.  
Carter got to play in the symphony orchestra!
While Summer and Story spent the day at Papa and Gigi's house, the rest of us toured the Air Force Base with Mr. Rick and Miss Pam.  
This was heaven for our boy who loves all things that fly!
He wanted his picture made with every plane <3 p="">
January ended with the chili cook-off at our church.  Carter's and David's chili won 2nd place! He was so proud! January, you've gotten 2016 off to a pretty amazing start.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

December, 2015!

Eeeekk! I am behind again! Hopefully, one of these days, I will catch up and find a regular time to post. . . December was so busy and so much fun! 
Our church participated in the Jacksonville Christmas parade.  
Our float won first place in our category, too! 
And the children had the most fun passing out tracts and inviting people to church.  
David was the speaker in chapel at the children's school, and he and Carter were able to share all about their trip to Montana in the fall.  
Basketball season also began for the next generation of O'Dells.  
Carter has loved playing basketball and improved so much during the season.  He loved having his daddy coach him, too.  
A sweet friend snapped this picture of Story and David on a Sunday night in December.  
Our church family gathered outside the hospital room of a dear church member to pray for healing.  
We went to see the Living Christmas Tree at FBCLR.  
The live animals outside were a big hit.  
Our four little loves.  
Here's the tree.  It was so amazing! 
We loved that Papa and Gigi got to go with us, too! 
A sweet family in our church gifted us gas logs for our fire place, what a treat! They have been one of my favorite parts about this winter.  
Story's class helped to "stuff the sleigh" at the Kroger near our school.  
These gifts go to help Foster families in Arkansas provide gifts for the children in their care at Christmas.  
Tilly's class also helped to stuff the sleigh, so I got two for the price of one on field trips this day!

David and I got to attend the Gaither Homecoming with Papa and Gigi.  
We even got to meet and have our picture made with David Phelps.  I am pretty sure he didn't remember us from our church in MS when we hosted him at Christmas.  Twice, ha!
I heart him so much! We found a photo booth during intermission and had a little fun.  
So thankful for Papa and Gigi!
We bought our tickets for The Force Awakens to surprise the children on Christmas Eve.  
Tilly's class enjoyed a pancake and pajama party.  

Story's class enjoyed a book exchange at their Christmas party.  
Summer's class decorated edible Christmas trees.  

And I led the party game for Carter's class.  You can't take the Games and Rec out of the girl. . .
And our children participated in the sweetest Christmas program.  Tilly was a villager.  
Summer was an angel.  
Carter was one of the narrators.  

And Story was an angel, too.  

They all did such a wonderful job! 
Christmas Sunday at church.  
Our party of six.
What a wonderful month we had celebrating our Savior's birth! Next up, January recap!