Well, without going into a lengthy explanation, let's just say I really miss this space and my little opportunities to capture moments like the ones you will see visually represented here.
I've been scrapping more and more of late and this blog is a HUGE help to me in the journaling and remembering department.
While I have less and less time to sit and update on the minutiae of the life and times of everyone here, I find that I really miss blogging and sharing and being able to search for what we were up to on "such and such a date".
Gabriel turns thirteen today.
There is a lot for me to reflect on and a lot of emotions tied up in the fact that we now have a teenager. I'm not even sure I can put it all into words quite yet.
So let's begin with events from the past week and how we chose to celebrate this momentous occasion of coming into the teen years.
We started last Thursday, the 15th with Matt Maher's Saints and Sinners tour. We hiked all the way out to Plum, PA for an amazing show with Matt, I am They, Jon Guerra and Hannah Kerr. It was a great night and worth the drive and keeping these guys up late!
Saturday we traveled to Coopers Lake for the Cross Country Championships with just Gabriel in tow (props to mi madre for watching the other 5).
This is Gabe's first year running. Ever. He runs for soccer, but that is nothing like what we saw him accomplish in this sport.
We are super proud of him. I really don't know I could ever do it. I hope to get all the boys on board next year though.
He ran in the last race and it was a very cold and blustery day, and for the most part, NO RAIN! So we just dressed warmly and drank cocoa and persevered.
He was shocked when we told him he had to take off his coat and pants to run. This is his "I'm a teenager" face.
Lots more of those to come...
After the race we had to book it back home for a JV and Varsity soccer game! Max and then Gabe played in two cold late in the day games. One lost, one won. Gabe even scored a goal against a pretty tough team!
And because we are crazy people, Vinny and I went out for an evening of worship that night at the Seminary. IT was WORTH it though and we felt recharged afterwards.
Sunday brought our family birthday party and its was a very Dr. Who-ish kinda party.
I'm still learning all the ways of Whovians, so I did lots of pinterest surfing for ideas...
Mr. Crafty took Gabe and his friends to see the new Goosebumps movie -- I had made mini-Tardis favor boxes filled with snickers (Gabriel's fave candy bar)for him to hand out to his friends.
(it's definitely bigger on the inside)
And because I was kinda tied up for days with activities, I left the cake making to Sam's Club and added a Tardis on top of it to tie it all together.
We dined on Pizza and roast beef and veggies and salad. Dessert was cake and Antney's ice cream (coffee cocoa and Chocolate mint oreo).
Our friends, the Mitlos, were able to join us for the festivities and it was a fun night all around.
Gabriel enjoyed all his Dr. Who gifts and a lego set with The Flash, A Flash framed poster for his room.
The boys trying to all get together for a picture... we tried!
Sophia and Luke were thrilled to have a party (these two LOVE a party) - but were so busy the whole time I couldn't get a decent picture of them.... so here's one from pre-party!
So Mr. Crafty and I are officially parents of a teenager. We really have been going through the transition for some time already. Anyone with a teenager can attest to that truth!
We know that God has some amazing things in store for this crew of kids he's blessed us with over the past 13 years.