Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Surprise Abuela! Trip to Spain!

Well, we pulled it off!  We surprised Abuela (Daniel's mom) by showing up to her door in Spain!  We have been planning this for several months and the time finally came.  I almost gave it away several times!  Thank you to Papa Mac for helping us with the planning and doing an awesome job in keeping the secret!  We had an awesome time and will not forget the memories!  Daniel and I were even able to get two nights away without kids...thank you, again, Abuela and Papa Mac!  We drove north to the beautiful Ordesa National Park and then over to the seaside town of San Sebastian.  Despite our poor Spanish language skills (Daniel asked a man if he knew what kind of gas we needed to put in our shopping cart...oops!  I mean car...) we had a great time!  We are so grateful to God's goodness to us...we are so not deserving!

                                                             
                                                Ella quickly grew comfortable to the European lifestyle


                                                        Playing at the park with Abuela


                                       First (and probably only) time we drove a BMW for our trip to Northern Spain



                                                                    Ordesa National Park



                                                                
                                                                                Torla, Spain








                                                                     San Sebastian, Spain



                                                             

                                                                 San Sebastian at sunset
                                                             


                                                           Delicious breakfast at a seaside cafe


                                                                     Riley watering Abuela's garden


                                                               Rotiro Park, Madrid
                                                                              

                                                                    Ella practicing yoga moves in Rotiro





                                                                    More fun at Rotiro
I just LOVE this picture!

Madrid





                                                                             Ordesa National Park
                                                                                      

San Sebastian Cathedral

                                                        Pozuelo Park

Surprising Abuela in Madrid for Her Birthday!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

He is risen!

                                                       Ready for church...Easter Sunday



                                    Our wonderfully, sweet neighbors gave R and E an egg hunt
I love this picture...R is totally content in the grass with her Easter basket

What an awesome Savior we have that has conquered death!  He is risen indeed and is ALIVE!  It is so fun starting to explain the reasoning behind different holidays and events.  We asked Riley why we celebrate Easter (the day after going to an Easter egg hunt), and she said, "Because Jesus picked up Easter eggs."  Oops...saw the need for a little teaching moment there;)  She now knows that Jesus is risen!  And that one way we celebrate is by having lots of sweet treats...

Happy Birthday Riley Roo!

I can't believe our little girl turned 3 last month!  She is getting so BIG...saying words like "actually and eventually."  We love her so much and are so thankful that the Lord chose us to be her parents.  We pray that she may grow into a woman that loves Christ with all of her heart, soul, mind and strength.  Here are a few pictures from her bowling party...

                                                       Dancing after her first bowl!

Even Ella enjoyed it!

So grateful for friends!


Riley picked out this Queen For a Day balloon and carried it around for a month!
                                                  

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