Sunday, February 26, 2017

Isaac's Year in Pictures

Yesterday was a momentous day!  My firstborn turned FOUR years old!!!  
He's been excited for his birthday since September, talking about it and praying about it since December, and literally counting down the days since the beginning of February.  

We had a wonderful time celebrating his special little life yesterday with our Ohio Britton family members and a Curious George party.  More pictures to come from that event later.

For now, here is my annual birthday year-in-pictures-review of my delightful Isaac Nathan!

Such a young face from one year ago!

How he loves to play outside!

Sensory buckets are a hit with this little Mister!

Welcoming a coop and chickens to our small farm!

Shaving cream fun in the bath tub!

Feeding goats.

First time at the rodeo!

Learning to count.

Catching bugs.

Building things was a big part of his year.

Isaac has blossomed into quite the artist!

He is a great helper around the house with chores -- goggles and all!

Loving the water table.

Enjoying a visit from Grandmommy!

On vacation to Virginia Beach.

The aquarium at Virginia Beach.

First day of school!

Building and explaining the solar system - of his own desire!

So excited to make a picnic all by himself!

Oh, how these boys love their books!

His name means laughter, and he is always making me laugh!

Mr. Outdoorsy

First time getting his face painted.

Pumpkin pounding- a definite favorite activity!

Isaac has really taken an interest in building with Duplo blocks.  Nearly every day, he is creating some new structure and showing it to me!

Creating with beauty.

First airplane trip he can remember (because the ones as a baby don't count!).

First math book finished!

My all-boy BOY!

Helping Daddy with the bunk beds.

More Duplo creations.

And outdoor building projects.  Tree houses, castles, play houses -- this boy's imagination always soars!

Sensory delights.

Gymnastics fun.

It's been so thrilling to witness all the areas of growth and learning in Isaac's life this past year!  He continues to love school and is making great progress academically.  Spelling simple words, counting and adding, writing numbers and a few letters, and coloring in the lines are some specific milestones he has hit.  His favorite school activities are the ones involving sensory buckets or art projects.  I've been amazed to see his imagination flourish this past year, and his creativity in building things, painting pictures, and creating stories really come alive.  

Isaac continues to be a physical boy with LOTS of energy who loves to play outside and engage in any sport involving a ball.  He has recently developed an enjoyment of gymnastics workouts too.  He is growing in his work ethic as he learns to be diligent and thorough with his chores, and is always cheerfully ready to help Mommy fetch something.  Being the firstborn, strong leadership qualities come naturally to Isaac, so he has been learning a lot lately about how to be a good example for his brothers and how to engage them in play without being too bossy. :)  

Most exciting of all, it is a special joy to see his understanding of spiritual matters deepening!  There is nothing more precious than hearing him pray at meal times and thank God for "sending Jesus to die on the cross to pay for our sins."  My greatest longing for this joyful, strong, smart, athletic, and creative child of mine is that he would believe in Jesus as his Savior and live a life of service to Him! 

I'm so thankful God saw fit to bless our family with Isaac, and can only pray that we will be faithful and wise as we strive to raise him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Importance of a Good Probiotic

Here is a great visual for us. 

Picture this: you're in the kitchen making homemade bread. You mix the yeast with the warm water, but instead of adding 1 tablespoon of sugar, you add 2 cups! Now you have yeast EVERYWHERE!!

Now imagine that happening inside of your body. Bad bacterial yeast grows out of control with each additional meal or snack that you have containing sugar - even hidden sugars! You are unknowingly FEEDING the beast inside you! When it grows inside of your intestines, it turns into fungus and causes a host of problems including leaky gut, food sensitivities, and joint discomfort. Yeast overgrowth can also cause an overall "blah" feeling throughout the body.

This is why the anti-fungal and enzyme support in the Plexus Probio5 make it so special!  These unique ingredients bust through bio-films and kill off the fungal overgrowth.

I'm so thankful for a high-quality probiotic that doesn't break the bank!
#guthealthforthewin #KatrinasPlexusStory

Monday, February 20, 2017

Our Little Gymnast

Recently, Isaac and I discovered a "Preschool Open Gym" time at our local gymnastics facility.  We've gone twice now, and he LOVES it!  He gets to run around the whole gym and play on all the equipment for a solid hour.  It's been a huge blessing as an energy outlet for him during these gray, winter days.  Here are some photos I took the last time we went!

This little monkey loves to climb!

And swing!

The running trampoline is a big hit!

His balance is really quite good.  He has yet to fall off the beam!

Jumping into the pit is so fun!

The giant trampoline is his all time favorite!

Stopping to build a tower.

And then kick it over!

"Hmmm....what should I do next?"

Climbing  up the wall backward!