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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fall in Review

This morning, I have the windows in my home up and there is a really nice, cool breeze blowing.  It is a nice 76 degrees in the house and I LOVE it!  In SW Florida, we don't get to experience the distinction between the seasons like in other places we have lived, so these cooler days help it to feel a little more like Fall.  We put the Christmas tree up this past weekend and I've been listening to Travis Cottrell's Ring The Bells Christmas cd.  It's my favorite one right now.  You should really check it out!

Also, don't forget to take a look at my Advent Readings post for this year.  You can find it HERE.  This time of year always seems to get a little "distracting" with shopping lists and parties to attend and overly busy schedules.  I think the enemy works overtime during the month of December to draw our hearts and minds away from true story of Christmas:  God made flesh and dwelling among us!
We've had a good time as a family these past few months.  Here's a little review with a lot of pictures:
Bentley (our 6 year old) started Kindergarten this school year and he is doing great.  We are so proud of him.  Both his general education teacher and his speech therapist have said he is the "star student" in their classes.  And he loves school!
In his first student led conference, he was able to show us around his classroom and tell us about how his days go.  Little sister liked sitting in "bubba's" desk in his classroom.
Bentley is doing really well with his reading.  He was standing over me the other evening as I was sending an email to someone reading it!

In October, our church has a Fall Festival held in the parking lot where nearly 600 people from the community come and enjoy games, pony rides and free food.  This year I went with the Sand Woman, Spiderman and the cutest little cowgirl ever seen!
JennaBeth (our 2 year old) has fallen in love with one of our youth girls, Darci (Daree as she calls her).  They were both dressed as cowgirls and JennaBeth just thought it was the coolest thing.  She says "daree" is her best friend!  She and Bentley both enjoyed hanging out with their friends.  Cecily was busy working the games the whole evening.
JennaBeth, Seth and Bentley enjoying hotdogs.
JennaBeth and Tabitha
Taylor, Bentley and JennaBeth
Taylor, JennaBeth and Jailyn
Morgan (a friend who lives next door to us) and JennaBeth
Anna (next door neighbor, Morgan's sister) and Bentley.

There were lots of pony rides:
and bounce houses:
and games with way too much candy (I'm still getting rid of that when no one's looking.  Shhhh...don't tell them!)...

Our family also took a trip to LegoLand Florida early in November.  I'll share about that tomorrow!