Saturday, December 24

Merry Christmas!

The Birth of Jesus
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiance, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

The Shepherds and Angels
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!"

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven-praising God: 'Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to all whom God favors

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Come on, let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.

Merry Christmas!

- The Kinnan Family

Monday, December 19

Dashing through the Snow!

We've been very forgetful when it comes to bringing our camera out and about with us, especially since Hayden has been acting like a celebrity lately with his "no pictures" exclamations, but we've got to tell you about an outreach event that Real Life Church held at our shopping mall on Friday night! The worship band played worship songs, including numerous Christmas carols for an hour Friday evening ... and dozens of RLC members came to join in the praise and worship and spread the GOOD NEWS of our Savior and His Son with our neighbors! It was such a blessed time and we are so very thankful for the freedom and opportunities He gives to share His light with others!

I would normally say that without a doubt that I watch more news than anyone else I know. I love it ... not the dreary stories of destruction or inflation or unemployment ... but I appreciate being informed on what is going on in the world. My passion for gathering information failed me in a mighty way this weekend, though, when we woke up on Saturday morning to inches upon inches of snow ... and it was still falling! I didn't know it was even supposed to snow! :)

We made the most of it by taking Hayden out for his first official sleigh ride! He insisted that mommy ride with him, so I jumped in and we headed for the elementary school at the end of our block ... it's got some great hills to sled down! Please notice my awesome hat, by the way ... my Grandma Bush made it for me when I was in elementary school and it STILL FITS! If only I had the same good fortune with my jeans! :)

Now I am not one for speeding down a hill of snow that is quickly becoming an icy path of destruction ... but David definitely is! What a STUD!

After testing out the "slopes" he took Hayden for a ride. Despite the looks on their faces, they weren't going 50 miles an hour ... they had actually stopped, and Hayden officially decided that there would be no more downhill sledding for him!

When we returned from our snowy adventure, we relaxed with warm cups of cocoa and enjoyed a family movie. Hayden found his new favorite place to relax and stayed there until bed time! He was very tired after an afternoon of chilly fun!

On Sunday evening David continued a month-long Real Life Church Christmas narrative by playing the part of Kimham, or Kim the Innkeeper. It's an incredible "series" that has included Mary, the mother of Jesus and one of the Wise Men. David told the story of Jesus' birth from the perspective of the Innkeeper, and did such an awesome job of portraying this character who played such a part in the birth of our Savior! It was a touching story with a message that speaks beyond just this Christmas season, the season to celebrate Jesus and his birth ... it's truly about making room (as the Innkeeper did ... literally!) in our hearts and lives for Jesus. It was absolutely amazing!

Candles, Colds, and Yummy Soup Bowls!

Life in the Kinnan household has been full of surprises ... and sniffles! Working with 6th graders all day is definitely never dull, and during this winter season it is marked by runny noses and colds. I think I have been sick all year, but this past week the icky feelings of being sick definitely hit me the hardest. I'm getting better quickly and although Hayden caught what I had and then some, he seems to be feeling better as well ... especially after a day today at home with mommy! :) David, being the stud of the universe that he is, hasn't seemed to have caught anything yet ... lucky guy!

Two weeks ago (has it really been that long since we've blogged!?) we celebrated the Christmas season with our Real Life Church family. An evening of delicious food (there are SO MANY amazing cooks), awesome fellowship, and a hilarious "White Elephant" gift exchange, complete with a headless tiger (a stuffed animal, of course) and a "Sweatin' to the Oldies" workout video. David and I didn't fare well enough to get those incredible gifts, but somehow managed to get matching candles without even trying! Great minds in love think alike, right? :)

Last week we were blessed with an incredible opportunity to share an evening with Pastor Eric and Robin and the Advisory Board of Real Life Church. Eric and Robin made a plethra of soups ... with bread bowls! YES! We had a great time of sharing and growing as brothers and sisters as we encouraged one another and enjoyed each others' company.

While we were eating, Hayden was living it up in the new nursery ... he was tired from chasing around the little girls in the nursery with his buddy Tanner!

Thursday, December 8


Thanks for signing our guestbook! I was shocked! How do we contact you? E-mail?

Tuesday, December 6


We don't have the "Aunt Martha" or "Cousin Mike" who annually disrupts the serenity of our family bonding times. Each Thanksgiving truly brings a high level of excitement because we get to hug...laugh...tell just be family.

Every year, the entire Kinnan family gathers for two days of fun. Thursday is always spent with the Kinnans and Friday is always spent with the Wolfs. A marathon of relaxation...does that make sense? That's what I think of when reflecting on our trip. Family rejuvinates our souls...the older I get, the more I crave that rejuvination.

I thought about creating a story line for some pictures, but I just worked for 12 hrs and Katy is sick...and I'm only doing this right now because I had a weak moment earlier in posting that I'd post. So, mainly for family who visit this are below:

Grandma & Grandpa Kerby:

Grandma & Grandpa Kinnan:

Hayden & Ailee on the Ivories:

Hayden and Ailee's dog, KC:

Do you understand me, Hayden:

Hayden and Kendra:

The annual "Height Check":

I love flowers:

Ailee painting Hayden's toenails:

Remember the "Little People's Table":

Princess Ailee:

Finally home w/ Abby:

That's enough pics for now. Family...if you'd like more, just ask.


Yes, we know...

It's been over 2 weeks since our last post. We have some great pics to share with you from our trip to Indiana. Please forgive our poor blogging efforts. As we wade through all the Christmas parties and events, we'll try to update our internet home a little more frequently.

If you check back on Wednesday morning, your blogging appetite will be satisfied in regards to getting a Kinnan update.


Sunday, November 20

Our Helpful Little Guy!

Hayden is continuing to learn and do so many great things ... his favorites include helping mommy and daddy with all kinds of things ...

Teaching Daddy some computer tricks ...

Helping Mommy dust on Saturday's...

Even taking Daddy and Mommy out to eat at our favorite place, OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE!

Hayden also finds it necessary to demonstrate the hazardous effects of lemon-eating ... even though he knows it's so sour because he chomps on them all the time, he still insists on "borrowing" it from Mommy's glass of water ... showing us it's sour, then putting it back into her cup! :)

Thursday, November 17

A Rabbi

I'm not Jewish.

I've never experienced Jewish culture with Jewish people.

I have read a small amount about the "days of Christ" but "inadequate" would still describe my knowledge of His time-period.

Recently, I was given a CD of a message preached by Ray Vander-something (many of you are probably familiar w/ this man who speaks w/a New England accent). The message was entitled "Talmid Discipleship". I'll spare you the details which will take me 10-15 more "listens" of this CD to understand and soak up, but here's the main point:

In my culture (Land of the IPod and Blackberry), we typically refer to discipleship as a focussing on knowing more about Jesus Christ: what He did and why He did...what He said and why He said...etc. However (say "however" like you have a pipe in your teeth and reading glasses sitting on the edge of your nose), during the days of Jesus, discipleship was more clearly defined: Rather than know what the Rabbi knows, they are to BE what the Rabbi IS!

By the age of 12, every Jewish boy was to have the the first 5 books of the Bible completely memorized to a point in which they could refer not only to a verse but the words leading into that verse and the context in which they were being used...they're knowledge of the Scriptures(at the age of 12) surpases anyone that I currently know. If they were deemed "worthy", they spent the next three years learning the rest of the Old Testament (memorizing). Think of a 15 year old you they have the entire Old Testament memorized with a capability of quoting words inside a verse? After turning 15, the boy would then study a Rabbi until he was 30...literally following the Rabbi into the bathroom as to not miss a thing!

History lesson:
When did Christ first take part in the Passover? 12 yrs. old
When did Christ begin his ministry? 30 yrs. old
See any special correlation? Jesus...Rabbi...hmmm...

Now you're in my does the Jewish view of "discipleship" compare to the discipleship you hear preached and taught in your church? I understand the Bible clearly speaks to this: "Go and make disciples of all nations". I also know a disciple isn't just a person who has the Scriptures memorized.

- Differentiate between a Christian and Disciple of Christ. Are they different?
- If they are different, is that okay? Why/Why not?
- If being a true disciple of Christ meant you needed to begin memorizing the Scripture, dedicating hours of your day to live and breath the life of Christ...essentially pursuing to mimic the His heart...would you seek discipleship?

I'm noticing that this post is extremely inadequate because it doesn't say all that's in my head, and it leaves unanswered questions. Sorry...I'll try to dump more thoughts as some later day.

We leave for Indiana on Tuesday morning...flat land and cloudy skies. I hear that Handy Andy has been taken over...I am grieving.


Thursday, November 10

We Learn Something New Every Day!

Hayden has been making some pretty remarkable discoveries lately ... things that we take for granted have been discovered ... and cherished by our precious little guy! He has a knack for learning quickly and has put his knowledge to use ... although we put the high locks on the doors months ago because our innovative angel learned how to unlock the doors and let himself, or the puppy out, we're learning that toddlers have a way of making any "child-proofed" thing more like "child proves it's not so child proof!"

- Hayden has learned the most efficient way of removing himself from the confines of his car seat. AAAAHHHH! After some fearful moments of mommy and daddy pulling over and re-fitting the shoulder straps while calmly explaining in toddler terms the need to leave them on, the problem has subsided ... for now! :)

- Hayden has realized that the snacks are on the top shelf of the cupboard ... and has also learned that if he climbs just right, he can reach up and grab some fruit snacks or cheeze-its fast enough to not get caught ... most of the time! He is seriously like a jungle animal when he starts climbing ... so flexible and balanced ... one time he apparently didn't move as quickly as his normal routine and realized that he was a foot off of the ground, and got scared ... mommy came to the rescue and now he asks for a snack instead of venturing up the cabinet on his own!

- Mimicking ... the wonderful art of copying each and every word, phrase, or action that you see! I have two younger brothers who made adolescence much more interesting by putting that art to work, and Hayden has made each and every day a little more exciting by sharing his newest lessons learned with us. He loves to put his stuffed animals through whatever he's done or will do. "MOO" is his stuffed cow that has been his best buddy for months, and "Tiger" has just joined in the group. He tucks them in and says good night ... he puts Moo in his chair at the table for snack ... he lets them sit in his little trucks and he drives them around ... and he even buckles them into the car seat for a ride! The other day when I brought one of Hayden's car seats in to clean it, he decided that Moo and Tiger should go for a ride! :)

Our little guy is definitely all boy, too ... his favorite thing to do involves anything that has to do with wrestling, throwing a ball, or making "vroom and beep-beep" noises as he skates his cars across the couch. A nightly ritual that has developed is Hayden jumping on David's back and getting a lift around the living room - HE LOVES IT!

Hayden's spirit and excitement for each and every new thing he learns is so refreshing, and he is such a little ball of happiness - it's seriously so contagious!

In his book "Dangerous Wonder," the late Mike Yaconelli encourages readers to rediscover the child in them and apply it to their relationship with God ... to take Jesus at His word when He said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." I pray that just like our little guy and every child in every place, the Lord renews your excitement, your spirit, your hunger to learn something new every day - He is putting it all before us, we must open our eyes and hearts to take it all in. The business of life makes us tired, both physically and spiritually, but I am thankful for the joy the Lord brings to us and pray that you receive it ... and share it with each and every person that you meet. What an awesome God we have to bless us with little ones to truly teach us more about the most important ways to live and things to know in life!

Tuesday, November 8


The word "redemption" is usually used in the context of speaking towards the grace we receive through Jesus Christ...however...I'm speaking of an entirely different subject: COLLEGE BASKETBALL. Actually, to be more specific, I'm speaking of the the Kansas University Jayhawks. Some say this is a "rebuilding" year for their men's basketball team...the polls aren't giving us any respect. Last year's season ended when evil won. However, as I titled this post, redemption will make itself known in a mighty way.

I have lived in the so-called "Basketball State" of Indiana, however no University in this entire universe can compete with the Jayhawks when it comes to Men's Basketball. Our tradition is richer...our enthusiasm is unmatched...our recruiting is considered the best in the nation. Seriously, our first coach invented the game...what? Some of you are UK fans...IU fans...MSU fans...and sadly enough, I bet there is one or two UNC fans (just the thought makes me sick). I feel sorry for each one of your hearts because you'll never experience the satisfying and fulfilling pride of living life as a devoted fan best NCAA basektball program to be created! Being a part of the most dominant conference in the nation will certainly bring about it's challenges. Teams like UNC, who reside in a weak conference, can never strive to duplicate a positive season because their program cannot retain players...there always something "better" in their minds. When at KU, you are saturated in basketball perfection so there is no reason to rush to a successful NBA will come at it's own time.

Argue whatever you wish...history says you're wrong.


*Yes, I know I'm too emotionally involved.

Thursday, November 3

Wedding Bells

On October 8th I had the great privilege of being a bridesmaid in my dearest childhood friends' wedding. This is a picture of the beautiful bride and her bridesmaids ... we lined up from tallest to shortest, so you can guess where I am (AT THE VERY END of the line)!

It was such an incredible weekend of girl time and the wedding was absolutely, positively, breathtakingly beautiful ... Tara has a knack for style and I am so thankful to have been a part of she and Justin's special day!

Tuesday, November 1

King of the Potty!

Forgive me for the interesting title ... but our little man is an official member of the "toilet" club ... although not officially "trained," he went for the first time last night and we are just so thrilled we had to tell you all! No cute pictures to show - we were too excited to think about the camera, but will keep you updated on the progress! Yipee!

Thursday, October 27

Thought time

I'm thinking again...

All the way through the completion of my college degree, I claimed a "pursuit to know God intimately" several times in conversations with friends and acquaintances. It was easy to speak in that direction because it would never be challenged by any of the hearers...just the comment itself seemed to imply that I was already at an intimate level with God.

Have you ever said or heard, "I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior and I trust Him whole-heartedly"...I have. However, I wonder if that statement was more of a claim than actual ownership. For example, when Chris Columbus "discovered" America...he claimed the ground but certainly didn't have ownership of anything...he wanted ownership...eventually he would have ownership (kinda)...but at that moment, all he had was an authentic claim.

I remember "claiming" my relationship with Jesus Christ. It was a Wednesday evening after CYC (can I get a holla from my fellow Crusaders!)...praying on my bed w/ my Mom.

I remember "claiming" my full-time call to serve God as a shepherd of his people...summer after my 7th grade year at youth camp when Gary Schnepp spoke and asked the "called" to come up on stage...also...Impact 90' Youth Conference helped confirm that "claim".

I remember battles with evil when Satan was trying to grab my "claim" or convince me to hand it over willingly...Junior year in college: Maybe I'm supposed to be a psychologist, not a pastor...Moral failure 18 months after graduating college: Maybe I'm not strong or pure enough to pastor.

My call is claim to that call was ownership of that call has now been refined by some of the hottest fires Satan has and I believe it now to be stronger than a simple "heritage". I wonder if there are people I encounter daily who are claiming a relationship with God, however their heart is aching for actual ownership of that claim. How many of us are craving a miraculous healing...a burning bush...a pillar of fire to guide our nights? Wanting that makes me feel weak. What if I required Katy to manifest physical proof that she loves me everyday? I see her...I can touch her...I can smell her hair...I don't need her to physically demonstrate her presence.

Isn't it tough, at times, to recognize the wonders of the human body and perfection of the rolling hills and jaw-dropping mountains? I know God made it all, but it would feel so good to smell his presence and feel the power of his hand on my shoulder.

I am called by God to share the Good News to everyone I encounter. Sometimes that's more difficult when I get so selfish in limiting how God can reveal Himself to me. "You must do this for me to believe!" How arrogant and immature! Hmmm...I wonder if I'm being taught something right now.

Marilyn Manson just came on the radio...perhaps that is causing a little "blockage". Haha...let me change the station. Great...Kelly Clarkson...not a whole lot better.

Here is a summary of my thinking right now: Is it my calling to help everyone I can to stake their claim and then teach how authentic ownership is achieved? Can that be taught?

Thinking to continue later (please give me your thoughts),

Saturday, October 22

Guitars, Birthdays and Ancient Egyptians

Busy Week
This busy week is over, and although exhausted, we're hanging in there! I had my very first experience with parent-teacher conferences, and I can say with assurance that 12-hour days are no fun ... especially when you go from teaching all day with students to spending the evening with students AND their parents. I have never been on my feet so much, nor have I ever before been so tired of talking! :) It really was an incredible experience, and I am so thankful that the Lord gave me the strength to get through it! We have some really incredible students and parents, and so it was quite a joy to get to brag on my students! David had a full week, too ... the traditional "basketball Monday's" started and he came home exhausted but excited about this new season of hoops! He had a softball game on Tuesday evening but they had to forfeit because they didn't have enough guys (usually there are too many!), and spent the Wednesday making my birthday a very beautiful, special one, but I'll get to that later!

Our Little Guy

Hayden has had a busy week, too! He spent some time jamming on his guitar and wowing us with his musical skills! ... and helping daddy get ready for bed! His other favorite thing to do is not so much our favorite thing - Hayden has become adamant about having a diaper that is PERFECTLY CLEAN! If there is any hint of it being wet or dirty, he immediately goes to his room, takes the diaper, and everything else off. He throws the diaper away and puts his clothes in the hamper, then goes to the bath tub and calls for us to start the water. It's not just the "tabbed" diapers, mind you ... it's the pull-ups, too ... so we're guessing that he's become a little obsessive compulsive about being clean (following in mommy and daddy's footsteps!), or he's ready to start the potty training process. We'll see! No matter what though, he's been such a trooper this week as we've had some crazy schedules with school ... through the two years of church meetings and gatherings, and just because of his nature, he has been very flexible and easygoing, which has been a huge blessing in and of itself. He goes with the flow, and I have a lot to learn from him! :)

Happy 24th
David went above and beyond to make my birthday a special day in the midst of a very busy week. He'd already given me my first gift over the weekend; a sterling silver ring from James Avery called the "four seasons ring." It has such a beautiful design and has been on my "wish list" since we've been married. I always thought it was a very tangible expression of God's grace and perfection ... a symbol of the many seasons of life that we go through, with the promise of His love and guidance. It's so beautiful! On Tuesday night he gave me the second gift, a DVD of one of my favorite John Wayne movies (yes, I LOVE John Wayne), "McClintock!" It's wonderful! On Wednesday morning I went to the car and sitting on the console was the Natalie Grant cd that I'd been literally begging for since the Women of Faith conference I went to in June where she performed. What a wonderful way to start the day - each and every song on the cd is just beautiful and so refreshing! Since I would was at school late Tuesday night and would be on Thursday, too for conferences, we ordered in and relaxed for a wonderful evening at home! I couldn't ask for anything more, and am thankful, as always, for the blessing of such a considerate and thoughtful husband!

Food Fair

We have been studying Ancient Egypt in our 6th grade Social Studies class, and after discussing the geography and culture of Egypt, we indulged ourselves with a "food fair!" Parents were extremely willing to donate to our cause, and we had a great day of feasting with grapes, pita bread, honey, cucumbers, and pomegranates.

We took notes on the Egyptian Achievements, and so made our own "hieroglyphic alphabet" and then wrote our names using it! It was great fun! This coming week we'll be making life-sized mummies before taking our test!

Sunday, October 9

Now that Hayden has a "big boy bed," we thought it time to start making the rest of the room a reflection of his growing stages ... the first addition ... a new cubby shelf to help lessen the mess on the changing table so that it can be the next thing that goes!

Isn't he such a stud!? It was easy buying the shelf, but not so easy (for me) to put it in, but I'm thankful that David knows what to do!

Hayden wanted to help too, and put some of his birthday toys (thanks Aunt Terri and Uncle Jim!) to use and got right to work!

Ta-Da! Here is the new shelf ... we've added some jackets and a backpack that hang from the little pegs, and it's been so nice to have the room on its way to being changing-table free! Now if we could only find a reasonably priced dresser to completely replace it!

The last few weeks have been absolute madness! We've been working (David and Katy), fighting off colds and allergic reactions to bug bites (Hayden), preaching an incredible message on "Fellowship" as part of the 40 Days of Purpose for Real Life Church (David), being a part of a good friend's wedding and having an awesome weekend of girl time (Katy), being saddened over KU's loss to KSU last Saturday (David), learning many new words and exciting ways to change your voice to say them (Hayden), and now anxiously awaiting the event of the year - LATE NIGHT WITH BILL SELF at Allen Fieldhouse this Friday(David, Katy, and Hayden)!

We Love You!

Thursday, September 29

It's Pumpkin Time!

Yesterday afternoon we went on our annual family shopping trip to get our little pumpkin family! We went to the Eastside Market, which has the BEST pumpkins, and the BEST fresh fruits and veggies! We had lots of fun, and it's so much fun to see Hayden get excited about it ... the first year he was just 2 months old, so didn't really know what was going on, and last year he wasn't too interested. This year, though, he was all about finding the "perfect" pumpkin!

I told him to SMILE - this is his photo-op face; he only does it when we are taking pictures and ask him to smile - priceless! He's so sweet ... and was definitely happy because after searching through many, many pumpkins, he'd found the one he wanted!

He'd also found a squash that he thought he needed, so daddy helped him carry his pumpkin!

Hayden and mommy went in to the store to get some fresh fruits and veggies!

Wednesday, September 28

Millions of Peaches ...

Okay ... not a million ... but for some reason that song keeps ringing in my ears when I see this picture!

This evening we went to the Eastside Market here in Manhattan to shop for our "pumpkin family," a tradition of ours! This is the third year, and we were so excited!

I'm having trouble loading the pictures of the pumpkin shopping, but did manage to get this one to upload. After we picked out our pumpkins we went inside to shop for some fresh fruits and veggies - this place has the BEST! We got some peaches, and Hayden, being the picture ham he's been lately, decided to do an impression of "Cookie Monster" while eating his peachie after-dinner snack ...


Our little guy is all boy ... eats mud, would live outside if we'd let him ... loves to wrestle and play with cars, and always annihilates any bug that he sees. The other night, however, we caught him chatting with a little cricket!

We watched in amazement as he "spared" this fortunate little creature the doom of his size 7 shoe, and instead talked and talked and talked, then wanted to put his new best friend forever outside. Crazy! Hayden is so sweet, and never ceases to amaze us with his curiosity!

Papa's Visit!

A few Sunday's ago Hayden and I ventured "back home" to Cummings, Kansas where I co-hosted a bridal shower. We had a bad tire (always happens!) and so Pete was nice enough to loan his big sister his car until they could get it fixed ... Papa came down on Thursday to deliver our car with its newest and very expensive addition - a new tire!

We had a great evening with Papa Kerby and Hayden was not happy to see his papa, or his newest addition to his favorite car, or "beep beep" list leave!

Sunday, September 18

I Am A Yard Sale Queen!

As many of you know, I have never had the pleasure of perusing through a big garage sale ... it's not that I've never wanted to, but for some reason the opportunity has never come up. That all changed this weekend! David, Hayden, Chasity (a friend from David's work), and I went to Ft. Riley for the Post-Wide Yard Sales ... it was almost life changing, I've got to tell you!

We were ooohing and aaahing at all of the amazing things, but usually disappointed when we realized that it was either too big to fit into the car (should've brought Chasity's Explorer!) or someone had already bought it!

We managed to get away without too much monetary damage - we found a little desk for Hayden that we got at about 1/4 the price and after working to cram it into the trunk and a little clean up job, it's like it has always been here! :) David is probably already regretting his introducing me to this new and wonderful world of shopping!

Hayden got right to work at his little desk ... coloring, painting, just hanging out! He'll probably set up a little laptop and phone, get a secretary to have the whole "office" feel ... nevermind!

This is one of his many works of art! Crayola has this "Color Wonder" line that only paints/colors on certain paper ... color wonder is WONDERFUL! Notice the lines made from his Matchbox car tires! So creative!

Big Boy Bed

Yes, our baby boy is now a big boy! Friday marked the transition to his new bed ... we (actually, just me) were so nervous about whether or not he'd be up and about all night, but he has been sleeping through the night like always without any hiccups! What a blessing! The fun part is that he comes in to wake us up now ... Saturday morning he came in at 7 o'clock, his on-the-dot wake up time with his little tub of cars, wanting to play! He's ssssssssssssoooooooooooooooo precious and our perfect little guy!

Notice from the picture that he was so excited about the bed that he didn't even give me time to put the sheet on!

(Belated) Birthday Party!

Last weekend we had a familygathering to celebrate Hayden's 2nd Birthday! Where is the most favorite for the Kerby's and Kinnan's get together? A KU game, of course! We met in the middle between Manhattan and Kansas City for an evening picnic and football game in Lawrence! We had Hayden's favorite foods ( including birthday cupcakes), but he was definitely too busy watching football to spend much time eating!

Hayden has so much fun with all of his grandparents, but lately, it's been the "Papa's" that he has really been wanting to cling to - maybe because they'll wrestle and talk sports with him ... maybe because they don't cringe in pain when he wants to box ... who knows ... we're just enjoying him, and thankful for these bonds that are being built!

Hayden and Grandpa Kerby

Hayden and Grandpa Kinnan

Thursday, September 8

Family Night

This evening we had an early FAMILY NIGHT (they're usually on Friday's) because we're planning on being in KC/Lawrence this weekend. We went to Old Chicago's, which is a new pizza place that just graced Manhattan with its presence. Since it's so new and is therefore so popular (I have a feeling it will ALWAYS be popular, though), there was a wait-time, so we spent some time walking through the mall, and playing in the fountain just outside of the restaraunt.

Hayden chose his usual chicken strips and fries, but decided that mommy's was more what his tummy was wanting ... linguine! Food and fun all on the same plate ... could he ask for anything more? Hayden has such a remarkable way of making everything fun! We're enjoying each and every moment with our little guy, and are just in awe of how perfectly God designs us ... Hayden is such a special blessing and our precious little guy!