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Monday, October 5, 2015

Hill Country Science Mill

On Saturday, I decided to brave a new local science museum by myself with the munchkins. When I loaded everyone up in the car and told them where we were going...they all squealed with excitement. They totally love stuff like this. :-)

The Hill Country Science Mill is located in Johnson City.  It opened earlier this year and I've heard great things about it from other parents.  It's close to us--so it's exciting that we have something like this nearby for the kids.  While it's not a large science museum--the layout feels spacious and has a really great vibe.  They have all sorts of cool science stations for the kids to explore and interesting exhibits to look at and discuss.  

With the admission fee, each of the kids received their own Avatar Passport.  They each used it to check in at one of the kiosks where they created an account and customized their own Avatar.  Once they finished this, their Avator was their own personal tour guide at the Science Mill.  It was really cool.

At each exhibit, they scanned their personal Avatar Passport to learn more about the exhibit and could mark it as their favorite if they wanted to.

They have a great little museum store with ALL SORTS of cool science kits and gadgets.  My munchkins were all googly eye'd when they saw the store when we walked in.  They were ready to shop --so I had to do some "mama negotiating" to quickly herd all three out of the store area and on into the museum.  I promised them that at the end of our tour we'd come back and they could each pick something out. 

Noah enjoyed leading the way through the museum...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday reflections

The hubby snapped this photo of the kids today just before we walked in church. And when I looked at it afterwards... it took my breath away.  Oh my how I love my little munchkins and how thankful I am to be their mama. 

(Noah-9 yrs.old, Gavin-3 yrs. old, and Taylor Elizabeth- 2 yrs. old)

We had a special day at church today. Noah and Gavin did a wonderful job today participating in our annual Primary Sacrament program--they along with the other children sang beautiful songs about the Savior and shared their sweet little testimonies. Taylor so enjoyed watching her big brothers perform on the stage.  And as you can probably imagine...Jody and I fought back tears for most of the program as we proudly watched our boys participate.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


For Noah's 9th birthday, he was so happy to get to celebrate it with his friends at school with cupcakes and treats the day before and then on Saturday, we took him and the little ones to the children's museum in San Antonio, the Doseum.  We had heard from friends that it's a really cool place for  kids so we had been wanting to take them. The night before we went, we showed Noah a video on the museum's website and he couldn't wait to go check out the robotics lab and water filtration area.  And so Saturday morning--we loaded the kids up and headed that way.  When we arrived, it was already pretty crowded-- the place was bustling with families.  It's a huge place and there are all sorts of cool, hands-on activities for the kids to do both indoors and outdoors.

Friday, August 28, 2015

I working Mommy...

 I had just stepped out of the shower the other morning and you know that sinking feeling you get as a mom of small children when you feel something is up or out of the ordinary?  You know the one I'm talking about...the one that stops you in your tracks when you all of a sudden take note and realize how quiet the house is and you know it shouldn't be that quiet with a 2 and 3-year old in the house.  I quickly threw my robe on and started walking around the house in search of my little munchkins --and yes, I was already trying to mentally prepare myself for crayon/marker drawings on the walls---toilet paper rolls spread out all over the house or maybe even peanut butter spread all over the kitchen walls.

Monday, August 24, 2015

First day of school

We continued a long standing Bishop family tradition that my brothers and I used to do when we were little kids...we laid out Noah's school clothes last night (the eve of the first day of the new school year) and he put his first day of school outfit on Superman so we could snap a photo of the two of them together.  He could have used a stuffed animal or any other play toy character--but given the age he's at now...I figured Superman would be his choice.   :-)

When it was time to go to bed, he shared with me that he was excited, but also a little nervous about starting 3rd grade in the morning.  His Daddy gave him a father's priesthood blessing to help calm his nerves.  And then he fell fast asleep.

And the 6:30 alarm came way too early for all of us this summer...yikes!!

Noah is a deep sleeper and could literally sleep all day if we let him, so I knew this was probably going to be a battle trying to get him up this morning.  He's somewhere nestled deep under those covers...

And as predicted, he was NOT HAPPY when mama began our early morning ritual of getting up early and dressed for school.  It's so hard to get back into the routine after sleeping in all summer. :-(

Finally after LOTS of coaxing... he was up and at'em.  He got his clothes on, fixed his own hair and brushed his teeth and bolted out of his room excited and ready to go to his first day in 3rd grade.  He said he was ready to see all of his friends. 

I dressed Gavin and Taylor quickly and loaded them in the van.  And then snapped a few photos of this handsome fella before we drove off.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Carnival fun

After the county fair parade, we took the kids to the carnival and they had a blast running around together and riding the rides.  Well, I should probably clarify that…the boys had fun riding the rides--Tay-Tay, well…not so much.  :-)

Taylor and Gavin on their first ride of the night….

And it was Tay-Tay's last ride of the night…she didn't like it AT ALL.  
The carnival guy had to stop the ride early so I could scoop her out of there
and calm her down. 

Bless her heart…maybe next year she'll like it better.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Gillespie County Fair Parade

We had a fun time today at the Gillespie County Fair parade in our little town.  Noah rode in the parade on his school float... he was so excited about that.  We arrived early enough to get him dropped off at the float and then we headed up to the downtown area to find us a spot along the street to get ready for the parade to begin.  

The little ones were anxiously awaiting to see their big brother on his school float....


Hi...I'm Jennifer. I married my handsome junior prom date (13 years later)... and we've been happily married for 14 years now. We're the proud parents to three amazing kiddos who keep us on our toes constantly: Noah, Gavin and Taylor Elizabeth. My journey to motherhood came with it's fair share of trials and heartache. During this time, I decided to start a blog and record our journey here. I enjoy writing about the sweet and messy moments of motherhood and how adoption has touched our lives.

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