Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Three Sons

Wow! It has been a long time since I have updated the blog!


We have completed two months of school, which is mind-blowing to me. Some days are better than others, but all-in-all we are enjoying our fifth year of homeschooling. (Jack is in the second grade and Curt is in the fifth. ) Jack has also begun his fourth year of piano lessons. He enjoys playing the piano and loves Mrs. Connie, his teacher. Curt is still taking guitar lessons and has also joined a swim team. I'll have pictures of that another day!

Dan is growing like a weed! At his last weigh-in, he weighed 17 lbs. 7 oz. and was 25 1/2 inches long...and he is only THREE months old! If he doesn't slow down, he will be bigger than me when he's five! He is such a happy baby and has brought so much joy to us. He also likes to cuddle, which makes those 4:00 am feedings much more bearable.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my boys.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...

Sorry for the lapse in the PEI posts...we've had a couple of rough baby days here, but things are looking up!

Stephanie and I were thrilled to be staying at the Dalvay by the Sea hotel on PEI. Those who are familiar with the "Anne of Green Gables" movies or the "Road to Avonlea" tv series will know the hotel by the name of the "White Sands".
The hotel was beautiful. I was built in 1895 by the president of Standard Oil. He built it as a summer cottage for his family of six. He had so many friends that enjoyed visiting him during the summer that he added an extra wing for guests. That's where all of the guest rooms are now.
We had a small room on the second floor at the front of the hotel. We had beautiful views of the lake to the right and the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the left.

The food there was also spectacular. We had a full breakfast every morning, dinner one night, and even high tea one afternoon. Everything was so wonderful that I don't even know if I could pick a favorite. Too bad I was so busy eating I didn't take a picture of the dining room!

One of our favorite things to do at the hotel was sit outside. There were adirondack chairs scattered over the lawn in front of the hotel. We would just sit and watch the geese on the lake and talk about our day and plan the next day.

With all that the Dalvay has, there are several things that it doesn't have: air-conditioning, television, radio, and telephones in the rooms. You might think it would be difficult to be without those things, but it was wonderful to spend the day relaxing in the quiet peacefulness and then go to sleep with the ocean breezes whispering good night.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Oh, Canada

Today, Steff and I returned from a trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada. (It was 2:00 a.m. when I got home, so please excuse any grammatical errors in this post!) We had a wonderful time and I'm sure I'll have multiple blog posts about it.


We left early Thursday morning (6:30) from the New Orleans airport to fly to Chicago. We had a nice, long layover so we took our time getting to our gate. We made a trip to the little girls' room, got a snack, some magazines and a diet Coke, then found a cozy plastic seat to wait for our flight to board. What we didn't do was check the departure screens a second time to make sure that the gate number had not changed.


It had.


I just happened to hear our names being called over the paging system a few gates over. We were the last two people to board and they were about to close the door. Whew! We made it on to the plane and were on our way to Montreal.



In Montreal, we had a layover of slightly under an hour. We had to go through Customs, but we thought we'd make it. That is, until we saw the line. You know how it is at Wal-Mart when you are in a hurry, there are a lot of people there, and there are only two check-out lanes open?

Yeah, there were three people working. Again, we were the LAST TWO people to board the plane. But we were finally on our way to PEI, so who cares?


Flying over the island was beautiful. We even saw our hotel from the air, which was pretty sweet. Anyway, we landed and went to claim our luggage in the teeny, tiny Charlottetown airport.


Only, our luggage wasn't there. I repeat: NO LUGGAGE! We were not the only ones that didn't have luggage, so we didn't feel too badly.


We got our rental car and loaded our carry-ons into the backseat. Did I mention our rental was a Volvo with a sunroof? It was niiice.


We headed to our hotel, the Dalvay by the Sea. (More on this tomorrow.) We checked in, then headed out to find some food and some supplies to get us through the night and next day until we got our luggage.


It was a shaky start to our trip, but things went uphill from there. We are working on a list of the top ten things we learned about travel to Canada and when it is done, I'll post it here.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A New Arrival

One week ago, Daniel Paul arrived home.
He was born June 29, weighing in at 8 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 22 inches long. He came home one week later on July 6. (We would have gotten him sooner if we wouldn't have had the STINKIN' FLU!) We named him Daniel after Todd's grandfather and Paul after my brother.

Instead of having a foster care worker, his case has gone straight to an adoption worker. If all goes well, his adoption will be finalized sometime in the next 6 months.

He is a sweet, precious boy and we are so blessed to have him with us.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Camp Life

The flu isn't the only thing that can wear a guy out.

This picture was taken the last night of camp. Jack played hard the whole week and by Thursday night, he just couldn't take it anymore!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This blog...

has been hijacked by the flu. It will return when there is no more fever, headache, coughing, sneezing, etc.

Will be back soon. (Hopefully)

Monday, June 22, 2009

ABC

Acadian Baptist Center
Otherwise known as camp.
For many years growing up, I went to camp with Stephanie and Dawn and Angie at ABC. We always had such a great time and I have many fond memories of camp.
Most importantly, though, camp is where I first met Jesus. I knew about Him, but didn't know that I could know him personally until I went to camp. I was only seven years old, but I have very vivid memories of that night. I remember walking to the front to talk to a staffer, then telling the other girls in my dorm room about my decision. I also remember the counselor in my room hugging me and pulling me into her lap to talk about what it all meant. Although I didn't really understand it fully until years later, I consider that night to be the start of all things new in my life.
Today my boys left for camp at ABC. Curt has gone for four years, but this is Jack's first year. He was very excited about sleeping at the top of a "bunker bed". Curt loves everything about camp: the horseback riding, swimming and the worship services at night.



I am praying that they have a good time and make good memories. But, most importantly, I want them to know God and learn something new about Him this week.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The End...

Of the Disney posts!! I thought that since we went a month ago, I should put an end to the Disney faves.

Today, I'm combining Todd's and mine. Since it was hard for me to get Todd to tell me his faves, I've decided to let the pictures do the talking.




And, this one says it all...

Friday, May 15, 2009

I Scream, You Scream...

we all scream for ice cream!!

Here in the Pullin household, we have a tradition of having ice cream for breakfast on the first day of school and the last day of school. What better way to officially kick off the summer?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gran's Turn

Well, I have slacked off a bit with the Disney World faves, so I'll just pick up where I left off. Today it is Gran's turn. I'm excited about her favorites, because they are different from anyone else's.

One of Gran's faves was a show in Epcot called Turtle Talk with Crush. It is an interactive show involving Crush, the turtle from Finding Nemo. When you first walk into the theatre, you think you will be watching a movie. But then you find out that the actor voicing the part of Crush can see the audience. He usually picks a few people out of the crowd to talk to and that particular day he chose Todd and Curt. Dude, it was, like, totally awesome!

The other favorite thing of Gran's was the food. We had the Disney Dining Plan, so we ate at more table-service restaurants than we ever have before. Some of the highlights were the Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom, Marekesh in Epcot, and the Beirgarten in Epcot. The food was fantastic at all of them, but the Yak and Yeti was probably the best.

One of MY favorite things about Marekesh in Morocco was the belly dancer inviting all of the children to join her. Jack was one of the first ones on the dance floor!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Meme's Faves

Today, we have Meme's favorites. Meme is my mom, for those who don't know. This was my mom's second time at Disney and she had a great time. When I asked her what her favorite things about the vacation were, she had a hard time narrowing it down, but this is what she came up with:


Toy Story Mania. This is a new ride at Disney's Hollywood Studio. It is a 3-d ride based on the Toy Story movies and you shoot at different things, like a carnival game. It was great but has a horrendously long line, so you have get a fast-pass if you hope to get on it that day!

Mickey's Philharmagic This is the 3-d movie at the Magic Kingdom. I think there is one at every park, but this is the best! It is based on the movie Fantasia and is lots of fun.

Kilimanjaro Safaris Meme loved the Safari. You get on a big off-road type of truck and go through the "African grassland" to see animals in their environment. If the truck stops long enough, you can get some great pictures of animals up close and much better than you could in a zoo. Mom loves giraffes, so I came home with a gazillion pictures of giraffes, hoping there was at least one good one.

But, according to her, THE BEST thing about this vacation was being with the boys and watching them have fun. Isn't that just like a Meme?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Curt's Favorites

Today is Curt's turn.

One of Curt's favorite rides at Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain, was closed for renovation. He and Todd were pretty disappointed. (Just so you know, if any of you are planning a trip soon, it will be closed until Winter, 2009.) So, I guess this time his favorites were Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain.

Curt's favorites at Epcot are the Kim Possible missions and Mission Space. On this trip, they did the Mission Space ride without the spinning so Jack could ride along. He has done the more intense ride as well and loved it.

At Animal Kingdom his favorite ride was definitely expedition Everest. I think he and Todd rode it three times in one day. He even got a little stuffed Yeti as a souvenir.

At Hollywood Studios, his favorites were Tower of Terror and Rock-n-Roller Coaster. (Anyone see a theme emerging?) Curt does not have a cautious or scared bone in his body. He will ride anything anytime anywhere. It's a good thing Todd likes to ride or we would be in trouble, because I'm certainly not going to ride those rides!

I just realized that I don't have any pictures of these rides, cause I didn't ride them!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Jack's Favorite Things

Well, we are back from DisneyWorld and settling back into a normal routine. I decided that I would do posts of everyone's favorite things at Disney. These are Jack's. He had two favorites at each park, so this may take awhile.

Jack's birthday was our first full day at Disney, so we let him pick which park we would visit. He chose the Magic Kingdom, which is my favorite, also. His favorites there are the Buzz Lightyear ride and It's a Small World. (He has been singing that song everyday since we got back.)



At Animal Kingdom, his favorites were the train ride to Rafiki's Planet Watch and the safari ride. He doesn't normally like Animal Kingdom (he says it smells bad), so I think it was good that he managed to find things he liked.















At Disney's Hollywood Studios, his favorites were Star Tours and the new ride, Toy Story Mania. Through the kindness of a stranger, we got fast passes for Toy Story Mania, so we were able to ride it twice.












At Epcot (or, as he says, Efcot), his favorites were Mission Space and the new Kim Possible game. I have to say, the Kim Possible game is really fun. It is an interactive game using a special cell phone that is programmed with clues for a mission to save the world. We all had a good time with it. And, we saved the world.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Epcot

I am sitting at Epcot right now, waiting for Illuminations to begin.

We have hit all of the parks and done most of what we wanted to do. Curt's favorite ride so far has been the Rock n Roller Coaster. Jack's has been Buzz Lightyear.

I wish I could figure out how to post a picture from my phone, but I guess that will have to wait until I get home!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Finding Nemo

We are sitting in the theatre now waiting for the Nemo show to begin. We are having a fantastic time! We have had lunch with Pooh and his friends andbreakfast with Mickey and his friends!
Oops! Here comes Nemo---gotta go.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Murphy's Law

I wonder why, when we had to be at the airport at 4:30 AM, today was the day the dog chose to tangle with a skunk?!?

I can only hope he has aired out by the time we get home.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Country Road

One evening last week, Jack and I went for a bike ride down our little road. Here are some of the things that we saw.

A red-wing blackbird,

a crawfish boat,

a setting sun,

and a little boy heading home.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Let the Countdown Begin!

In 22 days, we leave for Disney World!

This will not be our first trip to Disney World, but it will be the first one that we take with Gran and Meme. We are so excited and can't wait to show them all of our favorite rides and things to see.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Faces to the Sun

The children's sermon at church reminded me of these pictures that I took last summer.
Sunflowers open their faces to the sun every morning and then follow the sun all day, until it goes down at night.

Oh, how I want to be like that! I want to wake up open to Son. I want to follow Him all day long. And when I lay my head down at night, I want to go to sleep knowing that I did my best to be more like Him.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Letting Go

One month ago today I let go of my babies.

I realize they were not really MY babies, but when they moved into our home, they moved into my heart. There is any empty space there now, but I am trusting my great big God to fill it up with Himself.
I do not know why they were only here for a short time. But I do know that I will pray for them and love them always.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Games of the First Pullin Olympiad

This week we learned about the early Olympic games as part of our history lessons. Naturally, we had to have our own games.

As a part of our games,we had sprints:


javelin throwing:

and, pole vaulting:

I think I see gold medals in their futures!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Off we go...

into the wild blue yonder!

Today we went on a field trip. A traveling exhibit of WWII planes was in our area, so we went to see them. We had such a great time. We were able to get into the planes and climb around and see the bombs and the guns which, of course, is the best part! (Especially if you are a boy in the 6-10 year range). We also saw several military jets and helicopters land and take off again.

What a terrific way to spend a school day!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saying Goodbye

In honor of Terry Pullin...to the glory of God.
Yesterday, our family said goodbye to a husband, father, father-in-law, and grandad.

2 Corinthians says that, in Christ, we are new creations, both when we come to Christ for forgiveness of our sins, and when we finally see Him face to face. In keeping with that idea, they boys released monarch butterflies at the graveside.


We miss Grandad, but take great comfort that he is safe in the arms of Jesus.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

January birthdays

We have two family birthdays in January.

Curt's birthday is January 12th. He turned 10 years old this year. I am still having trouble believing that he is a "preteen" (that's what he calls himself). It just doesn't seem like 10 years could have gone by so quickly.

Gran's birthday is the 21st. (Gran is Todd's mom, for those who don't know) I won't tell how old she is, but I will say she doesn't consider herself a "preteen"!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Christmas Photo, Number 2

Well, I am finally posting a picture of all of the kids.
From left to right: Curt holding Breannah, Jay, Jack, and Alana. I can't believe they were all sitting relatively still and smiling at the same time.
I am too sleepy to post any more right now. Maybe tomorrow.