Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tyler Zoo Pics

This bird "house" was a huge hit for us. They would perch on your finger!

Katharine giving the birdie kisses...

this is a stray dog that adopted Jakob and followed him all day..even waited outside the house on the step till the next morning.. so sweet..

Bluebonnet pictures

A bluebonnet field on the side of 290

running through the field

A small patch of Indian Paintbrushes
Smelling the Bluebonnets
I just love Jakobs face and his pose!

A field in Brenham down a windy was gorgeous!

Times they are a busy..

Between Cypress Calling, Spring Break and Spring cleaning the Schoen household has been a house full of busy bees.
Lets start with Cypress Calling. We had the most amazing meeting with the head of our Churchs Women's Ministry. She is incredible and welcomed us and sang our praises the whole meeting. Then she invited us to a Leadership retreat of all the women leaders at The Met, THAT WEEKEND. So Jenn and I packed our bags and headed to the Piney woods.
We felt like Celebrities! Everyone knew who we were and what we were there for. We(everyone not just Jenn and I) were treated to 3 meals a day and when I say meals I mean.. hearty, yummy meals. It was so nice to be cooked for and not have to cook for two impatient Preschoolers.
We got to talk about CCM and tell everyone our future plans. We met many leaders in the church who gave us great ideas.
I am so excited about the amazing things God has planned for our Ministry.
Moving on to Spring Break. I knew that having Jakob home from school and not having something to do was going to be difficult so we took a little vacation to GGs(great Grandmas) Lake house. I packed up the kids, and hit the pavement for 4 hours. We arrived in Yantis, Population 300, Just after 3. The only issue I have when on vacation is that the kids are so off their schedules and they start acting crazy. So we had that hurdle to get over but aside from that we had a super fun weekend with GG and Papa Richard.
We got to ride in the boat, Jakob even got to drive!! We went to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler. That was the highlight of the trip and then headed home Friday.
Saturday we went Bluebonnet hunting. We got up early, got everyone looking pretty and headed towards Brenham. We found a small little patch near a fence at first and then decided to do some mild trespassing into a large field. There wasn't a fence so we didn't see the harm. We got some great pics of the kids. Unfortunately we didn't get any good pictures of the whole family but that's ok.. I was having a bad hair day.
After we got home from our bluebonnet trip we started working in the yard.
Now let me tell you that I don't have a green thumb and don't find much pleasure in digging in dirt and pulling up weeds, but I really enjoyed it. I went to Lowes by myself, which was refreshing, and really got to look at the plants and decide which one would be right and that I wouldn't kill ;)
So I ended up with two purple Azalea bushes. We planted them in front of the side pillar and then Dustin went to get 2 more because we loved them so much.
I am also going to plant some begonias and bluebonnets around the tree. I also have some big plans for the backyard but that will have to wait for a couple of weeks.
The weather was so beautiful this weekend I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy themselves.
We ended the weekend by taking a bike ride(our neighbor gave us a bike) Dustin on his bike, the kids in the bike trailer and me on my new FREE bike!! It was a great weekend with the family.
I ll post pictures in the next post. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Daddy Love

Cousin Adam

Pretty Tree

Jordan vs. Cake icing..

Katharine with her best Joker impersonation

Baby Evyn..

Making music.

My handsome man and me with my new 'do
Katharine showing me her sad face
Gizmo, worlds fatest cat!

Odds and Ends

We had a very busy weekend. Friday we went to the Cook off at the Houston Rodeo. It was an interesting experience. I am not to sure I would do it again but atleast I can say I have been to the Cook off.
Saturday daddy was off of work and we went to Conroe to celebrate February family birthdays. We had a blast! It is always interesting to watch the dynamics between the youngest baby who is 8 months old and the oldest who is 86 and everyone in between. It was loud and crazy and totally exhausting but it is always worth it!
On a personal note, I have been busy with Cypress Calling which is a good thing. That means we are helping people and spreading Gods love.
I had such an awesome opportunity and experience today that I cant wait to share with you.. Look for it in the next couple days on CCMs blog.
Stay tuned for pictures of this weekend!!