Julian is 14!

We are celebrating a birthday in the Morrison home today.  Julian Jeremiah is turning fourteen today.  We are grateful for all that Julian brings to our family.  He is such a protector, so witty and fun.  Just this week, we were filling out his enrollment papers and picking his courses for high school next school year.  I can hardly believe it.  It is true what they say, they do grow up fast.

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Julian just got a bow for his birthday.  This is something he has been wanting for awhile.  As Brayden says, “He’s a good aimer.”  We have been eating well and honoring our birthday boy with more fun ahead.

 

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DSC02725Julian’s siblings made this for him this morning.  Each letter has something written in it that they like about him.  So sweet they did this on their own.

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Bring on Spring

 

Well, I know it isn’t here yet, but these warm weekend days made us yearn for spring.  These three (Julian was with neighbors and Scott at a day of teacher training) and I decided to venture out on a bike ride.  It was gorgeous!  When we first moved to Durham, this particular bike ride seemed daunting with our four.  Then, our kids were 1, 3, 5, and 7.  Now, with my 7, 9, and 11 year old, this ride to our American Tobacco Trail is completely delightful and much quicker.  🙂

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Brothers

This post is a tribute to brothers having brothers.  I don’t think there is a greater gift God could have given Kalen, than his brother Brayden (and vise versa).  These photos depict just one of their backyard adventures.  They decided to build a lean-to in one of the corners of our backyard.  After they had made the lean-to, they went and found this big log in the woods to have as a seat in their hideout.  I snuck up on them to take these photos.

Most of the time, they get along so well.  They have their moments of disgust with one another.  They can get so silly, totally playing off one another.  Kalen and Brayden love their brother, Julian, but the closeness they share is unique and set apart from their own bonds with Julian.

To say we are thankful for this duo would be a huge understatement.
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“Cookies for sale.. 50 cents a cookie”

That is what you could hear coming from our side of the street today.  Kalen, Madelyn and Brayden started early (9am) with this very detailed plan of selling cookies out on the sidewalk.  They planned and developed a stand, got all the ingredients together, mixed and baked the cookies, allowed the cookies to cool, made posters, poured complimentary cups of water, filled the cooler with cookies, stood on the corner advertising, watched and waited (red-faced and determined).  Many neighbors and passing folks stopped and bought their cookies.  They started at 9 and finished around 4.  I am so impressed with their patience.  I think it helps that we live in a pretty busy neighborhood, in a busy city.  Plus, they are really cute.  🙂

I treasure these days that our kids dream up a plan/project and go for it.  Firstly, it is beautiful that they can agree on something they want to do and be determined enough to do it together.  Also, it teaches them so much through the process.  I did not do anything except preheat the oven.  I have been inside carrying on with the day and my list of to-dos.  I have to add that I find so much joy in their independence.  Every once and awhile I peer out the window to find a neighbor smiling widely as they receive their cookie on a napkin handed over by one of our kids or I see and hear Brady shouting as loud as he can, “Cookies, come and get your cookies… Cookies for sale… 50 cents a cookie”.  I also love that whenever they make profit, one of them darts inside to report the latest earnings.   This ‘littleness’ that I still get to watch and be a part of with our kids, I don’t want to go away.  I will miss it terribly when it is gone.

Just in case you are wondering.  Julian opted out of this one.  He decided to spend his Labor Day, not working, out of the sun reading.

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It is 3:47pm and Brayden is still outside with the four remaining cookies, not giving up.  Actually, three neighbors just walked up.  And… we’re done.  They made $ 30.50.

Wedding Weekend

My stepbrother, Scott, recently got married.  He and his new wife, Laura, had a beautiful and picture perfect wedding.  Our family of six was very thankful to have been there on that day to celebrate this sweet union.  I wanted to share some photos from the weekend, which include several of my dad’s side of the family.

Pictured above, from left to right, is Scott, my brother-Ryan, sister-in-law Stephanie, Sally and my Dad.  This was taken at the rehearsal dinner at the O’Henry Hotel in Greensboro.

Here I am with my brothers.

Aunt Kathy and Uncle Ken

Super fun aunts- Kay and Sue with my silly brother, Ryan, in the background.

My Dad with my stepmom/mother of the groom, Sally at the wedding.

Laura with her dad.  Isn’t this just gorgeous?

They were married in Laura’s sister’s garden area.  It was simply beautiful in every single way.

My groom  🙂

Ryan, my dad and me

My kids with their cousins, Anna Kristin and Grayson.

Madelyn and Anna Kristin taking it all in at 10 years old.

Two little cuties… our Brayden and my nephew, Grayson

On to the reception we went.  This is Ry and Steph.  We had a fabulous time celebrating Scott & Laura, love and family.