Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Sunshine's 6th Birthday!

McKenna Anne Heck is now 6! We had a super fun birthday party for her, Aubrie and Rylee! They are 11 and 9! How the time does fly!!!
It was a JUSTIN BIEBER day!!! =)
Adorable girl in CUTE new clothes from her aunts!
Jill made her a cute birthday cake which we ate for breakfast!
6 years old!!!! June 22nd!!! It was a FUN day!!
~Dear McKenna, Precious girl, I am so thankful to be able to spend so many hours with you every day. You teach me so much. The fun times of singing and dancing together, hearing you laugh with your head thrown back, waking up to kiss you every morning... you make life so wonderfully happy. You are a crack up, girlfriend, and I can't ever see your tiny teeth, your curly hair, or feel one of your hugs without thanking GOD that I have you in my arms today. Your Bible knowledge is great, your love and care for others in very noticeable, you are able of so many things without help now. You are tall, dark, and GORGEOUS! You care about GOD. And that is the sweet little heart that I just love. Thank you for being amazing! I love you forever, Your Kara :) ~
CUTE siblings!!
Look at that stylin' dude!!!
Princess McKenna!!! Now 6 years old!!! A whole new year begins!!
COOL kiddos outside the pet store. We all LOVE sunglasses!
Here are our new fishy friends! Happy Birthday, sweethearts!!
McKenna got lots of nice cards from friends-- this one is from my family in GA. We are looking forward to going to see them in less than 2 weeks.
At breakfast and lunch I had little presents waiting for our girl. Cake for breakfast, pizza for lunch, then Dad took her out for Chinese for supper and swimmin' in the afternoon. SHE was a blessed, happy, perfectly-spoiled princess--we all LOVE her!!
Tina made our Kenna brownies~ soooo cute and sweet! We sang Happy Birthday and played, played, played. It was girls' night at Aunt Tammy's, so McKenna got to play with a bunch of her friends on her birthday, too. Jill took her shoppin' for her birthday the next morning, and then they went to see the new movie, Brave. It was a wonderful weekend for our girl. She blesses us every day. Every day we get to spend with her is like a PARRRRRTY! =) 

<3 LIFE IS GOOD! <3 

American Girl Camp

 We love little girls. 
We love cooking. 
We love dressing up. 
We love history.
We love crafts. 
We love reading. 
We love snacks.
We love playing games...
 Miss Debbie is soooo nice to let us use her house and fill it with little sweethearts!
 Aren't they just TOOO cute?!?! 12 precious little princesses!
 I LoVe my Abby and my CanCan!! Aren't the dresses great, too!? These two were the biggest helps, we had the best time, and just totally enjoyed being together. 
Yay for best friends!!
 This little man was SO good during the camp-- he played with the boys and tried out a few things about camp with us girls. He is precious and good. This is him writing with quill and ink.
 Lunch was a FUN time of day. 
Ok, who am I kidding?! ALL TIMES OF THE DAY were fun times of day!
The lovely Candice and sweet Aubrie! Aubrie is wearing Candice's dress. Little Candice wore that dress years ago at Roundhouse... *I. love. memories!*
Here is BOB. He dressed us to show the girls a DUDE during Felicity's time. It was greeted with LOADS of squeals! I love happiness and funny times and love!

Camp was super busy, so fun, and over too quickly! 
 Lookin' forward to next year already! =) 

June Joys!

 For... almost as long as I can remember, for these past several years, Abby Leonard has been one of my very, very best friends. SHE is the reason that I came to Missouri that first time... and I've loved it ever since!
 We talked through the school year last year that when we got to the summer, we wanted to spend a WHOLE WEEK together. And so, we reached the summer, found a week. And that's just what we did!
 It was FANTASTIC! Spending the night with friends, eating out, late night movie, American Girl Camp, playing in the fountain at Crown Center, girls' Bible Study, hanging with Carter and McKenna together, making artwork with the kiddos, playing with Rizzo, going on a walk, playing at the park, swimming, talking and talking, singing and watching videos, dancing around the house. LAUGHING. And some sleeeeeeping! =)
 Carter Boyd Heck soakin' up the son, while he "Lives in the Sunshine!"
McKenna loves anything that involves water!! =)
 We had a super di duper time makin' art with Abs. Music, colors, paint, happiness!
 There's just nothing in the world so wonderful as spending time with someone you love so much. And someone who the kiddos love so much. Friends are such blessings. I could go on and on listing all the things that we've done together, how much fun we've had. We get along wonderfully and know each other crazy well. I love my Abs SO much!
 We got a kitty!! I LOVE HIM!! His name is Wesley. 
He is gorgeous. He is funny. Everyone loves him!
 For Father's Day, Jill had an awesome idea of takin' pics of the kiddos holding letters to spell out DAD. Candice took the pictures, we did it as a surprise, and we put on "church clothes" and went to the side of the building to have the awesome brick look.
 This is one of my favorite pictures of ALL TIME!
 They are too cute. And Funny. We had to say "Funny pictures" and "Good smiles." They did wonderfully!
This. Is. A. Handsome. Boy. 

"Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done. Count your blessings. Name them ONE BY ONE. Count your many blessings see what GOD HAS DONE!"

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summertime Playdates!

Colored Bubbles!!! We had the best time with Miss Nancy Goring!!
She brought us the coolest bubbles, the yummiest sweet breakfast (including chocolate milk)!, and the most fun ever just talking and being together visiting.
The Cute. Yellow. Bubble. Boy. :)
See how lovely?! The world God gave us, and the minds He gave to humans are just fantastic!!
Reading time, hugs, smiles... the morning flew by!!
Blowin' ballons-- McKenna has learned how to blow then, how to tie them-- and how fun it is to put candy in them! She's also learned to tie her own shoes! She is growing and learning soooo quickly!!
That's my Gran and my Grandad (My Dad's parents). It was AMAZING to have them with me for a weekend. They got to meet a lot of my dear friends and family here. It felt so normal to be with them, but so super incredible to be able to show them my Missouri!!
Gran and Grandad were able to worship at my cute congregation. I love to spend time with them. My grandparents have done so much to make me who I am- to show me how to live my life- to never stop learning, trying, and growing. They have pushed and challenged me in many things. I love them forever!!
Sweet Shark Boy at a lovely pool day with Katie, Tammy, Tina, Candice, Bean, Andrew, Addyson, Wyatt, McKenna, and Carter. Wow. Those people are BLESSINGS in my life!! =)


Fantastic Camping Weekend! :)

A really, really, really good weekend was our CAMPING WEEKEND! Our congregation almost all got to go to a State Park. It was a pretty, pretty weekend.
We had the best food, the best fellowship, the best time!!
The super cute, super cool, SETH!!!!!!!!!!!
My Sweet, Lovely Girl, my Sis, ABBYYYYY!!
There were racoons everywhere. It was funny to watch them. We put everything away and all went to bed. Then I went back to get a drink and didn't have any light with me. I was singing and not paying much attention, getting closer over to the table by the fire. I heard a noise and I was like, "Jonnnn." Thinking it was one of my friends. Then I looked up, and realized it was a BUNCH of racoons.
The yummiest-- and longest coming-- breakfast of my life. The weather could not have been more perfect! Stacy got me GOOD when we were doing the dishes together. I loved all the fun "work" that went into camping, as well as all the time to walk, relax, be outside, and just spend time together with people who I love soooooo much!!
The AWESOME, WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC, Jon and Nikayla!!! =)
Being together all the time, learning so many things at the same time, focusing on God and His Word with each other...I love this girl. She helps me, teaches me, is love to be around, is a constant encouragement. I am blessed to have my Nikayla in my life!! And her whole family!!
The country is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Playin' at the park with the cool kiddos from my congregation. I love the park. I love the sweet Bible Classes with these sweethearts. =)
My life is full of many, many miles... and my cute little car helps me do it all. 
There are so many blessings in life. Some that we forget to think of often:
Car. Clothes. House. Food. Smiley Face on the front of the car... hee hee. =) 
I love life.