...............The Hellwig Family

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sunday Afternoon at the Clayton's!

Posted by Gabrielle

We enjoyed spending this past Sunday afternoon with our dear friends, the Claytons. Thank you Claytons for the delicious lunch of lasagna, green beans and apple pie!
Yes, we did fit all 12 of us around the table together!
Mr. Clayton giving Timothy and me a demonstration of Creation/Evolution lecture he did
Mr. Clayton and Timothy deep in discussion

For a break between lunch and dessert we played croquet on the lawn across the street from the house. We enjoyed learning a new game.
Timothy, triumphant after a good hit
Elliot got tired of it halfway through so I finished up his game
The two croquet ladies, Christianna and Arianne
I love the way this one turned out with the flow of Christie's skirt :)
Elliot and Mr. Clayton 'reviewing the situation'
Jeddy, watching from the sidelines
Toby was cute trying to play it like the rest of us
Our happy group on the field!
Several years ago we memorized the whole book of James and Christianna recited James 1 for us
Jedidiah recited a passage that we learned in church earlier, Malachi 4: 4-6
Arianne recited a family favorite, Psalm 19
Toby (with a little coaching from Mommy) recited Psalm 23
Elliot read Deuteronomy 6: 1-9
Timothy and I gave a Creation/Evolution debate presentation. You can read the script here.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton
This picture of Mrs. Clayton and Jeddy is just too precious!

Thank you so much Claytons for your hospitality! We will be remembering this afternoon together for a long time!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pig Pickin' at the Smith's Farm

Posted by Gabrielle

Pig Pickin'? Yes, it's a Southern term for a pig barbecue party.
Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day and we drove 1 1/2 hours to our friend's farm. It was a lot of fun with hayrides, games and an afternoon of fellowship with friends.
Jedidiah on the fence of the horse pasture!
And, the highlight of the afternoon, horseback rides! I didn't have a turn as we ran out of time but I did get pictures!
Christianna and her friend Nellie Smith
Arianne and Nellie
We certainly got a taste of true country life! Thank you, Smith family, for your horse-pitality!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The 'Official' Anniversary Picture!

Posted by Gabrielle
Happy 20th Anniversary Daddy and Mommy!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Daddy and Mommy's 20th Anniversary!

Posted by Gabrielle

Yesterday evening we celebrated Daddy and Mommy's 20th anniversary with a big dinner! Timothy, Arianne and I spent almost all day in the kitchen cooking and this is the result:
With flowers too!

With so many people in the house and the dinner being a surprise, we spent Tuesday evening making these:
This curtain was dubbed "the Great Scaley Wall". It is a frame of three sticks and white curtains from our dress-up bin with paper shopping bags fastened to one side with safety pins. From the kitchen side of this curtain it very closely resembled the scales of a croccodile!
The papers we clipped on the curtain say: Please do not Enter! Call for assistance. Ask and it shall be given unto you!
Christianna, Jedidiah and Tobias
Elliot being silly. What else is new around here?
Once we took down the curtain the hungry troops filed in.
And, the desserts:
Timothy's famous triple layer cheesecake,
Jam Treasure butter cookies and an orange cake.

Watch for the official anniversary picture to be posted as soon as possible!