Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Train

We set up our Christmas train for its 3rd Christmas in our home since it was given to us by Joel's grandparents. Im not even how sure how old the train and track is, at lease twenty years old and still tracking along! We are so honored and blessed to have it and will cherish the train many many years! Above is a picture of all the kiddos enjoying the train. Below is a video of the kids watching the train on the track. The train blows its horn, the caboose lights up inside, and if you put oil in the engine- it smokes! SO MUCH FUN!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...

We've been slowly decorating this week for Christmas and it's been so much fun. I guess because last year we didnt decorate much because we went to India. Soon we will get up the outside decorations to reflect the inside.

Look at the sidebar to the left to see all we have done:
~Of course dad gets to figure out which bulb is out.
~Mom is trying to sing a Christmas Carol- pitiful!
~Kayla and Emily are posing by the tree and fireplace.
~Dylan with close supervision is shaking and holding our family snowglobe.
~Taylor is crying because he has had enough of the reindeer antlers!

~And to the right is our Christmas tree. Adorned with all our beautiful ornaments. Some are handmade, newly bought, from around the world, or as old as our youth! We are very happy with our tree this year.

We hope you all out there enjoy this Christmas season as much as we are!

What does a sucker, scissors and some keys have to do with eachother??


to cut
The 4
were to

I must admit, it was a hairy-sticky mess for sure, but a good looking haircut in the end!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A new smile!

Taylor has been working so hard on these new teeth. He's going to have a new smile by Christmas with four new teeth on top and two still on the bottom.

Poor little guy, you can tell its so painful. But he's a trooper, he never ceases to smile and be happy.

Sunday, November 25, 2007


We would
like to
the departure
of the pacifier
(AKA: "passy")
from the
Strickland home!

We have not seen "passy" since last week. Although we ponder where it is every night before bed. Now its time to move on to other adventures and milestones--like potty training!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Oh my goodness, we are so thankful for so many things. We have much to be thankful for. Tonight we all pondered what we're thankful for. I listed a few here.

Joel is thankful for Jesus, a beautiful wife, Kayla, Emily, Dylan and Taylor, all our family and friends, my house, I have all my body parts, two running cars, milk and cereal.

Tressa is thankful for a graceful God whose purposes and plans exceed my own. A wonderful husband, beautiful children and so thankful we are all healthy! Im also so grateful for my our family and dear friends who love us and have walked along us in our many seasons. My home, my van, my life experiences. And lastly Im thankful-especially at 5 in the morning, for coffee and creamer!!

Kayla is thankful for my dad and mom, sister and brothers, and all the rest of my family, my friends, and my house, my teacher Mrs. Metz, bike riding with my family, and most of all Im thankful for God and the way He made me and He sent Jesus to die on the cross for me.

Emily is thankful for my parents, my sister and brothers, and all my other family, my friends, my teacher Mrs. Hicks and her two babies in her belly, math, spelling tests, cute clothes, God and Jesus, my house, Webkinz, Nintendo, and dominos.

(with help)is thankful for daddy, paci's, JOY, trains, tractors, big sisters and a little brother, Nathan, Will, and Ryan.

(with help) is thankful for milk, mommy, big sisters, clean diapers, applesauce, JOY, and my bouncer.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Judson Levasheff

"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand...and melting like a snowflake."

This is a quote from a mommy who just lost her 2 1/2 year old son Judson to Krabbe.
Our family
pays tribute
to the
Levasheff family.
Although we've
never met you,
our thoughts
and prayers
are with you
and your family.

Please join us in praying for this beautiful heartbroken family.

Please PRAY for this sick baby!

Taylor has been sick for a while now, he has RSV. (Which is a chest cold or virus that can be potentially dangerous to infants) He has snot, drool, and congestion everywhere! But he somehow manages to still be happy-at times! He sure isnt his normal self! Please pray for complete quick healing.

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Emily made these lego figurines of our family yesterday. She called the collection "the6stricklands". I know she has heard that term before many times.

Although she was stuck- we have our dachshund Daisy(see her in the far right in black) She has been apart of our family for three years! Why aren't we the7stricklands?
(From Left to Right: Daddy, Momma, Kayla, Emily, Dylan, Taylor, and Daisy)

Monday, November 5, 2007

"Sic 'Em Bears"

We went to the Baylor Homecoming Parade over the weekend. A family tradition for many many years. Lots of family was there. Aunt Becca took these great pics.

Saturday, November 3, 2007


K ind
A ffectionate
Y outhful
L oving
A uthentic

These are a few things that describe our beautiful eight year old Kayla. We are so blessed to have her in our family as our BIG sister.
She helps with her brothers and likes it too!
She loves God and is a prayer warrior.
She loves to cook homemade brownies and snickerdoodles-and they really taste amazing!
She is so smart at school and very creative in writing.
She is a caring friend and is always faithful.

She loves her family dearly, and her family loves her the same!

Leave Kayla an encouragement if you'd like. Please also pray that God would continue to strengthen her and mold her into a beautiful young woman!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Becca, this post is for you.

Today, I was shopping at Mardel. A very peaceful shopping trip with the boys.

Until we get to the check out and then it became a nightmare.

Taylor was buckled in the cart during our spree, and Dylan walked along side of me. At the checkout Dylan tryed to climb up the side of the cart. Which made the cart fall sideways on top of Dylan with Taylor hitting his head and hanging sideways in the cart. I was able to grab the cart, and ease the fall to the ground.

IT WAS HORRIBLE! The cashier screamed, the manager ran from the back of the store, customers ran forward. The entire store stopped.

I had two screaming boys-thank God I have two shoulders for them to cry on. I held them both until they calmed down.

THEN the manager tells me we need to fill out an incident report. AHHHH! The manager and the cashier-both jumpy- worked together to finish checking me out.

Everyone at Mardel was very nice and helpful. BUT what a hectic, sweaty, uncomfortable moment I hope to never have again. Unfortunately, with two boys, you just never know!!!