Tuesday, March 26, 2013


It's been a while hasn't it...and TONS has happened...hasn't it??  So this blog post is just to say that we are hanging in there...barely.  But more posting will be coming soon.  I am looking forward to getting life back on track again..

Friday, February 8, 2013

brother who play together....

Right now these boys LOVE eachother...I am currently listening to them upstairs whisper and pretend they are at the ranch and hunting for deer with the MASSIVE gun that they built out of blocks.  It is awesome!!! Joe and I are so thankful for the ages that they are and how much they enjoy eachother!  What a blessing!  

Monday, February 4, 2013

Christmas 2012

Yup...a little late on this one, ehhh??  But better late than never...
We spent the weekend down at my parent's house with our cousins and aunts/uncles.   Sitte and Berger were also able to make a trip in and spend the Christmas day festivities with us.
The boys REALLY got into is this year..leaving Santa a note to come to Mimi & Papi's...asking Santa for skates (Jake) and really all three enjoying the opening process.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree...

It's become a tradition the past three years to go to the tree farm by our house to pick out our Christmas tree.  Eventhough we always get a pre-cut tree we like to ride the tractors and walk the tree aisles.

We'll see if this tradition continues in the years to come when we move....but it sure is fun for right now. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

5. It's kind of a BIG deal.

 So one of the things Joe and I thought about and decided to implement with our boys a couple years ago was to make certain birthday's in their lives a pretty big stinking deal.  We got the idea from our friend who did the same with their boys growing up in the mission field of Costa Rica.  
So the first birthday we wanted to make a big deal was 5.  
Seems like a good #, doesn't it?
So Joe and I thought it would be cool if we could hold out to make 5 a day when these boys get to fly on an airplane for the very first time.
AND...they get to go ALONE with BOTH Mom & Dad. 
So, Jake turned 5...and we made the big flight happen on our way back from San Antonio after Thanksgiving.  Our rockstar Auntie drove our other two boys back from SA and we met them for dinner upon our return. 

It was sooo awesome for both me and Joe to get to spend so much alone time with Jake.  It's something we really never get to do.  
We boarded the plane, the captain asked Jake to come into the cock-pit...but Jake freaked out and didn't want to go.
Jake sat by the window and was so anxious, nervous and excited for the plane to take off.  (thank the Lord there were no delays)
Then once we took off, and got pretty far up in the air Jake turns to us and says "why are we going to slow??"
Turns out it looks pretty slow being so high up in the air...something we forget about having done it so much.
Then he colored, got some snacks, got to talk me and Joe's ears off.
The landing went well...the ear popping was a little freaky for Jake, but we gave him some gum and helped him understand to swallow...the landing was awesome...he loved the stop...

Afterwards, in typical "Martinek" style he acted like it was no big deal doing what he just did. 
Mimi & Papi picked us up.
We drove to meet Auntie and our brother's for dinner.
As we were riding to dinner in the backseat I turned to Jake and said
"Jake...what you just did is a REALLY big deal.  ONLY 5 year old big boys get to ride in planes in our family...you are officially now a big boy"
He looked at me....puffed up his chest...smiled and said "I know mom"

It was a great day!!  Jake officially feels 5 now.