Happy Birthday Ezekiel!

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Today Ezekiel turned 3 years old.  He has become such a handsom little man.  At the annual measuring he gained a full 3 inches this year.  He loves all things trains.  When outside he is always on the search for worms and bettles.  As soon as he woke this morning Zoe showered him with gifts.  My favorites were a book she wrote about a train (his favorite thing) and a Pooh coloring book she made herself. 

His cake was of course a trian that I tried my hand at.  Thankfully he has a great imagination.  Anything in a line (blocks, laundry baskets) is a train to him. 

Many times throughout the day he was sung Happy Birthday.  He got to like it so much he asked we sing it three times for bedtime. 

Abigail even got to get in on the fun with a ride around the house. 

The Last…

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Well, this is a post of two lasts.  The Silver Beach Church campout.  Sadly, it was our last camping trip this year.  Greg has been working a lot of overtime and our last couple trips have been canceled.  So I’m glad it was a nice long trip with great people.  It was also the last last camp out as SBCC.  The Lord provided a new building and location for our church and our name has been changed.  Fortunately, the camp out will continue next year as SCBC (Spring Creek Bible Church).   We had a wonderful time getting to know people better and just having some good ol’ fun.  Here are some pictures from the week.

Some friends had connections to a couple of horses and “dropped by” with them for all the kids to ride.  Oh, was Zoe ever so excited!

Just chillin’ with Dad.  Abigail 3 months

The troublesome twosome.  Zeke almost 3, Oliver almost 2

Don’t you just love tiny hands and feet?

The play dough pit.  And this…I just couldn’t leave this out.  Aftermath of the play dough pit.  No really, it’s play dough.

And the highly anticipated SBCC Olympics

A wonderful time was had by all and wonderful memories made.

Recipe of the Week: Thames Basic Cheese Ball

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The Cheese ball.

Ole to Joy…  This family favorite is a staple of the Thames family when the cold northeast wind starts to blow.  This recipe was inspired by a family friends recipe.  Mrs TW showed Merriann her recipe, and this is what grew out of our imagination.  It is great on crackers and  bread.  We have even heated it up in the microwave and used it with nachos (But that was when Merriann was pregnant, so I make no promises on how that tasted! :-).  Anyway hope you like it. 

Words of warning: The spiciness level of this dish depends on the spiciness of the pepper jack cheese.  We have had it really spicy and not spicy at all.   We thank the God of heaven for sending Mrs. TW into our lives because our lives would not be as blessed as it has been. Plus, we would be without this dish.  😉  Again I hope you enjoy!!


  • 1 (8 ounces) packages of cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped and sauteed in a couple TB butter until soft
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup bacon, cooked & chopped


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and Pepper Jack cheese. Blend in the onion, red bell pepper (butter & all), and fresh parsley.
  2. Form cheese mixture into desired size balls.  ( I usually make about 4 from this mixture)
  3. Mix the pecans and bacon and roll the cheese ball in the mixture to coat thoroughly.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.   Allow to soften a little before serving.  (that is if you can stand to have it sitting on the counter staring at you)

These can be eaten immediately but it is recommended to let them sit overnight to let the flavors blend.  They also freeze well.

Baseball Fever


When Grandpa T was visiting we headed to a Mariners game.  We were only there for a short time but I was surprised how much of it they took in.  The following day this is all the boys wanted to do.

They made a great team.  Zeke was all about the hitting and Oliver (our running man) would run after the ball and throw it back.