Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Family Pictures

While visiting Shawn's parents over Christmas, Theresa snapped some pictures for us.
They turned out great!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday Kassidy!

I can't believe my sweet bundle of joy is already 5 years old. She's growing so fast and is wanting to start kindergarten as soon as we get back to school this winter.

Papa and Kassidy out enjoying the KS snow with Papa's tractor.

Friday, December 20, 2013


 That is one huge skein of geese!
Did you know they are only considered to be to be a gaggle of geese if they are on the ground?

This is the field across the house from my parent's house and there were thousands of geese.
Shawn was drooling.

Christmas Lights

The family all ready to go look at lights with our p.j.s and hot chocolate.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Early Christmas

 Sometime the box is still the best present, even when you get older!

Monday, December 9, 2013


We are so thankful for our amazing church family and the opportunity to serve others while remembering the story of Christ's birth!

Kaylee Turns 7

Kaylee turned 7 years old on Thursday, December 5th!
 To celebrate we started off the day by opening her gifts after breakfast because Shawn was still home due to bad weather. We decorated cupcakes with our friends LT (who was over to play for a few days this week) and Katie (who had a 2 hour school delay). We spent the afternoon planning our next semester of co-op and sharing our beautiful cupcakes with friends. Then we spent the evening serving as Inn keepers at our churches reenactment of Christ's birth. mmm...we ate plenty of lamb packets, pistachios, dates, apricots and goat's milk.
Thank you Nana Yvette for the birthday outfit, she LOVES it!
I'm always amazed at how fast she is growing and changing each year!
 She loves to cook!

 The cupcake decorating crew! We were glad school was on 2 hour delay because of the cold weather so Katie could join us for some early morning fun.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It's Snowing!

The kids have been eager for it to start snowing!
We finished the top of the deck just in time for it to snow.

snow pyramid- Why yes we are studying Ancient Egypt right now.

Part of our neighborhood crew (and LT). I'm sure they'll be coming up with so really fun snow creations all winter long.
We also got an additional 6 inches of snow today, but I didn't get any pictures.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kansas Visitors

We haven't made the trip down to KS since last Christmas! This will be the longest time we've gone without traveling home to visit our family, but we are so blessed that our families are willing to travel up to see us when we can't make it down south. This past month my parents were able to spend 10 days with us! They made it just in time to go to our homeschool co-op and Kolsen's speech class graduation.
 K-girl got a new outfit while she was out shopping with Nana!

The boys spent quite a bit of time working on finishing the top of our deck before the snow started flying and they managed to finish it two days before we got 4 inches of snow with more on the way. They spent a lot of time working in the dark working after Shawn got off work.

 Shawn, Kolsen and my dad braved the cold weather to get the job finished!

 Meanwhile, the girls did lots of crafting projects in the nice, warm downstairs. We finished up a few Christmas presents and made our annual Christmas tree ornaments.

 Kaylee sewing on her machine.

 The girls also helped some with the deck during the day when it wasn't too cold. They loved it when Shawn chopped off the board ends.

The finished deck (at least all we're doing this fall). The rails and steps will be added next spring when the snow melts and the ground thaws. We are excited to start using the deck because we spend so much time in our backyard. I'm reading to start hosting backyard parties this spring. I'm so thankful for my hubby who knows how to build things and is willing to work on all the projects that I dream up. I wonder what will be on my list next summer?