December 28, 2012

Already 12






I am so proud of this young man. I can't call him a kid anymore; he's too mature. Twelve years ago, in a Baptist hospital in Kentucky, this young man made me a mama. He's got a huge heart and a huge mouth, and he is so important in our home. Happy birthday, Trevor Allen. Love you to the moon and back, my sunshine.

December 27, 2012

Calliope and Gertie











I adore these sisters. I am so blessed that they are completely different, and even more blessed that they are mine.

December 24, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas

From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas! May the love of Jesus overtake your spirit and give you peace and happiness.










December 18, 2012

December 17, 2012

Tuthill Park













Dad thought it would be fun to teach them how to roll down the hill.








He was right; it was fun.





Quality time can't be planned. I mean, we parents have a hunch ahead of time. And so on Hayley's birthday we decided to go to the park to play. It was one of our most fun days ever.








December 12, 2012

Drew and Moo: Two Peas in a Pod

While at the park, Mabel climbed on top of the spring horsey and went to town. The kids laughing caught my attention, and so then I caught it on camera.






She giddyupped her hat right off and Andrew was laughing so hard he could barely put it back on.







Hmpf. Okay, so less helpful and more... Andy. These two are rotten. Two rotten peas in a pod.

December 10, 2012

Happy Monday

Hello, good peeps. Snow hit Da Plains this weekend and we accumulated a couple of inches. Enough for the boys to have to shovel twice. It's a welcome sight in my opinion.

The rest of the weekend was full of Christmas shopping, ornament making, and family time. See here.


















While the boys went Christmas shopping for me (which required I not attend, see) the girls and I decided to make ourselves a tradition. We offed to Michael's for ornaments and paint. After Hayley and Mabel had painted four apiece, we made gingerbread cookies and covered them in sugar sprinkles.

We also listened to my really awesome Christmas playlist, which only comes out for a couple of months per year. We turned the tree on, turned up the tunes, and painted and cooked and giggled about Hayley's boyfriend Breyer. Except don't tell her I told you so because she'd pass out from embarassment.

That and she's 8 and not allowed to have boyfriends.

Also unwrapped two early Christmas presents for the kids. The girls will get a trampoline in the spring, in place of the handmedown swingset (which will, ironically, be handed down to a supervisor's daughter) and the boys... they finally got the gaming system that they've been begging for for months. And by boys I mean my husband, too.

I also learned how to shoot a sniper rifle via Army of Two this weekend. It was pretty cool!