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Friday, July 18, 2014

Playing catch up - May

And here are the pictures from May!  Sadie & Chad had their last soccer games, and we went to the zoo with Aunt Charmaine and cousin Christopher.  

A little catch up - April

I'm finally getting around to downloading all the pictures off my camera that I've taken the last few months.  We'll go month by month starting with April.

Rather than post a bunch of pictures, I am posting a link to the album.  If you're looking at this from email, click on the picture below to see all the pictures from April :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014


We always love to have visitors.

Grandma Gee playing with the kids.

We went to the zoo...




(they touched a snake... ewww!!)

We froze at a soccer game...


We visited the Stockyards...






Grandma Gee left us to go to Alabama to visit Jeff's brother and his wife.  They came and visited us as they were driving through to California.  The kids loved holding little baby Lance!



Caden loved the baby, he wanted to hold him the whole time and would get mad at us if we tried to take him away!

I always say it, we love visitors!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A little bit of snow

Sadie & Sam got to go out and play in it for a bit.  They lasted longer than I thought they would.  And much longer than I did :)




Our version of Rock Band

When they want to use the pots as drums....

Give them rubber spatulas instead of wooden spoons.  Believe me, you'll be glad you did.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Just a few pics I took of the kids in the back yard the other day.

Sadie lost a tooth at school and she was so excited to get a little tooth necklace from the nurse to keep her tooth safe.  At one point during the afternoon, she came to my crying because it had come open and she couldn't find her tooth.  This was after we had come in from playing outside, so I was worried we would never find it.  We looked for a little bit, then I suggested we say a prayer together.  After the prayer I got the feeling to look by our fire place.  Sure enough, the tooth was there on the floor.  I'm so grateful to a Heavenly Father who answers the prayers of a little girl, no matter how small the matter may be.

 She really is the best big sister.  Caden just adores her.

Cute Sam :)

The only way to get him to smile was to tell him not to.  Of course.

Dog pile!!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

This little boy.  The Kindle.  Those ears. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

There are few things that make me happier than seeing this little boy's smile.

And yes, I am still taking pictures of flowers :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Festivities

Warning - total picture overload!!

This year I told myself we would NOT hit December 26th and feel the letdown of Christmas that I feel every year.  Every year it feels like Christmas is a whirlwind and by the time it's over, I didn't get to appreciate the true meaning of the season.  This year I'm trying to soak it all in while I can so that when it's over, I can feel happy about what we did.  I loved Christmas growing up.  It was the one time of year my whole family could get together.  We always watched the Christmas Parade in Prescott, followed by the lighting at the Courthouse that night.  I remember window shopping downtown, drinking hot cocoa given out by some of the shops.  Some of my favorite memories come from this time of year. 

So far I feel we have done a good job celebrating the fun traditions that come this time of year.  Here is a peak at what we've done so far, most thanks to the fact that Jeff was off work the first week of December. 

We did start Christmas a little early this year.  Usually I am adamant that nothing Christmas comes out until Thanksgiving is over.  It's a holiday that deserves its due.  However, we received a 10' prelit tree from a former co-worker of Jeff's about 2 weeks before Thanksgiving.  Rather than drag all the boxes up to the attic, only to bring it out 2 weeks later, we set up the tree early.   Then, the Monday before Thanksgiving, the kids ganged up on me on the way home from picking me up at work; they asked if we could decorate for Christmas when we got home.  They have learned that if they really want something, they should ask me after I get off work, I'm at my weakest then and rarely is the answer no.

Here are the kids decorating their little tree.  This year we're only doing handmade ornaments on the big tree so I don't have to worry about Caden pulling ornaments off and breaking them.  I actually like the charm it adds.

Chad, putting his ornament at the verrrrry top, higher than anyone else.  Reminds me of a certain brother of mine (most everything Chad does reminds me of him, really).

We attempted to make cinnamon ornaments.  Fail. 

The salt dough ones turned out much better and most of them made it onto the tree without getting broken.

With Jeff off work, we both had the energy to get the kids out of the house.  We headed to Main Street, Grapevine (which, as the ornament says, is the Christmas capital of Texas).  The kids were in heaven from the minute we got out of the car.  All the shops were decorated with lights and a few had Christmas trees outside. 




There was Christmas music playing in this Gazebo and the kids had a great time dancing around to the music.

Sadie made a few impromptu friends.

This was outside a log cabin that was there, you could look through the windows to see what homes looked like in the 1800's.  Sadie made me laugh with her immediate question "Where's the TV?"  She was flabbergasted when I told her they didn't have one, and by the way, the doll that was on the bed was probably the little girl's only toy.  "What? That's crazy!"


Next up was a train display benefiting the Ronald McDonald house.  We had to drive all the way to Dallas and pay for all of us to get in, but in the end it was worth it, even if it took us over 2 hours to get home. #icestorm

There were quite a few different trains and they travelled through different cities across the US.



Even Albuquerque was represented!

All of the train cars had been hand painted by different families/individuals/groups.  The top of the room had cars going all the way around in a line.

Chad just loved it.  Here they are looking through the glass at one of the trains.

This little guy had fun running around saying "Choo!"

Afterward we went down to find Santa.  He was in a cute little house by a fire.  We lucked out.  Usually the line is 1-2 hours long; we waited about 10 minutes.  Best mall Santa ever.  He was so sweet with the kids and talked to them beyond "what do you want for Christmas?"  They even let me take my own pictures, which was a definite bonus.  I was suprised how comfortable Sam was with him.  Went right up and sat in his lap.  It's so fun to see him so excited about Santa and the magic of Christmas.

Remember I mentioned an ice storm?  Well, Friday they cancelled school so we watched way too many Christmas movies and did a whole lot of nothing with a little playing outside and making gingerbread houses sprinkled in.




Sadie & Chad ventured outside.  Notice how their feet aren't sinking into the snow.  That's because it's really little round ice pellets and hard as a rock.

Attempting to make snow angels.

We've been snowed iced in all weekend.  Even church was cancelled.  Jeff and I went out to a movie yesterday and everything, even the main roads, was covered in about 2 inches of ice.

In order to beat the "can't go anywhere" blues, today we set up the boy's train set under the tree.  I can't believe I never thought of this before.  I've always loved the concept of a train around a tree at Christmas time.  The kids love it too.  They've been playing with it all day.



As I wind down this post, I realize that pretty much nothing we have done has anything to do with the birth of Christ.  Not to fear, we have been listening to Christmas music every chance we get, and at night, Sadie has been reading me stories and singing Christmas hymns out of a Christmas book my mom gave me a few years ago.  Thankfully I still have 2 1/2 weeks left to infuse a little more Christ into our Christmas celebrations :)

As a side, I absolutely love this picture, because it depicts what I try to do.  I know Christmas is all about Christ's birth, but I also love the magic that Santa brings.  In my mind it doesn't have to be one or the other, they can exist together.  Someday I want this picture hanging in my house at Christmas alongside my Christmas nativity sets.