Sunday, December 21, 2014

December Fun!

Our December has been wonderful!
Katie and Emily came to visit!
And Katie got going on the baking right away!
(Praise the Lord!)

Many of the children helped out!
We never are short helpers- if anything we have to take turns with the helping!

We are doing the advent calendar but have now renamed it 25 days of kindness
because some days we forget to do it.

Ava LOVES to read!
So she has been reading to the doggies!

Hey girls!
You better listen!
There's a quiz coming up!

Sometimes it's hard being cooped up in the house during the winter.
But the kids seem to find something creative to do with their time!

That slinky is really being tested!

My goodness girls!

We went to the movie 
Big Hero 10!
Our local theater got new seats!
They were very comfy!
Nap worthy!

We went to 
"The Grinch"
at the Children's Theater!

It was excellent!

When Katie gets busy we have many "sitters" to help out!

Someone looks a little tired!

Auntie Mimi gave the children books!

We love encouraging reading!

Flap books are sooooo much fun!

It's peaceful when they are all reading!

Joey's loves looking at the pictures!

Ben is a beginning reader!

Sam loves nature and anything outdoors!

Anna read to Emma!

So sweet!

Thank you Auntie Mimi for the children's books and for your help with our school!
She's getting us "computerized" and helping the children get hooked into learning sites!

We went to the Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Christmas concert!
Katie and I took a few of the girls we thought could sit through it!

Hubby babysat this little cutie and the rest of the kiddos!
Billy came over to help out and keep him company!
It went well- whew!

It was a wonderful concert!

Emma and Ellie had a boutique in their classroom!
They made all sorts of treats with their classmates and then they set up a little store that was open for two days!
We bought everyone these adorable hot cocoa reindeers and a holiday cookie (which we ate right away)!

After playing outside- 

they enjoyed their hot cocoa 

with marsh mellows and chocolate chips!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

More of Emily!

I still haven't posted the rest of the pics from our time with Emily and Katie!

And I need to do this NOW
because guess who will be arriving in less than an hour!

You guessed it!
That cute little girl with the coral color bow on her head!
And her Momma and sister/doggy Penny!

We went to baby yoga classes with them when we visited!

NO matter how much we see each other...
it's not enough!

I wish they lived closer but for now we will be happy that we are able to see each other as much as we can!
Sarah and Mia loved the time with their niece although once we were heading home they both said they missed the other children at home!

Papa is flying here with them!
He had some business to do in Colorado, so the timing worked out great!

When we visited them hubby/ Papa met us for lunch before flying home!
Emily is checking him out!

And has decided that she definitely likes him!

And will now, 
bang on the table and squeal with glee to show her approval!

Just checking us out one more time!

We love being Grandparents!

Grandchildren are such an amazing blessing!

Her Momma is definitely one of her favorites!
We need to perfect her kissing skills!
I think she is taking a bite out of her Momma's face!

She likes the view from her Papa's arms!

Emily is 7.5 months in these pics but she's 8.5 months now!

Hope to be posting more pics of our Emily with our kiddos at home!

Feeling Blessed!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

And Last But Not Least!

 We had two more birthdays in November that I have not posted about!
Our oldest son Matt turned 31- oh my goodness!

He was in town for only a day, so we had a quick celebration!
Caitlin was not able to come with him ;-(

 Matt is getting his masters in Bio Statistics in Colorado. 
So he is busy studying most, well actually, all of the time.
It was such a treat for us to have him here!

Three of our four boys! 
Matt and Mark missed each other by only a couple days.

My first baby boy with his little brother!
Only 23 years difference between the two!
I love that!
I have no desire to have an empty nest!

And it just so happens that Matt- our first child was born on hubby's birthday!

Enjoy every minute of it friends- it goes by much too quickly!

 After  a busy fall of birthdays-
Katie, Johnny, Mia, Madeline, Melissa, Luke, Matt and Hubby's we were just a bit exhausted and filled with cake, cake, cake!

So hubby asked for 
NO CAKE please!

He also asked for no gifts but the children made him cards and colored beautiful pictures for him!

The lucky guy got an air compressor for his birthday!
I told you he was low maintenance!
When it came time to use it, he was a little stumped ;-)
Love my guy!
He is the smartest person I know
but also the least handy!
He did eventually figure it out and was happy with his gift!

Matt, Mark, Sam and Ben 
 are our handy guys!

Happy Birthday Matt and Dad!
We love you you both soooooo much!

And now our "busy birthday season" slows down a bit!
Next is Jesus in December and Abby in January!