Monday, October 17, 2016

Where did my little girl go?

I'm sitting here, slightly in shock. 

It seems like just yesterday, I was holding her in my arms for the very first time. 
Welcoming this precious baby into our lives.
Thanking God for placing such trust in me. 

How can she be turning 18?

It's gone much too fast. 
I want those years back. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

Time to say goodbye to this year and welcome a new one.
I find it so hard to believe how quickly each year slips by.
I'm pondering what my goals are going to be for 2016.
Trying to keep it simple.
I have so many areas to improve upon.
But I know from experience that grandiose resolutions rarely come to fruition.
So, I'll try to keep them small and simple.  

Happy New Year from my house to yours!

Saturday, December 26, 2015


Christmas morning.
The calm before the storm. 

Jason got a new bike. He's been waiting practically since his birthday for one. 
He also got some new guns that make sounds. Oy, I think I might regret that. 

Ashley got a new camera and a sweet jacket. 
Haley is getting a $1300 band trip in April, so it kind of limited her Christmas gifts. 
She got underwear and socks. :/ Poor kid. 
We did get Guitar Hero for the family, which she has been really enjoying. 

Justin got cowboy gear. We bought him a pair of boots a while back which he wears everywhere. And ever since, he's been wanting the rest of the cowboy ensemble. 

I decided there were going to be very few electronic gifts this year. We got the guitar hero and one of those retro Atari systems. I only got those because I thought they'd be fun for us to play with together as a family. 
I bought the boys Lincoln Logs because they bring back many fond childhood memories, and I want them to use their imagination. 
He didn't actually put this together. Ashley and I did spent an hour on it while he was out playing with his new guns. But he has since played with it. Hopefully it doesn't collect dust. 

Our Christmas spread.

 We usually just spend the whole day being completely lazy and munching on food. We don't do a sit down dinner. It's just nibble, nibble, nibble all day.

This ham was SO good!!! 

Sweets and treats!

Old school Atari. 

Hope your Christmas was as wonderful as ours. 
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December Doings

The first week of the month was just crazy with Haley's band performances. 

A performance at the mall with her Jazz band class. 
She plays trombone.

Can you spot her? She's the one with the blue hair......

And then two more performances the same week at her school. 

And she plays the Baritone in symphonic band. 

We also had our ward Christmas party early in the month.

 I'm thinking this might be the last pic I get of them sittin' on Santa's lap. 

And then the weekend before Christmas we visited the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village.

 His mancave..

 We had tons of fun.
Have I mentioned how much I love my days off???

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Family Pics

It's been a couple years since we did an official family picture. Like...five. 
I don't think I've sent a Christmas card in five years cause I haven't had a family photo to put in.

Jon and I both have been wanting to go someplace scenic and use his camera to try our hand at capturing our own family pics, so since I now have these sweet weekends off with my family, we decided to give it a shot finally. 

We had a lot of fun. Mostly.

 Managed to get mostly smiles. Yay!

 Got to be a little goofy....


 I love, love, love this one.....

Now to decide which one to use for Christmas cards.