Saturday, January 24, 2015

First child...

Okay, I'll admit...I've been feeling sentimental. I get that way sometimes. I found this picture from two years ago of my dear sweet husband and lovely daughter. This is the first child Chris and I created together. We hadn't planned on having kids for two years after we married but four measly months into marriage Halee ran out of patience and pushed her way into our lives. She knew if five kids were coming after her...we had to get busy. I'm glad we did. I think Chris looks super hot in this picture by the way.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Another era...

I stumbled upon these pictures that Chris took of the girls this past summer. Every night while I studied he would take the kids on some little adventure. I like these pictures because of their vintage feel. I love old things. I'd give anything to live in the early 1900's for just one day....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Florida, 2015

Favorite highlights from our trip. I would say one of the best was watching the sunsets from our balcony. That was flipping amazing. Honestly we mostly swam in the pool...hung out in the hot tub, played at the beach. All those good, cheap, never gets boring kind of things. We rented bikes one day and explored Sanibel Island. Can you just envision a family of 8 riding around town? It was pretty hilarious but went a thousand times smoother than I expected. It helps a lot that our kids are getting older and I don't have to worry as much for their safety. We ate out way to much. We stayed up late every single night watching movies and eating junk food. I feel fat....Very fat. We went on walks. The kind where you go on a walk in the evening and you're so so so happy that it's 70+ degrees and you're not at home where it's freezing cold and rainy. But the very best part of the trip was what we could get anywhere, anytime, if we are willing to make it. TIME. The time without work, studies, and stress was something I could never put a price tag on. I loved that we had no obligations. 14 days with no worries. Just time with my family. That for sure was the very best part. Love you, Family.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Farewell...

It's a sad day when vacation comes to an end. We are headed to miami international airport to head home from spending two wonderful weeks in the keys and Sanibel harbor Florida.The  memories will forever be cherished. I love my family. I feel truly blessed to have been able to take them so far away and get away from life for a few. They are all my blessings. I'll try to post pics in the next few days.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Double trouble...

I had an epiphany tonight as halee and I were bored out of our minds and so decided to do the girls' makeup. It hit me square in the face that I'm going to literally have to carry a shotgun around to keep these little beauties from all the boys when they get older. This means my hands will be full and not just with bullets. This equals worry...I have to go thru it with halee already, but these girls will be double trouble. Sheesh...why didn't I consider all these things before having kids???

Merry Christmas to you...

As always, Christmas was wonderful. What would I do without this bunch??? I love them each...they are their own individuals with such contrasting personalities, and yet so similar on certain levels.

I felt a deep gratitude for Chris this holiday. He's such a good husband. I know I wear this statement out on here, and fully realize that it probably gets old to those who read it...because let's face it, mushiness can be super annoying. But I cannot help it. I need my kids to read this one day and realize what a good father they have to their mother. Yes, I feel incredibly blessed this year, and for that I feel so very grateful for life.



Sunday, December 21, 2014

The music man...

I'm so proud of Austin. Our boy who suddenly seems to have turned man. He was asked by his teachers at school to be the chimes leader over the 5th through 8th grade class. And let me tell you...that's no easy job when you're dealing with kids that are bored and sometimes unwilling to learn. He did it though and when I heard them perform at our Christmas school program I was very proud of all they accomplished.

Austin hadn't had piano lessons in several years and yet sits at our piano, takes his favorite songs and recomposes them in a matter of minutes. I love his music. I could listen all day.