I am a wife, mom, volleyball coach, nanny, and teacher! I spend my days taking care of the boys, working out, coaching, and subbing for local elementary schools...learning how to follow the Lord's leading for our lives.
We had our first Christmas together with just our family of four. While it was a special time, we really miss spending time with all our family in Ohio. The boys still were spoiled like crazy...here's a few pictures with my new lense...that I'm still learning how to use, so some of them are out of focus...but we'll get better! I hope you had a great Christmas celebrating the Greatest Gift of all!
Noah said we needed to pray before we opened our presents, so pray we did! Here's his sweet prayer...
This was the big present this year, they opened them from Grammy and Auntie Karen!
Jakey opening his stocking!
Noah was really into it this year...Jakey was still interested in other things...
Oh my boys...I love them so much. We've entered into a new chapter with them. They've always gotten along fairly well, but they have really become the best of friends...and at times...the worst of friends, but hey, that's normal! Jakey is able to talk so much more, he's always been pretty verbal, but now he can really express his thoughts and carry on a full conversation. The other night I snuck some pictures of them playing "horsey" up and down the hall. It starts out all fun and games...
Even with a little "nay" in there...
and ends with more laughter...
I really love these boys and the ages and stages we are in! Enjoy your holiday, we have all our family flying in today!
It's been a pj's day around here today! We slept in...well, Daddy went to work out at Nike Golf, but we slept in. I worked all morning and during naps getting things ready for my jr. volleyball league, ordering last minute Christmas gifts, finishing up home-made chicken & veggie soup, playing with my boys, and getting our house ready for out of town company! We're so sad to miss all our family in New Hampshire and Ohio this year, but excited to spend our first Christmas at our house too. My mom's side of the family is all flying in so it will be fun to spend time with them as well.
I guess we should all get out of our pj's and ready for the gym!
We love and feel so blessed to be a part of such a fun lifegroup. We've been going to church for a few years, but really got plugged in 3 years ago with an AMAZING group of believers. We blindly signed up for a lifegroup of young marrieds...and got connected with other amazing couples in a similar phase of life. We were the only ones with kids at the beginning, but now there are ten! We went camping with our lifegroup this summer and I made some predictions as far as next summer camping...and so far it's all coming true! LOTS of other kids for our boys to grow up with! We are now up to nine couples, and with all the pregnancies and new babies, we end up with about six couples each week. We couldn't ask for a better collection of personalities, and it's been so amazing to see how God has worked in all our lives. What a blessing a community of believers is in our lives.
Last night was our White Trash Christmas Bash...everyone dressed up in their best white trash outfits, brought white trash food, and exchanged white trash elephant gifts. So funny to see what people came up with. It took our ugly sweater Christmas party up a notch from last year;)
Here is the food...complete with KFC, cheeze whiz, texas caviar, pigs in a blanket, and lots of other yummy...yet trashy foods.
This is Joy...who won best costume...isn't it amazing!?! Complete with beer, cigarette, belly shirt, baby, and perfect outfit. Every detail down to the hair and all is there. The best part...they are new to our group, and she still felt comfortable with us to bear it all! ha ha, I LOVE those types of people in our group!
We had a fun weekend away celebrating our anniversary! We stayed at the Benson downtown...and enjoyed our beautiful city! We don't often get down there anymore with our boys, so it was fun to rediscover different areas. We ate a lot and enjoyed having nothing else to do besides spend time with eachother. We ate at the hotel, El Gaucho, Jake's, and the London Grill. So basically...a LOT!!! But we both really enjoy that, so it was fun;) I only took this one picture...but Andrew got a few on his phone, so I'll post more after I get them from him!
I have NO time on my hands, but I still want to make our Christmas cards to send out. I like to make something handmade, and something that people can put right up on their fridge or whatever. So, I just slapped a picture on some cute Basic Grey paper...my favorite paper company.
Any suggestions? Atleast it will be a little easier then these cards that took me FOREVER IN years past!!!
My boys LOVE the Polar Express. We read that book atleast once a day...even when it's not winter time;) They both have it memorized, and they love the movie. We had a great trip last year, but decided we wouldn't do it again this year because of cost. Well our friend, Matt, very generously got us free tickets in the nicest car! We never would have spent the money on the nicer train, however, I would almost say it was worth it. Or maybe it's because my boys are older, but it was great. They didn't move from their seats (a miracle), and were calm and into it the whole time. I can honestly say it was a relaxing experience...is that crazy for those of you who know my boys? The train ride also seemed to be better then last year. Each song only played once, it was at much better volume and quality, and the service was better. There were more characters from the book too. And no Christmas carols. Not sure what was from the nicer seats and what was updated from year to year.
Reading the story...
Me with my boys...not the best picture of me;)
Noah cupping his hands just like in the story to yell, "Merry Christmas!"
Noah singing Josh Groban...gives you a little picture of how calm it was!
Jakey listening to his bell...
Santa giving the first gift of Christmas...it does look like he's had a few too many hot chocolates...
With the hobo...they weren't to interested;)
Noah ringing the bell and saying, "I believe!"
What a blessing those tickets were...so thankful to have such a fun experience with my boys again!