Friday, January 23, 2015


This was a fun Christmas.  To be honest, the last few Christmas have been a blur.  Not having Ella here for this special time always hurts a little but the first year without her was so hard.  Last year we had JUST had Gav and so that was a blur, but this year I really enjoyed it.
Look at those sweet faces who woke up at our house ready to celebrate!
The aftermath.  Shane lets them make a crazy mess and then we pick up.  The kids love it.
No, Julie is not really hurt.  She got some new "gear" for Christmas.  ha!

Then we went to Michigan.  This is my sister's cat.  My kids LOVE her cats.  Lucky sometimes humors them and lets them get close.  But to be honest, it's probably because he's too lazy to move.  ha!
My sister saved lots of her kids toys and when mine get to her house that's the first thing they go for.
All the grandkids.  It's a little dark but a nice pic! 

bowling fun.  They loved it!
Saying goodbye to grandpa on our way out of town.  It was a quick trip but always fun!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gavin is ONE!

Gavin turned one on Christmas Eve.  Shane's parents were coming to celebrate Christmas with us so of course we had to have a little party for Gav at our favorite pizza place- Snappy Tomato!  
I know that in future years we will have to do things differently but this time we wanted to go to our Christmas Eve service so we celebrated at lunch.
Gav is a smiley little boy.  He's almost always content and happy.
He loved having the extra attention! 
I look at this picture and I am happy.  I am so thankful to the Lord for the people in this picture.  This last year has been a bit of a blur but it's been so so good.
Cake!  He actually didn't eat much of it.  I am not sure he liked the feeling on his hands and was not about to dive in, although the picture suggests otherwise!
At 12 months Gavin:
  • is 20lbs and 27 inches
  • loves toast, cheese, and scrambled eggs
  • loves his bottle (we stopped them about two weeks after and he was sad!) but takes a sippy with milk well.

  • does everything he can to get into tight spaces and at bookshelves and upstairs.  It's his life mission.

  • claps and waves bye bye and signs more.  We are working on please and all done and "hi".
We LOVE you Gav!  Happy First birthday buddy.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First (real) haircut

Shane told me last week that Gavin was looking like one of the guys from Dumb and Dumber.  Now, I know my baby is cute and that his hair was cute but he was starting to look like no one was taking care of him. (ha!) It was time for a haircut! 
I had been trimming his bangs and Grandma Shirley and I had trimmed up a few long pieces around 6 months or so but it was looking pretty shaggy (and uneven!)
Here are some befores.  He just started squishing up his nose.  Funny.
And here's his first "after"!  I had her keep it long ish and just clean it up a bit.  He'll need it cut soon but that's ok. 
And, as if on cue, a squishy nose "after". 
My sweet boy.  He had the flu this week.  Even not feeling well he's so stinking cute! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

life lately

Lately Gavin has taken to helping Gracie empty the dishwasher.  He is all over and into everything.  We have a baby gate over the stairs to the basement, one around the stairs upstairs and a big one around our bookcases and school supplies.  Our house is totally gated.  Ha!

Lately Grace has seemed so grown up to me!  She loves this hat from her cousin Hannah and often wears it to bed.  She has found out that "potty talk" (words like pee and poop) is funny and cracks herself up daily. (and yes we try to reign it in but she's six!) 
Lately this one has loved taking baths!  Teething has given him some pretty amazing diapers and blow outs so he has spent some time in this tub!

and lately he has started WALKING!!!  It started with this push toy for his birthday and just yesterday he started taking a step or two on his own.  Sniff sniff... my baby....

Lately we've been so busy that I haven't posted his 11 month pic.  And he's so busy that I just used the sticker on his back instead of trying to keep him facing me!

Lately Grahammers has wanted to hold his baby brother.  Oh buddy, you should have taken advantage of holding him when he couldn't move much.  He is so not interested in cuddling!

Lately we've been trying to take advantage of nice weather to hike.  Shane is good about taking the kids out and they love exploring with him.  On this hike Gav and I even joined in.  

We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place and have the opportunity to enjoy all the property around us. 

Lately my kids have been involved in our church!  Grace is the middle angel and did a great job singing for the kids Christmas program.  I loved watching her watch the program too.  It was funny and her face was all smiles and would light up when they would say a joke.  Graham was a sheep (with no costume or make up- not interested!) and he did a great job going up there despite some hesitation.  I was proud of both of them!   

Monday, November 24, 2014

Girls Girls Girls.

I went to spend a weekend up north with some near and dear friends last week.  My first visit was a slumber party with my friends in North Webster!  We had so much fun.  And.. I got ZERO pics!  It was so much fun though.  We did do a little crafting and I snapped a pic of that.  Ha! 

Then I met Jayma, Jodi, and Joanne and we went to our fav in Huntington- Los Amigos.  YUM.  Then we went to watch Jo coach HU girls basketball.  Little did we know we'd get a treat of a giant sized pic of Joanne!  Best part of our night. ;)

We have been getting together for years... I think at least 10 to do something Christmasy.  It merged from decorating sugar cookies (boo! no one likes that!!) to making the Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls.  And in all honestly?  Jodi does MOST of the work and we just support her.  Poor girl can't even eat gluten and she still does this with us! Jamal is a self proclaimed non crafter and look what she made us?  We were so proud. 

Here are some of our work.  Ready to cook.  I'll have to share Jodi's pic of the end result.  Complete with our traditional empty pan that we scarfed down!

It was the best weekend and just what I needed to relax and have fun after a busy fall.  I LOVE all my friends!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Another one bites the dust!

Grace lost her other front tooth this week!  It was all snaggly and hanging there and we worked hard to pop it out. 
She looks so big here.  My little munchkin is so growing up.... 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I am going to try to get this blog up and going again, so hang with me! 
Gav had this sweet pumpkin outfit so I put it on him and put him with the pumpkins.  Isn't he so sweet? 

And Graham is growing so so fast.  Last night he was telling me something and I couldn't stop staring at him.  He's losing that "toddler"look.  sigh...

It was a rainy, cold night but they still got lots of candy!  Here is my bear, cat lady, and dragon.  

Now, on to Thanksgiving (which Grace says isn't any fun - she doesn't like Thanksgiving food.  Ha!) :)