Thursday, February 04, 2016

Fun with friends



I was able to meet up with my friend, Beth, last week. We met at Chick-Fil-A and were able to chat and catch up. 


And then this week I was able to get a pedicure AND go out for lunch with Nichole and Amie. I am one lucky duck!


I woke up to this one morning. Iryna decided to hang from the blinds.


Anna playing dominos with Silas.


I got some tubs and organized the books for the kids. Let's hope they can actually find the book they want!


Silas at Calvin's pinewood derby. Calvin won more aerodynamic!


Iryna fits into a skirt that used to be Anna's. Iryna looks so grown up in a skirt. Where does the time go?


I got a little munchie during primary. #primarypianististhebestcallingever


I had Bonnie over today for a nice brunch. I am so blessed to have such great friends.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

We have news!


I have reactivated our adoption blog and you can head over there to read more details. We are so excited! You can click here to get there or click on the "My Blogs" tab above to find the link.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowed in!

I love filling out this menu calendar that my best friend, Nichole created and gave me for Christmas. (it even matches my walls! #sheisawesome)

There are several of these in DC. I laugh when I see them. A store to get more FAS? No thank you! Ha ha ha. ‪#‎fas‬ ‪#‎fetalalcoholsyndrome‬‪#‎wehaveenoughfas‬


After Christmas, everything looks a little bare. I got out the Valentine's Decorations. #problemsolved

I got a wonderful care package from my fabulous friend, Shellie. She knows how to cheer me up!

Poor Calvin had a fever, so I took him in and he has strep throat. Poor guy. 

So glad Calvin could sleep in.

I have seen many odd restrooms in my life, but two toilets next to each other?‪#‎niceandcozy‬ ‪#‎gettingfriendly‬

Iryna enjoys her art class at school. #hugepaper #wherecaniputit?

I love snuggling my girl. No matter how old you get, you can always snuggle with mama.

Anna enjoyed getting out in the snow!

What a wonderful surprise on this snowy day! Thank you to my retreat mamas! You are the BEST!

Doing some puzzles with my favorite puzzle girl, Iryna!

Calvin joined me in two games of Uno.

Keith and Silas helped me break in a new Minions Trouble game that we got for Christmas. (Thanks Evan and Shelbee!)

So, we started getting snow yesterday...

The missionaries stopped by to help us shovel the driveway and sidewalks. 

This was my deck this afternoon. Look at all the snow!

We have been greatly blessed that we haven't lost power. God is watching over us.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Happy birthday to Calvin!

My fourth born in the wilderness is 9 years old. It's hard to believe that he has gone from this:

 
And this:

(Gotcha day)

To this:


Calvin requested the baked French toast casserole for breakfast:



Calvin wanted a Star Wars themed birthday. I got him this BB8 t-shirt and gave it to him early so he could wear it to school. 

My best friend, Nichole, made some Star Wars cookies for Calvin to take to school. 

Lightsaber and wookie cookies. 


Iryna made a card for Calvin's birthday at school. I was really impressed with how well Iryna handled Calvin's birthday this year. Last year she had to go into another room during his whole party. This year she was able to stay and participate and had a mostly good attitude throughout.

We had a TACO TUESDAY! Calvin wanted tacos for dinner. 


My bff, Nichole. She is amazing!


Calvin with his lightsaber cake! (Also made by Nichole)





I printed some free Star Wars coloring pages. Calvin loves to color and I am glad that his friends do, too! Parker, Sam, and Cameron came. 


Calvin received a Star Wars backpack, captain America shield, two Star Wars books, Star Wars Legos, two Star Wars pajamas sets, a Star Wars watch and more! He was very thrilled with his gifts. 


Josh and Tyler did some manly application of wd40 on our squeaky chairs. 

The jammies are a little big, but he loves them!

Calvin is a joy in my life. He is so excited about just about everything. It's like seeing things for the first time when I am with Calvin. Calvin loves going to church, and he always takes his scriptures with him. He is excited to be a deacon when he turns 12 and to pass the sacrament. Calvin looks forward to serving a mission one day, perhaps in Russia! His favorite colors are green and black. He is learning more on the piano and seems to enjoy that past time. We just registered him to start baseball. This will be his first year to play. Calvin is a hard worker and gets excited about organizing things and sweeping the floors. He always puts a smile on my face when he is excited to share something new that he is discovered. I love you Calvin. Happy birthday!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

New Years Eve/Family Photos

We played a lot of games together. It was so fun!

On New Year's Eve, we played scrabble, settlers of catan, and watched the ball drop! We are barbecue smokies and treats. It was super fun celebrating the new year with Evan & Shelbee and Rachel & Alex. 

All the grandkids watching INSIDE OUT. 

We had the absolute pleasure of meeting Brad & Melisa and their kids for lunch at Eskimo Joes and eating ice cream and playing spades at Chick-Fil-A.

Rachel set up Kristin to take some family photos since we were ALL together! It was FREEZING COLD, but we huddled together to keep warm. 




Me with my mom and siblings. 

My mom and her 13 grandkids (and counting!) My Anna is the eldest and is almost as tall as Grandma!

Here we all are! Don't we look good?! I have the best family in the world. I am so blessed.