Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sean and Roxy's Wedding

My cousin, Sean, married his sweetheart, Roxy, in the Washington D.C. Temple this past weekend! I am so very excited for both Sean and Roxy! I am also thrilled that their sealing brought out some of my family - who I miss so very much! My mom came out for 6 days and then Heather, Iliana, Evan, Coulter, and Jenna, also come out for the weekend. We had SUCH a great time!

My mom introduced me to these highly addictive snacks. You have been warned. 

Me and my beautiful niece, Iliana.

Roxy and Sean

Keith wanted to read a book with my mom - who happens to LOVE books. When he brought over his TECHNOLOGY OF WAR book, she gave me this look. Ha ha. 

We found this fabulous bakery with all sorts of delicacies.


The bakery even had a delicious gluten-free torte!

Barkley-boo!

Barkley was in heaven with Evan here. Barkley came to us from Evan's house. He has been sad since Evan left. :(

Iliana and I at the wedding reception.

After church on Sunday with Uncle Coulter, Aunt Jenna, and Grandma!

Playing some Quirkle!

Evan wanted ALL the cupcakes. :)

We had a nice meal all together. We sang the doxology before we prayed. It was fabulous hearing four-part harmony! I love my family!

I love this woman! I miss her everyday. She is the best mom I could have asked for - a strong and beautiful woman. 

Silas latched onto these two most of their time here.

Reading scriptures.

My kids LOVE their Grandma!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy Birthday to Anna

My firstborn in the wilderness is growing up! She is now 15 and such a beautiful girl. She has given me permission to share some photos from her BIG day! Some of the things that I love about Anna is that she has a big imagination! She enjoy writings and putting that imagination to work! She enjoys anime, nightcore music, making no-bake cookies, and playing games. She and Elyzabeth have been playing the Mario Monopoly game that we got for Christmas a lot. My daughter has a lot of faith and tries to do the right thing. She is sweet and a good example for her younger siblings. I am so thankful to be her mama!


Strawberry crepes for breakfast!

Chicken lazone for dinner with McKayla and Elyzabeth.

Anna requested an oreo ice cream cake!

A game of settlers of catan! Anna was a good teacher to McKayla, who hadn't played the game beforehand.

I love my sweet girl. I enjoy having her home during the day. We have a wonderful mama/daughter relationship. I am so thankful for her. She is a light in our family. 

And here is my only photo for New Year's Eve with Tyler. Aren't we cute? I love this man of mine. 

Monday, January 02, 2017

Baseball registration

In the DC area, you sign up for baseball at the beginning of January. This seems very bizarre to me, as I am not thinking about outdoor sports in this weather. Last year, Tyler was deployed and both Calvin and Silas played their first year of baseball. Silas fit right in with the other kids, many of whom were playing baseball on a team for the first time with him. With Calvin, however, every child on his team had been playing for at least two years, some more than that. It was incredibly obvious that Calvin was in over his head.

First of all, Calvin is small. He is 0% on the weight/height scale. His team jersey was HUGE on him (one-size-fits-all?) and if he tucked it in, then it looked ridiculous! If he untucked it, it hung down to his knees (I'm not even kidding).

Secondly, he had never played any kind of organized sport. He didn't know what any of the rules were and he didn't know how to hit a ball. To make things harder, Tyler was deployed, so he couldn't practice with Calvin. A nice friend of ours took Calvin out a couple of times to teach him some of the rules. But Calvin figured out that he wasn't as good as the other kids, and as much as he wanted to be there and play - he was embarrassed when he messed up compared to the other boys.

Baseball registration just opened up and I asked the boys if they wanted to play. Silas was emphatic that YES he wanted to play again. When I approached Calvin, he got tears in his eyes and said that he wasn't good at baseball. #heartbreaking

At this point, I don't know what to do. It was hard juggling two baseball schedules last year. Tyler wasn't here and I spent 4 days a week driving to/from practices/games. It would certainly be easier for me to just register Silas. But if I register Calvin and I take him and he performs similarly this year, will that just lower his self esteem about baseball? Tyler will be here this year, so it would be easier to juggle. But we are also in the midst of an adoption and will be moving to Texas right as the baseball season is ending. But what if Calvin plays and he practices outside of baseball and then he grows to love it?! I'm so conflicted. Being a parent is TOUGH.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas!

This month has just flown by! I have had every intention of posting more often, but I didn't get it done. We have had a wonderful month of Christmas music, beginning with the twins' school Christmas program, two musical programs at church, and even our own Pierce Family Christmas Eve Recital. We are so thankful for the gift of music and this time of year to focus on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!





Matching Christmas Pajamas!

Christmas Morning breakfast!

Watching the JOY TO THE WORLD Concert that I participated in a couple of years ago. Dr Craig Jessop conducted!

Tyler gave this to me and said he didn't want to take credit for it if I didn't like it. Ha ha!

This made me cry when I read it. Calvin is such a sweet boy. <3


Christmas Day we went to church and listened to some glorious Christmas music. It was fun having Sean and his fiance, Roxy, there with us. 

Sean is carving the roast beast!


Me serving up some dinner for my family. 

We played a LOT of Settlers of Catan. It was a blast!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Run, Tyler, Run!

Tyler really enjoys running in the Capital area. 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Pierce Family! It takes a lot of work to coordinate a traditional Thanksgiving feast, but I love a good challenge in the kitchen. I started by making the pies, baking the sweet potatoes, and brining the turkey the day before Thanksgiving.

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2 pumpkin, apple, banana cream, coconut cream, and chocolate cream pies. 

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Sweet potato biscuits - one of my favorite biscuits ever!

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The spread! I had the children gather leaves from outside - they were perfect for decorating!

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Our gratitude tree! It was fun writing down those things for which I am grateful on and hanging them up. One of the things that I wrote was that I am thankful for the ability to communicate with others. 

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Dessert!

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We had the Elders over for dinner. We played some Mexican train dominos afterwards. 

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The day after Thanksgiving, I put together a pretty sweet Turkey pot pie - the first that I have ever attempted - and it was a HUGE hit. This pan was 2/3's gone and it's a massively-sized pan.

I am so thankful for my family. I love Thanksgiving - a holiday just to focus on our blessings.