Monday, December 31, 2012

2012...a year's review in pictures

Happy new year, here is a photo tour of our year, these are my favorite pictures from each month! a new lens 50mm for Christmas, stays on my camera almost full time.
 February...our one and only snow, love that pony tail! season!
 April...Easter pics with a real live chick, love the lighting in this one.
 May...we took our camper out for a practice run in Virginia for Memorial Day weekend.
 June...on the big road trip. (June...has a few pics)
 June...Badlands, South Dakota this girl and her flair!
 June...Mt. Rushmore
 June...cookie party in Skampy the Campy!
 June...Junior Ranger at Yellowstone National Park!
 June...Grand Tetons!
June...last the double twirl action!
July...took a trip to Charleston!

 August...our Kindergartner on his first day!
September...headed to the beach for Labor Day weekend.
October...did the Virginia Creeper Bike trail with friends!
 November...Thanksgiving with our new cousins and family in Blacksburg!
December...visions of sugar plums danced in their heads!

2012...whew what a year, so very thankful for all the fun and blessings that came our way this past year!  According to my computer I took 6, 383 pictures this year...wowzers! 

I put this quote in our summer trip photo book we got for Christmas:
"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." Eleanor Roosevelt

May you "taste experience to the utmost" this new year in all you do! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

These cuties and their parents would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Birthday Ben!

Remember Baby Ben, my friend Jacki's baby born last December...he celebrated his 1st birthday this past weekend.  I was able to capture some pictures of the fun.

Jacki did a fabulous job with her Pinterest, Winter "One"derland theme!! So many cute pictures around and decorations.  Little Ben is a lucky guy! And a cutie at that! Happy Birthday, sweet Ben!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like...

 Christmas!! We went to the parade this past Saturday, LOVE this little elf! Love his spirit and his abundant enthusiasm for all things Christmas this year!
 And here's my girl, decked out in her cute Christmas dress.
 We had our church's Christmas program this past Sunday night, Ollie was the cow, he did a great job with his lines, "I am the cow all white and black, I gave him my manger to rest and relax."
 And all the pre-school kids were cute.
 Here is angel Sarah Claire on stage, she sat perfectly still the whole time, (um she might have had a bit of stage fright) as other preschoolers would get up, run around a bit and then come back to their, so cute!
 And the cow again.
And Santa sent us an elf on Saturday morning, actually we're calling him an "ulf" because he's a knock off of the real thing, but you get the point and hey our kids do too.  We named him, Candy Cane and every night he's been doing little antics around the house.  Like here, in our pantry (please don't judge the organization!) Even SC looks and finds him every morning! Fun times! Merry, merry to you and yours!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 We have had a fabulous break this week/weekend.  It's been full of fun and rest. Here are a few pictures from our 24 hour trip up to Blacksburg to see the fam for Thanksgiving.  Matt and I took the kids to the playground while the delicious turkey was cooking.
 Cousin Ruby enjoying the swing!
 Me holding baby Beckett, he's getting so big! If you look closely you can see we have on matching shirts!
 Grandpa Hank!!!
 Sweet Sarah Claire lived up to her nickname (SC) this turkey day as she absolutely LOVED crackers with cream cheese and pepper jelly, go figure!!
 SC and her Uncle Ben!
 Grandma Cheryl and all 4 grand kids! Ruby looked a bit apprehensive.
And then Grandpa jumped in and Ollie decided he was going to be sad, SC decided she needed to check on baby Beckett! And what in the world is that crab doing in our photo session!?
And this was what was waiting for us, when we got inside, a beautiful, organic turkey, Julie is a fantastic chef...she cooked it at 450 degrees, it was A-mazing!  We are so very thankful for all of our family!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


 November is more than half way is the gigantic blogging catch up.  We've been going to lots of birthday parties...this one was for some of our favorite friends who moved away but are now back in town!!! Yay! Happy Birthday Lukey!
 We're still in the remodel mode, here is Matt pulling the light fixture, so that he can bring up the dry wall for the  new room! I think he hung about 50 pieces this weekend.

 We've been to several playdates at the this pic of the 3 of us!
 We've been to playdates at the mall (tried to go to the zoo but got rained on.)
 We've still been sharing rooms (and sweet hugs!) Matt snapped this pic for me this morning, SC is wearing another one of my 30 year old smocked dresses!
And we're still being creative...we got a new vacuum a few weeks ago and Matt decided to turn our old one into a "BackVac."  Here he is sucking up drywall pieces off the steps!

I am looking forward to a short week, feeling thankful for time to come with family, we'll be spending some time with the newest Beckett and cousin Ruby! 

Happy Thanksgiving Week!