happy halloween



over here


Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to over here.  We cut down a monster of a Christmas tree.  It looked so much smaller out in the forest.  But it’s all decked out and we’re loving it.  Emma’s favorite thing is to turn off all the lights and just “look at it until we fall asleep.”  Which we haven’t actually done (the falling asleep part), but it’s fun to plan I suppose.



Our house has been full of imaginative play this week.  I’m listening in to all the castle building and pirate shipping and lego creating while finishing up some last minute sewing and knitting.

They spent most of one day with the blocks.  Caleb was mostly not helping so they took turns pushing him around the house in a box which he absolutely loved.





I hope your house is full of laughter too!  Merry Christmas!



Happy New Year!  Don’t you just love new beginnings and fresh starts?  We sure do!

Ryan and I spent some time talking about hopes and goals for this next year.  It’s always nice to look forward while remembering the blessings of this past year.

We asked the kids about their goals too:

  • Mason: to eat foods he doesn’t like and try new foods, and to learn games with a ball (football, soccer, basketball, and baseball)
  • Emma: no crying, whining, or screaming, and to not use knives by herself to cut food (?? not sure where this one came from 🙂 )
  • Caleb: to sleep through the night!

I spent most of yesterday working in my classroom and gearing up for going back to school.  It’s been a blessing to be home this past semester soaking up newborn moments and homeschooling Mason and Emma.  I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.  But, one change for us this New Year is mom going back to work and Mason going to Kindergarten!!  Life is about to be full of new routines and new memories.

Here’s to 2015!

Christmas in California

We traded snowfall, cold temperatures, and Christmas traditions at home for sunshine, cousins, Christmas lights on palm trees, and the beach.  We spent the last two weeks visiting Ryan’s brother and his family in California.  Our time was full of board games, walks, cookies, collecting treasures at the beach, coffee, Bible stories, playing soccer and visiting the aquarium.  A house full of 6 kids meant there never was a dull moment and the level of energy and emotions (especially for a certain 3 year old) was unforgettable.  We are so thankful for the time we got to spend with our sweet nieces and Uncle Luke and Aunt Caroline.

It was the first time seeing the ocean for the kiddos and they were super impressed.  Mason kept trying to see to the other side.  Emma promptly fell in after about 2 seconds and kept a bit of a distance for the remainder of the day.

We came home with lots of memories, sand in our car, and winter coats that we promptly put right back on.  Hope your Christmas was as special as ours!