Thursday, January 5, 2017

The sound of an angel.


I cannot get over how cute her little laugh is...this is what heaven must sound like.

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Whelp I have been slacking for sure on getting pictures up here.  Here are some highlights of our happenings over the holiday season.

This little man turned 2!!!  What a sheer delight this guy is, here is his Thomas the Train cake.

These two get to hang out quite a bit while Austin is in school.

Speaking of Austin and school, she was assigned the ocean life for a diorama project.  Which is a great story.  She told me that her project was due at the end of the year before she went on break but then failed to tell me that she actually had heard an update in which the project was actually due on Monday rather than Friday.  So when I dropped them off at school Monday morning and everyone was dragging their projects in, I turned and looked at Austin asking if it was in fact due today.  Long story short, her and I did it that night and she turned it in the next day for no credit (I was proud of the teacher for not giving in on this one).  I desperately want to teach our children to accept blame and take credit, it was your project, your deadline and your mistake for turning it in late...which is why I was glad the teacher allowed her to present it but not give her any of the extra credit the other kids got.

This little face just lights up my heart.  She is nearly crawling and does this fish flutter kick thing that is adorable.

They have such a special relationship, perhaps because they are both the "littles" or maybe because they are so close in age.



We decided to hang ornaments on a tree outside for our Christmas pictures...which the snow ended up covering up.

Hanging out at Austin's class party.


Decorating cookies, look at all the helpers I have?!?!

Taking the toys down to the toy drive - there are 4 kiddos smashed in there somewhere.


Our living room after Christmas right before the kids bedtime.

Took a walk around the neighborhood to burn off some of Jackson's energy.

The cool track set that Tadd and Carri got for Jackson.

Paint your own piggy banks.

Garlic and herb humus - yes please according to Hunter.

Look Mom I can peel my own oranges. :-)

Nate allowed for his year long beard to be shaved for proceeds to go to TESSA and the toy drive.


The kids inspecting the toys before I packed them up.

I love our Christmas village!!!! Someday we will be able to have it down closer to the ground but for now with little ones this keeps it nice and safe.

We let the kids sleep in the playroom Christmas Eve with their own Christmas tree.


There's Nate's face.


We camped out at Tadd and Carri's place for New Year's Eve and then celebrated Christmas with them the next morning.

And two pictures that didn't get chosen for the Christmas card but still turned out super cute!