Friday, December 17, 2010


What a fun morning! School went from a 2 hour delay to cancelled all day! So naturally we made the most of our somber morning...waffles, Frosty the Snowman, hot chocolate and playing in the snow. It's tough...I know. The kids couldn't get enough of the snow. Camden was working hard to sculpt the perfect snowball. Payton was just running around throwing snowballs at everyone and then giggling so hard he'd fall over. He also kept saying, "Now it's Christmas, because we have snow." Maylee Grace made snow angels and tried her hand at snowball making as well. Fun day!

Family Night...Christmas Trees/Cones

Adelyn's visit

We got to meet the newest addition to some dear family friends. This is Adelyn. I had lots of fun taking pictures of her. Jenna, Adelyn's mom, was the flower girl in our wedding. It's so hard to believe she's a wife and mother now. What a blessing to look back and see children grow up to serve the Lord and then begin their own families.

Christmas "Sunday best"

Confession: I totally bribed my children with peanut butter M&Ms to get these adorable smiles.
Results not typical.

Thanksgiving 2010

Blessed beyond measure with family! God was so good to me. I was born into a family in love with Jesus. Then, I was married and began a new family with an amazing man of integrity and gained new family members, for whom I am totally grateful. Then, God blessed me with gifts from children.

The Cousins: Easton (1), Maylee Grace (2), Camden (9), Payton (4)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Carving, Costumes and Candy

We carved our pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Sunday night we went up to the Harvest Festival at church and played games and brought home lots of treats. On the way home, we stopped by a couple of family friends and then passed out treats (and teeth...see below) at our house. Fun night!
Maylee Grace wanted nothing to do with the cleaning out the pumpkin. And, of course, neither did Payton. He was doing his usual thing...gagging.

Minnie found Mickey at the Harvest Festival (this is her buddy Hunter from church)
We passed out teeth with our candy. I few pair may have already been slobbered on...sorry.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

On Payton's birthday, we went to the Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty with Papa and Mimi. It was a really fun day with lots of things to do and see. I asked the kids on the way home what their favorite thing was at the pumpkin patch.
Camden: pedal carts
Payton: riding the tractor to the pumpkin patch
Maylee Grace: the slide and bouncy pillow

Mimi and Maylee Grace

The kids are sifting through the dirt to find gemstones.

The kids loved feeding the goats. This funny guy climbed right up on the fence to get a snack.
Maylee Grace having a stare down with a chicken

Bunny Town

Don't let this picture fool soon as they started the tractor motor, Maylee Grace started crying and wanted to be removed from the cow train immediately.

Payton is 4!!

When I delivered Payton, I couldn't hold back tears of joy. I quickly reached out to hold this precious bundle that we had waited so long for. In that moment, we undoubtedly experienced God's presence in that hospital room. It was like God was saying, "Here you go. Here's a most precious blessing for you." We had prayed and prayed to have another baby. God had answered our prayers. The Bible says, "Children are a gift from God." Payton is a gift everyday. There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't make me smile from ear to ear. Payton is a joy and has an infectious laugh that will make anyone laugh. Happy Birthday sweet boy!

Julianna, Payton and Ben sitting on Payton's new Lightning McQueen couch

This is the coveted RC Dragon Lightning McQueen. He's been asking for this since Christmas! :)