First (little) snowman this year.

First (little) snowman this year.

The kids have been so excited to get to play in the snow this year. Yesterday was the first (tiny) snowfall we’ve had the chance to go out in. We put the carrots they kids won’t eat to good use! from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1JH01gc
Bug

Bug

Here’s an iPhone macro close up of just ONE of the million little bugs that seem to find a way inside our home each winter. I wonder how much better camera phones will be in the future. This level of quality from a phone is just amazing to me. from Instagram:...
Toys from Christmas past

Toys from Christmas past

Every year my mother has my father climb up into their attic and pulled something down out of an old dusty box. She has kept some of our most treasured toys and gifts over the years safe and hidden away. Each Christmas she shares with us one of our past memories. This...
Beautiful backyard morning

Beautiful backyard morning

I just love the skyline views in our front and backyard every day. Blessed to enjoy seeing both the sunset and sunrise from our front and back porch. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1AJewPh
Christmas Kitty

Christmas Kitty

The kids really enjoyed seeing this little kitty cat at our in-law’s Christmas party. I think it’s the first cat that they have got to touching pet up close. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1wa2qIC
Fun visiting Santa

Fun visiting Santa

Lily and Daniel really had a great time visiting Santa at the mall. They each had their little lists to share with him of the toys they are wishing for. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1z6RKwH
My sweetheart

My sweetheart

I love Kristen – more and more every day.  I just treasure every moment with her – even the hectic ones taking the kids to the mall on the last Saturday before Christmas to see Santa! from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1wOV82a
Ho ho

Ho ho

Amazing to get them to a) sit still and b) smile.  Truly a Christmas treat.  Awesome to see them share their little lists with Santa and talk to him.  Daniel got a little reindeer jingle bell from Santa that he’s held onto every day since. from Instagram:...
Ornery

Ornery

Sometimes you can just look into their eyes… and wonder – what are they really thinking? Naughty or Nice? from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1wOV7Lu
Precious Lily

Precious Lily

Sometimes I wish I could just press pause and freeze time – she is growing up so fast. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1wOV7uU
The last 50° day of December

The last 50° day of December

It was just an awesome day outside yesterday. 50 degrees – kind of a warm/cool breeze…  I know we should be wishing for a white Christmas, but after last winter, I’ll take a nice warm day like this when it comes along! from Instagram:...
The house that sugar built…

The house that sugar built…

Our kids grandmother came over and spent the entire evening building a gingerbread house with them. It was a lot of fun and the kids had a blast. The next morning we woke up to find that our dog had jumped up on the table and eaten the gingerbread house! This was a...
Pajama night at cubbies

Pajama night at cubbies

The kids had a fantastic time at the last night of cubbies this year. Getting to wear your pajamas is the best! from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1ww3gVe
The reason for the season

The reason for the season

Luke 2:11-14: For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the...
Blessed with family

Blessed with family

It’s hard to get everyone together at the holidays but between one or two dinners we seem to cover the bases.  The visits are always too short.  It truly is a blessing though to enjoy the time with family.  I always treasure our moments together. from Instagram:...
Daniel. Present.

Daniel. Present.

Having some fun at the Christmas party today. The kids are really getting excited and counting down the days. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1BHRVo6
Buddy with a bow

Buddy with a bow

If only you could wrap some of the smiles up, put them in the box, and keep them forever. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1vMtJso
All ears

All ears

Papillion’s are one of my favorite dog breeds. We’ve been blessed with two Murray, RIP and now CK. Gentle, happy hounds. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1vMtGNb
Puppy love

Puppy love

Enjoying some time with man’s best friend. CK certainly enjoyed our Christmas party today. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1yNt40W
Walking in the woods.

Walking in the woods.

I love getting to walk the trails in the woods near our home. It’s amazing all the beautiful things you find in nature if you just take a moment to be quiet. from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1vLLxUs
Mother and son.

Mother and son.

Kristen and Daniel enjoying some time together after the Christmas program at school from Instagram: http://bit.ly/1vLLw2O