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Saturday, December 16, 2017

~The Cray Before Christmas~

Only it has not really been that cray:)....busy but not too bad
John David had an out of town swim meet of which I did not take a single picture...my bad!
high school swim meets, Christmas programs, parties, parades and Santa visit...all done!!
now just to finish a bit of wrapping and plan our food. Our choices are a bit boring since all the kids love tradition so I can do it all in my sleep haha!


Christmas parade...and speaking about traditions, we took Carson with us last year so of course it would not be complete without her!

Hank and I trying to give our best "we are too old but we are cool with it" look ha

I think Janie is wanting that piece of candy under that boys shoe???




it was not long ago that they would have been jumping up and down seeing Santa!

John David was so sweet going with the girls...they were both nervous but excited and needed their brother with them:)



the 3rd and 5th graders have a Christmas program together each year, this year was a bit different in that it was a play. The kids did such a great job!





Christmas parties yesterday...




and I can't do a post without these two crazies....they have taken over my den!
Adding to the crazy, it is hard to see in this pic but Evie has a diaper on because she is in heatπŸ˜‘
Vets have changed it up a bit because studies show in large breeds allowing a female to go through one or two heat cycles prevents some sort of cancer and something about ligaments maybe?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Hank is rolling his eyes reading this because I did not pay attention to exactly what it is, this is the uneducated filter of one who trusts her vet and does not even remember what he said, just that his opinion is best haha! I actually have been trying to talk Hank into breeding her in the spring...am I totally off my rocker???? Chime in if you have ever bred (is that even correct english) a dog!

Evie loves to take the girls to school with me each morning...she is deer hunting...if that window was down any more she would jump out to chase them...with a diaper on!! hahahaha...yeah, she just thinks she is all that!

#bestnine
can't believe this one is not on itπŸ˜‚

Merry Christmas!!




Sunday, December 3, 2017

~The Front Side....Legit Christmas Card~


Allie did a gorgeous border around it and Rejoice in the corner but I'm not tech savvy enough to figure out how to download it 😞
I'm very thankful to have such a fun family, we are not perfect (far from it) but we do love to laugh!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"

Saturday, December 2, 2017

~Annual Crazy Christmas Card~


Kendyl wins
Hank gets 2nd place
hahahahaha


Friday, December 1, 2017

~Christmas Card Prep~

So my Christmas card will come out a bit late this year since we are now a normal family with a few kids that live out of state :(. We needed to wait until Thanksgiving weekend for Gardner and Kendyl. Allie, Gardner and Kendyl are the brains behind our funny pics. I think the theme this year is going to be so funny...

the brains figuring out who is who in the pre picture

obviously Janie gets into it ha

we all laughed so much!




Gardner talking Madeline through her "look"







shenanigans going on during the wait for each others pics


Carly can play some ball!

the last time we took our pic on the front porch was when Madeline was 3 and Goldbug was a puppy and none of the big kids were out of college.  Lots has changed since then. The only sad change is that Odie is no longer with us, look at that sweet doggie! I'm sure more changes are coming as they always do...loving all that comes with a big ole family!






Saturday, November 25, 2017

~Oh Evie~

Evie continues to be such a sweet puppy
~other than chasing deer and chickens:)~

she is so cute!

~Thanksgiving~

This year was extra special since Ma Kitty, Grandpa Jim and Granddaddy came to visit!
Oh and of course Gardner and Kendyl are in town for the long weekend.

How did I not get pictures of the grand parents???
you know what I loved the best...was telling my mom to go sit down instead of helping me...
it is such a pleasure for me to get it all together as she enjoyed herself after all the years she worked so hard to make holidays special for us.  

In a family as large as ours I have learned that I can't get all caught up in making things look perfect, trust me I've tried and was miserable. I was thrilled that I got the table set haha!

I just took a few pics and am so sad I did not get more!

kids that were still home...Julianne and Chris were at his parents by the evening and Madeline had fallen asleep


cracks me up...band cover pic for Janie's performance. Girlfriend is so so funny as she sings her made up songs, seriously we cry we laugh so hard!







Janie dressed Gardner up for his first day of Kindergarten

he is such a great big brother 
what happened to the days when I had my nice camera out and thought about things like lighting, composition etc??? Maybe that will be my New Years goal??? All I can say for myself is I at least got a few pics ha!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

~Book Fair~

Last post of the day! Whoop Whoop all caught up:)

Our school has a character parade that  the Kindergarteners through 3rd grade participate in. 

Janie went as a character in The Dork Diary series.

she meticulously looked at each picture of her character in the book before choosing how to dress. She was very specific about each and every part of her costume, if you know Janie you can only imagine this to be totally true haha!!
She was adorable and had so much fun!!

~San Miguel De Allende~

This past weekend Hank and I went to our first ever destination wedding. Sweet Jacqueline worked for Hank during vet school and we have been friends with her parents for years...so of course we could not miss this event and goodness was it an awesome event. I had never even heard of San Miguel De Allende. It is in centralish Mexico and such a treat. 


this was right outside our hotel, all the streets are just like this! When you enter a door you may enter a store or an entire hotel with gorgeous grounds.

our view at the rehearsal dinner on a roof top


I had to send Janie a picture of my fruit the next morning, she loves her some fruit! I have been to Mexico a few times on the coast and the food was good but not fabulous. Every single thing we ate was amazing.


just your normal Saturday in San Miguel

this gorgeous church is in the center of the town

goober selfie

this is the main square in the center of town





the wedding venue, so pretty



directly after the ceremony it is tradition to have a parade walking to the reception. Look how tiny Jacqueline looks next to the huge bride and groom?? haha


a stop along the way for a toast

it was such a treat to get away for the weekend and have an actual conversation haha!
I am so very thankful for this husband of mine!


~Citizenship Council Induction~

Each fifth grade class is inducted into the Citizneship Council to serve a period of time.
They are given jobs to help at the school during this period. Madeline will be serving as a reader for a Junior Kindergarten class, a library lizard in which she will help in the library and will help with some announcements in chapel. The fifth graders love this and take it very seriously... cool way to learn to give of yourself, help others and serve.