Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Phone Photo Dump 35

Ready for the barn dance!

I was out of an oven for 2 weeks....we finally got the new one delivered and it didn't fit! 

After a couple of days on the hunt for someone to come cut/sand the granite countertops and sides of cabinets, it finally slid in!

Turkey craft!

 The kids were playing "travel to New York and live in an apartment."  They brought a bunch of stuff from their rooms down to the living/dining rooms and set up their home. :)

A little before-school playdough!

 This girl loves her games...notice the "shine" behind me?  It's officially fire season!

 Good friends came over for dinner with their 4 kids, plus their little Safe Families boy, who is the little brother to our sweet Safe Families girl. 10 kids = a party!

 Looking through last year's Shutterfly book...

 It's hard to tell, but she was crying because she couldn't get the goggles to stay on.

 Snuggle time, watching a show...

 A little friendly game of War...

 These big kids like to make their own PB&J sandwiches...


 A little pre-bedtime wrestling...

 Despite her smiles, this little one woke up at 3:30 am today with an upset tummy and several rounds of that tummy proving its upsetness.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Barn Dance 2015

Annual Barn Dance pic!

Previous years...



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Phone Photo Dump 34

 Our oven has been out of commission for the past week.  A new one is being delivered next Wednesday.  In the meantime, I've been prepping meals in other ways.  Fortunately, the weather this week has been warm - great for grilling!  Unfortunately, it's now getting dark by 5 pm - not great for grilling!


 September's Staff Appreciation thing...Donuts and Cider...I love this "job"!


Family project...


 Twins, 3 years apart.


Rainy walks to the bus stop...

 This is how child #3 eats green beans.

 S'mores when Nana/Papa were in town a few weeks back...

 Mini-Momma....she's carrying her baby in the tool of her dress.

 Ice Cream at chik-fil-a...

 Helping with leaf removal...

 Oldest and Youngest.

 Ugh.  On my way to the city this week to pick up sweet A who we will be caring for over the next couple of months, I got a flat. 

 While this was not a fun, nor convenient experience, it made me realize how thankful I am for so many things.  First of all, that we have free roadside assistance.  Also, that I have a friend who will drive to my house with all 4 of her own kids to be there for when my big kids get home from school because now I am running waaaaayyy behind...I was supposed to be in the city 1.5 hours ago!  I'm super thankful that I have a husband who is gracious and didn't get upset with me even though I clipped a curb and busted the tire. And in the immediate moment, I was thankful that the side of the road included a big field with lots of sticks to keep these lovies entertained.

 Speaking of that sweet A...

 A little roller blading/skating around the neighborhood...


Today, we meandered around Costco for 1.5 hours while the guys put new tires on the van.  Caleb was home sick so he got to tag along.  Lucky him.  But look at these teddies!  Everything really is bigger at Costco!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween 2015

Quick shots from their school parade...

I didn't take my camera along tonight, as it was pretty rainy.  But, I did manage to snap a few pics before trick-or-treating.

Can you find Daddy?

 Despite the icky weather, this crew had another fund night of trick-or-treating, and partying together afterwards!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Brookfield Zoo Field Trip

 I got to chaperone Meredith's zoo field trip today.  It was soooo cold, but so much fun!  I didn't get a ton of pictures of animals....the sweet girlies were much more fun to photograph!

The first animals we saw....sloth bear & tiger.


 Baby snow cute!
Mama snow leopard

Mama gorilla with her 1 month old baby!!!!


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