Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Another awesome Thanksgiving!
We sure missed Allie and Eric
who were skiing with Eric's family....

We celebrated with some of our cousins
all kinds of crazy was made as usual
by Madeline and Janie
they sure love all the big kids
think they are just a bunch of toys to be played with:)

ok seriously do you think I dressed her like this???
She was in a cute MJ skirt and boots
at some point in time during the day she decided to put on her
only JANIE!!
that pose lol!

Madeline was obsessed with the fat of the ham
don't ask!

does she not look like she is in pure bliss???

Janie decided to check it out as well....

Chris and Austin were ganged up on and made to have all kinds of fun

I love seeing all the cousins together
we are  blessed that they still enjoy each other so much!
Lots and lots of history with these kiddos!

 missing Allie and Eric, Andie and Ron,
and Wes and Amy

Janie is "teaching" Austin to dance
I'm sure he needed the lesson:)

goodness she is such a goof...
I cannot imagine our lives without this little spitfire!

that evening Wes and Amy came with their sweet girls

just a glimpse of all hanging 

earlier in the day Janie took Daddy out to take pictures of her in the leaves

she is so precious
from what I understand she hosted her own "adventure"
she had every single big kid out with her in search of
"oh whatever entered her mind to look for"
they all obliged!!!

John David is a bit obsessed with photography now
here is one of his pics..
love it!!!

LOTS to be thankful for!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let's Catch Up a Bit!

So I'm a lame blogger....
the girls got last years blog book,
 thrilled looking at how little they were
I began to feel guilty..
so I'm trying to step it up a bit
just so it is not totally apparent
that Mom dropped the blog ball a bit ha!

So let's catch up a bit with a "few" iphone pics
(by the way I am taking an iphone photography class
in January so my pics won't be so BAD)

First off our trip to the zoo
celebrating Madeline's family day:)

Does Hanky not looked THRILLED to be at the zoo
when he could be hunting:)

Madeline's request for the day was that Carson get to come with her:)

I never got a pic of the entire crew but I'm a spoiled brat
every single one of the big kids got to come
that in itself is a feat to be accomplished!

some peeps are just weird haha

Now on to swimming!
John David is in full crazy of the short course season
swimming for his club team and middle school team

he is having such a great season 
since he is 12 in the 11-12 group

on Friday he swam the 500 free for the first time
and placed first
he was thrilled
we were shocked:)
it was so much fun!

this is what the 2 crazies do during meets
and yes they have their pajamas on!
It was pajama day at school
why make them change????
I did get a few looks haha

this was their "playroom" on Saturday and Sunday:)

I spoke with his coach and said "geez he is having a good meet"
His response was "because he works hard at every practice"
That boy is driven is all I can say!

This is how he felt at the end of the weekend....

On to the rest of the story...

don't all your children sit on banisters half dressed reading a book???

just a typical Sunday evening playing sardines...
Sardines is hide and go seek in a backwards kind of way
the "it" person hides
when seek time arrives
those that find the "it" person hide with them
last person to find group is it...
it involves lots of laughing and piling on top of each other in small spaces
totally funny!!

and last but not least is Madeline 
at her character parade
she is Adele
of the Rainbow Magic Fairies

I still can't believe she will parade in front of her classmates and parents like it is no big deal:)

Happy Thanksgiving week!!!!!!
Lots to be thankful for...
squeals of laughter
some whines
sweet schools
good jobs
cozy homes
and all the 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


my daughter is a hunter.....

notice she has her nice Corky coat on....
Daddy probably thought it cost $15 
at least she is wearing it for a 3rd year:)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Seven Years....

Seven years ago today precious Bo Nian became a member of our family.
{her first week home}

 On that day we embarked on an adventure

we had no idea how affected we would become embracing our girl

 a child that did not have family to call her own...

our hearts now break for the orphans of the world

Our Madeline gave us the courage to step out in faith once again to bring her sister home.

I truly cannot imagine our lives without these 2 children...

{8 months home}

Madeline Nian you are dearly loved by your family!!!

~Happy Family Day~
to our
bug loving
butterfly princess
you are adored!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Favorite Photo....

Kendyl took this last night

Sunday, November 2, 2014

So....I Got Just A Bit Obnoxious

The evening before Halloween I realized we still had not carved 7:00.....and then
I got a little obnoxious playing with my little lens for my phone:) I'll also be obnoxious about how many I'm going to post as well!

getting their craft on...

Hank getting his tool on

"hmmm let me see"

Janie is creative......I'll give her that!

I never got a pic with JD and his pumpkin

and finished

glowing eyes and all....

and just to keep it real......ha