Sunday, December 31, 2017

~Christmas 2017~

Okay now that I realize I posted #bestnine twice I guess I'll finally add my Christmas pics. I was so lazy with the camera this year as in I never lifted it....used my iphone and never even focused...I have to say I was actually in the moment this year and thoroughly enjoyed my time with our family!

First up was making Christmas cookies for Santa!

                      I survived the mess:)
The ONLY picture I have of Christmas eve with the Wells family. Carson and Janie had a performance so of course I got a pic of that!

awesome focusing skills on Mom's part...Carly is hiding and I think JD is just bored haha

Madeline is pumped about all her slime stuff haha

the whole fam minus Allie and Eric in our Christmas pj's...again awesome focusing on my part. Carly's brother Steve and his girlfriend Katie are now in on the Christmas pj's!:)

old man Gardner is still playing up the part of too big pj'sπŸ˜‚
his first demonstration giving me a thumbs up ha!

Hank could not get up fast enough to put on his gift from Julianne and Chris


my gift from Gardner and Kendyl is priceless

a few games of all thumbs

who knew how hard it is to take out earrings without thumbs....πŸ˜…

my goodness Janie is in love with her onsie!
Gardner is reading Janie's letter to him:)

the aftermath whoop whoop

Allie and Eric made it back in town in the afternoon and we celebrated again
this conversation was so funny to listen too as Gardner and Eric explained the ins and outs of her pokemon cards. I believe one of Eric's quotes was "throw that one away it is just obnoxious marketing material" hahaha

My New Years resolution will be to use my camera by next Christmas...iphones are just too easy😯

Friday, December 29, 2017

~Best Nine 2017~

i love this so much!

this about covers it....special moments, a look back at the past with special memories mentioned.... seriously only God can write a life like I have been able to experience..from my sweet little family of five to this crazy crew of 12...God has been in each and every detail from loss to open hearts and some fun thrown in with the crazy.  I am grateful to our Lord for his providence, his forgiveness, and his all encompassing love for each one of us. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

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 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 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!

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

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!