Saturday, February 24, 2018

Natalie's 7th Birthday

The weather is slowing starting to warm up. We spent a lot of time outside the other day. 

 I love these two people so much! My brother Adam and my best friend Rebecka. I enjoy facetiming them whenever I get the chance. 

Thomas was sadly gone on Valentine's Day, but we made sure to celebrate on Saturday. He got me flowers, and I got us these shirts. In the morning we went to our favorite coffee shop. It was a lot of fun. 

Natalie had her birthday last week, and to celebrate, we all went to Pizza Hut. We had a good time, and ate lots of pizza. My mom also made a delicious coconut cake. I love Natalie's facial expression in this picture. 

Happy Birthday to our sweet little princess Nattles! May God bless you this upcoming year. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Fish Fry

On Friday night, Annalyn, JJ, Thomas, and I went to the gym. Afterwards we got frozen yogurt which probably wasn't the best thing to eat after a workout. Then we went to our house and watched the movie Wild Hogs. It was pretty good, and a great way to spend a Friday night. Here we are sitting in the bed of the truck enjoying our treat.

On Saturday Thomas and I were going to go shooting with our neighbor. However, it was raining so we had to change our plans. He offered us two tickets for a local fundraising fish fry that he wasn't planning on going to.  Thomas isn't a fish fan, so I invited my mom to go with me. The food was good, and we saw some people from our church. 

Today we are celebrating Andrew's 16th birthday. He is turning into such a fine young man. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018


Sunday was a beautiful day. We went over to my parent's house and spent the day there. A friend from church came over as well, and we had a great lunch and played games. Thomas also brought out his guns, and a couple of the kids took turns shooting.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Blanket Burritos

 Nolan and Natalie play so well together. Here they are ringing bells together.

Oliver loves dressing up, and put on this spiderman mask. He went around shooting webs at everybody. 

 I love having the kids over. Here they are eating cereal and drinking a strawberry smoothie. 

 The kids love it when I wrap them up in blanket burritos. Dennis especially loves the challenge. I'll set a timer and see how long it takes him to get out of it. 

 Natalie can be so sweet sometimes. I love cuddle time with her. 

A couple weeks ago Thomas and I got a new dog. He is a husky, and we named him Nike. He is about five months old, and so full of energy. 

 It snowed here, and we absolutely loved it. We had two snow days, and the extra time off was great. 

Of course Nike loved playing in the snow. 

These past weeks have been crazy. I started my last semester of school. I will graduate with an Associate Degree in June. I'm taking five classes all online, as it allows me to still work and have a lot of flexibility. It's a lot, but I'm able to handle it. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Chuck E Cheese

The other day Thomas and I took the little kids to Chuck E Cheese. They had a great time. Oliver loved riding in this helicopter.

 Alex enjoyed going around and playing all the different games. 

 Nolan did too, and earned a lot of tickets. 

Natalie was fascinated by the mouse. 

The boys loved the pizza!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Family Time

Man how time flies! It's already 4 days until Christmas. We got our tree shortly after Thanksgiving. It's a long story of how we got it like this, which involves bringing the chainsaw into the house, but I'll spare you the details and show you this picture instead. 

With Christmas time, comes Christmas parties. I've gone to a couple where I've needed to bring a dessert. For one I made a pumpkin spice roll with cream cheese filling.

Another I made a strawberry cobbler. Both were delicious!

I love the trees our new house has, but with trees, come lots of leaves this time of year. Everyone came over today and we watched Elf, and raked leaves. Of course the kids loved playing in them. 

The tree in this pic is my favorite. The leaves are so pretty!

Caleb, Adam, and Rebecka made it safely here for Christmas this past week.

Here we all are in our new living room. It was a little crammed, but we didn't care. Elf is one of our favorite Christmas movies. 

Afterwards, Caleb and Oliver decided it was time to take a nap. 

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful day. I know we did. :) Lots of yummy food and cheerful conversation made for a great day. Thomas and I arrived at my parent's house around 11am. Beforehand, I did all of the desserts at our new house: brownies, ruffle chocolate chip cookies, rice krispie treats, pumpkin pie, and chocolate pudding pie. Thomas also got a free smoked turkey from his work. It was a nice change from the type of turkey we normally have. On top of that we had mashed potatoes, stuffing, cream corn, rolls, green beans, and cranberry sauce. We were so blessed. Our grandma and aunt also made the drive out and spent a couple days with us.

 Natalie was in such a happy mood that day. 

 Auntie Lena brought us a cheese ball that we all enjoyed with crackers. 

 Oliver and Nolan eating their dessert

Thomas and I are loving our new home. We feel so blessed. Our washer and dryer got delivered on Saturday, and I've never been so happy to do laundry in my entire life. :)