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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christmas 2014 Recap

Well, better late than never, right?  Our Christmas was a bit different this year...you know, a week in Disney the week before throws things off a bit :).  Disney post is next!

Miss Tater joined the chorus this year and sang her heart out at a very cute concert :).  She had a speaking part and I have video but do you think I can locate it right now????  Ugh!

Bubba spent a lot of time trying to convince us he was on the nice list :)...it's hard when you are almost 2!


 We left cookies and milk for Santa...

 and listened to Papa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  
(Can you even stand Bubba's excitement???)

 In the morning we waited at the top of the steps while we waited for Mommy and Daddy to see if Santa came (code for getting coffee!)

And then the fun began!



Well, for those of us that aren't experimenting with having an attitude!






We spent a quiet day at home and then went to see Christmas lights.  Bright and early the next day we planned to head to Papa and Mimi's house but had a slight delay while we had to get this sick little one to the doctor.  A croup diagnosis and we were on our way!  



We visited with Papa and Mimi and had a great second Christmas with aunts and uncles and cousins. 



We returned with a very full car and many new things to keep us entertained!  The season seemed to fly by but we had so much fun making memories and being together as a family!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Welcome 2015


I can't believe a new year has started!  2014 was full of challenges, trial, and happy moments woven in.  We battled scary health issues in our immediate and extended families.  We watched our children grow developmentally and educationally...finding new and creative ways to help them succeed.  We worked hard professionally, making big changes and enjoying promotions as a result of our dedication. And through all this, we grew and lived as a family of six ;). It was challenging and rewarding ;)

For the past few years I have selected several verses and quotes that speak to me at the beginning of each new year and post them to guide our family through the year.  I feel strongly in choosing a bible verse that speaks to our season of life for that year and then inspirational quote(s) to support it and our daily life.

So here is 2015!  Please excuse the quality of the pictures :). Our schedule is insane with busy, social children and I'm spending way too much time in waiting rooms without wifi!  So phone pictures with reflections it is if I want to stay committed to my goal to blog more this year!
"Don't be afraid.  Just believe." Mark 5:36
So much truth needed in this season of our lives.

"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in everyday."
I need this reminder to find the positive!

In addition to these inspirations, I've given myself a few goals...

1.  Read 2 books each month.
I love to read...like several books A DAY when I was a teenager!  I need to bring back joy of escaping into the lives of the characters ;)

2.  Read to the kids EVERY night.
This came more from Daddy, even though I 100% support it!  I'm trying to overcome the bedtime craziness and find some peace before they snuggle in ;). It has worked best for us to divide and conquer!  Daddy reads to the girls while the little guy plays and I read to Bruiser upstairs.  Whatever it takes!

3. Meal Plan!

4.  Simplify!

Bring it on 2015!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Back to Blogging ;)

Happy 2015!

We've busy over the past year...growing as a family of 6, making some big life changes and plans, and having a bit of fun as time goes on!

One of my goals for this new year is to make more time to write, to document our life as a family, and to share our craziness!

Stay tuned!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Visit to the Carousel

Sunday was an off-and-on rainy day, Daddy had lots of writing to do on the computer, and Mommy was trying maintain some order.  Late in the afternoon, we were all ready to escape! 
 
So we headed to the local carousel for a few rides and to introduce Bubba to the whole experience.
Mommy tried to get a group picture as we waited for our first ride :)
 
Clearly Bruiser was all set with this!

And then I lost Sassy!

My whole family...with 3 out of 5 looking!

Bubba loved the horse to start!  He thought he was SO big!




And then the horse began to move...


Not so sure anymore...

This one was in heaven!


And then he dove into Daddy's arms and had to sit the rest of the ride!


His hands were like this the entire ride!!!

My kids!!!!


 
It was good to get out of the house and spend some time just having fun as a family!  Now we are back into the week and gearing up for a trip to Papa and Mimi's...which Mommy is going to tackle on her own...yikes!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BIG Things at The House of Sprout!

So yesterday we said good-bye to the family car of nine years.
We brought home 3 babies from the hospital in this car, made too many trips to PA to count, and traveled around town for many years enjoying the space and seating.  Then Bubba joined our family and we knew our days in the mini-van were limited.
 
It had a few dents and a lot of dirt, but it was used and loved :)

 
About three weeks ago, Sassy was sitting in her seat and all of a sudden looks at me with complete shock "We drive a mini-van, Mommy???"  Captain Obvious, that one!

 
So with more kids than we can handle and all the stuff that comes with them, we moved on to this beauty!

 
Yes, it's huge.
Yes, it's a truck.
Yes, I have anxiety every time I drive it.
 
But, oh my gosh, is it ever cool!!!
We bought a few years used so that we could indulge in some luxuries...leather seats, entertainment system, bluetooth!  I feel like I've caught up with civilization!  My van didn't even have power sliding doors!!!!!

 
So this is "Bruce"...family joke with the name :)...and we are loving him! 
 
Now I must go mop up water from the leaking washing machine...how is it that every time you make a large purchase something else has to break?????

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Rite of Passage

Bubba has his first experience with corn-on-the-cob last night!  This is one of my favorite almost toddler things each of our children have expereinced.


I think it's safe to say it was a hit!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fireworks with Friends

We met up with our friends to watch the fireworks and had a little fun before they started!

 
Well...that was a fail!

And then "photo bombing" started!