December 26, 2011


Warm coat: cold winter

Polar Express

We rode the Polar Express to the North Pole on Friday. Hot cocoa, cookies, Santa, cousins, and radiator heat set to at least 90 degrees.

December 19, 2011


Nothing says Christmas like a Santa apron, cut-out cookies, and little flour on your chin.

December 17, 2011

Santa's Wildlife

Yesterday, Addie's school went to the Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary for a carriage ride driven by Santa. We saw horses, buffalo (btw, are buffalo and bison the same thing??), a skunk, elk, and of course, Santa's reindeer!! It was lots of fun. There were hot cocoa, cookies (and best friends) at the end to help us thaw.

December 12, 2011

Season's Greetings

Wishing everyone a very HAPPY holiday season! This is the "virtual" version of our 2011 card.

December 11, 2011


Today was our second annual cookie exchange, and man the competition was stiff, or was it the drinks?

December 6, 2011

St. Nick

In the midwest, St. Nick comes the night of December 5th and fills kids' stockings (or shoes?) with goodies. This is news to me, since I'm from the east coast, where we do stockings on Christmas day. We're not one to break
Midwest tradition though, so we left the doors unlocked and the lights on for him (which brings me to another point that Addie brought up: "how do we know St. Nick isn't a girl?!"). Based on what was left in her stocking, I dare say he just might be a girl.

November 26, 2011

super star

A couple of weeks ago, I came home from the mall to find this. When I asked what the occasion was, Scott said, " she wanted to play Super Star!" Mission accomplished.

November 24, 2011


Today, among many other things, I am thankful for this!!

November 23, 2011

(more) gobble gobble

Quite possibly my-all-time favorite "kids dressed as turkeys" performance to date!!

November 22, 2011

gobble gobble

Addie is the one dressed as as turkey!

November 20, 2011

date night

Owen took Addie out on his new Harley last night. I asked him where they were going and he said, "South America." He then realized how ridiculous it would be to drive a Harley all the way to South America, so he quickly retorted, "NO!!!! Mexico!!"

November 15, 2011

dog walker

It was a beautiful day on Sunday. The whole family took advantage!

November 10, 2011


Two happy kiddos got their very own library cards yesterday. Let the late fees accumulate.

November 7, 2011

the gang

It really is impossible to get more than 3 people to cooperate in a photo.......

November 4, 2011

The Good Life

Two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to take a much needed break from reality and head to San Fran and Napa with my good friend Jen. The pictures speak for themselves (and so does the wine).

November 3, 2011


We had some photos taken at Pineland while we were in Maine this summer. Abbie Morrison did another great job; these are just a FEW of my favorites!!