Monday, March 20, 2017


Judah has been participating in a karate program after school once a week. He went from a white belt to a yellow, and then recently tested for his orange belt. I finally took some pictures. :) One cute moment was when Judah was supposed to punch through a couple boards (three to be exact). He just went for it, and broke all three. The look on his face was priceless. He had the biggest smile, and he was so proud of himself. Sensei Murphy let him keep the boards so that Judah could remember how brave he is. Judah still has them sitting on his dresser.

Sensei Murphy is SO good with kids, and I have really appreciated his approach with Judah. We are so proud that Judah has earned his orange belt, but our hope is that he walks away with something more-a valuable lesson that he is capable of many things with hard work and dedication. Go Judah!

Getting his orange belt!

Wacky February

I snapped a couple photos of the kids playing outside back in February. This has been one wacky winter! No winter February!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I typically don't take as many pictures in the winter months, but here are some of the kids from back in January. I have been working on photo books, hence the delay in getting these pictures up. I try to get at least a picture or pictures of the kids every month for our family photo books, and it was the end of January when I realized that I didn't have any pictures of the boys. So, I had all three sit together for a quick photo op. I got them laughing real good at one point...I just love those smiles.

These two are best buds. They look nothing alike and have different personalities, but they love to be around one another. Asher likes all the things that Judah likes, and Judah is daily telling me, "Mom, I just want to kiss him, he's so cute." They have shared a room since Asher turned three last summer. This week, Judah has been sick, and one night we let him sleep on the floor in our room. Asher woke up at some point and noticed that Judah was not in his bed, so he came into our room and insisted that he sleep in there, since that is where Judah was. Oh, these two. 


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Big Girl

Last Wednesday night before bed, Eden lost her first tooth!!! She was nervous at first, but ended up being very excited. She is getting to be such a big girl. I was happy that the tooth finally came out, because her grown up tooth was already growing in behind it!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Galena 2016

After Christmas, we headed to Galena to spend time with Eric's side of the family. We opened presents, walked around Galena (and even toured President Grant's old house), and spent time hanging out at the house. We were able to rent our "favorite" Galena house this year, which was nice. We like this house because the layout is great and seems to work best for what we want. There are three levels, all of which have bedrooms and a little area with a tv for hanging out.

Eric is opening his Christmas present with his dad's old pocket knife. :)

Eric got this for Brian. It's important to note that Brian is NOT a Cubs fan....which makes this funny. :) 

Asher was so cute this year. He was really into opening presents, and he would get so excited when it was his turn. As everyone was taking their turns, he kept asking me. "Is it my turn yet?"

Asher's loot

Sara and I got these matching shirts for the boys. Cute right?

Haley and Aunt P doing crafts.

I had brought some Popsicle stick ornament crafts to do with Haley. Eden got this doll from Grandma R, and she asked if Haley and I could make a Popsicle stick ornament that looked like her doll. Haley and I got to work, and this is the finished product. Not bad for what we had on hand! It was a really fun project to tackle! 

And of course a little pie-in-the-face game. This was funny, I took a lot of pictures of this-the expressions are priceless. :)

Asher's face...LOL

Again, his face has the I'm-not-sure-what's-going-on-here look.

Even Uncle Brian played

He finally got pie in the face!

Andrew anticipating pie in the face