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River’s First School Lunch

December 13, 2017

I promised the kids that I would bring River into school to have lunch with all of them as soon as I felt like he was ready.  And, today, I felt like he was ready.

But, it turns out that he was more than ready.

He was flat-out excited!

He had a blast sitting through 3 different lunch periods, getting all sorts of attention from his sibs and their kind friends. He just smiled (and ate), and blew kisses (and ate), and waved (and ate), and laughed (and ate).

Funniest line of the day? As soon as one of Morganne’s friends saw River, she gasped, looked at her, and said, “Do you have ANOTHER little brother? Whoa. How many of those do you have now???”   


Gingerbread Scenes

December 13, 2017

We decided to do gingerbread nativity scenes this year instead of gingerbread houses. The girls did one together, and the boys did the other.

They turned out pretty cute, I must say!


#teamgirls #teamboys #riverwasntmuchhelp #justthereformoralsupport#happybirthdayjesus

A Marshmallow Bath

December 13, 2017

The kids woke up yesterday morning to find our elves soaking in a warm, bubbly, marshmallow bath.

Our little bath-lover thought that was pretty darn funny. 


Another Box

December 13, 2017

A few days after Haven came home to us, a friend surprised us with a box of personalized family stationery. It brought such a big smile to my face to see Haven’s name listed alongside all of our names for the first time. Well, that same friend sent us that same box of stationery a few days after River came home to us last week. And that same big smile appeared when I saw his sweet name listed alongside all of ours for the first time. What a beautiful gift. Thanks, Marcy! 


My 40-Year-Old Fave!

December 12, 2017

Wishing a very HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY today to my favorite guy.

Love you, Bryan!  So thankful for your life and for your love! ♥





December 12, 2017


We’re ready!  😁


The Big 4-0

December 11, 2017

Wait. What?!?
Daddy is turning 40 this week?!?
Well, that calls for a surprise trip to Clowes Memorial Hall to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (his favorite holiday show of all-time) come to life onstage!! 


An early (surprise) birthday celebration for Bryan,
our favorite soon-to-be 40-year-old…

~A Charlie Brown Christmas ~ Clowes Hall ~ Mexican Food ~ Family ~ Love ~ Laughter ~ Cake ~ Presents ~

The birthday boy, and his newest little fan…