Saturday, December 31, 2011
Our big Mariner fans!!!!
Our little Hawaiian girl!
And of course had to have some adorable tutu shots in there.....she is just the cutest thing ever!!!!!!!!!!
Top two are Mr. Lucas having fun! Bottom two are of course of Mr. Dylan loving every minute!
We chose a park near a home that sits on top of a little hill and has some fantastic white trees that are neatly spaced to allow for some incredible photos. Our great friend Melissa Warner took some awesome shots and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out. The boys were very patient throughout the whole thing and Emery did such an amazing job.
What an amazing day to get some great shots as a family. We’re excited at how they turned out and can’t wait to get more of these as our little family grows.
One Family Home Evening we decided to have them cut out pictures of what they wanted from the many advertisements that have flooded our house. We honestly wanted to get an idea ourselves of what their list looked like. It really is a little sad to see how ‘commercialized’ Christmas has become though. We try really hard to instill within our boys the true meaning of Christmas, that what we are really celebrating is Jesus' birth, and definitely that Santa can’t bring everything that they want. We want them to be thankful for what they have. They understood, but that didn’t stop them from cutting out almost everything!
And it didn’t stop with just that Monday night’s activity. A number of times we would catch Lucas going through the newspaper, taking out the Toys R’ Us, Target or Fred Meyer Ad, pulling out his scissors, and sitting down at his desk to cut out even more toys! We told him that we had already mailed their lists to Santa, and he politely informed us that he was working on his list for the next year!
"Dear Santa....please have some of these toys for Christmas. I have been a good boy. -Dylan"
What a blessing it is to not only be parents, but be parents to twin boys who are the delights of our lives. Their genuine love for this time of the season is reflected in their excitement in the little things; Santa lists, asking us to go down a certain road every night we come home to see the Christmas lights on nearly every home, and the joy they get by singing (more like belting!!) Jingle Bells. To Dylan and Lucas, thank you for your bright little spirits that make us as parents so proud. We love you!
After the run, everyone came back to our place to get cleaned up and ready for dinner. And guess what? I cooked my very first turkey! In fact, I cooked two of them. I now feel like a real live grown-up! We had the works for dinner....turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, etc. It ended up being a fantastic meal!
Over-all, it was a fun weekend to spend with Teage’s family and to get to know Susie so much better. We hadn’t seen Brook and Susie for almost two years and seeing them and getting to chat with Susie was awesome. Brook has someone really special and we’re so glad to have her as part of our family. And....the kiddos had a blast with all of their cousins!
Although we were all together this weekend, it did seem a little incomplete without Jesse physically being there. We did sing happy birthday to him and talked a little about him. It’s still hard to believe that it’s been 6 years since he passed away. But knowing that he is watching over all of us brings a sense of happiness, joy and peace. We look forward to continuing this tradition of family, mud and memories for years to come!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Isn't she adorable??
Our family right before trick or treating. Teage and I even got into it! And the boys ended up getting SO much candy, we may have left overs for the entire year.
The boys with their buddy at the church party