Monday, February 27, 2012



My baby girl turned 10 this year.

As much as I dreamed about her and for her before she was born, she has far exceeded those dreams to this point.  Our days together are not perfect and she has the same highs and lows as many young ladies her age, but she is a perfect match for the life God is creating for her.  I just have to continue to pray that God gives me the exact measure of what I need each day to guide, nuture, and love her through the years ahead.

We had another quiet family celebration this year.

She loved her earrings, bracelet, horse stamps, and cute shirts from Gigi and Papa.

I'm not sure I expected quite this reaction to giving her my old Kodak digital camera!  Luke is never far behind in the expression category!  Can't you just hear that scream coming out of her mouth.

This was her big gift from us this year.  I thought I had made it obvious, but she wasn't quite sure what to make of it.  I got her a cute bag with a travel bag inside.  Inside the travel bag, I put the iternary for our girls' trip to California to see our friends that moved.

Not really sure...

Ahhh, now she understands!

(In case you missed that football game, I'm glad we could provide a review showing for you!)

She enjoyed a little cash flow from her grandpa and nana which she hoards in her wallet for that special day!

These pictures are from this summer.  The last few years I have herded the kids at the same time for their "annual" pics rather than make 3 trips.  She is always a few months more mature since her actual bd is in January.

So beautiful...inside and out!

This was her school pic from just this past fall.  A mini-me, only more stylish than I was at her age!

Happiest of Birthdays my precious daughter!

Stacey aka Mommy

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New Year's Eve 2011

Hold the presses!  One more for 2011!

Since having kids, we rarely do anything for NYE.  The kids enjoy staying awake longer than their parents and toasting with a little sparkling grapejuice!

This year, we decided to invite a few CWK (Couples With Kids) over for some simple food and fun.

The kids enjoyed some crafts and peeking at a new baby.

Brax played a couple of intense games of magnet darts.

A few tunes!

And a great game of brown bag limbo!

I put together a bunch of topics for Charades and Brax had no intention of being left out!

The Toast!

Seeing these pictures makes me miss my house being decorated for Christmas!

Good-bye 2011!  We enjoyed you from start to finish!


December 2011

Are you sure you are ready for my last 2011 post?!!  I didn't quite finish in January as I had hoped, but mid-February isn't too shabby!

Anysa started piano lessons this past August and this is her Winter Recital.  I love seeing her up there!

Receiving her gold medal from her competition the day before.  We love Mrs. B.  She was Anysa's music teacher her first year here before she had another baby and went back to homeschooling her family.  We waited a year to get a slot and I gladly took the 7 AM time on Tuesdays she offered!

Is that not a cute $4 dress from a second-hand shop?!!!

Girl Scout Christmas party!

Luke's North Pole field trip.  I rarely get to go on fieldtrips because they are usually on the 2 days I work.  After 3 years, I was due one on a Friday!

I love seeing this!

"Mitkey Mouse and his fwends!"

Checking out all the sights from the train.

Going through the workshop!

He waited sooo patiently while all the big kids cut in front of him to pet the animals.

Another great encounter with Santa!

Well, somehow I got the pictures out of order!  Finally getting his chance to say hello to the animals!

In case you didn't hear him, he wants a "futeball".

A little more emphasis on the "futeball"!

Luke telling Brax to be quiet admist a bunch of 1st graders...too funny!

Sending a letter to the "real" North Pole.

 Luke's Christmas party...with his little buddy.

 Rudolph's Red Nose game which includes vaseline!

 Reindeer Antlers game which includes stuffing balloons into pantyhose before the teachers put them on their heads!  Mrs. D!

 Mrs. M!

 Brax discovered his love and talent for cutting (everything into small pieces!) in December.

 I finally got around to making this little goody.  I had only had the materials in my room for a few months!  Burlap is messy to sew with!

 I don't think she was very happy with her new book.  ;)  This girl can't wait to get a horse.

You can see my Christmas in July post here for more December stuff!