Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Technical difficulties

please bear with me while i am trying to figure out "whattheheckishappeningwithmypictures"!!!!

i can't access all my pictures that i know i have taken!!

in the meantime, here are some instagram shots and some videos of life after Christmas...


of course, once we got back home, the boys wanted to go break in their new 4 wheelers. yes, i added an s at the end. they both have one. i guess they don't like to share. well, they were planning on being gone for the whole day, so gianna and i stayed home. we took down decorations and painted her nails and toenails in rainbow colors. (thanks Krista!)

mud vs. paint

and, after our cable box got blown by a storm while we were gone, we had to re-build our DVR playlist. gone were all the movies we had been building up for years. yes, years. sorry kids, no more alvin and the chipmunks....womp womp. so, i was trying to find some that would be interesting. goonies was a favorite of mine when i was young, so i thought roman would enjoy it. i put it on and this happened.

for fifteen minutes straight, i kid you not


silly faces before bed!

gianna received ballet clothes from mimi for Christmas and was super pumped to start her classes. she knows that emma is there and she asked me every day (no joke), "can i go to ballerina today?" it was a long wait, but it was worth it. look how excited she is!!!

and, as i navigate the waters with a diva (i never had this problem with roman...hmmm), i am trying to find out what her "currency" is. and to keep me on my toes, her currency always changes. one day it is a movie, one day it is a toy, or maybe ballet? well, on this particular evening, her royal diva-ness decided that she didn't want to listen. so, i asked her to remove her toys from her room into the hallway. she happily obliged (uh, oh...not sure if this is backfiring on me) and brought everything out, even saying, "oh wait, we forgot something". but, when i picked up her new Fatsy Natsy (Fancy Nancy) books, she was not happy. so, who knows if it will work. but, as of this morning, the pile is still in the hallway.

so that's life...technical difficulties and all!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas 2014

*i promise i tried to put regular pictures in this post, but it just wouldn't work. there may have been too many, so we are back to cheater blogging until i can figure it out*

our trip to see our family for christmas already seems so long ago, even though it was only just a couple weeks. we had a lot of fun and did so much and i am always grateful for family time. it really is a special time for us and the kids. i'm also super grateful this year for no epidemic of germs! i'm sure everyone else is happy we didn't bring the funk with us!


the kids had a great time pretending to be santa and delivering presents to all the kids of the world

we also had fun going to build a bear with our cousins, lilah and ady and uncle josh and aunt colleen.

the girls were sort of scared to build their own bears, but help from the moms made it cool, i guess.


but, walking around the mall together...that was their thing.we headed over to poppop, kelli and aunt alex's house on monday night to have dinner and open a couple of gifts. the kids had a great time and i don't think they wanted to leave!

last year, gianna was not game to have her nails painted, but this year? she was all about it!

of course, mimi had to get the boys some new pajamas...these elves look mad.

the girls didn't get left out ... candy cane jammies for all!


Christmas morning! Look Gianna, Santa drank all the milk!

the wonder of children on Christmas morning is one of the most magical parts of parenthood. i'm so blessed!



what do we have here? a real 4 wheeler? roman must have been a good boy all year!

i think he was in love at first sight!


there's lots of room to ride at nana's farm...




roman isn't the only one who gets to ride on the farm. gianna, lilah and eleena get a wagon ride from ariah.

and momma gets goofy with her cousin krista!


when we got to mommom's, the girls really had a chance to hang out. and if you look real close, ady is in on the fun too! and mommom has her babies right where she wants them...her lap!



yay...more room to ride!

he is ready for anything!



the girls were fresh out of the tub and playing ring around the rosy...


we made lots of memories with our family and were so grateful for the time spent together. can't wait for next year!









Monday, December 29, 2014

Cheater Blogging

okay, i admit it. i'm really far behind on blogging. i'll blame it on getting ready to head to DE for Christmas with toby out of town for 3 days the week before, 9 days gone and no desire to blog while with our family. there you go.

however, i was able to get caught up on some of my "scrapbooking" pictures while in the car on the ride home yesterday (thank you 13.5 hour trip!!). so, i'm cheating. this is what you get. hopefully, it will help ease the transition back to when i have internet at the house (a storm while we were gone blew our cable box and!)


*if you click on the pictures, you can see them bigger*

you got our Christmas card, right? well, this is a repeat of that...

and we tried to fit in all the fun holiday activities in the week leading up to our trip. gingerbread house decorating and cookie baking/decorating. so fun!


our neighborhood is so festive and fun!

and both the kids had their Christmas programs the week before we left. i don't have a video of Gianna's to post yet, but you can see Roman's below.






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We've Got the Moves!

i just can't help myself. I love elf-ing my family every year!

enjoy these spectacular moves!




Sunday, December 14, 2014


Gianna has been practicing a lot for her Christmas program on Monday. She has all the hand motions down and I think it's going to be a great show. If she doesn't get stage fright, that is! Cross your fingers!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Seeing Santa

It's a good thing I don't have high expectations for a great picture with Santa, huh?

She's just not down with being in close proximity with ole Kris Kringle.

Maybe next year...

And this guy...he saw this on the way to see santa and decided to ask for one....WHAT???

She was much happier after we walked away from santa and she got her ear "muffins"!



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Getting Jolly

Thanksgiving was a wonderful time spent with family and close friends. we ate too much and the kids cried when it was time to leave. now, it is time to get jolly!

time to get on the roof and string some lights!

oh boy! we are getting a little bit griswold around here...

the lights look great, don't you think?

roman is starting to play reindeer games...



the kids enjoyed trimming the tree.

and all the Christmas books are making their way to the kids' laps and bedrooms each night.

i LOVE this time of year.