Tuesday, December 20, 2011

the most wonderful

time of the year, right??

We've been enjoying much of the fun of the season. Baking cookies, Christmas concerts, piano recitals...the stuff that life with 5 kids brings.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

brian + julie

happy day!! Uncle Brian and Julie got married!! Jason was the best man, Abby the flower girl (the littles were 'honorary flower girls'), and the boys were ushers, and I did a reading from Colossians.
Emily said the other day afterwords, "mom, Brian and Julie got married. They're in love!" :)
We are so, so happy for them. Brian was beaming. It was emotional. We were honored to be a part of their special day and we pray that they have a long, happy, Christ-filled marriage.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Ben turned 12 today!!
I think I say the same thing every year....I can't believe how fast time flies.
I wish it would slow down.

He is a wonderful kid.
Very kind. Loves sports.
Really proud of who this kid is becoming.
Love that he made me a mom all those years ago...
ready or not.
I was so excited to be a mom...to be his mom.
Love the big brother he his to his siblings.
Love this kid.
Happy Birthday Ben!

Monday, November 14, 2011


What a crazy bunch!!

oh my gosh!?

What has happened to me?
Have I really not posted for almost 2 months??
That's pathetic, and I'm feeling really bad about it!

Emily had her first day of preschool (back in September!).
She absolutely loves it, as I had no doubt that she would.
When we went to sign up in the spring, she cried when we left that she couldn't stay!
So, needless to say, she was ready.
Baby of the family with 4 siblings? Yep, totally ready.
She has blossomed since then too.
She loves going.
She has her first best friend, another Emily.
They are also in dance together, and hold hands most of that class.
She loves preschool, like, looooves preschool!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

fall sports 2011

This has already been such a fun season of fall sports around here. Ben is playing his second year of tackle football. It's 5th/6th graders. It has been so amazing and fun to see him as a leader on the team...all his buddies as the 6th graders this year have really stepped up their games and it's been quite impressive! He has the good fortune of playing on a team with several of his closest friends, which makes it that much sweeter for him.
He's playing wide receiver, running back, and defensive linebacker. Just this past weekend he had his best runs yet, and had a great 15-20 yard run (nevermind that it got called back for a holding penalty), and a few plays later, a 20-yard catch as a receiver.
It's been fun for him to have some success this year as last year he was much more timid, and at wide receiver, had only one pass thrown to him all.season.!!

Matthew is playing his first year of competitive soccer. He joined a year-round team that plays league games and also some tournaments, and indoor over the winter. He's having a great time with it and his skills are improving all the time. Jason and I know virtually nothing about soccer though, so it's funny how quiet we are at games!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

fresh faces

I took the kids out the other day to get some updated pictures of them. I'm dreaming big and hoping it will end with a blog makeover and these could be a part of that...
but in the meantime, here's a fresh look at everyone over here. :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

first day of school

Here we go again....
back to school 2011,
with a sixth grader (totally breaking my heart),

a fourth grader,

a second grader,

and two preschoolers (but Emily doesn't start til after labor day)....

Oh, and a college student! I've started back to school also....though very part-time. I'm excited about having something for myself and seeing if what's left of my brain can be salvaged after so many years in mommy mode!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Abby as "Annie"

Abby did Annie dance camp this summer at her dance studio.
During the week they got to cut out patterns and sew their own costumes, sing the songs, learn dance moves, and perform at the end of the week.
She did AMAZING and it was so fun to see her dramatic debut!!!
She got to be Annie!!
I can totally see a future for her in musical theatre!
Didn't see that one coming at all!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

benny the baller

As anyone who knows us knows, our family loves baseball.
here are a few particularly great shots of ben playing this season.....
It was his 11u year. he got to play with a lot of great boys and made some great friendships.
it will be so fun to see them continue to play together the next several years....
we are sad it's over!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

4th of july

our annual tradition...
breakfast at the park,
followed by parade,
naps, lunch, slip n slide at home,
wiffleball and fireworks.

emily's 3rd bday

Emily turned three at the end of June. I know, waaayyy late on that post, but we've been swamped since then.
She had a particularly strong opinion about what she wanted on her birthday cake....a frog...
I don't know why or where it came from, but she was persistent, and consistent...so I succumbed.
She loves to be the center of attention, so as we were singing "happy birthday" to her, she sat there in front of her frog cake with the biggest smile!
I love this kid so incredibly much and I am thankful everyday for the joy she brings to my life and our entire family. Happy 3rd Birthday, bug!