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Christmas Card 2012

December 9th, 2012
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Got another nifty Shutterfly coupon from my wonderful Mother-in-law.  Which, coincidentally, took this photo the night before she departed.  It was great spending time with her and grandpa.  We’ll see you two again soon!

First Black Friday

November 23rd, 2012

We actually were out and about on Black Friday!  Though, we spent it at the photography studio at Sears not shopping.


The kids were so good about the long wait(s) at the studio we finally gave in and let them play at the newest attraction at the nearby mall.  The entrance fee costs a pretty penny but it was well spent.  They played for 2 1/2 hours!

Here is what Sylas looked like when he finally let us leave:


He could barely walk back to the car because his muscles were sore.  I hope he’ll be okay in the morning.

Enjoy the rest of your November!

November Flashback

November 15th, 2012

Time flies and seeing these two photos side by side just makes my heart melt!


September 2010



September 2012



November 11th, 2012

Completed a Shutterfly book tonight (gifted by my wonderful Mom-in-law)!

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Ariel is 6!

October 28th, 2012

Ariel’s birthday shindig was held today at a gymnastics facility.  Here we are in their party room enjoying some snacks and singing for our special gal:

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.  Let’s party again soon!

p.s. Here’s the link for the rest of the party pics and videos.  Enjoy!

Kindergarten Update

September 17th, 2012

Ariel’s teacher thought it would be a good idea to have her attend school the entire day.  And so here she is at the end of her first full day of school:


What did Ariel think of full-day school? She said it was “Excellent!”

Whew! As for me, I missed her terribly! (Six hours is a long time!) And I think little brother did too.  But they got to hang out while snacking like they did last year.


3’s Preschool

September 11th, 2012

Today was Sylas’ first day of preschool.  He’s in a class filled with other 3 year olds so he doesn’t need to compete with big, scary 4 & 5 year olds like poor Ariel had to a couple years back.  There were no tears and he gave Sis a great big hug when she came to pick him up after school.

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Have fun in preschool Big Guy!  We know you’ll do great and we love you lots!


Mom, Dad, & Sister


September 4th, 2012

Here are some photos from Ariel’s first day of school.  She’s only in half-day kindergarten, which lasts 2 hours and 40 minutes (shorter than preschool), but still is not enthused about having to go everyday of the week.  Poor gal!  She has a really friendly teacher so I’m sure she’ll change her mind about school soon.

Graduation #2

August 12th, 2012

If you were wondering whether or not Ariel had a pre-school graduation ceremony, yes she did!  And this time around Grandma and Grandpa Jim were here to celebrate with us!  Here are some highlights from Ariel’s second preschool graduation:

Of course, the ceremony started out with songs and dances.


On her way to receive her certificate.


The shake & take.


Kindergarten here I come!


Congratulations Ariel! We are all so proud of the kind and smart girl you have grown up to be. Keep up the great work! Love, Mom, Dad, & Brother

Videos Galore

July 22nd, 2012

I went on an uploading spree tonight. There are lots of short clips of what the kids have been doing so far this summer.  I had to share this cute video of cousin Max and Ariel:

We miss you a bunch Max and hope to see you soon!

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