Thursday, December 26, 2013


We headed up North last week. We spent some time in York with Nate's parents and now we are at mine. On Christmas day we went to Nate's grandparents in New Jersey. It was a really fun day. When the boys got a bit too crazy Nate and Harmony took them for a walk. 
 Piper was quite the sassy pants. She was very happy to receive a plethora of My Little Ponies.
 Getting a normal shot of these two will probably never happen.
 Ember has done pretty well this trip. Nate's family vied over who got to hold her yesterday. She enjoyed all the attention.

Monday, December 16, 2013

According to Dexter

I have a guest speaker on the blog today. It is Dexter. He would like to present to you a list of things that I did today to make him upset.

7:55- You offered me milk. I didn't want it, so I calmly responded by hurling it across the room.

7:58- I wanted milk, but you refused to go across the room to pick it up for me.

8:00- You gave me 7 pancakes. I only wanted 6.

8:05- You closed the refrigerator door after I opened it.

8:06- You closed the refrigerator door again. I really wanted it to stay open.

8:07- You refused my request for Cheez-its.

8:10- You took my pajamas off.

8:11- You put socks on my feet that didn't match. 

8:30-You made me carry my backpack to the car. 

12:00- You buckled me in my car seat after school. I really wanted to ride in the front seat.

12:30- I requested eggs for lunch, but you got them out of the wrong container.

12:40- You gave me eggs for lunch. I didn't want them anymore.

1:15- You put me down for a nap.

1:17- You gave me the wrong orange book.

3:00- You wouldn't let me have a cookie after my nap. 

3:20-You put me in time out when I emptied dog food all over the kitchen floor.

3:30- You put me in time out again when I poured water all over the hallway. 

3:45- You told me I couldn't wash my hands anymore.

3:50- You wouldn't let me sit on the counter and throw the bananas on the floor.

5:15- You fed me chili for dinner. I responded by spitting it all over my shirt.

5:16- You took my shirt off.

6:00- You made me put a new shirt on. I prefer not wearing clothes.

6:45- You wouldn't give me any dessert. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Rainy Afternoons

While so many of our friends and family are dealing with snow and ice this week we just have rain. The kids love hanging out in front of the fireplace and staying warm. 

Juno is pretty much the best dog ever. She is perfect with the kids and puts up with a lot. The kids repay her kindness by dropping enormous amounts of food on the floor at every meal. 

 Emmy Lu, my current snuggle bug. There are no words to describe how much I love her.
 This guy. All day long he goes around saying "Dexter es funny". He sure is. Dexty is pretty much the best two year old right now (I was not saying that about 3 months ago). He is definitely my buddy these days.
 And lastly, princess Piperella. She is still sweet and girly, and completely in love with her sister.
 She also wanted to contribute a silly shot for the day.
Hanging out with these hams on a rainy day is awesome.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Black Friday

For the last couple of years our tradition has been to get our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. My brother and I take the big kids and then we usually go out to lunch. We let Asher and Piper decorate the tree first. After they were done we went through and did some serious editing. Piper was a big fan of putting three ornaments on the same branch. 
 Every year on that Friday night our town has something called Light the Night. Everyone gathers in front of the courthouse for songs and then we countdown and turn all the Christmas lights on. A lot of the local shops are open for fun activities. Santa was in one of the shops and the kids loved seeing him. There were also sleigh rides, hot chocolate and cookies, and Mrs. Clause was reading stories.
 We had such a fun day.
 The week was very tiring for Ms. Emmy, so she has been sleeping a lot to recover from it.

Monday, December 2, 2013


We had a very relaxed Thanksgiving this year. My brother came down for a few days and is always a big hit with the kids. There was quite a bit of fighting over Uncle Matty for the week. 
 He couldn't sit down without someone climbing up next to him.
 The wonderful Day family came over in the afternoon for dinner.
 It was really fun cooking and hosting this year.

 Nate made the Baked Alaska Pie and I did the pecan. It's fun being married to someone who enjoys cooking and baking. We enjoyed spending most of the day in the kitchen together.