Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Huh....I kinda forgot about this blog. I am not sure I remember how to do it so this is just a test:)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Arizona--Baby it is hot!

 We are really enjoying the open kitchen/family room area.  Our little house in NY was pretty cramped and we are having fun being in the same room together without being on top of one another!  The view into the backyard and pool area is so refreshing.  The sun is always shinning and we just love it!
 The pool has been used almost daily since we arrived.  The kids love to invite friends over.  So far, no serious injuries have occurred to any of the little kids.  However, my 28 year old nephew tired to give himself a concussion and cut his calf up pretty good.  Going down the slide sideways is not any age. 

Jacob loves to just float around enjoying the water.  He is such a pleasant little guy!

There is a spot in the pool for you, so please come play!

*PS--we do realize the pool looks  a little "cloudy", but please rest assured that Kris knows how to make the pool sparkly clean.  It had just been replastered and the grit floated around for several days.  You can see the drain clearly now!  Kris spends a lot of time babying the pool, we appreciate all his hard work:)

Back to School.....Again!

 We didn't get much of a break this summer.  Only 47 days to be exact.  Those 47 days included packing, moving to Arizona and unpacking.  Not much of a fun summer. Luckily, we have many hot days ahead of us and a fun pool in the backyard to enjoy them!

Joshua started 3rd grade this year.  He has a great teacher and even though he thinks that school "takes way too much of his day" he was excited to go back to school to meet new friends.

Mariah started 8th grade.  She has already made so many fun friends.  On the first day of school she got together at a friend's house for breakfast and then they all walked over to school together.  Lots of people have made her feel very welcome!

 Samantha is in 6th grade.  You should see the front row of her classroom.  It is filled with adorable girls who have quickly become her friends.  Lucky teacher:)

 Oh my little kindergartner!  I thought I was going to escape the tears this year, but I did not.  The kids were fine, in fact they were more fine.  It was just me that had the hard time letting them go.  Another school year only makes it that much closer to graduation, then leaving, then me being very sad that I have an empty house...ok, I am being a bit dramatic.  But it always a bitter-sweet moment for me.  I love to see them grow, but sad that they can't be my baby forever.

Gabriella loves school and wishes she could go everyday.  I am so glad that she is happy. 
 Jacob is 6 months old!  It was a strange day for Olivia, Jacob and I on the first day of school.  It was so quiet.  Livi and Jakie kept looking around for the kids.  I kept looking around for my baby-sitters:)  We have adjusted to the change and try to enjoy the quiet time before the big kids get home. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jacob 5 months!

 Time goes by really fast when you are a slothful blogger!  Jacob is already 5 months old.  I feel like I deserve a do-over for Jacobs first several months of life.  We have been so busy with trying to sell the house, getting ready to move, organizing, packing, end of school, church responsibilities, hectic life of 6 kids, graduation from residency and Kris studying for his last step of the boards.  I just want to sit and cuddle this little sweetie.  If it were not for the fact that I nurse him, I don't think I would ever get to sit down with him and snuggle.  That is just not right. Do-over!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jacob 4 Months

 Since Jacob is already nearly 5 months old I thought I had better hurry and post him at 4 months.  I have been a little busy busy packing for our big move to Arizona, but I know these sweet mile stones come and go too quickly.  Jacob is one of the sweetest babies I have ever known.  He is happy, healthy and incredibly strong!  He loves to pull his sisters hair, already such the teasing little brother:)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jacob 3 months cute

Love. Him.


Happy Birthday to Joshua!!!!
This boy loves his birthday.  I am sure it is easy to tell by the smiles and excitement of these pictures.  I can't believe he is 8.  He will be baptized in a couple of weeks, he is becoming such a sweet little man.  At least when he is not making gross bodily function noises and annoying his sisters.....

 Because Joshua is 8 he is now in cub scouts at church.  His birthday came just in time for him to participate in the pinewood derby.  I do not have any brothers and have never been to a pinewood derby race before.  I had no idea some many grown men could be so excited about a car race.  Kris helped Josh prepare his car.  Kris' dad is an excellent pinewood derby car creator.  His cars were known to win many races over the years.  So Kris new all sorts of fun ways to build the optimal racing machine...I mean wooden car.  Joshua was so excited about scouts.  He loved his new uniform.  The first night that Kris suggested they work on his car, Joshua dropped everything and ran to his room.  We were not sure what he was doing.  He came back out dressed in his full scout gear.  Apparently he thought he needed to be properly outfitted to even work on his car.  It was adorable.

All that work attention to detail of creating the car paid off.  Joshua and his "Batmobile" were undefeated the whole night.  His prize was a ribbon and a BIG chocolate bar.  He was nearly bouncing off his chair trying to contain his excitement.  My favorite part of the whole night was that Joshua was such a good sport.  He complimented the other boys on their cool cars, told them "good job" when they finished their race, and tried to control himself each time he won so he wouldn't show off too much.  He is the best.  I am so happy his first scout experience was such a fun one!