Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Trip To Bass Pro

Last Sunday afternoon Joe's family and I took a trip to visit Santa. 
The plan was to see him at Bass Pro....but the line to see him was a two hour wait!  
Luckily Santa also had a line in the mall with a wait of about 30 minutes!  
Not sure how Santa manages all these multiple lines, but we were grateful for the shorter one!

Caleb amused himself with his mommy's phone...he loves to explore Google Earth!

Sweet Elijah loves showing off the gap in his mouth!

Caleb was not interested in sitting with Santa unless his dad joined up. Shortly before this photo, Caleb's head made contact with Santa's that moment there wasn't a whole lot of "jolly" going on!!

Elijah and Caleb tried out the various sizes of ATVs.  Elijah had to wait his turn for the big one because a little girl was riding it, so he jumped on the middle size one.  The other ones were all still in boxes...but that didn't stop Caleb!  He climbed aboard the Camo ATV, tucked in his feet...and was ready to go!  When the big one ATV became available Elijah got his turn on it...and Caleb got to try an unboxed version.  It was so funny to watch them!

The train was a hit.  I wish it hadn't been so expensive...I would have loved to buy them one!  Caleb really enjoyed it!!

Such a cute family!!
Thank you Bass Pro for all wonderful photo ops!!

Since it Throwback Thursday I thought I'd include this photo.
The same cute family...2 1/2 years ago!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Work is Done!

It wouldn't be Christmas if Hank didn't join in the fun!
I think he looks great this year!!

Shiny garland wrapped antlers are his look, don't ya think!?

Yep...Hank decorating was a success this year!
Even my boss said that Hank looks good!

Fabulous I say!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Up On The Rooftop...

...there were lights, and not a whole lot of room for reindeer's hoofs!

Katie and Mark decided to put up some Christmas lights this year.  
They definitely did...and with excellent results!

Even the chimney got some lights wound around it!   Love the multi-colored, big, fat bulbs they used!!  I believe there are over 1100 of them.  
Way to take advantage of after Christmas sales Katie and Mark!!

Charlotte loves flamingos...especially if they have Santa hats on!
The flamingo on the right was an after Christmas purchase as well...from Target.  Joe and Johanna found the flamingo on the left at Walmart this year.  With regards to Christmas flamingos, I'd say Walmart wins!!

Katie got the J - O - Y letters at Target last year.  They're perfect for the front window.  
Love the peek at the tree through it, and the reflections of lights on it!

The colors are a bit off in this photo...but the tree still looks good!

I bet this guy is a popular ornament this year!
Lulu loves him!

Have a wonderful Monday!!
Remember...10 days until Christmas!!

Friday, December 12, 2014


This photo makes me all kinds of happy!
I think I'll call it:

"Cousins...under an Umbrella"

Yep...all kinds of happy!

Have an extra special weekend!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Isn't this a sweet face!
Love this precious little guy!
He wasn't feeling very good today (Wednesday) fact he had to take a trip to the ER.  That's where he is in this photo.  There was a bit of a coughing/choking/gagging scare...but after a few hours in the hospital (plus a shot of steroids) he returned home with a diagnosis of croup.
According to his Mommy & Daddy he seems to be better tonight. He even ate a bit at dinner!

I'm so thankful that it wasn't anything worse!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I've Been Busy...

The house is all dressed up for Christmas!
I'm all worn out!
Time to go sit and put my feet up..maybe watch a Christmas movie or something.
Here's a peek at what I've been up to.

The tree is done.  It's a skinny one, but it's stuffed full of ornaments!

New coffee mugs for Bill and I from Mandy.  Such a good daughter!!

My favorite little truck, complete with tree.  Both are tiny....the truck is just over an inch long.

Did you have one of these plastic nativities? I did, when I was a little girl.
Now I have them as a big girl too!

I found the festive Kleenex box at Target.

A sweet wintry my kitchen!

More tree....more "stuffings"!

Have a wonderful day!
It's only 16 days until Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2014

God Is with Us!

I especially enjoyed the "Christmas Encouragement" that Greg Laurie shared today.
The summary sentence was:
"The message of Christmas is God with us!"

How can you not be encouraged by that!

"If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 
even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me" - Psalm 139: 9-10

That is such an awesome promise!  No matter where you're at in life...He's with you.  No matter what valley you're stuck in, He is right there beside you...loving you and encouraging until you make your way out. Then when you're up on that mountain top,  He is rejoicing right beside you! 

God is with you.
He's there in the daily stuff. 
The good.
The bad.
The mess.
The best day ever.
He never leaves you.
He goes where you go.

How's that for encouragement!!