Saturday, February 14, 2015

Texas History, Snow & A New Baby




On to the month of November! 
It was a busy month. 
Looking back now I can see why 
I was so tired by the end. 

The month started with Luke and Nora presenting their Texas History 
presentation in class. 
They did a really nice job.

Then we headed to the great north for Thanksgiving.
We stopped at House on the Rock on the way.
At this point in the loooonnnggg car ride we were about to lose our minds.
The kids were at the perfect age for all it's interesting weirdness. 
They thought it was awesome!



 




Then we continued north to the frozen Tundra 
of Green Bay 
where we met our days old niece Zoey. 

She is such a treasure and 
we were overjoyed for Mark and Jenny.



 
 Then it was time for some snow
and swimming!


Some special time with Great Grandma.






Then we headed south to my parents. 
The kids had lots of fun with their cousins.


A bit more sledding!

One of our favorite stops on the trip 
was to see the Dancing Horse Show in 
Lake Geneva. 

Matt and Luke went with some friends 
to the Badger game. 

So the girls and Drew went to the show. 
It was a great quality show and 
the kids loved it. 
There was incredible talent and artistry.
Since the girls have some serious horse fever it was the perfect outing.

Wisconsin friends if you are looking for a fun afternoon I would recommend it.




 
 We celebrated Christmas early 
with my parents. 
My mom made the kids each 
Packer blankets with their names on them.









Then we continued southward 
to see our Texas friends who moved to Chicago. We miss them so terribly and the kids had a wonderful time visiting.  




We literally unloaded the car and headed to a Grinch Party. 
Angel and Russ throw the best parties!
The girls dressed up as Who's from Whoville!



In the interest of full disclosure we
had one child go to the Emergency Room, 
got a flat tire in Joplin and 
had one child throw up everywhere in the car. 

It was a wonderful trip and 
we got to see so many people that 
we love.
Our kids are great travelers and
they all love to travel...like their momma!




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pumpkins, Crocodiles, Sunsets and Super Heroes!

Lily and one of her best buddies.


Yes, we're still catching the blog up 
from October. 

We went to Oklahoma to visit our friends. 

We went on our annual 
pumpkin patch outing with them and 
just had some wonderful time together. 





 


 


Then we were off 

to the Crocodile farm 
with our co-op group. 

The crocodiles were huge 
and very cool. 

I think the kids liked seeing the giant tortoises the best though.

We are so grateful we get
this homeschool group
to go on great adventures with.






  
 Then Matt and I were off for a long weekend with my family to 
Cabo San Lucas.

It is a beautiful place and we were grateful
for the chance to relax and spend time together.


Then the day after we got home from Mexico
 it was time for Halloween! 
Luke was a Ninja, Nora Wonder Woman (she made the costume herself), 
Lily was Ana, Drew Captain America 
and Lauren was Elsa.