Friday, October 9, 2009

Miss Me?

OK, so it has only been like 4 months or so since I have blogged. Sorry- no excuses, no explanations. Here I am though- did you miss me?

So the BEST thing in my life for the last 4 months has been these cuties:

As much as I may have wanted to hit pause on life lately for a chance to get my bearings again, these 3 have been full steam ahead. Makenzie had a birthday, and so did Mason.
Mackenzie's second birthday- July 17

Mason's fifth birthday- September 22nd.

Ashtyn and Mason both had their first day of school- still going really well for both of them.

We spent lots of time at the beach, and at the pool, and hanging out with friends...

Playdate with Scarlett and Alex

Hollywood Beach- our summer home ;)

Butterfly World with Nola

It was a busy summer- sorry I failed to blog it...I will try to do better.

Monday, June 15, 2009

My Favorite things

Things I love about summer:

Sleeping in

kool aid smiles





Flip flops

grilled hot dogs

days at the beach

theme parks (with water features)


free family movies

ice cream


the smell of sunscreen

baby girls is bathing suits :)

Friday, May 29, 2009

International Night

Ashtyn's school had an international night a few weeks back. She insisted that she and Z wear their Kyrgyz dresses. Here they are all decked out.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Another rainy day...

Well, the rainy season has come early in Florida this year. I suppose when you compare this to the brushfires we have had the past few years, I will take the rain. But as the kids run circles around the living room and kitchen....I do wish I could just send them outside. Right now they are building a couch cushion fort. Ashtyn and Mason made up a variation of the old tune "It's raining, it's pouring, it's so-so-so-so BORING!!" I agree :)

School is winding down now. We have one week left. I don't know if Ashtyn is more excited or me! I am looking forward to summer. A few months with a bit less structure will be nice (assuming the sun pokes through the clouds once in awhile so we can swim a little bit). Mason is doing really well with his swimming- he can go for quite a little bit, and with his head above water even. He will swim underwater if we ask him too. He coaches the other kids in his class like he is such and expert :) Oh, they are in trouble when he starts preschool. He thinks he knows everything already. We finally got him signed up today...I was getting pretty tired of the hoops with public school, so we finally settled on a private Lutheran provider today They offer VPK (a state run voluntary pre K) so it is still free. He had a little tour today, and seemed to really like it. So while Ashtyn is excited for summer...Mason is wishing it were fall already (his birthday falls in September, too, so there is another reason it is his favorite season).

Kenzie is doing pretty well. She keeps me on the edge of my seat. She has really mild symptoms of all sorts of things pretty much all the time, so I am always second guessing myself thinking I should take her to the doc. She has off and on nasty diapers...then as soon as I make an appt, they go away. The nose gets a little icky...and then nothing...She isn't eating really well, but I think that is just her being almost 2. I am really not sure what to do with her. She will have a post-op appt, but not for a few weeks still. They plan on running another hearing test, so I am eager to see those results. And...we are still jumping through hoops trying to find a speech therapist for her within a reasonable distance. I have to say, I am getting pretty frustrated with that. She should be having services by now! Aside from her little health issues, she is great- sweet, funny, always wanting to be with the big kids. Her birthmom had a birthday on Sunday, so she has been on our hearts a lot in the last few days. We have also been thinking about the waiting families a lot, too. There are meetings today and tomorrow in DC...I really hope the mountains start to move. I cannot even imagine how difficult it is for these families, my heart is really with them.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Today began before dawn (that does not happen often for me). Z slept most of the way there, and was in a great mood while we waited to be called back. She did sign Eat a couple times, but with Grandpa there, she was easily distracted from thinking of her tummy. All of the nurses and doctors were great at POPS. The surgery itself was incredibly quick. I had just run out to the car to put away some papers and the doc was done. All went well. He said there was a lot of fluid built up in her ears, and that he expects her to hear much much better now. In fact he told us to kept it quiet around her as she might find it strangely loud suddenly. She was still sleeping when they brought her into the recovery room, so the nurse woke her. I think the meds they gave her turned her into the Hulk. Seriously, I have never seen her so strong and so upset. She was not happy, and had no idea what she wanted to do about it. She pushed me off, but reached for me if I laid her down. She didn't just push away drinks and pacifiers offered to her...she threw them. Once, she even smacked me. Poor, poor pumpkin. She was pretty miserable. And this was a very minor surgery (ear tubes and adenoids out)...I have no idea how you all handle it when they are in for something more serious. Really- you are my heroes. We were on our way home before 10, and she did fall asleep again. When we got home, she was a little grumpy when she woke up again, but she was much easier to calm down then. She ate a little watched a little TV, played a little (grandpa's medicine delivery actually got her a bit wound up:). I think maybe they dosed me with some of those meds too, because when she went down for her afternoon nap, so did I. That was like 3 hours ago...she is still sleeping. Hopefully she will be in a good mood when she wakes up this time! Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers. All is well. Praise God.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Baby Loves Sign

So, as far as I know we are still on schedule for this Thursday's surgery. In the meantime, I have been working with our family care coordinator to try to get speech therapy started. Unfortunately, there are no home care providers available in our area, and so far the best she can offer me is clinic setting an hour away from us. Not ideal for half hour weekly sessions. We are still looking. So today's library picks included a lot of books on Baby Sign. I have to say, I am really impressed and encouraged at how eager Mackenzie is to learn new signs. She will mimic them almost immediately, and eagerly repeat them over and over. I will have to be diligent about doing them regularly to make sure they stick, but I am motivated. The best part is...when I sign, I always say the word...and she is way more likely to try to vocalize a new word if there is a sign associated with it.

In other news, Mason starts swim lessons tomorrow. He has been doing so good swimming so far this year. In his Easter basket, the bunny left goggles and a mask and snorkel set, and it is amazing to see the transformation those tools and a little practice and encouragement have made in him. The same child that was terrified a year ago to get his face wet will now dunk his entire face with enthusiasm. He really has all of the skills in place to swim on his fact he has swam a couple of feet between me and the wall several times. Now we just need to strengthen that skill.

Ashtyn lost another tooth the other day. The tooth fairy in our house seems to be very lazy. On several previous occasions, she has forgotten to stop by our house while making her rounds until the second night. So again, with this tooth, she flew right on by on night one (to be fair...the toothless wonder didn't even remember to put it under her pillow). On night two Ashtyn carefully placed an envelope addressed to the tooth fairy under her pillow, and awaited her arrival. The next morning, she came to my room, and then realized she had forgotten to check for the fairy, so she began to rush back to her bed. I tried to distract her by asking her to check on the baby, but it was no use...that lazy fairy didn't make it. I sympathized with my disappointed girl, and gave her a dollar myself, promising to write a letter of complaint and mail it off to her fairy boss pronto. Ashtyn lamented that maybe the little fairy had quit her job, and Mason piped in with "There IS no tooth fairy." Somehow, my optimistic angel found the hope to try one more time. Before bed that night, we read from "Throw your tooth on the roof...Tooth Traditions from around the world." We laughed at all of the different traditions...from our familiar fairy to El Raton the mouse who performs much the same function (I told her no little mouse better be sneaking into MY house to steel her tooth while we slept)...some countries feed the tooth to a dog...others make sure a dog cant get near it, because who wants yellow teeth like a dog...better nice white teeth like a mouse. In some places they feed them to birds, in others they plant them east of a tree...some people throw it under the bathtub, others on the roof (even with cow dung!) is a pretty cute book (complete with Kyrgyzstan, where the tradition is to wrap the tooth in bread and feed it to a mouse- not a dog). The traditions are quite varied. So, we decided that since placing the tooth under a pillow was not working out for us, maybe we would try another approach. We put the tooth in a glass of water on her bedside like they do in Sweden, and lo and behold the next morning that fairy had taken the tooth and left behind some shiny new quarters. Maybe we wont have to fire her after all. I still think it would be easier to feed it to the gerbils next time.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Quick Update

So, I really only have a sec (since I just spent so much time already reading all or YOUR blogs :)...but I wanted to give you a quick update. Mackenzie is doing great- actually picking up new words pretty rapidly these days...cookie being her fav. She did have the evaluation with Early Steps (love them...if you have a concern about your little one, please don't hesitate to have them checked out), and she is going to get speech therapy once a week. Hurray! I am so glad. I am fully optimistic that her delay is a temporary setback from switching languages (I realize no 6 mo old is talking...but they are learning) and from all of the hearing issues. Even so, I am so glad that she will be able to get some focused help in catching up from someone who really knows what they are doing. And...her surgery is scheduled for May 14th. So, I am expecting great things.

And, yes, my friend, I promise to look into ISR further...

Friday, April 17, 2009


Seriously? I think maybe God is preparing me to be some sort of water safety advocate. We went fishing yesterday with Grandpa...just he and I and the two youngest kids. We were delayed quite a bit setting off b/c I had to run to the store to get Mackenzie a new infant life vest- I think we left hers behind at the beach. So glad I did. We were anchored close to an island on the lake. Teaching Mason to cast, snacking on all the good junk food we brought (must have cookies to fish you know). Kenzie was toddling around the pontoon boat...keep in mind it has a rail about up to her armpits. No worries right? Wrong. She grabbed the net, reached it over the rail...and SPLASH! Into the lake she went. Thank goodness for that life vest. It had her flipped onto her back in an instant...crying, of course, but completely unharmed. The funny part of the story is that when I saw baby girl fall overboard, I was just a second behind her without even thinking. I spent the rest of the afternoon dripping wet, when we could have easily just reached over the side and pulled her up. Plus...I hit my hand on something on the way down, bent a favorite ring into an oval, and cut and bruised my hand pretty good. So praise God that she is totally completely fine...and I just cant stop laughing at myself and my hand.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Today Mackenzie meet with her new ENT doctor. We discussed her history,and then he examined her. His recommendation- ear tubes and removing her adenoids. I tend to agree. She has had chronic ear infections that have been getting closer together in the past few months...she has respiratory issues, constant congestion and sinus drainage. And perhaps the worst symptom of all in my eyes- she has a hearing loss that has affected her speech development and caused a significant delay. Frankly, I am relieved. She has been on so many rounds of antibiotics and oral steroids...inhalers and nebulizers...I am relieved about the possibility of a very common simple surgery ending all that...and in all likelihood, completely reversing her hearing loss. So while I am of course concerned about her undergoing general anesthesia and the thought of "surgery", I am glad that all of this is actually easily correctable. The Lord has been watching over her this far in her life- I am confidant that he will continue to protect her. So, now we just need to get it scheduled...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sand and Sun

Ahhh...the beach. We got to spend 2 days and 2 nights at the coast and it was just what I needed. A little sun...a little sand...and some freezing cold ice water! I am such a wimp when it comes to cold water- I really have no idea how I used to do the 6 am swim practices in an outdoor pool in October. The water was so cold this week. The kids didnt seem to mind though, they splashed away anyway. I will admit that day 2 at Jetty park was warmer than Cocoa. The evenings were cool- but with a light coat- perfect for kite flying. We had a great time, although I will admit- the beach with 3 kids is a lot of work! Sand in the car and lugging beach toys is a small price to pay for these memories however.


This is what happens when you leave Daddy alone with the baby:

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I hope that yours was as blessed as ours was. Our day began with a wonderful service at our church. At the end they had several church member share silent testimonies. They stood at the front with a poster board with a statement about how their life was before Christ was in their lives (or a time that he helped them overcome), and then flipped it over to reveal how he blessed them. For example "Unable to have a child for 12 years." flip to "Samantha born on...", "Practicing Muslim since birth"..."Saved by Jesus Christ Aug 2008...this is my FIRST Easter." It went on like that...from depression, drug addiction, cancer, forgiven by the miracle of his sacrifice on the cross, and feeling loved and secure in their relationship with Him. It was really powerful.

After church we came home to share lunch with my parents and prepare for the real party later in the afternoon. Since Ashtyn's birthday is tomorrow and her cousin's was a couple weeks ago, we celebrated Easter and birthdays all together. I loved it- everyone pitched in on the food- and my how we ate! The kids swam, rode four wheelers and mini bikes, played on the playground, hunted eggs... We had a great time. The Easter bunny was thoughtful earlier in the day and had kindly brought some new pool toys and outdoor fun. Kenzie LOVED the pool as usual (she is such a water bug), didn't care too much for hunting eggs, but thoroughly enjoyed having pretty much anyone she wanted at her beck and call. Mostly she drags her grandpa around by the finger all day....but if he gets distracted, she will find another willing adult to push her on the swing, or hook her up with Kool aid or some other goodie. She is so put her in her wagon and she gives everyone the princess wave just like she is in a parade. She is completely convinced the world does revolve around her.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring Break Fun

So Ashtyn is really excited to be out of school this week. We are packing as much fun into these few days off as we can. She had some friends sleepover on the weekend...we went Easter shopping (dresses were done, we needed shoes)...slept over at we hit Sea World with some friends. Hopefully tomorrow we will head to the beach. I am really looking forward to that salty air! I think Z and Mason are glad to have her home as well- we never get to play this much. You should have seen Z's face when we saw the pet show today- she was so into it. I sat there whispering animal names and sounds in her ear. She did her first animal impression the other day- "Quack Quack!" I was so excited for her.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Have you seen this post? Princess Ellie had her first birthday...and like true royalty, could not forget her dear friends still waiting. For those of you who are not aware...there are currently 65 families who have been matched to children in Kyrgyzstan. Many of them have travelled and met these children and held them in their arms. They love these their hearts, they are their children. Yet they are still awaiting documents from the Kyrgyz government that will confirm that and allow them to bring their precious ones home. These are real mountains that need to be moved- they need a real miracle. My God is that big, He is that powerful. Please, pray for these children and their families. "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" James 5:16

Friday, March 27, 2009


So, Mackenzie had the hearing test. We didn't really learn a lot, actually. She didn't do so well. It showed a moderate hearing loss in both ears. However, the audiologist said that it was most likely due to the fact that she has an ear infection in both ears...again. We went back to her pediatrician in the afternoon, she confirmed it and gave us some meds and a referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. She was of the opinion that her results would not be that poor due just to an ear infection...but she was also not highly confidant in the results when I told her that Mackenzie was less than cooperative during the test. So, we go to the ENT on the 14th, and in the meantime I am trying to to over think it. Hopefully we will know more after that.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Spring is here

A couple of weeks back, it was so cold that it killed off my hibiscus and my bougainvilleas. Last week, I spent 3 days preparing for spring by...raking leaves. Yep, nothing says spring in Florida like getting the dead leaves out of the way for an upcoming egg hunt. This week, it is in the 80s and beautiful! We spent a summer like day in the yard the other day...the kids in their bathing suits, running through sprinklers and bubbles, and eating pruning back the dead plants from the aforementioned freeze. Hopefully this weather is here to stay...I really hate the cold!

Bubble machine + sprinkler = bubbles all over me fun!


The downside to the arrival of spring is the arrival of pollen. The counts are sky high, and all three kids and I are miserable for it. Ashtyn cannot even set foot in the backyard with the oak trees- she breaks out in a rash all over. Mason and I are cursed with itchy eyes and stuffy noses, and poor Kenzie- her breathing is just awful. She is wheezing like crazy. Doesn't let it keep her down, though. Here she is in all of her toddler "I can do it myself!" glory:

We are in the process of having her speech evaluated by Early Steps (Early Intervention in FL). They will test her hearing later this month, and her evaluation with the speech therapist isn't until April. In her initial screening, she scored 60 in fine motor- average at this age is 25....but in verbal she got a 10...average is 35. I will admit I restrained from any and all possible bragging and presented the bleakest picture possible in that area. She really is lagging, and I really want her to qualify for services. She says "Mama", "dada", and "Ba" (ball) right now. In the past I may or may not have heard "baba" (baby), "da" (dog), "Nana", "Papa" "g-pa" (grandpa, with lots of coaxing), and a very throaty sounding one word smooshed together version of Thank you that is kinda like "gonggong". But that is really it, and all but the first three you really hardly ever ever hear. So here is hoping they agree and offer her speech therapy. She is eager to learn signs...she loves being able to communicate what she wants to us. Not surprisingly, most of her signs revolve around mealtime. Eat, Milk, Drink, more, all done....she even made one up herself that I took to mean lollipop. She was signing eat, but she kept sticking out her tongue and licking her fingers as she did it. I held out the treat, and her eyes just lit up like "You got it! Yipee!" So funny.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Just pictures

Happy Girl
Little Cowgirl


Mason's fish!

Trying to teach her where it is OK to draw...she is a wall artist normally :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Hi! Sorry I have been so all honestly, I have been a little in the blahs. You see, I just left my 20's behind....I have entered a whole new decade. I am 30. Wow, that even looks old. I am sorry- I do realize many of you reading are essentially laughing at me, thinking it looks great. But think back to when you hit that milestone...I know I am not the only one who is taking this hard.

My family did their best to make it great for me. I spent a beautiful day cooking out at the park with Shaun's family. Shaun and I had a date night. I had a yummy b-day lunch with my mom and some great friends. I have to admit, though, that nothing got me out of the blahs like the thing I thought would be the worst about my bday. You see, it fell on Sunday, which meant I had to be at Awana. Now I adore Awana, but having to be there on my birthday felt a little bit like work, or so I thought it would. But they got me. The leaders knew it was my bday, and they tricked me into going into council time to make an announcement to the kids. Then, they surprised me with a cake and cards (some made by the kids) and generous gifts and they all sang to me. I cried. And I felt better about it. Who cares if I am 30 when I have a family who I adore, and a ministry I am privileged to be able to serve in? There are something like 90 kids at our club, and they all spent the rest of the night tugging on my arm, telling me "Happy Birthday Mrs. Jamie!" with such joy in their eyes, offering hugs every time I turned around. It really doesnt get much better than that. What a blessing they are in my life.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Let's Get it Right for the Wrights!

Dear Friends of the Wrights,We all know and understand the effectiveness of the work John, Julie and family have done in Kyrgyzstan – the country they love so much and have been called to. Let’s get them there ON THE GROUND full time! We can do this. This post is coming out with other blog posts all over the country – people who have blogs that know the Wrights. Let’s shock them with the provision of financial resources and letters/notes of encouragement to help them return to Kyrgyzstan. They want to go as full time missionaries – they just need our help to get them there.We propose that we raise a minimum of the following:$20,000 to cover a year’s needs on the home front• Home expenses – the place to come back to$30,000 to cover a year’s needs on the foreign front• Travel in and out of the country with family 2 x a year• Travel in the country to the different sites• Family expenses – including the educational needs of one daughter• Lodging and mealsThis is just $50,000. We can do this and we can do it quickly. Here is how. Go to JOHN’S Blog and hit the button that is for the Wrights….support. www.actofkindness.blogspot.comAND guess what – you can watch all that is done there on his will learn to live vicariously in a healthy way by reading and supporting the RIGHT cause. What an opportunity – Will you help?Let’s do it RIGHT FOR THE WRIGHTS!Blessings, Lynn and Ruby from LAMb International

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Well, the post placement visit is done- it went pretty well. Mackenzie spent the entire time rearranging every book in the store, but the social worker found her charming, and even pitched in on the clean up. I am telling you- she rocks. Now I just have to get those pictures together.

The next day we had what was scheduled to be a well baby check-up. Kenzie is now 31 inches and 28 lbs. She is growing so fast! And physically, she is hitting her benchmark milestones very well-stacking blocks, throwing balls, using a spoon... She is a lagging verbally however. The doc wants us to take her to an audiologist to have her hearing checked. I know she hears, but is she hearing as well as she should, and could that be contributing to the speech delay? We shall see. And the well baby visit ended in 5 prescriptions (and my doc is not usually quick to dole out the drugs), and no shots. I knew she had a stuffy nose, which for my girl always graduates into a slight wheeze and me putting her on our standard regimen of breathing treatments. But on top of that, she has a double ear infection again. How is it that she never gives me any indication that her ears are bothering her? And since I confessed that I detest pinning her down for 20 minutes for force her to submit to a breathing treatment, the doc took pity on me and is letting me try an inhaler with a chamber. We will see soon how well it works for us. Hopefully we can get her feeling better soon...oh wait...she seems to be feeling just fine! High tolerance for pain is what the doc said.

I am typing this post in my newly reorganized office, and I will soon be retiring to my freshly cleaned master bedroom, complete with a walk-in closet I can actually walk into. Imagine that. Hurray for progress on New Year's resolutions.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


psst...hey K...we had a blast at BAB. Thanks!

Hmmm...that last post was my 100th post. Well, here is to 101.

I keep thinking this is the week I will feel caught up, not running so far behind in every area of my life. Not happening. You know that hamster on a wheel? I feel like him. gets checked of one day, and is back in full force the very next day. I had the realization on the way home from class tonight that I am letting these tasks run my life. I am letting my to do list get in the way of enjoying my children. And my husband. And really, what on it is so important? Why am I missing out on time for the people I love the most? So if you do drop by for that nice spring visit so I have an excuse to redecorate...please pardon the laundry on the bed and the dishes in the sink. I need to read to my baby. (Now- please- tell me how I really can do that without having a panic attack over the chores that are not done).

I have another favor to ask of you. I am planning a shower for a friend who recently adopted a is their first child. Any ideas for what types of things to do at said shower? Or even how to word the evites? It will be a Fri night, ladies and children only...all suggestions are welcome!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why my social worker rocks....

...because she suggested we just meet at Barnes and Noble! And why on earth would I argue with that? Stress free-biggest dilemma of the day is now what cute little outfit to put on Z (and getting out the door on time). I feel like I am getting away with something. Do you think she somehow reads my blog? Hmmmm...Now- tell me how I can have my cake and eat it, too. I still want those honey-dos done! And a great excuse for a new area rug in the living room. Quick- someone decide you just cannot get through the spring without coming to visit us in FL.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Post Placement?

Again?!? Didn't I just do that? At first, these twice yearly visits were a welcome excuse to get some honey-dos checked off of the list. But at this point, with Shaun deep into building himself an office in the garage, and all of the chaos that goes along with that....I am stressing out. Can we become presentable in 3 weeks? Yes, I realize I make more out of this than the social worker does, but seriously- half of the toys from Christmas still haven't found a permanent place to call home. Trivial, yes, I realize it should be. But with all of the slowdowns...actually it seems to be more of a Kyrgyzstan adoptions right now, I feel like a post-placement report is a chance to show the MOE what a wonderful thing a family can be for these children...and perhaps convince them to go ahead and do whatever it takes to let those little ones make the journey home. I just need to remember that what is important here is that the children who are home are thriving and learning and growing...not that they have a designer bedroom, right?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Back to school

So, it's a big week here. Back to school for me. I am finally getting back to my teacher certification classes that I began before sweet Baby Z arrived home. I was only planning on half a semester off....oops. Ah, well, I wouldn't trade a moment of it. I am only taking classes one night a week, and daddy should be able to cover that most of the time, so everyone should be happy. I also have a special class scheduled this week...Awana Commander College 101. Looking forward to that.

New Year's goals anyone? Obviously, I am hoping to take a little time to further my own career goals this year. Aside from that- I am really hoping to get organized! Specifically- the office, the garage, and the master bedroom closet. Hmmm....perhaps I am reaching a bit :)

Oh, yes, and for K...the header is in fact from scrapblog. I didnt use a template, I started from scratch...upload backgrounds and stickers...create...publish, export as a jpeg. Email me if you need more help. Love that site!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


So, I was recently able to enjoy one of the perks of my husband doing work in Miami so often. We were able to go to the 75th annual Orange Bowl game...including the pregame party with all the committee members and the awesome food. I had to get over my guilt for leaving the kiddos overnight for the second time in 3 weeks, but I was assured they would have a great time with Nana. Once I was past that, we had a fantastic time with Shaun's business partner and his family. Honestly, we had very little interest in the teams who were actually playing, but the experience was great. Our seats? On the field. In my entire college career, I only actually went to one football game (I started school at UM, then transferred to UNC Wilmington, which doesn't have football). So this was only my second ever college football game. Shaun is going to a big one today- the BCS Championship game...UF vs Oklahoma. Go Gators! :) (Sorry honey, I have to root for the Gators!)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy Holidays

I am just sitting here, sorting through pictures from the last 2 weeks or so, trying to catch my breath. Sorry I havent blogged, but we have been so busy! I have 2 sisters, both of whom live in the cold cold north. They were both here with their husbands and children over the holidays. It was wonderful to have everyone together...I truly enjoyed every moment. It was never dull I tell you- there are 8 kids altogether, and Ashtyn (at 6), is the oldest! Since I would never be able to catch up on writing about each of our adventures, here are some pics from the last 2 weeks:

Out to dinner with baby M

Mason's favorite things

All the's a six pack!

Christmas morning
Kenzie taking her babies for a ride...that's a hug she is giving.

Pure excitement on Christmas morning.

Yes,it was warm enough to swim.
The boys.

Rockin good times and Grandma and Grandpa's house.
Hey, having a cousin around to play with isnt so bad...I kinda like you.

Playing dress up

Kenzie...mastering walking up and down a slope...or maybe she was inspecting the bridge.

Mason meeting his newest cousin.

Well, there are like 300 more, but I will spare you those! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas as well!