Saturday, November 30, 2013

Merry Christmas in November

Caleb and Moriah got some birthday presents from Grandma on Thursday night.

I Love this talking, singing Puppy!

Moriah got a Melissa and Doug ballerina doll!

Caleb giving it some love

Philip heading out to a geocaching event
(Pi with a pie that Jessica made)

Time for presents!
One of Keenan's favorites

Most of us went in on this for the three kids (they are almost identical to Magna Tiles)

Caleb digging down into his stocking

The adults having fun with the kid's toy!

Turkey ready for fondue

The girls modeling their pajamas from Grandma


Two cuties by the tree

Oldest and youngest grandkids being silly

All the kids in their Christmas pajamas from Grandma

She couldn't help herself and bought the girls these Adorable dresses!

How sweet are they?


One of my favorite gifts

We have had Such a wonderful visit!   We head home today (probably during the Michigan/Ohio State game).

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lots of Thanks to be Given

We got on then the road yesterday morning for Merritt Island. We stopped and did a fun geocache on the way...
It's a giant mouse trap and the "cheese is the cache!

In the pretty woods

Poor Caleb puked on the way and spiked a fever (on top of his barky cough).    He went straight in the bathtub when we got here (which gave him a good excuse to try out his new adorable fox towel from Grandma!)   Fortunately the puking seemed to be travel related, and although he is still running a bit of a fever and isn't quite himself, he hasn't puked any more.

I got up at 5 this morning and met Philip's sister, Jessica, and her friend, Emily, at 6:50 to run a 15K (9.4 miles)!   We had a GREAT run and averaged just under ten minute miles for the whole thing!   I haven't run further than 6 miles (once!) in at least six months, (and my knees are reminding me of that!) What a great way to start our Thanksgiving (especially since we burned almost 1,000 calories!) =)

Today was Hudson's birthday, so here he is opening his gift from us and Moriah is opening an early present from Matt and Jessica

A new hairband and dress!

I got to decorate the table this year...

We each wrote what we were thankful for on the back of our leaf 

The new outfit!

Moriah giving Adilyn a ride in the doll stroller =)

The bird

The master of the bird

Goofy kid's table



A toast

Erik and I had a scarf picture
(Yes, both scarves are mine)

Then I got to take pictures of some of my favorite people!

Matt and Jessica and their kids

Hudson, new six year old!


Sweet Adilyn

I love this one of Isaac and Moriah on the swing

All the ladies

Mom, Jess and I

Mom, Jeff, Isaac and Comet


Matt and Jess

Love this family!

How fun!

Happy Birthday, Hudson!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

To Grandmother's House We Go

Quick recap before we had to Merritt Island for "Thank-mas"...

On Sunday afternoon I did a large family beach shoot, that ended with this view.

Man, we're going to miss this place

My new favorite way of cooking veggies - roasting!
This is cabbage - you slice it into 1 inch thick "steaks",  rub minced garlic on either side, spray it with olive oil, season with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.    Cook on 400 for 15 minutes each side.  YUM!

Caleb perched on Daddy's knee for some "bites" before Daddy left for work

Brownie pops "just because" (we happened to have all the stuff on hand

Like my stand? =)

Moriah holding sweet baby Andrew

Terri and Andrew came for lunch yesterday and he was one popular little guy!

How I found these two last night.  So sweet.

Goofy boof

Silly picture with Spunky before we dropped her off with her buddy, Danny, for Thanksgiving