2010 in pictures

Rachel posted a picture from each month of 2010 and I love the idea so I’m borrowing it.

January

January

A welcome break.  Too sick to go to school, just fine to play.

February

February
Sick, sick, sick and gloomy outside.

March

March
Grandpa visits!

April

April
Spring arrives, finally.

May

May
Gorgeous afternoons in the backyard.

June

June
Summer in WA

July

July
Connor’s first steps in the ocean

August

August
Digging for harvest and sanity (Jeff departs for Iraq).

September

September
Peaceful evening moments on the front porch.

October

October
Scouting

November

November
A treasure found when we were blessed by a new friend.

December

December
Crazy, joyful, sick.

I’ll be honest, I’m glad to see 2010 come to an end.  It has been one of my least favorite years in a while.

Happy 2011!!

Snow Day

Snow Day 1
The first day of decent snow finally arrived here in Northern Colorado. The morning was spent taking the kids to the dentist and running errands but the afternoon was filled with all kinds of snow day goodness.

Snow shoes
Trying out new snowshoes.

Snow day crafting
Crafting

"Mad Hungry" Cocoa and peppermint whipped cream
Homemade hot chocolate from "Mad Hungry" topped with peppermint whipped cream.

Throw in movies and an awesomely sweet 12 year old neighbor who did most of our shoveling and you have our day.

It's still snowing so…more tomorrow.

2010 in pictures

Rachel posted a picture from each month of 2010 and I love the idea so I'm borrowing it.
January

January

A welcome break.  Too sick to go to school, just fine to play.

February

February
Sick, sick, sick and gloomy outside.

March

March
Grandpa visits!

April

April
Spring arrives, finally.

May

May
Gorgeous afternoons in the backyard.

June

June
Summer in WA

July

July
Connor's first steps in the ocean

August

August
Digging for harvest and sanity (Jeff departs for Iraq).

September

September
Peaceful evening moments on the front porch.

October

October
Scouting

November

November
A treasure found when we were blessed by a new friend.

December

December
Crazy, joyful, sick.

I'll be honest, I'm glad to see 2010 come to an end.  It has been one of my least favorite years in a while.

Happy 2011!!

Snow Day

Snow Day 1

The first day of decent snow finally arrived here in Northern Colorado. The morning was spent taking the kids to the dentist and running errands but the afternoon was filled with all kinds of snow day goodness.

Snow shoes
Trying out new snowshoes.

Snow day crafting
Crafting

"Mad Hungry" Cocoa and peppermint whipped cream
Homemade hot chocolate from “Mad Hungry” topped with peppermint whipped cream.

Throw in movies and an awesomely sweet 12 year old neighbor who did most of our shoveling and you have our day.

It’s still snowing so…more tomorrow.

The good life

Delicious dinner
What a week.  My sister and her family arrived last Tuesday for what was supposed to be a fun filled Christmas.  Instead we got a visit from a nasty stomach virus.  What was supposed to be a Christmas to remember for its fun, laughter, and joy became the Christmas to remember for all kinds of other reasons.
And yet.
The story of Christmas goes on regardless of our circumstances.  I'm sure Mary had all kinds of expectations, plans and dreams for her first born.  Those all went out the window with an angelic visit.
As a new year approaches (and if I'm honest I bid an exuberant good bye to 2010) I choose to focus on the story of Christmas.  It was never a story that promised ease, comfort and the "good life"  but love,  joy, and most of all hope.
So, tonight I embrace the meal that my sweet girl served to me on a cardboard box, the epic amount of laundry I have done this week, the plans that flew out the window and the fact that we still have 6 weeks to go until Jeff comes home.
Because, really, I am living the good life.

The good life

Delicious dinner

What a week.  My sister and her family arrived last Tuesday for what was supposed to be a fun filled Christmas.  Instead we got a visit from a nasty stomach virus.  What was supposed to be a Christmas to remember for its fun, laughter, and joy became the Christmas to remember for all kinds of other reasons.

And yet.

The story of Christmas goes on regardless of our circumstances.  I’m sure Mary had all kinds of expectations, plans and dreams for her first born.  Those all went out the window with an angelic visit.

As a new year approaches (and if I’m honest I bid an exuberant good bye to 2010) I choose to focus on the story of Christmas.  It was never a story that promised ease, comfort and the “good life”  but love,  joy, and most of all hope.

So, tonight I embrace the meal that my sweet girl served to me on a cardboard box, the epic amount of laundry I have done this week, the plans that flew out the window and the fact that we still have 6 weeks to go until Jeff comes home.

Because, really, I am living the good life.

Christmas Break, Day 1

I’ll be honest. It wasn’t pretty.There were bad attitudes, hitting, hair pulling, a bloody nose, too much tv and so much more.
That was just the kids.
And yet, now that the little ones are tucked in their beds dreaming of tomorrow, I don’t remember those hours moments .

Instead, I remember the walk at a nearby natural area.

The way Connor fell asleep while I cooked dinner and woke with a serious case of the giggles.
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And the hour or so that we spent eating cookies, drinking cocoa and looking at lights.
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Thankfully, I think those are the things that my three will remember also.