Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tara's visit to IOWA!

Oh, my sister. There really isn't anyone more funny and fun than she...we had a rip roarin time when she came to visit us! From sledding down mediocre amounts of snow on our hill(I was bummed a lot had melted! Oh wellsy, we still made snowmen!) to visiting the Bridges of Madison County and John Wayne Museum acting like nutsos in the grocery store and the mall..and eating way too much garbage, I would say we had a great time! My kids(and I!) always laugh a lot when she is around. She always is a riot. Thanks Tara for making the trip up north to see us and spend time with us. Lots of memories were made. We love you!!!! Your farts and all...

Friday, January 22, 2016

Lukey in the window

Oh, this precious boy. He can be found quite often in the windows looking outside. He especially loves to watch the garbage truck when it comes on Thursdays. And the snow fall. Sometimes he'll even play with the curtains and hide behind them(and laugh at himself!). He entertains himself quite well :) Sometimes I slow down enough to just stand and watch him for a few minutes.. and it melts me. Children find joy in the simplest things. They are such an example to us. Its these little quiet simple moments in time that bring me as a mother so much joy.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Years and a 2nd Christmas with Grandma!

My mom was able to visit us to have a "second Christmas/New Years" celebration :) It was so fun to have her here for a week. She and my Dad got the kids lots of fun Christmas gifts that the kids were all very grateful for. My favorites were probably the glasses that are also straws. Best. photos. ever. LOL. We also had a fun New Years celebration at our house and actually let the kids stay up late! My mom decorated the house and made it super festive. My mom and Cali made cupcakes in the shape of a clock that were really cute and delicious too. There was even a day when we had a lot of snow and we actually got her to sled down a hill for her first time ever. She was pretty cute :) I was praying she wouldn't somehow hurt herself(since I talked her into it and lots of things I talk her into don't usually go so well..;) But she was safe. Phew! We love you Mom! So glad we could spend part of the holidays with you. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Show choir girl

By moving to Iowa, we have entered a whole new world: the Show Choir world. In Texas, Aubrey had zero interest in choir. She enjoyed singing(I honestly never knew how good she was though!), but it just wasn't "cool" to her to be in choir. And show choir did not exist. It just wasn't a big deal there. Telling her about show choir and how popular it was here is something that helped Aubrey get excited about moving here actually. She loves to sing. She loves to dance. And she is good at both. Its just perfect for her. So I was very hopeful and prayerful that she would make it. And she did! I am so grateful for this in her life right now. It has brought her so much happiness, helped her make new friends and has given her something very fun to do that is a great expression of who she is. The first bunch of pictures are from the first show she did-it was the huge Waukee parent show off night and invitational. The crowd was HUGE. Like crazy HUGE. The cheering was the loudest I've heard besides a high school football game(I mean, maybe even louder?) I couldn't believe what a big deal this was! It was freakin awesome. And I was one proud mama to see my little girl out there shining, doing something she just loves to do. The last five pics are from her second show. I did her hair better that day. The first time I watched this tutorial that her show choir teacher sent everyone. It showed that I should tease her hair more than most of the other girls did. So for the next show, we toned down the tease a little ;) Though I will say her hair had the best body out of anyone that first show! Ok, and the second too(I was able to get the girls to be firmer that time). Show choir hair is serious business people. And through the show choir season, I became a pro y'all. 

Serious business.

Beautiful Aubrey

Family pics!

 Aunt Tara was even here visiting! That made it extra fun!

 Proud Papa

One million sibs ;)

Pics from the second show