This abundent life courtesy of our Lord and Savior ~ Jesus Christ

Dec 242012




Unfortunately my camera did NOT cooperate and I missed/messed up lots of great photo ops.

The best being Uncle Rick having way to much fun playing with Daphne and Prairie and their new magnetic dolls.

Now THAT was funny!




Miss Meadow getting some attention 🙂

I’m pretty sure the laughter was from her doing something decidedly unladylike.




Isn’t this precious !?





Uncle Rick had no trouble getting smiles out of the normally shy Thaddeus!




Thaddeus enjoyed one of his favorite foods….pasta!

Let’s just consider the messy eating a compliment to the chef, ok?




David and Daphne discussing fingernails.

 Daphne had asked David for help

… unfortunately neither had enough fingernail to easily take the magnets off of the fridge.





Babies getting attention from Aunt Kathy and Kara





More magnet fun… Kara hanging out with the girls.





The much anticipated Happy Birthday Jesus cake.

As you can see, Prairie REALLY enjoyed it! 

She scarfed it down and shared plenty with the carpet.

I inherited the beautiful fondant bow….

 which will now grace as many birthday cakes as it can until it falls apart.







Two handsome guys relaxing after the long day.








Dec 202012

*The Graduation*

Considering that we had four kids three and under to attend to …. I had trepidation about it for days before hand.

 Really, who takes this many kids to a college graduation?

The children are pretty well behaved… BUT… at their ages ANYTHING can happen!

I had visions of diaper explosions ~ clothing malfuntions~  and projectile spit up dancing through my head.

 Fortunately everything went remarkably well.





Kids unloaded…

Look for overflow area…

Turned away….

Make our way into the church….

Find out where to hide stroller…

Climb two flights of stairs…..

Plop down.




During the ceremony we were up in the balcony area …. which turned out to be the perfect place for us!

We were able to see the proceedings on the big screen and the children had the freedom to move around without disturbing anyone.

Well, almost no one…. Prairie very generously kept  offering her snacks  to a  very patient lady in one of the seats.




 So the ceremony went quite well!

We packed up and left once Davids turn was over.


Isn’t this a sweet moment??? I wish I could remember what they were talking about!




Our ONE bad moment.






Can’t forget the lovely Miss. Meadow!


Dec 112012


Ok, so it really doesn’t get any easier then this.  Using royal icing as glue made these houses REALLY easy to put together and very stable.


Graham cracker houses + kids + goodies


Pookie and Gretchen put a LOT of effort into making their houses really nice and interesting.

Duels turned into an epic story that involved the house being covered in licorice ropes.

 Daphne did FAR better then I expected … although she kept hogging the candy.

And Prairie… well Prarie didn’t quite get the point of what she was supposed to be making.

She did however get the point of eating… and eat she did!





Artists at work


The finished pieces!