the moments that create my life

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012



We had a wonderful Christmas! Our aim this year was to keep it simple. We tried to focus on Jesus and his birth as the reason for this season. We've spent a lot of time with family over the past weekend. Our family was blessed so much! I'm a bit sad that Christmas has come and gone, but I'm looking forward to taking this refreshed, refocused feeling into the new year.



these two hold the key to my heart


blessed to have these two


with my favorite loves!


 awesome bikes from G & II

Friday, December 14, 2012

An aching heart

Tonight, I want to grab my babies from their beds and snuggle them between their daddy and me. My heart is aching for the mommies and daddies who won't have that opportunity again in this life.
In the wake of this tragedy, I am reminded of the one true need that this world has-Jesus. He was born into this dark world as the Light, the Redeemer. This country, this world needs to cling to Jesus. I strongly believe my babies would grow up in a very different world if more people turned to Jesus.
I will hug my babies close, love them deeply, love and cherish my husband,and pray.
Two verses come to mind tonight:

'Be still and know that I am God.' Psalm 46:10
'For I know the plans I have for you, says The Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, for a future and a hope.' Jeremiah 29:11

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Our Visit with Santa

We started taking Addi to see Santa at Phipps when she was only two months old. She was teeny tiny and oh-so-sweet. And I can't find those pictures on my computer so you'll just have to take my word for it. 

The tradition has continued every year. My mom always took my brothers and I to Phipps, so I want to continue on with that little bit of my childhood. It's always so fun for me. The cute outfits and dresses, coffee..... I just LOVE the entire experience. 

Christmas 2010

Feel free to notice the trend throughout these pictures. Apparently, the little lady has a process she goes through.... panic, freak out, relief. If memory serves me right, age 3 is when this madness began. Up until this point, Santa visits were FINE. enjoyable, memory-making opportunities. 

Bear even got to see Santa and still...panic

Santa's done. Relief! 

Notice the panic setting in

This little ham, he's a pro!

then....she FREAKED! and brother thinks she's ridiculous

This particular Santa visit was complete with ugly cry and uncontrollable slobber. 

Can you say embarassing? 

Sweet relief

I think that the hype of it all gets to my poor girl. She's hates attention. So, I figure that being in the middle of the mall, in front of a ton of people, with a sweet old guy she doesn't know, just doesn't sit well with her. She HATES it. So, our Santa at Phipps days may be over. I'm not sure yet. Maybe we'll try again next year. Maybe not. Who knows? 

You can see this post to see the beauty that is my girl with Santa on her terms. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

This is the beautiful photo I saw on the preview site for the little lady's visit with Santa at preschool...It's a snapshot off of my computer screen so it's not great quality. Still it's a far cry from the disaster that our trip to Phipps was. 
 A recap of our family visit to see Santa coming tomorrow on the blog. 
this photo was taken by Elena De La Rosa at Photography by Elena
Monday, December 3, 2012

family love

Yesterday, my side of the family gathered for lunch and photo opportunities after church. We got some really great shots. Thanks to Pops for being the great photographer. 

 I love this group! I am so blessed to have these people. My little family of four definitely rocks my socks!..... the two sweetest not-so-little anymore brothers and one very awesome SIL...... and two amazing parents. really blessed

the original fab five

the mcmichael crew 

the biggest cheese ball ever

we sure do love our bubba and lala

zach-y   : )
again, big cheese ball

Pops and Addi Kate

Gramma & Pops
plus the grandchildren and the added ones. : )


Unfortunately, I've already ordered my Christmas cards or you'd be seeing these cute shots on it! BUT..... if you're lucky enough to get one of my mom's cards, just pretend you haven't seen this post! : )

There are also some shots with the most fantastic grandparents that ever existed. I'll update with those once they're edited.