Dec 22, 2011


Each day as we get closer and closer to Christmas, I feel myself overflowing. Overflowing with last minutes things to do. Overflowing with things to pack. Overflowing with parties to attend. My kitchen sink overflowing with dirty dishes, but most importantly, the feeling of overflowing with joy and love. I know it is cliché. I know you hear it a lot this time of year, but I am so beyond thrilled to get to have the next week off and to spend Christmas first with my family and then with Paul’s. It warms my heart to make my family, co-workers, and friends smile with small little tokens of appreciation. I love to see my sweet little girl’s eyes light up at the thought of Jesus’s birthday and Santa sneaking into our house to fill our stockings and to leave gifts under the tree.  

I love this time of year and the way it brings the best out in people. It causes us all to slow down a bit and reflect on the past year. I wish we had this Christmas fever year round – doing random acts of kindness, giving a little extra, putting extra thought into special gifts for the ones near and dear to our hearts, and creatively stimulating our sweet little one's minds with exciting traditions. Maybe what makes this time of year so special is the fact that it does bring out the best in people, but why can't we all be that way all year? 

My goal for 2012 is to live with this excitement and joy year round, to live purposefully, and to enjoy the simple and the big things. I like to believe I already do this, but know I can do better. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our every day lives. It’s easy to wish things were different at times. Instead of focusing on what things need to change we should try harder to focus on what we have and the fact that it is exactly how it is supposed to be. God has blessed me with an amazing life, family, and friends and has me where I am for a reason. I hope to live my life out to the fullest, with purpose, and appreciating what I have all the way.

Tonight as I’m trying to pack, clean, finalize presents, and fill the car I want to keep focused on why we’re doing all this. I want to soak it all up and enjoy every minute of it. I won't let it overwhelm me, but instead to overflow my heart with thanks, peace, and joy. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a year full of blessings! We’ll be the car driving from one point of the state to the other overflowing with things and, most importantly, love!  

Dec 19, 2011

This boy loves his books...

This is Coop's newest hang out.

He'll go missing every once in a while and sure enough, nine times out of ten, he'll be in his room rocking away while reading books. {The other times you can find him in the bathroom stealing toothbrushes out of the drawer. Silly boy loves toothbrushes almost as much as he loves books.}
 I just love how tiny he looks up there on his big rocking chair, legs crossed, and his sweet little cheesey grin.  

Dec 16, 2011

Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Baby Jesus, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

Dec 13, 2011

Go Cougs!!!

We've been loving us some Coug basketball this year. The first game we took the kids to was a bust. As in, we had to leave two minutes into the second half because a certain little girl was being a complete pill. We decided to give it another go this past weekend. The game was at 1:00 on Sunday -- which is during nap time so we weren't too sure how the kids would do. They both woke up early Sunday morning and I was able to get them both down for naps by 10:30 {so unheard of in our household}. And they were both wonderful at the game! I snapped a few pictures on my phone {horrible quality, but oh so cute!}.

Could Coop's little face be any sweeter?!
  And check out our little cheerleader!
  Cheering on the Cougs.
On Thursday evening we took our annual trip to see "Santa Butch" and Santa at the WSU Alumni Centre. Isabelle was so excited to see Santa. She could hardly contain herself. Cooper did really well with both Santa and Butch. While waiting in line Izzy kept repeating to herself, "Butch is just a guy dressed up. I don't have to be nervous."
As you can see, she still isn't ready to sit on Butch's lap {she would not let go of her daddy}, but at least she's smiling. Unlike 2009.  

 And one with Santy. : )

Nov 30, 2011

Snow day!

We had our first real snow a couple weeks ago. Paul's parents and grandma were on their way over the mountains and it snowed all day until they got into town. Fortunately the roads weren't too bad for them. The snow only stuck around for a couple days and has since melted. No new snow yet, besides a couple skiffs here and there. I'm ready for snow now that it's almost December, but would be thrilled if it only stuck around until after the new year. Rumor has it, it's supposed to be a brutal winter so we'll see. At least it's fun to play in!
 First "snow woman" of the season. See her beautiful dress?
Coop checking the snow out.
Last year we set him out in the snow for some pictures, but this is his first real taste of snow.

 Sister's favorite... SNOW ANGELS!!!
 Momma's little man and Daddy's little girl.
Say, "Cheese!"
{Hi, Grandma and Great Grandma peeking out the window in the back.}
It was easier for Coop to get around on grandpa's shoulders.
Then we came in and enjoyed some nice warm hot cocoa with Grandma and Great Grandma.
 Now we're ready for some more snow days!

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Wordless Wednesday

Picture taken by Isabelle.

Nov 14, 2011

Let the Holidays Begin!

Last night we decided to put the Christmas tree up. Paul initiated it this year so of course I was on board. Typically it's me who is begging to put the tree up way too early. I always feel like Christmas just flies by so I love getting the house festive early. We were excited to have both kids help in decorating the tree and they were excited too. Well, Sis was excited; Coop on the other hand didn't really know what was going on (at first).

Don't let this sweet face deceive you. At first he was hesitant and just watched from the sidelines.

And clapped once the lights came on. But in no time he was an ornament snatching machine! No sooner than Isabelle put a new ornament on was Coop there to rip it off. She was less than thrilled. 

You see, sister took her ornament hanging very seriously and was such a great little helper.

I manage to pull Isabelle away from her duties fast enough to snap a couple pictures of our big girl. I can't believe how grown up she is looking these days. Makes me sad to see how quickly she's growing up.

Oh yes, back to the tree...
Someone was jealous of someone else being in Daddy's lap. Daddy quickly reminded her there is always room for both. I tried to snap a cute photo of the three of them before the Ornament Snatcher tried to wriggle free. : ) Then we were back to work.

Yep, I was there too. Isabelle snapped this picture of the two of us. Her new favorite thing is taking pictures so maybe I'll start to showing up in more.

And now we'll patiently wait for Christmas all the while trying to keep the ornaments on the tree!

Nov 5, 2011


Minus the drool soaked shirt. 

Oct 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! {2011}

First batch of the Halloween festivities... Enjoy!

 Pumpkin carving time!  
 "Hmm, this is interesting."
{This is the closest I was able to get him to the pumpkins and pumpkin guts.}
 Hair pinned up for curls on Halloween morning.


Happy Halloween!!!

 Strike a pose!
 Excited and ready to go to school!
 So sweet.
 Quick picture of the princess and the MAD dragon on our way out the door!
He was done taking pictures by this point.
 Plus, I'm sure his toes were cold... oops!
{I'll accept my Mom-of-the-year award now...}  
 Izzy and her teacher, Miss Angie.
 And a couple more of the princess from Saturday night's party. She wore her hair up like Cinderella and even wore some makeup. : )