I can’t believe I forgot all abut these pictures! A few weeks ago, we visited a Christmas tree farm.  We had already put up our tree for the year but we heard Santa was there and couldn’t pass up the opportunity of seeing the big guy and take a few pictures all together.  Grace asked santa for an easy bake oven and a phone and I am happy to report that he let her down.  No phone and no easybake oven.  She did however, get a nail polish set and a stamp set because santa was on a budget this year.

Haddon just wanted to eat all of the candy canes and run and hide behind the Christmas trees.  This is for sure one of those experiences that we have been able to share due to our Nebraska move.  We’ve never been to a Christmas tree farm before. In fact, whenever it came time for us to deck the halls, we would head out to our local Home Depot and pick out our perfect tree! This takes the cake when it comes to Christmas tree experiences.



I love this picture so much.  Alex caught us hiding during a game of hide and seek. Emory is always in her own world, wondering why mama screams so loud all the time.  Haddon is always one to jump in the fun!


This was out great encounter with the big guy.  Emory wasn’t so sure how she felt about him…


These boys make me all kinds of happy!


Grace looks so big to me in this picture.  I don’t know if it’s her face of curiosity or her hair all wavy and beautiful, but she is looking so grown up.



There was a gorgeous clydesdale at the farm and the sweetest lady who was so kind and knowledgeable.  Grace wanted to pet and feed the horse and she climbed right up and went for it.  She was so excited and she hasn’t stopped talking about it since.



I want to say the kids were more excited about seeing the farm and spending time with us, but we may take second place to those tiny candy canes.  It was their first time having one and they have been asking for more since.

Here’s to forgotten pictures and Christmas in January!

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I couldn’t let this weekend pass by without capturing a few moments.  Alex was home with us for four days straight and we were all in a vacation state of mind.  Really… the laundry piled up, we all went to bed way passed our bedtime and we are all still on a sugar high.  Oh what a great weekend it was!



Like these two, learning to share headphones and picking out their music.  They love singing along and get so excited when their favorite song comes on.



These two on the keyboard.  Emory loves sitting with Alex and playing along to church music.  I am pretty sure we have some very musically inclined kids and can’t wait to see how those talents are used later on in life.



We watched the Thanksgiving day parade and face-timed with the grandparents.



Alex sat and read through 15 books with the kids.  Over and over until they all filled their love tank.  It is always so sweet watching them interact with each other.



We put up our yearly ornament this year.  It’s a fun one that commemorates all of the family travel we’ve done this year.  Of course, I bedazzled it a little.


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We have been looking forward to the first day of school for some time now. Grace is officially starting kindergarten and Haddon is convinced that he too will be starting school. During our school days, we like to have a routine to keep us focused and on track. This also works well for the kiddos at night. I’ve noticed that when Grace knows what to expect, our day and our evenings, run much smoother.

Our morning routines are a little different for Grace and for Haddon. They both wake up at the same time, but they have different tasks throughout the day that are tailored to their school, their extra curricular activities and Haddon’s nap time. Their evening routines are identical, which makes things a whole lot easier for me.

I thought I’d share with you what our evenings look like and share a FREE printable for you to download and use with your kiddos.  This bedtime routine is super easy to follow and fun for the kids.  I like to print one out and use a sheet protector to slide the printable right in.  In the evenings, I let Grace and Haddon check off what they’ve done.  Giving them an opportunity to use dry erase markers always gets them really excited.

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I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful and refreshing this trip was for us.  It was our first time seeing the Rocky Mountains and our first time going on a hike as a family of five.  We had such a great time and the views were breathtaking. We drove about eight hours to the Denver airport to pick up my brother and sister in law and their beautiful baby Charlee (see video below).  One of my favorite memories by far is looking up as we drove into Denver and seeing the white caps on the mountains. Alex and I had a moment where we just held hands and looked at each other with excitement.


Our first excursions was the Piney River Trail. We had every intention of getting to the trail however it was closed.  So we ended up doing a smaller trail right next to it.  The drive up to the Piney River Trail was worth it.  There were a few areas where the road was winding and there were steep cliffs right next to our truck.  I wasn’t so crazy about the eminent danger, but I did enjoy seeing the cliffs, the trees and even snow on the side of the road.  We of course, pulled over and Alex and the kids had a snow ball fight. It was really fun seeing snow in the middle of June. I don’t think we ever got over that.

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