Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Almost a year ago I started planning a trip to Destin Florida. My Dad had mentioned he wanted to put together a family reunion. Trying to find a time and location that would fit everyone was a little difficult but we made it work. Destin was a days drive for Rachel and I so it seemed like a perfect location since we have children. And who doesn't love the BEACH??? 
We arrived Monday afternoon and stayed until Sunday morning. Nathan didn't make the drive out with us because he was concerned about missing to much school. He flew in on Wednesday morning. Every day we played on the beach and in the pool. The water was amazingly clear and the kids had no problem jumping right in to search for fish and play around. I was surprised at how much they loved floating around in the Ocean.  In the evenings we searched for and caught crabs, Molly was a little scared but the boys loved it. On Thursday we rented a large pontoon boat with slides. I think this was the highlight of the week for most people. On the boat ride we stopped and snorkeled, saw dolphins, swam, and slid down the awesome slides. 
Sunday morning we packed up and headed out. It was sad to leave but after almost 2 1/2 weeks of traveling to Texas and Florida I am ready to be home for a little bit. Overall this trip was a huge success. It has been almost 9 years since we have all been together and I think Destin was the perfect choice to make that happen again.

Friday, August 12, 2016

A couple of weekends ago I took a few pictures of the kids. We need to have new family pictures taken but I haven't found a photographer I love as much as Ruth who isn't crazy expensive. So for the meantime a few pictures of the kids by me here and there will have to do. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Birthday Caleb!

Caleb turned 5 today! Saturday we had a pretty great birthday party for him. I decided the kids would get big parties at 5, 8, 12 and 16. This way the kids would get some fun big parties but I wouldn't be scrambling to plan and pay for them every year with every kid. Overall this party was a success. The kids loved the water slide, sno cones, food and atmosphere. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Camp bandage

Last weekend we attended camp bandage. It was a local event where all different types of people from the community came and set up booths to celebrate safety. The kids had a great time. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Basic Graduation

Last week I took the kids up to Missouri with my Dad. We went to see James graduate from Basic training. It was a hard trip, 3 kids in a hotel room isn't my favorite thing but I am really glad we went. The graduation ceremony gives you a small glimpse into what these guys go through and what it takes to not only complete this program but live this life and it's no small sacrifice. We were able to spend two days hanging out with James and then they shipped him of to AIT (advanced individual training) where he will receive training on becoming a medic. We are really excited and proud of him. We can't wait to see what the future holds.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tulsa zoo

    Ethan's preschool group had a zoo field trip on Thursday. Against my better judgement I let Caleb skip school and come with us. His behavior was terrible and I was frustrated but we still had a great time. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

This sweet girl turned 2 this week. It's really hard for me to accept that she is growing up. She has been such a sweet and fun little baby. Although I will admit these last few weeks a more intense, dramatic and unhappy side has started to emerge. It's a tad scary. Things have been busy around here so we had a really low key birthday. We ate chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes (Molly's favorite) and some nutella cupcakes. She only had one present to open. It was a Doc Mcstuffins check up center and it has been a hit with all the kids. I really did have a little more planned but I ended up getting a bad migraine in the morning and since that knocks me out for several hours (it's hard to do much when you can't see and are sitting over a toilet puking) Nathan ended up just coming home and taking the kids to the children's museum instead. Hopefully next year we can do more and I am grateful she is so young she didn't even notice we didn't celebrate. 

Here "cheese" face. We can't get her to smile with her eyes open for the life of us, which is unfortunate because she has beautiful blue eyes.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Growing up

Our sweet miss Molly is growing up. A few weeks ago I finally finished painting her bed (I actually ran out of paint and need to do some touch ups) and dresser so we could move her out of the pack n play. The boys were moved into real beds at 1 but for some reason I'm having a much harder time letting Molly grow up so I have been procrastinating the move. But we did it and she loves her big girl bed and has no problem staying in it. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

photo shoot #3

The mom of these cute girls came to me a few weeks ago asking if we could swap services and I would photograph her girls. She is helping me with some projects so I took her girls out Saturday and took a few pictures. It's always fun for me to practice and try out a few new things. For Christmas I got a new lens and this was my first time using it. Although there is always room for improvement I am pretty happy with how these turned out.