Saturday, November 29, 2014

We Give Thanks...

...for all the blessings in our life, but on this day in particular, we give thanks for our family.  

especially these 3 beauties that bring so much happiness to my days

Lunch with the Carlisles 

and dinner with the Caudles

good times.  

excuse Nora's sad face.  it was her second Thanksgiving in a row that she was under the weather.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Operation Christmas Child

We had another fun year packing boxes at church for Operation Christmas Child.  This time we had our neighbors with us while their mom was in the hospital busy having a baby.  We were borderline Duggar status! 5 kids (6 and under) in tow and 1 on the way :) 


Friday, November 21, 2014


We had the most perfect fall day this past weekend.  Living in the "land of the pine" does not lend much opportunity for fall leaf play, but thankfully a quick drive home can satisfy our longing for colorful leaves and lots of fun play! 



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nana's Big 90

OBVIOUSLY it's not Nana's 90th...we just had a candle mishap, which made for some funny moments.  

Nana's Birthday was a fun day for everyone.  We took it slow that morning and all played inside away from the super cold temps outside.  Mike even made our Burns Special Birthday Breakfast...M&M Pankcakes!  

For lunch the twins, Nana and I went to get lunch at The Table and then paint pottery.  The pottery was the twins gift to Nana.  They chose to paint some tea cups to add to her collection at home.  This was their first pottery painting experience since they were 6 months old. I think they enjoyed it.  
 Nora painted hers "dark pink and light blue" and Holden did his in blue and orange--both have polka dots so they would match :)
 With the birthday girl 
For dinner we went to one of Nana's favorite restaurants, Carrabas.  

and after we went home for cake where this happened...

haha.  Good times out of the mouth of babes. Happy 90th birthday Nana.  We'll celebrate your 60th in another 30 years! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


whenever i do these monthly random posts i always see the pictures from the first of the month and think "man that was a long time ago" but yet it seems time just flies...

anyway, here's the rest of October cuteness...

like this kid, sneaking his snack cup into the bath.  

some belly pics at 25 weeks with my LittleD

an "off day" for littleD meant good snuggles for Mommy. I think he slept this entire day away--no fever, no other sick symptoms.  Just seriously tired.  He woke up fine the next day. 
a little sadness over missing his friend Jack.  I found Holden upstairs looking through these pictures one day-- he continued looking at it off and on for the next few days.  The hard part of military life... i think holden feels it hardest right now because although we've made new friends this summer, they are mostly girls.  Even though he seems to enjoy playing with them (nora was the only girl in a group of boys just a year ago...) i think he misses his best friend and his "boy time".  I understand. I miss Jack's mom everyday too. 
On a brighter note, Nora and i had a little lunch date.  She LOVES going to Zoe's Kitchen as do I--so we try to sneak away every once in a while for "girl time".  
Our usual is hummus, pitas, greek salad and some fruit.  

oh this smile.... infectious 

At Rachel's baby shower... she's 9 weeks ahead of me. This is us at 28 weeks and 37 weeks.  And then with our big girls at our sides.  Nora and Adelyn played dress up the entire time and then were very excited at present time--even if none of the gifts were for them!

i've not been documenting this one too well... that's what happens the more babies you have.  
i'm trying to hit the milestone weeks at least.  Here's me at 30 weeks.  I can't believe it's coming up so fast!

Nora's dance class got to wear their costumes the week of Halloween.  I figured most of the girls would be wearing princess dresses, so i told Nora she could wear one of her princess dresses too instead of her Star Wars costume.  She chose her Batgirl tutu.  Her daddy was so proud!

Nora and her friend Hannah
it's almost impossible to get good photos during class...she's at the end beside elsa

Nora eating more salad.  Her sudden love for salad is funny, but so welcome.  We went to Cheesecake Factory and the girl just wanted a salad! 

and then this kid is all about the cookies

and did you know Darth Vader liked cookout milkshakes too? 

lastly, Papaw Sam came to visit and  he and Mike took the kids to their first hockey game.  It was military appreciation night so they got in free and got seats right at the glass.  Holden came home so excited to tell me that "the good guys and bad guys got in a lot of fights and they had to go to timeout!" I'd say that about sums it up. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

First Ever Fishing Trip

The twins and Mike got to go fishing with Papaw Sam this past month.  They had a great time and even got to drive the boat!


but most importantly, lets get on with the fish! 
Nora's' first ever catch...

and Holden's first catch...doesn't he look a lot like Davis here?