After four kids, ten moves and nearly two decades, we are still blissfully in love (most of the time) and I found myself back in the state I was born and raised in. It has definitely been a journey. In fact, on our 18th anniversary we pulled the last of our stuff up over the pass and into Montana, leaving our surprise love, Idaho, behind. But Montana is a great place. The last best place according to some. And we fully intend to explore as much of it as we can! Join us on our continued adventure through life, love and other stuff that comes with it.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Christmas is such a great way to end the year.  I love it.  I always have.  And having kids just makes it that much better. 

Our tree this year turned out interesting.  But getting it was most of the story and involved a forest with not very many evergreens, four feet of snow, a family of six and a tree that needed to be under 12 feet tall and over 200 feet off the trail.  We'll just say we got lucky to find one before our kids lost their minds and their ability to walk in the snow. 

Grace saved it with her snow flakes.

Getting a picture of the kids in front of the tree is also an adventure.  This one has potential.

Blurry boosts the odds that they are all looking at the camera and smiling. Or you just keep shooting until you capture a moment ot two.

Or you remove the difficult/hungry child(ren).

And then put the boy in, because he's feeling cooperative.

Or you enlist daddy to threaten the kid who is being difficult.  Of course his threatening makes her giggle.

Or, you give them Pillow Pets and tell them to smile.

Or, you just take the picture regardless of the sour and difficult one and think to yourself, "In fifteen years I'm going to blackmail you with this picture!"

What Christmas would be complete without feeding the baby the wrapping paper and bows.

My mom made him that quilt.  She's made all her grandkids quilts for their first Christmas.  She uses the same pattern but picks different fabrics.  They are all beautiful and we love them!

Daddy was teasing Calla that we got her a blender.  "But I can't use these yet!" 

Really it was a pink robe.  She loves it.  But she probably would have been excited about the blender, too. 

Here's the little Mister.  He's FOUR months old a few days ago.  And he's wearing 6-9 month pajamas. 

And that's his quilt from grandma.  He's thrilled!

Speaking of thrilled.  These little things have had me giddy for the last three weeks.   

Little music boxes.  Three of them.  They make me so happy.  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Zip A Dee-Doo-Da.  For the last five hours at least one of them has been playing at any given moment.  They are beautiful and I think the girls love them as much as I do.

Merry Christmas!

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