• We went to the Livesay Orchard this fall with Cohen’s Preschool to play and pick apples.  It was definitely a fun trip and I’m not gonna lie…the cobbler we made with the apples was legit! We went with Cohen’s best buddies…Brooks and Blaire.  Never a dull moment with this crew, that’s for sure!The sign before entering the hay maze….Thinking about hay maze s

    Read More
  • We decided to get out of town this year with Michael’s family and head to Big Cedar Lodge for Thanksgiving.  It was an absolute blast!!  We spent the night before Thanksgiving at Silver Dollar City and the kids had such a great time with their cousins.  This picture is probably my all-time fave and I’m thinking I need to get a big one printed STAT.  Look at those happy babies and all o

    Read More
  • Three years ago almost to the day, our little family of 5 packed up and headed to a Halloween party  that we had been invited to in the neighborhood that my parents lived in at the time.  I do believe the word “party” was an understatement for what went down that night.  As we pulled out of the neighborhood that night, my husband casually said…”I think we will move here.

    Read More
  • They arrived in the mail.  They are beautiful.  Finally.  All those hours I spent were worth it.  All those hours I spent designing books while I drank too much coffee…ok, ok, any maybe some wine too.  And maybe it also required some desperate phone calls to my bestie, Bethany, who had to talk me down from the ledge and tell me that it would all be worth it.  Thanks Bethany.  And just like a

    Read More
  • And I’m back to blogging.  I guess after all that blogging and finishing of my 2010 and 2011 blog to books, I needed a little…ok a LONG break.  But leave it to some basketball to get me back in the mood to crank out a blog.  I love me some basketball.  I LOVE me some basketball.  And I love that my little man is lovin’ him some basketball.  It is amazing to see how much these boy

    Read More
  • This baby boy. And those blue eyes….. And that drool-filled little grin. So I know it is not ok to have favorites.  I love all my kids with the same unbelievable love…that kind of love that actually hurts when you look at them because you love them SO much.  That indescribable kind of love.  It is absolutely ok though to have FAVORITE AGES.  There is a big distinction between favorites

    Read More
  • A few months ago I read my kids “The Wizard of Oz” chapterbook and then we watched the movie. They LOVED it and so we decided to dress up as The Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween. It was an awesome day and we really had alot of fun. We went to a little Halloween get together at The Schwerdtfeger’s house for lunch (see pictures of adorable party guests below) then went to my p

    Read More
  • So I realize that to some people, getting a new dog only two days after we lost our beloved Jake seems a bit soon. So….to our critics out there I pose this question, “Could YOU say no to this?” Or how about this? Look at those eyes….could you say NO to that? Well….we couldn’t. So meet our new dog. Nash Miller. He is precious. Already a part of the family. He is

    Read More
  • So here is our exciting news…..I am going to pick up our new puppy tonight! His name is NASH. He is 6 months old and he is SO perfect! I know what you are thinking….THAT WAS FAST! We just lost Jake on Sunday night. YES, it is fast. NO, no dog will EVER replace Jake in our hearts. And NO, we weren’t planning to get a new dog that fast, but it happened. I believe that all things ha

    Read More
  • Gotta Love Family Fair Day! Love this picture….daddy and his sweetheart takin’ off in the bumblebee while she waves at the ground below. Easton driving the tractor Easton and Michael on the kites. Easton was barely tall enough for this ride…lucky for him, he is a four-year old that is the size of a 6 year old. He absolutely LOVED the ride and wasn’t scared at all. Our littl

    Read More