let vacation commence!

By Moriah on January 1st, 2017

Day 1. And yes, for the record, we did drive the 20 hours to my folks’ house in one straight shot. With 5 kids. In a minivan. I forgot to pack snacks, games, water. I have no idea. So we ended up stopping a lot and yes the stops took five million years. < eye roll emoji >

Anyway, my mom wanted to take the kids bowling — at Bass Pro, where you can retrieve your ball straight from a shark’s mouth!

He is the cutest thing.  And he loves bowling. (Maybe I should call it “bowling”?)

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(If you kick your foot just right, it makes the ball go where you want. Just so you know.)

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Easy there, sister.

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Aunt Chris with her hand on her all-grown-up girl’s head.  Sweet little moment.

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Grandmommy’s kitchen. One of our favorite places to be.

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We didn’t watch much tv at all, so I’m not sure what he’s doing – probably checking some game score? But I love night lighting.

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The chefs, making dinner.

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(“Working in her office.”)

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my little sister got married

By Moriah on November 21st, 2012

Last Friday we drove 12 hours down to Florida for my sister’s wedding weekend. We stayed at the Lighthouse; my parents rented three Coast Guard cottages for us, them, my grandparents, aunts, and the bridal wedding party. Whirlwind trip, we drove home Monday.

These are all photos I took, and I tried to choose ones for this post that together give an overall picture of her wedding…

My three little flower girls, right before we went up to the dressing room to get ready.

(One of) my beautiful sister(s):

These were during the photo session, pre-ceremony:

(Later on, there was a cocktail hour on this terrace while the wedding party was busy with post-ceremony photos.  Apparently there was a fabulous mocha punch I missed out on.)

My mom:

Looking down from the terrace:

Right after the ceremony & the beginning of family photos, Cassandra & Shane with my parents:

The Dad/Daughter dance, she chose this – fitting, no?

Candy bar for party favors:

Arianna, making sure we were watching and then running off to dance:

Arianna was a maniac – danced 1.5 hours nonstop.

Into the getaway car, and sparklers! (I LOVE her bouquet in this one!)

And, the very second we buckled her carseat:

OUT.



Over the river and thru the woods to Grandmommy’s house we go. And back.

By Moriah on January 4th, 2012

We’ve been back for a couple of days, I’m totally unpacked (yay!), Drew’s birthday was yesterday (later post) and so I’m ready to start the new year. (You know, after I get my Christmas cards sent out.) These are random shots from our visit, before and after Christmas, excluding the ones from Drew’s party.

This is soo Adelaide:

The kids did lots of coloring,

and painting…

(with only one disaster involving Arianna, lesson learned),

hanging out with Papa,

playing games…

taking care of new babies,

going to the library (not shown), playing the leappads,

and I got to have lunch with Mer.  :)

That night Andy and I had a date at PF Chang’s (yum) and then went to Mission Impossible 4. Very fun. Saturday was spent celebrating Drew and packing and then we got a babysitter for 4 of the kids and went out to dinner with my parents for New Year’s Eve.

Too bad Ethan won’t remember all the fun things he gets to do.



Christmas highlights

By Moriah on December 28th, 2011

My mom always makes Swedish Coffee Buns on Christmas Eve. All three of my girls got in on the action, twirling, buttering, and sugaring the dough. Arianna slicked her hair and face with the butter when we weren’t looking. Not surprising.

Building a little gingerbread village:

Drew’s was a train.

Before Christmas Eve dinner at my grandparents’ house:

(I’ve had a haircut since then.)

On the way to church, goofballs:

It’s so hard when you’re 4.  You have to wait for everything at Christmastime.

Christmas morning:

Breakfast, after stockings and before gifts.

Wherein Rebecca and Emily come to live with us.

Papa flying his new toy.

Carrissa’s surprise iPad.

Drew kept hiding behind the chair to play legos in peace.

One of the most beautiful dolls I’ve ever seen,

with THE cutest boots.

Watching football? Can’t remember…

Dollhouse minivan that plays 4 stations of music – HILARIOUS to watch her dance.

Hope your Christmas was merry!!!



an overflowing cup

By Moriah on September 16th, 2011

We have lots of family in/coming to town because Ethan’s baptism is Sunday. Which means tomorrow is going to be busy buying and cooking food for the lunch afterwards, preparing breakfast and clothes for Sunday (because we have a SLIGHT ISSUE with getting anywhere on time, especially across town at 9:30), and hanging out with everyone that has come to visit. I also have to pick up his birth announcements at Costco. Good timing, yes? I LOVE them. I’ll show you next week. And I’m going to buy a cake.

It’s times like these where all God’s blessings sort of get in your face, demanding notice. It makes a long hard week lighter. People around, help with the kids, laughter, talking, good food… And my mom is staying until next Friday.

I’m doing my happy dance.



highlights

By Moriah on August 23rd, 2011

If we’re FB friends, you might have already seen all these. Sorry! Anyway, they were resized/edited in Picnik, saved to FB, and then transported back to Picnik to make this slideshow. (So I’m not sure about the quality, but you get the general idea of our trip.)

And sorry for just disappearing for so long here!!



Wherein Andy turns 30

By Moriah on May 13th, 2011

I know at least a couple of people are dying to know how last night went and here’s where I should just tell you I totally lied yesterday about having a small family party for Andy’s 30th.

We had a surprise party and actually pulled it off.

A couple of funny things inevitably happened. He showed up at home on Jim’s motorcycle, borrowed for fun (what else would Andy do on his 30th birthday?). But that meant his car was still at the office. Which we needed to “go out to dinner.” So my mom and I had to squeeze in picking up his car along with all our crazy running around town for last-minute party stuff.

Logistically, it was interesting getting her and the kids out the door BEFORE US when they were just “going to the park.” Thankfully Andy didn’t ask too many questions. I already felt like I was in the hot seat, trying to come up with explanations/excuses on the fly.

Then when we were trying to leave, the heavens opened and TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR ensued. What in the world?! It wasn’t even raining over by the church! The highway was slooooooow going because of poor visibility. I thought we’d never get there and it was doubly frustrating knowing tons of people were standing around waiting for us. Oh and THEN, my sister and two of my kids (finishing up the last of the food when we left) passed us on the highway. Me, trying not to laugh, PRAYING Andy hadn’t noticed.

When we got off the exit I made him lay his seat back and cover his eyes since I forgot a blindfold. He thought we drove way past the church and was a little surprised when we ended up there. Everyone had parked in the back so the entire parking lot looked empty. I told him we had to just pick something up someone had left there for us and then we could go to dinner. Ha. Worked like a charm.

So it all worked out in the end.



My parents are officially done with the college years.

By Moriah on May 9th, 2011

I never did find a babysitter so we brought all the kids to my sisters’ graduation and purposefully went late. We hung out in the lobby for a while, until the procession and then stood in the back.

Waiting… (happens a lot when you’re small)

With Papa:

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With Grandmommy:

My little silly clown Adelaide, always good for a giggle:

With great-grandparents:

4 generations of ladies:

The Graduates!

(And yes, it does sorta feel like they were in junior high only yesterday.)

My sister-in-law also graduated from grad school on Saturday so we went up to their place for a big graduation bonfire/cookout party which was FUN. No photos from that, though (besides, it was dark). And yesterday, being Mother’s Day, the festivities only continued. Now I need a weekend to recover from my weekend!

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