Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Fun!

This year's Christmas was a fun and laid back one.  We weren't able to visit family, but still enjoyed the
 Here are the kids showing off their Christmas Eve PJs. The boys wanted footie pjs just like their lil sis.

 Santa definitely came!  There was a note left on the fireplace that he and the elves couldn't lift the 'big gift' up the stairs.  The boys ran down to see a trampoline in a big box!  Luckily it's been a very warm winter so we were able to set up the tramp the next day and the boys enjoyed a day of jumping in 60 degree weather!
 Since Christmas was on Sunday this year, we opened our stockings...
 Then had Nana's tradition of buttermilk scones (of course, no where near as good as what Nana makes!)...
 Then what better way to celebrate Christ's birthday than to go to church?!  So we held off opening presents and off we went to church.
 After a great, spiritual meeting, we headed back home where the boys got back into a different new set of pjs...and the opening began!

It was so fun to have the addition of Kyla this year and to have the boys be really excited about the prospect of Christmas.  We missed being with family, but at least we were able skype and share a little with them.
What a wonderful season and time of year!  We're so grateful for the birth of Christ and all the joy and love that comes from celebrating His birth and who He is!  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Pre-Christmas Fun

 December is one of my very favorite months.  It's full of good feelings, fun music, thinking of others, and together activities.  This December was no exception for us!

 We had a "Chinese night" at our house with some of our good friends! YUM :)

The boys decided to take up decorating... multiple times...some more successful than others.

 You know that old notion that kids would be just as happy playing with the box that the gift comes in??
It's TRUE.
Thanks Nana for the AWESOME BOX! (oh, and the gifts inside of it ;)

 Classic (and not so classic, slightly frightening) dress up fun.  Yes, those are balloons!

 One of the many adventures in the culinary 'arts'. 

Kyla started sitting up and rolling all over this month.  Her favorite place to roll was under the tree to grab presents to drool all over. 
 She actually unwrapped two gifts- both of them hers!  Already shaking (or eating) the presents to find out what they are!

So many messes, so many laughs, so much fun!

Monday, October 31, 2011


A fun night with good friends!  The boys enjoyed ghouls, fingers, mummies, teeth, and monster claws for dinner with some swamp slime to wash it all down.

We decided for the first time to not go with a 'family theme' in our costumes this year.
...although Rudy and I picked a theme to go to an oral surgery costume party...

We won the costume contest :)

We tried walking and/or riding bikes from house to house in our neighborhood (I've always had an aversion to those kids who were driven from house to house to maximize their candy load), however, we quickly (25 minutes later) came back to the house after making it to only two doorsteps and jumped in the back of the Malone's van.  This was not to maximize any candy loads.  This was survival.  Multiple acre properties with 6 kids, 2 of them 4 of them all of them unable to make it on their own.  I think house driving was definitely excusable...and for the boys, quite fun.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Visit to Arlington National Cemetery

 Took a temple trip to DC with our friends, the Malones.  We decided to stop by Arlington.  It was a humbling and inspiring experience.

Fun to share with good friends.  We were even able to find their grandpa's grave site! Being there so close to September 11th made us really think about the selflessness and courage that has come from SO many people! We're so grateful to live in the USA!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Visiting molar man at Bedford Centerfest

 Rudy and his neverending thinking outside the box- dressed up like molar man at the biggest community festival in Bedford to get the word out about his office.  We had fun hanging out and enjoying carnival food.  Nice to know that Rudy will never stop singing Elvis in public...even if he is dressed like a tooth! :) 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oma and Opa and the Wolf Lodge Birthday

 For Rudy's 31st birthday (we're officially into the 30s now!) I made a killer ice cream cake!  But what you can't see in this picture is that Rudy's parents, Oma and Opa, were here to celebrate with us!  As their birthday present to Rudy, they took us all to the Great Wolf Lodge for a weekend getaway...

 I love how much fun these boys have together!!

 Rudy: The "I think I'm getting the hang of this" shot
 Rudy: The "I'm getting really good at thi..." shot
 We had so much fun together at the great wolf lodge!  Thanks Oma and Opa!

 Oma enjoying her first granddaughter!!

 Playing some croquet Rudy got for his bday from Wenmom and Rondad :)
 Having a good time trying out some local fare.  Liberty Station is a great restaurant in Bedford created from the old train station that the infamous D-Day 'Bedford Boys' came home on. (you're not really expected to know that reference or the story behind it...I didn't until we moved here :) )
 And I loved how the two Rudys wanted to help the little boys by "showing them how to play the game"...funny how I don't see any little boys in the picture...
 Makin some meat-a-balls in da keetchen with Oma!
Happy Birthday Rudy!  We all love you very much!
And thanks for the fun times Oma and Opa! We love you and miss you!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth

Sunday, July 3, 2011

One month and a lot of fun!

 Here are a few unedited home shots of our month old Kyla.

 The boys have been SO cute with her.  They really are such great big brothers...pretty sure she's never going to date though! :)

 They're pretty great buds for each other as well!
 And they always keep me laughing!

and what comes from lots of rain??  Naturally-- A handful of earthworms!

 Kyla's first friend, Sydney, due a month after her, yet born 2 days EARLIER! :)
...i think they're talking about boys right now.