Sunday, January 18, 2015


We caught wind of Winterfest, a little fire and ice festival in our town, Friday night.....and when I heard about the horse drawn carriage rides I knew it was something we had to check out.  Although the lines for the rides were WAY too long, the boys loved seeing the horses trot around the square.

We saw some neat ice sculptures, drank warm apple cider off the fire, played with some friendly sled dogs and watched the fireman light a GIANT block of ice on fire.  Thank goodness for the delicious warm winter day.  And although it was 40 degrees nothing beats a giant pot of chili for dinner!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sky Lanterns

Last year Keith and I brainstormed and wrote out our wishes/hopes/dreams on a handful of sky lanterns for the new year.  Thinking back on the memory I feel that MANY of what we wrote was accomplished!  So, this is definitely a sweet tradition I'd like to continue.  It actually began as a birthday treat I wanted to do for the boys....but their 1st birthday came and passed so quickly I completely forgot about my purchase, so I'm happy it turned into a great way to start a new year!

The boys were extra helpful this year and each had their very own lantern as their "dream board".  They loved watching them float away, waving and saying bye-bye.

Special thanks to our friends for coming to celebrate the eve with us!  We were all pretty rowdy playing Cards Against Humanity, and K&A never made a peep.  3AM came entirely too fast, and I'm sure the boys provided some great birth control for our friends in the morning.

Hope everyone is enjoying the new year so far.  It's cold and windy in Northeast Ohio.  Stay happy and warm.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014, A Year in Review

The stakes were pretty high after 2013, taking the title "the best year of my life".  As I sit and reflect, 2014 clearly takes the cake!  Not only did I have MY life back (no longer a cow, milking 18 times a day) but our family moved HOME!  We've had a lot of stress over the past 6 months, moving, house hunting, buying then moving again, but things are feeling settled, at long last!

We are still FAR from having our home organized, and our kitchen STILL doesn't have that back splash up, but this morning I found my box of nails, so FINALLY I can hang our other family photo wall.

I put together my favorite photos from 2014 to enjoy, and wish all our family and friends a very happy, healthy, love-filled, good-fortuned 2015!

Valentine candy love
K&A made me the most wonderful 30th birthday present!
AJ's first haircut
Seriously, they are best friends!  I love they prefer to ride together (still today) than apart.
Up all night watching the blood moon.  Really spectacular
Another quad photo shoot
Twinny Love
Kaboom's first haircut
Cooking Aiden for dinner
Watching the moving truck depart
1st boat ride, driving with Dad
Kaleb LOVED 4th of July fireworks.  I was so surprised!
"down by the bay, where the watermelons grow"
Pavilion Dance party
Found our new home!
First time in the "dooooe"