Friday, January 30, 2015


After 5 very long tough years of my hubby completing his dissertation, it is soooo nice to finally be at the light at the end of the tunnel. 

He is doing what he loves and it's always something very exciting! 

He just had an interview last week with the Dayton Business Journal and it just got published. 

Click Here  to see what he's been up to lately, it's pretty incredible stuff!

So proud of that guy! :-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Fun!

I LOVE January, it's like a breath of fresh air after the Holidays! 

This year, I love January even more because I've had 4 snow days already this month!  And when you ONLY work 9 days a month, 4 is quite a big number!  

I absolutely love my job, but there is an intense excitement about the prospect of a SNOW DAY!!
Here my kiddos are wearing their PJ's inside out and sleeping with spoons under their pillow as suggested by their teachers!  Teachers get really silly about hoping for snow days too! :-)
 We've been home a ton and having new Christmas Presents to entertain us has been super helpful!  These dot to dot placemats...awesome!!
 Braden loves his new bath robe and begged me to take a picture of the 2 of us as soon as we woke up one morning since we were both wearing our robes.  Nothing like being nice and cozy!
 We've had tons of b-day parties this month.  It seems like every weekend we are heading to Chuck-e-Cheese, Magic Castle,  or Leapfrog!

 She's just so cute sporting her winter gear! awesome lego set where you can mix up all the pieces!
 This munchkin started her very own class for the first time...Gymnastics!! She is in LOVE with it!
 Also obsessed with bubble baths, so this has become a daily routine around here!
 Puzzle Pro!
 Building Expert!

 Rec Center for Carson's Swim B-day Party!  These boys had a blast!
 And winter picnics inside. 
Before we know it, we'll be running through the sprinklers again outside,,, but for now we're in our jams A LOT, building forts and playing with all of our new gifts!

 Thankful for all the newness January Brings!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Christmas #4!

Ok, I might be able to move beyond Christmas after this post! :-) 

My brother hosted his first Christmas in his new house.  It was beautiful and perfect in every way!  He made a delicious brunch and we all opened gifts by the fire.  Everyone in our family was there together and we enjoyed our last bit of time hanging out together before my relatives headed back to Chicago.  Oh, and the highlight of the morning for me was beating my hubby in darts.  I just had to get that documented! :-)  

We sure had a sweet time together. Now, we are settling into January with all the freshness a New Year brings!! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christmas at Mimi and Papa's!

Well, our visit with Mimi and Papa didn't start out as we would have planned....we began our Christmas at their house by going to Urgent Care.  Both of the girls were sick and a quick visit to get meds turned into a 5 hour trip...but we got exactly what we needed to recover, so it was worth it!

Daddy loves sitting in the waiting room at urgent care for 2 hours.
 We loved spending time with cousin Nora. 

 The girls loved their new presents.
 Daddy loved his new sweater! :-)
 Mimi and Papa spoiled all of us with great food and company.
 I received this dark chocolate quinoa crunch bar and immediately fell in love. 
 The boys were being really silly in front of the tree....brothers!
 Aunt Norma always finds the cutest shirts for the kids from her trips.

 These 2 are so cute together!
 We can't wait for Aunt Val to have baby #2 so we can cuddle a new cousin!!
 And one of my very favorite moments from Christmas at Mimi and Papa's was when these 2 sung us Christmas carols before dinner.  It was the sweetest.  Love them so much!
It was a whirlwind of a good time...tons of presents, food, chocolate, movies, hikes, tea parties, laughter and love.   We are so blessed!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pamma and Papa Bob's Christmas

We gathered with our Chicago relatives like we did every Christmas growing up our whole life!

We had a Fabulous dinner!
Ate our traditional duck soup (sisters!)

Played ulcers ... An intense 6 hour card game!
With shirts and all!

And took a few nice pics in front of my mom"s beautiful tree!

We enjoyed lots of Cousins time!
It was wonderful in every way!