Thursday, February 15, 2018

Shelly is 14!

We took Shelly out to dinner for her birthday. She chose an evening at Outback. It was tasty and fun. 

Shelly had many celebrations with her cousins before and after her big day. She had a day of fun with her friend, Kenzie on the Saturday before her birthday. They went to the Sky Zone (a jumpy place) and then had dinner at Brixx. Kenzie spent the night and they had fun playing Wii and hanging out together. 

On the 16th of January, Shelly turned 14. I'm so proud of the beautiful teen that Shelly is becoming. She is kind, warm, loving, and always willing to help others. Her strong spirit and brave attitude serves her well and I know she will have a lifetime of success because of this. Happy Birthday, sweet Shelly!!!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Snow Snow Snow

Once the holidays were over it was time to head back to school. Well, they only made it for about 1 1/2 day before the snow started falling and the girls were out for several days. Then they went back for another day and more snow came our way. It was a ton of time off and the girls got busy creating some really pretty cross stitching items.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Cousin Birthdays

Shelly shares her birthday month with three other cousins. It's fun to celebrate over and over again with your cousins!

Kaden turns 11

Krissy is 25

Sofia celebrates 24

Friday, February 09, 2018

New Year's Day

John, Shelly, and I had a quiet New Year's Eve with some appetizers (our yearly French onion dip made an appearance) and the ball drop at midnight.

Lily went to a friend's house for a late night of fun.

Happy New Year

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Christmas Day

We had a really nice Christmas spent with my dad and later with my sister's family at her house.  One special gift was made by my dad. He created a wooden replica of Fynley and it is beyond amazing!!! We all shed tears and were in awe when we saw it. He's the best!!!

Film for her camera (whoa is it the 80s???)

Opening stocking stuffers

Her beloved Keurig machine. She's been waiting years to have one of these!

Fynley made from wood by my dad!!!

My dad used this photo to create his wooden image of Fynley. 

Monday, February 05, 2018

Christmas Eve

We had our annual Christmas Eve celebration at John's sister's house and then headed to my dad's house to spend the night.

Christmas tree appetizer
Throwing out the reindeer food

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Silliness by the Christmas tree


We spent the holidays having fun and enjoying time together and taking plenty of photos.

I pulled out our Christmas china one night and had dinner together during all of the holiday hustle and bustle. Oh, and I made us each a little elf place marker!! 

Saturday, February 03, 2018


In late November, a whale came up on the shore of the bay. She was removed by the local aquarium's volunteers and Lily and I went to the bay to watch them working. It was a sad but amazing experience to be that close to such a large animal.