Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

of all of the things that were done on this thanksgiving, picture taking did not fall high on that list.  it was such a great day and phillippe and i were not even thinking about getting the cameras out.  which i'm really bummed about.  

it was a little more low-key than usual.  we were several family members short for my dad's side of the family for lunch.  but it was one of those times were we could have just stayed and stayed.  we really enjoyed the conversations and trips down memory lane.  

we hosted our first thanksgiving at our house this year.  phillippe's mom and sister's family came over.  

again, we just enjoyed the time together.  and found out some great news....i'm going to be an aunt again!!  defiantly something to be thankful for.  :)

we just had a great time being together with everyone.  there were several moments where phillippe and i wished we were surrounded by even more people on that day.  that we were able to bless someone who doesn't have a place to go by offering them our company and our home.  it seems a shame to have so much food for not some many people and there are those that go without.  something to think about for next year, i guess...

 the only human photo i got that day.  my nephew, caden.

 kids table.  we like covering the table with something, and this time it was brown paper so they could color.  easy and easy.  my 2 favorite things.

we were thankful this year for our new home.  each new thing that comes and goes allows us to become more and more thankful that we were able to make this step.  one that we never thought would come.  phillippe and i love having people in our house.  we love for people to come over and feel welcomed and relaxed and comfortable.  we need to utilize our home more for others.  that is something we both realized.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

somewhere over the course of the last several months, i have forgotten about blogging.  about the need to keep it up.  about all of the photos that sit on my camera and on my computer, unshared.

and then when the thought does pop in my mind that i haven't posted in so long, i get a little overwhelmed.  so much goes on and so much passes.  i don't like it as much as you don't like it.

i'm working on a post about thanksgiving and the beginning of december and a few things here and there.

i will carve out a chuck of time to get on here to do all of those things.  promise.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

we like our little hill

this is going to be a fun winter.  :) 

trimming the tree

this is our first christmas in our new home. it took a while to get things out and in place, whereas normally, i know where everything will go.  

but no worries.  just enjoying the process.  :) 

 we always watch "charlie brown christmas" when we decorate the tree.  :)

did you know that i'm one of those people who wants the ornaments on the tree evenly spaced?  and the red ornaments can't be right next to each other.  and the round ones have to be intermixed with the other ones.  and all the hawkeye ones can't be close together.  and there needs to be at least one ornament covering each gaped place in the tree.

so then we had kids.  and all of that went out the window.  someday, i will miss them being crowed and all willy-nilly.  so, whatever.  it's beautiful being so crazy.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Color Drive 2014

 i am a fan of traditions.  for me, they hold a sense of security.  a comfortable feeling that kind of makes me feel like everything is always okay.  i think it's because when i was growing up, things could be disheveled or hectic, but there were certain things that remained.  and i held onto those things because they felt good.

i'm 34 years old and i still find that same comfort in those traditions.

we haven't been to every single color drive my entire life.  things happened or came up and there were years we couldn't go.  but i still hold tight to this weekend because it's a favorite weekend out of the year for me.  i can't think about the days when these traditions slip through my fingers.  because that brings a sadness over me that i almost can't handle.

it's called the color drive because it takes place on the 3rd weekend in october and all of the leaves are just beautiful.  pike county (where my gma lives) is really a pretty place.  being around family is great.  everyone always complains of the noise now that there are a million and one grandkids and family members....but i'm used to the noise.  my house reminds me of a gym during a basket ball game.  loud, echoy, and weird screeching noises that you just aren't sure where they're coming from.

we used to stay at my gma's house, but now that we are a family of 5 we pretty much take up her entire home.  so we stay at a local hotel off the square.  it's been redone and is pretty awesome.  we love the atmosphere and homeyness of the building.

i wish my gpa was still living here on earth.  he would LOVE all of these people and the kiddos and the crazy things that are going on around the farm.  

top row: uncle kevin, uncle bill, my dad, uncle danny
bottom row: aunt suzie, aunt linda, my mom, my gma, aunt ginny

 the first cousins.  these are the ones i grew up with.  no matter what is going in on anyone's life, there's comfort to me in knowing that i have known these guys for my whole life.  they've always been there.  man oh man, we have stories....and memories....  i'm sad they weren't all here.

top row: my brother matthew, kim, jennifer, my sister meghan, chris, chasity
bottom row: lindsay, andrea, gma, me

 all the family.  some are missing here and there.  but this is us.

 one of the towns had a woman making skeins of yarn.  my kids and my niece (and that random girl in the back with the blue shirt on) stood there watching her for nearly 30 minutes straight.  probably longer.  but they were completely in a trance.  asking her questions like how long have you done this?  do you like making yarn?  is it hard?  do you get itchy?  what's your favorite yarn color?  how long does it take you to make a ball of yarn?  will you adopt me and call me your child? you have a yarn making school i can attend?...

it was adorable.

 this could be the worst picture in the history of pictures of me.  but it's the only one i have of us.  ((if you guys have any other one will you please send it to me so i can redeem myself?!))
these girls.....we all 4 grew up together.  :)

okay, so my gma basically invented garage sales in her county.  and still has them yearly...she's almost 93 you guys.  this is insane.  you can find anything in her garage.  for instance, if you are looking for an old hat with no brim, she's got that!  and it's only a quarter!

this woman is amazing in so many ways.  

 however, this may be my favorite thing she has ever tried to sell.  in my entire life, i have never known my gma to either exercise or diet.  but somehow she has this gem.  how or why she has it isn't the question. because that's just gma.

i told you.  she's amazing.

 what is this?  1980?  who gets there finger in the frame anymore?!  (me...that's who.)

 oh my goodness.  i love her so much.  when i think of how much i love her there is almost a slight pain in my heart.  she has given me more in my life than almost everyone i know.  my other gma was the same way.  they added so much to my life during some hard times. and never faltered on their love or care or attitude for me.   i hold on tight to the things of her.  because i can't even imagine what things will be like someday.  i wish everyone knew her.

 the husbands and boyfriend.

the cousins.

we were so lucky this year because we had family home from arizona.  things are just better when we're all together.  we had a great weekend.  it's never long enough and always feels both like we've been there a week and yet only a day at the same time.  either way, it was good to get away to the farm.  :)