happy easter!!

We hope you are all having a joyous Easter!  We recorded a little holiday song to help you celebrate the miracle of this day (click on the link below).


We’ve spent time the past few weeks watching these beautiful videos about the life of our Savior.  I thought today was the perfect day to share them with you.

Bible Videos - The Life of Jesus Christ

that Thanksgiving post

I know it is January and Thanksgiving was way back in November, but that’s just how things work for me these days. I get to it when I get to it.

Here are some family pictures from our trip to Idaho.  I wish I had taken photos of everyone sitting at the dinner table, of the kids playing legos for hours on end, of my sister in-law pouring over the Black Friday ads.  But, alas, I was too busy actually experiencing it all to remember to pull my camera out.

It was so fun to all be together.

the whole family (almost)

One of my brothers is missing, but he’ll be in the next family picture for sure.  (And I promise my Dad really does like all of us– just not the picture taking part I guess :))

all the cousins

Look at all those cousins!  The boys definitely out number the girls.  That’s how we do it.

the babes

And look at the babies.  My brother’s wife came down with severe preeclampsia about a week after Eva was born. There were a few scary days and finally the doctors decided they had to do an emergency c-section to save her life. Her little baby was born at 32 weeks and just 2 lbs. 14 oz. There was a scary lung colapse when she was about a day old, but since then she’s been a tough little girl. Just tiny. Here they are at 3 months old– Eva is about 15 lbs. and Savanna is 7 lbs. How fun is it that we have girl cousins one week apart?! Very fun, if you ask me.

We also visited friends on our trip and had so much fun. I think a post about them is in order too. When will I get to that do you think?

a Christmas adventure

I know I am way behind on posts.  Christmas came and went and I haven’t even told you about our Thanksgiving trip yet.  Oh well.  I’ll get to it soon I hope.  Today, though, I feel like making a Christmasy post.

Every year my Grumpy sends us Christmas money to get the kids something from him.  We try to use it to create fun memories or DO something we normally wouldn’t get to do instead of just adding more stuff to our home.  This year we decided to do something we could only do in Colorado.  We took a Christmas train ride up in the mountains on the historic Georgetown Railroad.

at the georgetowne railroad

We all bundled up.  It was beautiful and snowy and very Christmasy.


here comes our train!

the engine

and Santa was on it!

Santa found our little guys even before we got on the train.

hunter and santa

out the window

Because of the snowy tracks the train just goes back and forth on its route around the mountain so it doesn’t ever have to switch tracks.  We sat in the very back of the train in the cattle car because that’s where it would be easiest to keep our herd together.  That’s where the most windows were too, so we got a really good view of the winter wonderland.

smiley dad

listening to the conductor
lights out the window

Santa's visit

Santa came through the train to see all the kids and he gave them each a special Christmas bell

have gave out bells

Santa and the 11 year old

visiting the boys

candy canes

and candy canes.

at the end

the night lights

It was a fun adventure– creating just the kind of memories we had hoped.

Thanks Grumpy!