15 Year Celebration!

To celebrate 15 years of marriage, Daniel and I decided to take advantage of his free entry into Knott’s Berry Farm, and leave the kids for the entire day!  We walked in, only to discover that the rides on that side of the park weren’t running yet, and we had to start with all the “big” rides.  It turned out to be a good thing, because if I had to watch those crazy roller coasters all day first, I don’t think I would have had the nerve to ride them.

We rode the big rides all morning, and took pictures of the pictures as evidence for our kids.  For the most part, I enjoyed it… but after each ride, I began to feel a little more nauseous.  (What?!?!?  I was never going to be one of those people!)  Finally, after lunch, I had to lay down on a bench for a while.  After that, I felt much better and was able to do all the “little” rides.

We headed for an awesome bakery once we were finished, and then looked for a dinner spot.  “What would the kids not want that we would enjoy?” we asked ourselves: THAI!!!  We found a place that was highly rated on Yelp, and it was wonderful.  We got home just in time to say good night to the kids.  (Ironically, they were the ones who ate our leftovers the next day — so much for not liking Thai food!)

Happy anniversary to the one who still loves and serves me so well… the one whose company I enjoy the most!  I am so blessed by you, and look forward to the next 15 with you!

Hike Day

One of my favorite things about our homeschool group is the hike days.  Every month, they choose a different location and send us all the details.  All we have to do is show up!  I’ve always longed to explore the different trails around here.  This just makes it that much easier!!  After our hike this day, we drove just a bit farther up the mountain to see if we could find snow.  Jackpot — we found it!

December 2018

I certainly didn’t intend to take more than a month off blogging, but here it is half way through January and I am finally back!  I was beginning to wonder myself whether I could get back in the swing of things.  Sickness was a major part of our month, but as I look back at these pictures, I realize we had a lot of little highlights, as well…

Gingerbread house decorating…

Natalie’s birthday trip to Six Flags with her friend and Daniel…

Natalie’s actual birthday, which was spent in bed other than morning present opening…

December sunsets…

Dog sitting gave this girl lots of cuddle time while she napped on the couch, trying to recover from the sickies…

Christmas Eve presents…  (Can you find Natalie?)

Games and more games…

Danie;’s Christmas breakfast, which he and I enjoyed… (most of the kids were too sick ad opted for smoothies, instead.)

Far too much i pad time…

Christmas Day presents, (and lots of Kleenex!)

A belated birthday cake, where the birthday girl was still not feeling well!

Making miniature food brought by Santa…

FINALLY, Grandma and Grandpa arrive a week later than they had planned.  More presents… More games…

Natalie’s new face painting set got lots of use!

Belated Christmas and Christmas Eve dinners… movies… cuddles…

Decorating “Ugly Sweaters” from Aunt Hilary and Uncle Nate.

Trying to convince Grandma that “Elf” is a good movie.  Not sure we were successful…

Santa bath buddies…

No, December did not look like we had planned. Kleenex, blankets, and a million medicine cups seemed to overtake our Christmas decor.  Attitudes were not the best, despite us trying  to count our blessings.  It’s tough for kids…

But, I can say that we experienced many blessings.  First off, Daniel was home for the longest Christmas break in 15 years!  As he didn’t get sick, he was able to take care of us all as we waddled through the month.  Before the sickness struck, I was able to get all the presents wrapped and ready… whew!  And though our Christmas was just the 7 of us, it was still cozy and fun and RELAXING!

So thankful for a New Year.  For health, family, and a God who extends much grace when we don’t have the best attitudes!