"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

We started off our New Years Eve with running a few errands and playing with a few new toys! Nick made us some yummy chicken wings for dinner and we spent our night playing games like Pie Face and the boys got to try some sparkling grape juice! It was a pretty great way to spend our night with our kids!

We told the boys they could stay up as late as they wanted. They were all about trying to make it until midnight! We played our last game about 9:00 and wanted to watch some New Years Eve stuff on television. Conner fell asleep quickly and at about 9:30, he sat straight up, looked at me, and announced he was going to bed! Ben was also asleep by then, so after we got Conner tucked in, Nick carried Ben to bed, and Nick and I stayed up until midnight to welcome in the New Year! It was so much fun to spend the night together and involve our kids in our New Years celebration! Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

More Christmas!

On Thursday, we went to Conrad to celebrate Christmas! We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed spending time with our family before we had to head back home on Friday afternoon. Thank you to Mama and Papa for an awesome Christmas!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


Ben and Conner each got new helicopters, so we got to try them out tonight!

Happy Boys!

We haven't had a good lazy day for quite some time, so I put all of our errands off today and we watched movies in Halloween costumes. Why not?! I have two happy boys today!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Building Bugs...

Our evening has been filled with building bugs out of knex pieces!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

There is nothing like Christmas morning!!! Piper, Marley, Adeline, Conner, and Ben were ready to open some presents from Santa! (Brecken wasn't feeling so well for pictures!) We had a wonderful day opening presents, eating, playing games, and spending time together! Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve!

We were ready on Christmas Eve to go to Bettendorf and celebrate the holiday! We took a few pictures before church and then the kids got to have a little part in telling the Christmas story at church! They did a great job and were very excited to be shepherds! Nana made us a yummy dinner, and we spent the rest of the night having fun at Gramps and Nana's house!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Our Christmas!

The boys woke up to full stockings and presents under the tree! They can't wait to dig into some of this later today!

When Dad got home from work, it was time to have our Christmas! Ben and Conner loved everything! We are very blessed!!! We had a wonderful night with our boys!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hot Cocoa!

A trip around town to look at Christmas lights and some hot cocoa (in grown up coffee cups!) made us pretty happy tonight!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

First Wrestling Tournament!

The boys had their first wrestling tournament today! I had my reservations, but they had so much fun so it was well worth it! They both tried really hard and even got to wrestle each other for their first match! First they warmed up...

After warming up, they were ready for their first match! They got to wrestle each other! (Same size!)

After wrestling 3 matches, they were done, and Ben and Conner were thrilled to get  a medal at the end of it all! It was a pretty good first experience!