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Baroo’ and Doc Brown’s Big Adventure


December 2013


Every year for Christmas, the kidlets exchange names and then make a gift for their giftee.  This year Abigail picked Caleb.  She decided she wanted to do an action book with Baroo’ and Doc Brown and the adventure that they have when Caleb is busy about his day.  Here are some pictures from the day she took for her book.


This is a favorite park of ours.


We talk about owning the house in the background and then having a park in our side yard.   Baroo’ and Doc Brown swinging on the swing.


Climbing the rock wall.


Doing the monkey bars.


Climbing the stairs to the twirly slide.



Stuck in a tree.


After all that work, we had to go to Krispie Kreme Doughnuts.



Drooling over the fresh doughnuts.


Donuts and hot chocolate, what could be better?  Baroo’s has mud, Doc Brown’s has snow on it.



You thought Baroo’ was fake,  you were wrong.


Yum, yum, this snow is not cold.



After all that work and those yummy sweets, it was nap time.  ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz


Good night, Doc Brown.  Good night, Baroo’.


Caleb loved his book, by the way.




If You Give a Boy a Basket – Wordless Wednesday

December 2013








Just the other day Caleb, Elianna and Levi were all in baskets for quite a long time.  It never gets old.




My 22nd Birthday, Again

December 2013

We waited until Grandma and Grandpa came to visit in order to celebrate my birthday this year.


Again, I was spoiled rotten by my husband and children.



I received new accessories for my iPod touch.



A book with a note from each child and Sean, in a book form.


This is my favorite gift every year.


It is fun to see how each child has grown and changed in the last year.



All my gifts together.  I am so blessed.


I can put vinyl on these.


Until my birthday next year.










Grandma and Grandpa Came to Play

December 2013

Grandma and Grandpa came down for Sean’s graduation and stayed for the fun.



They lost to the kidlets at Monopoly.


The kidlets don’t want to play with Mom because they do not like her house rules.  Grandma and Grandpa are so much more fun.


Elianna, Abigail and Grandma plotting against the menfolk.



We enjoyed Thanksgiving in December while they were here.



Yes, all the trimmings.



And family craziness.


And food.


And fun.


And joy.



And love.



And photobombing.


We had a great time with them while they were here and we are thankful they made the trip down.  The kidlets loved the time and begged them to stay longer.







Sean Graduates – It is Finished, Mostly

December 12, 2013

Today is the day that two amazing things happened. First Sean graduated. At the last minute he chose not to walk, so presently we have no pictures, but we have all the stuff and we’ll take pictures, eventually.  One of the main reasons he did not walk is because this is also the day that our house in Iowa closed and we were busy signing papers and tying up loose ends until 1:15 our time for a 4:00 central time closing on our house in Iowa.  I would say that is a great reason to skip walking.


The funny thing about a graduation ceremony is that it really does not mean anything, especially since Sean’s thesis had not been approved yet.  It was waiting on minor edits in formatting.  The thesis itself was done, but you know acedemia and their perfectionist ways.


We celebrated Friday night with his parents.


If you have seen Cake Wrecks, this cake could land on that site.  It was supposed to say, “You did it.  We are not the least bit surprised.”  Yes, fail for the Costco cake making department.  It still tasted excellent.


Sean and his cake, with Levi looking, longingly, on.


Come on Dad, you know you want to give me some.



Nathan glad that Dad had graduated and that our old house had sold.


Grandpa enjoying the quietness that is our home.


Yes, the easy way out, pizza from Costco.


Caleb in his dinner concert.


Grandma and Uncle Ted listening intently while Caleb plays with all he is.


Olivia doing her part.


It is good to be a the end of that season of life.  Sean has since had his thesis approved and he officially graduated, we even had the diploma to prove it.  Now onto getting a job in his field.  He has started a website, but it is still under major construction.  Sean Kelly, GIS

Bethany and Mom, Out on the Town – 10th Birthday


December 2013


Bethany is definitely my daughter.  I asked her where she wanted to go to eat her birthday meal and she chose Chipotle.  I love that girl.  She chose a burrito bowl with 1/2 chicken and 1/2 beef.  Yes, she is my daughter.


I ordered the same thing.


I have no idea why I think it is a god idea to take pictures of her eating, I do it quite often.  :)


I thought I had taken more pictures, but it does not appear that I did.  We like going to that location because there are always firefighters or policemen there. It is a fun location, even if the parking is horrible.  Anytime anyone wants to get us anything, a Chipotle gift card is a great idea. bwahahaha.


After we ate, we went out on the town and did some shopping, nothing fun, just food and stuff.  It was so fun to spend some 1:1 time with Bethany, we laughed and talked and then laughed some more.  I can’t wait until next year.  We can do it all again.




Beautiful Spring Days – Thankful Thursday

Winter has left and spring is here in full swing.  The trees are blooming, the grass is growing, the weeds are blooming, the kids are antsy, the sun is shining, the wind is whistling through the trees, the rain is pouring.  For all of this I am thankful.  We threw up the camper last weekend and we are looking forward to being able to enjoy it as a family.  We need to find the tent as we no longer will all fit in the camper.  Exciting times.



More Faces of December – Wordless Wednesday

December 2013



















Caleb and Mom – Out on the Town – 5th Birthday Meal

December 2013

Where did Caleb want to go for his birthday meal with his Mom?  Texas Roadhouse.  What did Caleb want to eat at Texas Roadhouse?  A hotdog.  Yes, we went to Texas Roadhouse, a steakhouse, and he wanted a hotdog.  Yes, you can laugh with me.


An entire glass of soda, and I can get it refilled?  Awesome!


The rolls are so yummy and the honey butter, what could be better?


Yum, my hotdog and french fries.



And an ice cream brownie sundae.


Yes, Mom, I will be able to eat it all, I promise.


We had such a nice time eating and talking together.  He enjoyed his food and I am so glad to be able to spend some 1:1 time with him.



Through the last Year, Bethany

6 December 2013 – Let’s take a look back to see how much Bethany has grown and changed in the last year.


December 2012


January 2013


February 2013


Just before she got her palate expander in.


March 2013



April 2013

Bethany with her “new to her” bike.


May 2013


Yes, she can do the hang above the chin up bar.


June 2013


July 2013


Bethany and her little man, Levi.



August 2013

First day of 4th grade.




September 2013


October 2013


Just after the palate expander was removed.


November 2013

At Daddy’s thesis defense.


December 2013


Birthday girl.




Until next year.