Friday, November 27, 2009


We have a lot to be thankful this year! We have our health, Patrick and I both have jobs that we enjoy and continue to challenge us each day, the boys are growing up to be kind and loving boys, and we have wonderful family and friends.

The boys and I, along with mom and dad made the trek up to Amy and Matt's home for Thanksgiving this year. It was our first true road trip! The boys were absolute troopers. The trip took almost ten hours and there was not a tear or raised voice the entire trip. The dvd player the boys got from grandma and grandpa was a huge help.

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Matt's family and Amy had everyone so organized that we actually ate within ten minutes of our planned time. I don't think we have ever managed that before. The food was delicious and the company was great. Blake enjoyed reading with Matt's dad, Ryan performed Chicken Fried for all and Evan was a doll and slept through dinner.

Today we went to a tree farm and cut down our own ten foot, beautiful tree (pictures soon to come!). The best part is not only will this be the freshest tree we have ever had, but it only cost 35 dollars! Could not pass up the deal. The kids had a great time searching for the perfect tree!

The weather has been perfectly cool and we even got some rain and hail today! The hillsides are covered in fall leaves of all is absolutely beautiful here! We have had a wonderful visit and appreciate Amy and Matt's hospitality!

Again, we have so much to be thankful for! Love to all of our family and friends. Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas season.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Blake's New Dog

So I am the ultimate sucker!!! Just what we needed, a new dog. But how can you turn down a sweet, loving, caring, thoughtful, BEGGING, six year old boy...not me obviously! Here is Blake's birthday present, Comet.

Visit with TJ

It is quite sad that Amber and I live so close and don't get together more often! Last weekend she stopped by with TJ so the boys could meet him. What a cutie pie! Evan loved holding the baby! I know I have a picture of Amber and I when I was about two (like Evan) and she was probably a year and a half. We are on my mom's couch. I need to dig that one out and post! Crazy we have been friends since we were the same age as are kiddos.

Blake's 6th Birthday

With the move, things have been quite crazy around here and I have been terrible with keeping up. Here are some pictures of Blake's 6th birthday at the Pumpkin Patch. The kids had a great time and boy was it an easy party! Happy birthday to my sweet baby boy! I love you so much!

We've Moved

A few pictures of our new house. We have been in since the first of the month and it is finally starting to feel like home. Thank God for my parents and the help of some good friends! I have loved the home since I first saw took Patrick a little more time. I did hear him give it one of the best compliments the other day...he said it feels like a Central Coast home. So I guess that is the next best thing to being actually on the Central Coast. Ryan thinks that our kitchen is actually Auntie Lulu's kitchen. So cute!

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Boys

I finally got all three boys in for professional pictures! Here is one of my favorites...the other one I will post after Christmas cards go out. Don't want to ruin the surprise : )!