Sunday, December 28, 2014

Almost the whole fam-dam-ily!

We always try to squeeze everyone in front of the Christmas tree for our annual family portraits.
This year the weather was so nice on Christmas day that we were able to pose outside on our favorite boulder in my parents' yard.
I can remember playing on it when I was a kid and it seemed to be huge.  It must have shrunk over the years!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Extended Family Party

Today we celebrated Christmas with more of my family!  It was a crazy, fun-filled day with all of these great kiddos!!

And then, since the weather was mild again, we went outside so that we could get all of the adults in the picture too...

Friday, December 26, 2014

Oceanside at Christmastime

My sister's Tennessee daughter wanted to touch the ocean, and since the weather today was unseasonably warm, we decided to humor her.  We all piled into our cars and headed for the coast!
It was a great day, relaxing and exploring the rocky shoreline at Fort Williams Park (Portland Headlight) and Spring Point in Cape Elizabeth.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Out with the old, in with the new(to us)!

It's going to be hard squeezing a car payment into our already tight budget, but it comes with a sweet rig!  You have to take the bad with the good, right?  I searched and searched and finally found a 2010 Chevrolet Suburban with only 57,000 miles on it.  We really liked our old Suburban and it was a good reliable car right up until the last year.  I anticipate many great adventures with this one as well.  Welcome to the family!

Monday, December 22, 2014

How to embarrass your teen-aged son...

Post this absolutely adorable picture from his childhood on Facebook. 
Wasn't he just the cutest little cowboy?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

How to choose?

The girls decided to pool their money together and buy a Betta fish.  Now they have to decide which fish to bring home!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Movie Night

This evening at dinner we were discussing actors and the name, Bruce Willis, was mentioned.  My boys didn't know who he was!  This must be remedied as soon as possible.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mom & Nell

Mom promised to find a picture of her with Nell, the horse who wore the bridle we found this fall.  She also wants everyone to know that Nell was a sweet old girl and would never have worn that vicious bit.  Her bit was a flat snaffle.
What a great old picture of my mother who was really cute and her big, beautiful mare!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

No School Today

This morning we didn't get the notice that school had been cancelled until after I had woken both boys up.  One of them grumbled and went stumbling back to bed, but his little brother said, "That's okay, Mom.  I'll make you pancakes!"

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Have they noticed yet?"

It's not quite big enough, but Amber has started making herself comfortable on one of the kiddos bean-bag chairs!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dryland Biathlon @ Roberts Farm Preserve

This morning the girls and I ran in our first dryland biathlon.  I figured I should learn how to do the sport before I added the confusion of skiing.  And we all placed!  The girls were 1st and 2nd girls, and I was 2nd adult female.  The trails were tough, which made the shooting such a challenge because of breathing hard from running up those hills.  We had a great time.  It was such a fun way to spend the morning with family and friends!  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Home Sweet Home

One of my step-daughters made this huge, colorful diagram of our home. She and her dad worked together to make a frame for it so that she can hang it on her wall. It dominates the room and is the first thing that you see when you walk through the door.  Walking through that door and seeing this makes me smile every time.

Friday, November 14, 2014


It snowed overnight.
Amber and the kiddos couldn't wait to play in it!