So without further adieu here are a plethora of shots from the last few weeks:
Izzy turned 6 on December 4th!
Riley's happy playing league basketball again this winter. Both sets of grandparents showed up for this game.
Decorating the tree.
I made my famous pumpkin bread for this year's teacher gifts. I had them cooling on the stove top and sneaky little Leo grabbed a fistful while I wasn't looking. LOL. I'm pretty sure he thinks pumpkin bread is cake and considering it has 3 cups of sugar in it, I'm not surprised.
A few shots from my mom and dad's house on Christmas.
Lily muffling the chaos around her. LOL
And here is my favorite Christmas gift this year from Matt and the kids. They turned my blog into a book. How awesome is that?!
Then right after Christmas, they predicted a blizzard for our area. All I can say is blizzard schmizzard. While we did get some decent snow, acting like it was the next sNOmageddon or sNOwpocalypse was a joke. We maybe got 6" instead of the 15" that was predicted. The girls though had a blast playing in it. I do think my Guatemalan born girl likes snow more than my Ukrainian born girl though.
And finally, a bunch of us headed down to our alma mater, Indiana University aka IU on Friday to eat at Nick's English Hut and to walk around campus. Susie & William (my youngest two siblings), sister-in-law Colleen, brother-in-law Mike, Matt and I all went to IU so we are always happy to go for a visit.
Susie and my Dad (who is wearing his MSU coat so as not to mistake him for being an IU fan)
Susie and me
The Sample Gates
Lily loves her new stroller/wheelchair. She even knows how to lift the foot rests so she can stand up. It folds down fairly compactly and fits easily in the back of my Ford Flex. She rides in it for now on the school bus, but we are pushing the school to make her walk as much as possible to build her strength and endurance up while in school. She's graduated from using her walker and is doing very well all things considered. I'm so happy we have something that fits her instead of the crampy little stroller she was using before.
Dasha hitching a ride with her cousin Charlotte.
Memorial Stadium -Football
Assembly Hall -Basketball stadium