Monday, November 21, 2022

(A very early) Christmas, new cousins, and cousin birthdays.

What a fun weekend in Des Moines! My whole family was able to get together, which is always a treat. We celebrated Christmas! Super early, I know, but my SIL recently had a baby, and my sister is due in December, so we did our family Christmas in between the babies. A pretty great reason to have to rearrange Christmas plans- love new nieces/nephews!

Christmas supper!

Whole family shots, my favorite! You can see Rose (far left), holding our newest niece/cousin! Margo Masaki Schut was born 10/18, so she shares a birthday with Kley! She was born at 6:38am, 19.5" and 6 lbs 15 oz. She's beautiful! Unfortunately, Lucy was coming off a bout of sickness, and all the girls were coughing, so we didn't get to hold her this trip, but we definitely admired her from across the room! We love you Margo!

Sweet cousins and matching Christmas pajamas! :)

We also got to have the cutest puppy party for my niece Averie, turning two! So cute, we love you Averie!

Many joys this weekend and much to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Brittany's wedding!

One of my college roommates, my dear friend Brittany, got married last weekend! It was so special to be there. It was in Denver, so it was a quick trip filled with mostly travel (Kley and the girls stayed home), but the few hours we got to celebrate Brittany and be together with college friends I don't get to see often was very special. Congratulations Rob and Brittany- so happy for you and grateful that God brought you together! 

Kristin, Brittany, and Jackie are my closest friends from college and it's a joy and treat to still stay in touch with them today! Thankful for sweet friends!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Cheer camp 2022.

The girls (all three of them this year since it starts in K) got to go to cheer camp at our local college! I think they all had a great time and they enjoyed being with a few friends from school. They learned some cheers in the morning, had a pizza party for lunch, and cheered with the cheerleaders during the first quarter of the football game in the afternoon. Lucy said, "Wait, there's going to be REAL football players there playing while we cheer?" So cute.

Ellory was definitely one of the loudest girls cheering. We could hear her voice out of the crowd sitting in the stands, ha! Lucy waved at us almost constantly, so many waves. :)

Norah knew the moves! Can't believe how much she is growing up.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Halloween 2022.

Happy Halloween! The girls had the day off of school, what fun! We went to the LaunchPAD museum in the morning for something fun. What a neat place- the girls loved the cafe/market and played there for a long time. We got Chick-Fil-A for lunch on the way home, and made it back for trick or treating in the afternoon! Our town does a business trick or treat down Central, which is so nice! It's during the afternoon so it's not dark, and many business participate, so you can just walk up and down one street and make many stops. Perfect for younger kids!

So fun to have a day together off of school, fun morning playing together!

Happy Halloween from Mirabel (from Encanto), monarch butterfly (Ellory was not just a butterfly, she had to tell everyone she was a monarch), and a Dutch cheerleader (or sometimes a Vikings cheerleader too, depending on the day)! 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Norah's 8th birthday- friend/family butterfly party at the pool.

It was so fun to celebrate Norah's birthday, our girl is 8! This was her first birthday party not at our house. She really wanted to have it at the pool! She had been asking for a long time, and we compromised in inviting a few whole families instead of her whole class (because I didn't feel comfortable being responsible to watch that many kids in the water by ourselves). I think it worked out really well and everyone had fun! We invited a few families of Norah's close friends from school/church. She chose a butterfly theme and it was cute! We are very thankful for the many family and friends who love our girls well!

Lucy didn't want to be in the picture, but here's most of the friends!

Happy birthday Norah! Amma got her an 8 sparkler candle.

Glad Papa and Amma could join!

Being a mom is a wonderful gift. :)

Great Grandma Shirley could join too!

Happy 8th birthday, our sweet Norah. We love you so much and Jesus loves you the most!

Monday, October 31, 2022

Norah's 8th birthday- family celebration.

Family birthday celebrations are one of my favorite traditions! For their birthday, they get to pick where to eat supper and the activity. Usually they only get to pick one activity, but today the timing just worked to have the perfect amount of time between the time skating was finished and supper to sneak in the movie too! We went ice skating, saw Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (pretty cute, not the best ever but pretty good), and went to Culvers for supper. What a fun family afternoon! 

Happy birthday, our sweet Norah. Eight years with you has been a joy. You have grown up so much in the last year and are beautiful inside and out! We love you very much!

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Scarecrow Farm 2022.

We had a super fun Saturday outing to Scarecrow Farm, about 50 minutes away from us by the closest bigger town. Saturdays are really fun now to have family days with no school and work! Scarecrow Farm is a fun fall tradition. It's the perfect middle ground I think- bigger than our local pumpkin patch, but not as big as one we went to in Omaha. It's the perfect size for an afternoon! We did giant slide, playgrounds, corn pit, jumping pad, hay ride, ninja course, swings, etc. Thankful for beautiful weather and time to be together!

The giant slide! Not sure how, but it was so intense this year that Norah got a hole in her shirt and Ellory got a pretty big hole in her pants!

The girls are growing up so much! I'm so happy they are growing and healthy, but I will also hold onto their littleness as long as I can too. :)

Praying your sister bond is always strong!

Love fall Saturdays and my four favorites!