Thursday, December 30, 2010

Family Portraits

We were excited to have Brandon take our family photo again this year. The last time he took our photo was in May 2009.

I think this may be the best picture of Darren and me ever taken.

I was quite pleased in the end, with the way our colors came together. Everyone was agreeable and just put on what I told them to wear.

They did a pretty good job of holding it together and not fighting, too much.

Don't we look like a happy family?


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fresh Bread

When Noah was an only child, I used to make this bread twice a week.  I bet it's been 10-12 years since I last made this recipe.  It is still really good and it was inhaled in a matter of minutes.  Maybe, I should make it more often.


Christmas Morning

with teenagers and tweenies is not near as early as it used to be.  Bea let us sleep in until 7am and we had to wake up Annabel.

My first view of the morning.  Patiently waiting for me to join them.
What could it be?

Gift from Bea.

Another gift from Bea.

Poor Bea got stepped on and needed a little lovin'.

Happy Children.

So far, so good.

The girl has never been interested in dolls, but she loves dogs.

Modeling her new collar.
It was a fabulous day. We stayed in our pajamas all day long, had a nice dinner and watched Iron Man 2 on our hi def TV.  What more could we ask for?


Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me

Yummy cupcakes were delivered to my house.  One of these was quite spicy!
Bea found this great bag that was just what I was looking for!

Beautiful flowers to brighten my day.
I have great friends.

I don't enjoy birthdays anymore, but I do enjoy a happy moment with my kids.   We celebrated at Cheesecake Factory and the kids were very nice and appreciative.  I wish all our moments could be as harmonious as this looks.  Ha Ha.


Friday, December 10, 2010

House of Mercy fundraiser

We joined our friends Amy and Ryan and Ella for a fundraiser dinner for the House of Mercy.

I was slightly overdressed, but it was fun getting dressed up.
Ella was an angel and she loved getting dressed up, as well.