Thursday, December 29, 2011


Rather than scanning in our card I'll just post the picture we used for cards. It's our first time doing a family photo - not too bad! We couldn't get Riley to smile much, though. I'm starting to think she doesn't like having her picture taken.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were nice overall. Christmas Eve felt rushed and a little stressed to me, so I need to figure out how to change that for next year. But the kids seemed to enjoy everything so I guess that's what matters most!
Sadie likes her new dog bed, we think. Now if we can just get her to sleep in it overnight instead of the chair in our bedroom!
Lucas LOVES his new jumperoo. :)
Riley got a new swing from Santa. We have yet to try it out but I know she uses the same one at school and loves it, so hopefully we'll get lots of use out of it at home too!
And that's about the extent of the pictures I took. Pretty bad. New Years Resolution #1 is to take more pictures!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dear Tooth Fairy,

Riley lost her first teeth! We knew it was coming, her bottom two were very loose and she already had teeth growing in behind them. But we still didn't catch them falling out and aren't exactly sure where they ended up. So because we have no teeth to put under her pillow for the tooth fairy Addy wrote this note:
I tried to get her to open her mouth by pretending to feed her a bite of cereal, but I still couldn't get a picture of the missing teeth.
I don't think she appreciated the trick, so after that I fed her for real and didn't try to take anymore pictures :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Morgan the cat, Riley as Supergirl, Addy the devil and Lucas as himself. :)

I thought this was such a great picture of all of them, but especially of Riley who is standing on her own so well and doesn't have her hands in front of her face. I think she liked her Supergirl costume!
I was trying to get a good shot of Lucas's outfit but he was just trying to eat the pumpkin.
Cute picture of Addy and Lucas
Out trick or treating with dad
Overall a good Halloween, but we have way too much candy in the house now!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Riley holds baby Lucas

She just needed a little assistance holding her hands down, otherwise this might happen:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

All About Riley

Riley had to create an "all about me" poster for Kindergarten so this is what we made, with some help from her older sister :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A New Baby Brother

On September 14th at 12:24pm we welcomed the newest addition to our family, Lucas. He is a big boy, weighing 10 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 22 inches long. I told Mitch we might need to take out a loan when he is a teenager just to feed him! We think he's adorable though, and are so in love with him! He gets lots of love from his big sisters too, so he definitely won't be short on attention!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

First Day of School

It's hard to believe summer vacation is over and school has begun!

Addy is in 3rd grade this year. She still loves school and was excited to be starting back.
Riley started Kindergarten this year! Wow! It will take her some time to get used to longer days and a new school and new teachers, but I'm sure she will love it. I'm excited to see what this year has in store for her!

Riley was a little skeptical of the bus when it pulled up, but once she got in her seat she was a happy girl!

I got a picture of the three girls together after school. Morgan doesn't start back for a couple of weeks yet which is too bad, she is ready to go!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

a day at the wildlife park

Back in Wisconsin, we took a break from swimming for a few hours and went to the wildlife park.

We saw giant turtles
Mitch and Addy fed the bears

We saw some deer up close
But Addy and Morgan's favorite was the bird area. They got sticks with bird seed on them and could pick birds up with them, it was great fun!

Monday, August 1, 2011

American Girl

After being in Wisconsin for a week, I took Riley to Mitch's parents house and Addy, Morgan and I went to Minneapolis. Our first stop was the Mall of America and we headed straight for the American Girl Bistro for some dessert.

Addy likes to get the biggest dessert she can find on the menu. :)
Morgan just wanted a brownie, but you can see she is very excited about it!
Mitch flew in and we made our usual stop at Italian Pie Shoppe with Uncle Bryan and Andrea. Andrea curled Addy's hair which she loved, so I had to get a picture of her while we were waiting for our pizza.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

chasing ducks

The past couple of years at grandma and grandpa's house there have been eagles living on the lake, so we haven't seen many ducks. This year the eagles weren't around so the ducks came back, and they didn't seem to care about us or our dog! The girls enjoyed watching them come up close.

Since Sadie (the dog) wasn't interested in chasing ducks this year Addy decided she'd do it instead.
Riley enjoyed watching the ducks swim by too!

Monday, July 25, 2011

trip to Wisconsin

Once again we made our annual trip to Wisconsin in search of some cooler weather and relaxation. We might have gotten some relaxation done but it wasn't as cool as it's been in the past. On the bright side we got to spend lots of time on the lake!

Grandma took Addy and Morgan for a ride in the rowboat.

We also went to see a waterski show which the girls really liked.