A Christmas concert!

This year our oldest Quinn, joined his middle school orchestra and has been learning how to play the viola. (I played the viola for a few years in middle and high school, so it made my heart swell that he chose that instrument!) He’s had a couple concerts so far and it’s been really great watching him learn. Christmas eve, he asked if I wanted him to play some Christmas songs that he’d been learning for everyone. So after we went over to my mother in laws and before everyone got ready for bed, he played a little concert for us!


The kids loved it and we all sang along, such a sweet way to end Christmas eve!



Merry Christmas Eve!

All the shopping is done, most all of the Christmas presents are wrapped and we’re enjoying a lazy day before all the festivities begin!


A couple weeks ago I was trying to get our annual – in front of the Christmas tree photo – and let me tell you! The things we do to get that little one to smile lol. But I love this photo we got!

Here are a couple more of the kids through the years!


They’re so little!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and spend it surrounded by loved ones!

Annual Christmas Tree video

Every year for the past 5ish years, I make a video of us getting/putting up our Christmas tree! The tradition started in Virginia, when we used to go and cut down our Christmas tree every year and has continued here in Texas. This year while out Black Friday shopping, we ended up just getting a fake one from Walmart and it’s actually a great little tree! I also recorded the kiddos helping put up some of our Christmas lights outside – in t-shirts. Gotta love that warm Texas weather!

Christmas is such a magical time! We watch Christmas movies nightly, I try and pretend like I’m a baker and make holiday treats, we drive around often looking at Christmas lights  – love, love this time of year!


Marine Corps Birthday Ball!

This year’s Marine Corps Ball was SUCH a blast! This was our last ball here at RS Dallas and one of my favorite ones yet. We had our ball at the Filter Building on White Rock Lake in Dallas and stayed at the Magnolia Hotel nearby. We’ve never had a ball where the venue and hotel where at two separate places. I wasn’t thrilled about it at first but it turned out to be a really cool spot! The weather was perfect, which can be hit or miss in November in Texas, and so we were able to spend the cocktail hour outside. Enjoying a few drinks and conversations with friends – lovely night! I have a few photos from my phone, so they aren’t the best quality but I have to share so we can remember forever!


(one of the Marines Brian recruited!)16D0D28D-E055-480E-A238-606D8E827CDD380B21D9-DBA4-4B15-9755-167A103BDF6B7B8372A4-D39F-4E2B-A126-BC7CC859284A8F06A034-6B62-49A0-A051-504385F74BCAC47DFEB3-9082-4D24-91C8-EA9FE978741186E41972-07AB-44CC-B4A9-4136B7EE7293We’ve missed a few birthday balls over the years due to training and deployments, so I absolutely love the years that we get to go! Getting dressed up and celebrating Brian and his Marine Corps buddies always gets me emotional. Reminds you to be grateful for the time we have together and thankful to all those that have served! Happy 242nd Marine Corps!

Family photos!

A couple months ago, a local photographer that I had used once before, was offering a free mini session to local military and first responders on September 11th. I love her photos and quickly emailed to see if we could get a few of our family! I can’t wait to get these all over our house once we move to Cali – obsessed with them.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Not sure how, well actually I know exactly how, but this month flew by in a blink of an eye. I have lots of posts to catch up on, hopefully at some point I’ll get to them. But for now here are some quick photos from our Thanksgiving! We had Thanksgiving at our house this year with both of our Mom’s! So much fun to have family in the house celebrating with us. In fact, so much fun that I picked up my camera for precisely 5 minutes and snapped a few photos before we ate, set it back down thinking I’d take more later and never looked at it again lol. So here’s a quick look at life right before we ate a delicious thanksgiving dinner!




This was a tough week. After the horrific shooting in Las Vegas earlier this week, my heart has been extremely heavy. So many people just experienced the worst day of their life and it left me feeling helpless. Wishing that things in our society would change but not knowing what needs to change, how to do it or even how one person could help make a change. It almost felt silly to me, to blog cute pictures of our kids or talk about any struggles we may be facing, when I’m still trying to wrap my head around how something like this could happen in our country. But I want to end this week on a lighthearted note, with something that makes me smile and reminds me of what’s most important in my life. These 4 kiddos. These four people, who I’m trying with everything in to me, to rise as good human beings. So this weekend I will put down my phone a bit more, say yes when they ask me to play with them and remind them of how much I love them.


Today we went to the Dallas Arboretum (it’s a teacher workday for our district!) I paid a whole heck of a lot more than I did the last time we went (pictures here) and the whole reason I paid an arm and a leg was to get a cute picture of my kids in front of the pumpkin. But life with 4 kids and more specifically our youngest Cal, just doesn’t make that easy. Here are a couple of the outtakes I got of the sweet rambunctious 3 year old….

Here he is being the rebellious younger brother that doesn’t want to stand by anymore…


Sticking his tongue out at me….IMG_2833-Edit

And intentionally turning his head away from me lol!IMG_2893-Edit

But regardless I’m glad I ended up with that one cute smiling picture up there and it made the outing worth it. Those 4 smiling faces are my WORLD (plus their awesome Daddy) and I’m so glad I get to do life with them. Off to enjoy our 4 day weekend!