Sunday, December 31, 2017

50th wedding anniversary!

We celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary on December 30th- their actual anniversary. We had a party for them. It was a night of dancing and celebrating. Everyone had a wonderful time, especially the kids... they danced the night away!

the crew

Suzie and Me

JJ and me

Anna and Sully

The couple of the evening. 

Arizona Christmas!

We had a fun, family filled week in Arizona with Jeff's family. The fun started the evening we got there and went until the morning we departed for home. 

The week was filled with a family fun flag football game. We watched the Seahawks play the Cowboys which was fun because Kristy, Scott and Isaac love the Seahawks and Jeff loves the Cowboys. Jeff and John took Jaxson and Isaac to a basketball game. The girls went to lunch and the American Girl store. They guys spent part of the day at Top Golf. The kids swam. We did a family fun run. We had s'mores by then fire. We did more swimming. We spent so much time together. 

It was a great week!
lunch with the ladies

suns vs timeberwolves

top golf

kids with their grandparents

Scott and Kristy with the kids


little game of football


Christmas Eve jams

reindeer run
(a day late but we still did it)

AZ sunshine!

flag football

so pretty

sweetest pair

darling girls

cool boys



Oliver family


Visiting Santa

The kids wanted to wait until we got to Arizona to see Santa. That's what we did, the first morning we were there. It is a fun interactive Santa with games and a naughty or nice meter. 

They were both pretty excited to talk to the big guy. Anna stuck around as long as she could. 


Santa and Anna

The kids with Santa

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

making gingerbread houses with 1st graders

Anna and her 1st grade class made gingerbread houses at school. I was lucky enough to be able to help. It was darling, messy and fun. The kids all did so good. 

Anna loved having me there and I loved being there. She was very particular about making her house just perfect. 

Proud of my sweet girl. 



my girl and me

finished product

Readers Theater

Isaac and his class had a readers theater today at school. It was darling and the kids did such a good job. 

Isaac was proud. I was proud, too. 

SDSU vs Drake

My dad has established a relationship with a baseball coach who used to coach where my dad went to high school. His name is Dave. Dave recently took a position with Drake University in Des Moines. They were in our area last night playing SDSU. Dave offered us tickets to the game. My dad, Me, Isaac, Hudson and Owen made the quick trip to Brookings. 

We had dinner at Nicks, and then went to the game. 

We had a great time!

Nicks for burgers


ice cream treat

Christmas Concert for school

The kids had their Christmas concert at school this week. They switched up the program and did a little musical. It was really fun and a nice change. 

Isaac was in the chorus and Anna was a sheep. 

They both did an excellent job. 

Ready to go

Anna and her friend as sheep!

Grandpa and Grandma always come support these kids.

Christmas Carols with the Daisys

I set up a time for us to sing Christmas Carols an assisted living place near school for our girl scout troop. I was nervous, excited and anxious about keeping 8 little girls in check while in a home among older people. 

We arrived and practiced and they took us up to the memory care unit where the girls sang. They did so good. They sang their hearts out. The residents sang along and tapped their feet and fingers. It was truly magical. 

Before we left the woman we worked with approached us and asked if we would come back and have more meetings there. The mood of the girls lifted the spirits of those who live there. 

It was incredible. 

our girl scout troop

the troop and my co leader

the girls singing.

Connelly Christmas

We celebrated Christmas with my family last weekend since we are heading to Arizona for Christmas this year to be with Jeff's family. 

It was a really fun night. The kids played and played. The adults got plenty of adult time and there were even some games. 

Owen (14). Isaac (9). Grandma  (72). GG (4). Anna (7). Hudson (12).
Sabrina (10 months). Grandpa (77). Piper (2). Sullivan (5). Sophia (17). Capri (10)

Anna turns 7!

So many birthday celebrations for our big 7 year old! 

We started off the weekend before with a bunch of girls from her class at a local trampoline park. They had so much fun. So much giggling and laughing from all the darling girls. 

The Friday before her birthday she celebrated at school with treats. 

On her actual Birthday (December 16th)- a Saturday- we went to Isaac's basketball game, Target to buy some toys, a playdate with her cousin and and evening full of family fun. 

I dont really have the right words to describe Anna. She has grown up so much the last year. So much. She has gained so much independence. She used to stick by my side 120% of the time. Now, she loves to have playdates and she loves to try new things. Currently she is doing piano, dance and girl scouts (I am the leader, so there is that). 

She is so sweet to those around her. She can hold her own in a negotiation. She can make all of us laugh at the drop of the hat. She loves to snuggle with her mama more than anything. 

I love her so darn much. She is my little sidekick and I enjoy our time together more than she will ever know

friend birthday party

her birthday cake with Roma and Rudy

Birthday party with friends

7 candles!


my gorgeous girl

family birthday picture