Saturday, March 18, 2017

Holidays 2016

March 18, 2017

I'm still catching up on 2016!

We had such a wonderful holiday season! We celebrated Thanksgiving at home with Grandma and Grandpa Bjerke. Then, in early December, we met Grandpa and Grandma Marsh in Williams, Arizona. We had such an amazing time! The girls haven't been around snow since they were very little, so this was like their first experience. We rode the Polar Express, which was so fun! I think I was even more excited than the girls. We even squeezed time in at a local deer park and petting zoo. 
  
All aboard!
       
Kinley and Ellie are excited!
Grandpa, Ellie, and cookies! And Devyn with her chocolate "coffee."
We found Santa at the North Pole.
   
Kinley couldn't handle all the excitement. Brylee loved the bells that Santa gave us.
  

      
Snow! Snow! Snow! I think this was Devyn's favorite part of the entire trip!
                                                             Snowball fight with Daddy!

Brylee just wanted to walk. They don't get to be free very often. Kinley got a ride from Daddy.
Ellie was my little daredevil. She preferred the rocks over the animals.
Family photo with the deer.
Devyn wasn't afraid of the deer. Shocking!

Later that month we headed to Minnesota for Christmas! Grandma and Grandpa Bjerke were brave enough to travel with me and the girls. Two delayed flights and only one napping baby later we arrived in Minnesota in the middle of the night and were welcomed by temperatures WELL below zero. It was all worth it though because we had a great time!
 Do you want to build a snowman?!?! With Auntie Kim!
       
 Ellie (purple) and Brylee (pink) liked tasting the snow.
Daddy gave Devyn her first snowmobile lesson.

       
Visiting with Grandpa and Grandma Ferson!

Christmas Morning....
 Santa brought waaaay too many gifts! I'm sure he regrets going overboard on all the goodies, when really all they played with were the Paw Patrol toys.
Matching jammies!
 Nana got some Ellie snuggles.
        
 Ellie likes her trucks. Brylee is more of a baby doll kind of girl.
 Devyn loved all of her presents!
 Nana and (most of) her great-grandchildren.

 Cousin Co reading to her girls. 

 Devyn and Daddy did a great job!
Santa's girls. Not a single one of them wanted to talk to, or sit next to, the guy.
Maybe next year, Santa! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Farewell 2016

January 1, 2017

Remember the days when I updated the blog every day? Clearly those days are looong gone! Which excuses shall I give this time? Nah, forget it! Perhaps one of my New Year's resolutions should be to commit to keeping up the blog better in 2017. Wish me luck!

  
August 29, 2016

Where do I start? How about the first day of school? Kinley and I started school together this year. She is in a half-day Pre-K program four days a week. She even goes to school on the bus all by herself! She seems to like it! Her teachers report that she enjoys circle time, singing, and playing with a few favorite toys.


     
 Halloween 2016
My ocean creatures!
    
Devyn was very indecisive about Halloween this year. She loved looking at costumes when we went shopping, but when I'd ask her which one she wanted to wear she'd say, "No, I'm fine." I finally persuaded her to pick Nemo and Dory for her and Kinley. Ellison was a lobster and Brylee was a fish. Devyn was the only one who enjoyed trick-or-treating. The little girls just wanted to run around, so they cried and whined the whole time they were in the stroller. Kinley wasn't much of a fan either. Luckily, Devyn collected enough candy for everyone! 

 Pumpkin Patch fun with Grandpa and Grandma


Devyn started going to "school" at the beginning of November as well! We felt it was important for her to spend time around other kids her age. I am so happy we did! Her vocabulary has improved tremendously since she started, and she loves school! Her school is technically a daycare, but they include "school time" every day.   
Ready for her first day of school with her Dory lunchbox. 
(Devyn does NOT like getting her photo taken for some reason.)

    
 Swim Lessons
Brylee and Ellie finally get a turn!

Devyn started the independent lessons (hence no photo of her). She wasn't too sure about leaving Mom and Dad and had a few meltdowns resulting in missed lessons, but she warmed up a little toward the end. Hopefully next time her lessons will be more productive.
Kinley loves the water!


    
                             Brylee loves to color!                                   Getting a lift from Dad!
                                                              Ellie loves the shoe bin!


And because I realized I never shared the updated NICU bath tub photos......

Devyn Marie
 
6 weeks old
      
                                           2 years old                                    3 years old

Kinley Grace
  
3 weeks old
        
                                         2 years old                                     3 years old


Fun at the park!
     
                                       Ellie Mae                                               Brylee Quinn