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Top 10 in 2015

At the start of December I realized that it was going to be a very busy month so I sat down and made a schedule and emailed it to Daniel so that we would be on the same page.

At the top of the list was family photos and a Christmas card. Unfortunately that was one of the things that got dropped. I was disappointed that we didn't make this happen, especially when Christmas cards from loved ones started showing up in our mailbox, but in all honesty, not doing the card was the right thing for us this year.

Hopefully next year will be the year we get back on track with cards. We do hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please know that we love you, even if we didn't get our act together with the Christmas card thing this year.


Even though we didn't get Christmas cards sent, we do want to continue our tradition of sharing our Top 10 List for the year, so here goes...

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10. Our family grew by one sweet baby boy. Isaac entered the world in Apri…

Christmas 2015

Our Christmas this year started out very low key. It was just the four of us. 
At home.


After several days of rain and fog, there was a break in the weather and Christmas Eve Day was warm and sunshiny. We took the opportunity to take a family bike ride around our neighborhood. Each time we do this, Jack gets a little better with his biking skills.


That evening we drove around to see neighborhood lights in our town. Jack must have been worn out from our bike ride because he fell asleep almost as soon as we started driving. Before heading home from the lights, we grabbed a pizza from Domino's.


Christmas Eve we let the boys unwrap one family gift containing pajamas, hot chocolate and a Christmas movie. This year it was A Charlie Brown Christmas. Jack thought it was "cute."


Once in bed, Jack said it was too long until good morning time (what he currently calls morning) and that he didn't want to wait that long for Christmas. I told him that the sooner he closed his eyes and …

Our Live Christmas Tree: A Christmas Tradition

As is our tradition, we set up a live tree in addition to our little fake tree. Unfortunately, due to weather and time constraints, we were not able to make it out to a Christmas tree farm this year.


Instead we chose to go to Jack's preschool where the church was selling trees to raise money for a local Boy Scout troop and youth group activities. It didn't hurt that the preschool/church is less than a mile from our house!


I'm a little sad that we (meaning Daniel) didn't get to cut down the tree ourselves, but it was a sweet family experience none-the-less. I'm pretty sure Daniel would make this the new tradition if he could... we shall see.


While this year's tree doesn't rival the size of some of our trees in years past, it is still pretty much as big as the room can handle. We tend to go with Griswold-esque trees instead of Charlie Brown trees.


In preparation for this year's tree, we actually swapped our formal living room with the dining room since the di…

13th Anniversary Trip

I mentioned in a previous post that I thought coffee was my love language, the truth behind that statement is that quality time is what fills me up.


Daniel's work schedule over the last two years hasn't provided a lot of time for quality time, so a last-minute anniversary trip to Gatlinburg was something we were in desperate need of.


It was a trip with kids in tow, but sometimes you just have to make it work. 


We rented a little cabin just outside of Gatlinburg and squeezed in some of the activities that we like best. It has actually been 5 years since our last trip to these mountains and many memories kept flooding back as we drove around and visited old spots we loved. 


Reminiscing is good for the soul and we have a lot of fond memories from experiences in these mountains.


My favorite thing to do on vacation is to eat out for breakfast and we had 3 amazing breakfast experiences, which I will share in a later post.


Our first day in the mountains was cold with snow flurries swirling…