Thursday, January 11, 2018


  On Christmas Eve was always go to church.  Here are the girls all dressed up for the candlelight service.

 Here's the entire family all dressed up...a rarity. 

 Our 7 kiddos - all together...which makes my heart sing!

Christmas Morning!!!  
Christmas morning the girls got up first and were all looking through the gifts to see which ones were theirs. 

 Avery found some for her!!!

 Santa made a mess eating his cookies and drinking his milk.  

 Addison, always talking.  :)

 carefully opening gifts.

 opening some cute stocking stuffers.

 Playing with their Christmas toys.

 Poor Jacker - he's so tired!

illuminations 2017

 We always take time to visit Illuminations at Botanica.  They have fantastic light displays throughout their 11-acre garden.  Its always a fun Christmas tradition.

 Here are the girls being silly. 

Daira enjoying the decorations.

 They were all being hugged by the giant bear!

 Talking to Santa about all their wishes!

 Aliah was more friendly this year! (note the video below)

 waiting for Santa.

 The girls wanted to pose in the big letters.


 So happy!

Talking to Santa.  :)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Daira's 10th birthday

Daira's 10th birthday was just after thanksgiving and we wanted to throw her a great party!  she loved her American Girl Doll!  It looks a lot like her in my opinion. 

Reading her cards.

Opening gifts!

More gifts.

Lighting the candles on the cake!

Her pretty cake!

Miss Daira! 

Blowing out her candles!

Happy Birthday sweet Daira!

Fall at the Zoo - November 2017

November was a very warm month and we had one Saturday that was absolutely perfect so we went to the zoo to see all the animals and enjoy the weather.

This is Daira, our foster daughter.  We were excited she could come with us!

All the girls posing!

Avery Faith

Petting the sheep

Looking at the farm animals

More silly pictures.

Daira with the penguins.

Eating snacks

Watching the black bears!

Having fun!

Playing on the zoo playground

Chilling on the playground!

Chatting on the Gorilla.

We were able to have a close up view of the gorillas.

Worn out!

Playing in the water - hoping to ta attract the ducks

All four girl duck watching.

Feeding the giraffe was SO much fun!  They have such long tongues!