Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014


I love the photos that Mr Ralph got of the girls while he was getting our annual Christmas pictures.  Sheer joy on their faces.  Love these sisters who love each other and make each other smile.  My littles are growing up so fast.  The littles went to their gymnastics banquet last week.  They look so grown up and confident.  I am so proud of them.  Christmas is almost here.  We are so excited that Ammy and Papa are coming to share the day with us.

Friday, December 12, 2014

meet Luna

This sweet Husky is teaching my children what an amazing first foster family is all about.  She was loved by her 2 daddies for a year.  They couldn't keep her and we are blessed to call her ours.  She is an amazing sister.  We love her so much.  She is Loving Unbelievable Nurturing and Amazing(LUNA) !  Our Luna Petunia.  We are so so happy to be your forever family. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Whole lotta lotta

A whole lotta soccer, a lotta gymnastics, and a whole lotta love.  Our kids work really hard.  I think our family lab says it all.  Zzzzzz

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A day with Vincent at the Beach

Vincent was invited to a Birthday party.  A very long birthday party at a very beautiful bay.  Mama didn't know the boy who invited him, but he really wanted to go, so I rsvp'd a yes, but chose to drive my son himself.  I met the birthday party gaggle, introduced myself and let them know that my daughters and I were staying around to enjoy the day as well.  Truth be known, we were not very far from my son, not close enough for him to see us, but close enough for us to see him.  I kept a watchful eye, and loved watching him play with his new friends.  The girls and I did a picnic, read and enjoyed the sunshine.  I stayed a few hours later than I had planned, but he had a ton of fun, and the girls did too.  I think he is a natural on that wave board.  He had never been on one, but he figured it out pretty quickly.  It is good that he is making some good friends.  When I walked down the beach to get my son, the birthday boy's family told me what a polite and sweet young man that he was.  I thanked them and just smiled.  He made me such a proud Mama.  He is a really sweet young man, I know that, but good to know that others see it too. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Walking for a Little Friend

Every year we do the Heart W*lk, always for Ivy.  This year we got up super early and 3 of the C's headed to the event.  We had tons of fun, even though it was crazy hot that morning. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Happy Birthday for Mr Ralph

We enjoyed spending a few days at our family oasis, our cabin, for Mr Ralph's Birthday.  Quinn made the cake, and Mom lit all of those candles.  Viny did a great job making that lego house, and the kids did some faux fishing.  We had a wonderful time.  Happy Birthday Ralph.  We all love you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


And our peanut has qualified for Sectionals.  So darn proud.  Just a proud Mama sharing her 9.4 vault and her first place win.  Congrats Ms Shaelani!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


BFFs are the best.  Love that I got to spend some time with some great friends and family.
I love my BFFs and I look forward to having some great times 20 years from now, no matter the time or place.  Love my Mom and Dad's BFFs.  I loved going home to see some seriously fun buddies.  And that little red headed cousin in the last picture?  Love my new BFF, thanks to a few computer games.  Loved my time with my parents and their amazing friends.  Thank you Maryann and Mike!
Crystal, hope to see you soon!

Monday, August 25, 2014

When the Lights Go Out

What happens when there is a power outage?  You make the most fun of it as possible.  Watch a movie on the laptop, light every candle in the house and have a sleepover with all the C's in the family room.  Sometimes an inconvenience turns into a blessing in disguise.  It was so much fun, we might pretend that we have another electricity free evening very soon. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer Fun

Summer is flying by.  My kids are busy, and they keep their Mama and Daddy even busier.  We are loving the weather and the daily swims.  Gracie loves the pool, she chases every ball that we toss her way, but her favorite thing of all, is chasing her people.  Claire is off to her Sophomore year tomorrow.  Just a few more weeks of summer for the rest.  We plan to enjoy it each and every day.  Gymnastic meets have begun, and soccer season is almost here.  Every day is an adventure. 
Favorite pics?  Viny ready for soccer practice, and Gracie with an eye on what Shaelani is eating.