Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Hopes of Making a Snowman

After a day of snow,
today we were hoping to get out and make a snowman. Unfortunately, the snow was too light and fluffy to form any sort of snowball. {Rob knew this going out, but humored me for quite some time - Thanks Rob. This California girl is still learning the different consistencies of snow}

So instead...
we followed the deer tracks in our yard,

threw snowballs at Dad,

played some basketball,
made a deer out of Griffin,

posed for pictures,
blew snow,
all while Trevor shoveled the deck. I reminded Trevor that he loves the snow. He informed me that he only loves the snow when he is snowboarding.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What a Weekend

Nolan played in 3 hockey games this weekend. His team won each game.
Since being sick, Nolan has not been playing to his potential, but this weekend was different. Nolan played three great games. He played center in all three, a position he does not often play. He played hard, covered all the ice and made two goals!
It was so much fun to watch him play his game. He was aggressive and spunky.

After playing so well all weekend, Rob and I took Nolan to get some new hockey equipment and out to lunch. We had a great day just spent with Nolan.

Trevor and Griffin went boarding and skiing with my mom, sister and Debbie. Trevor took a friend with him and they all had a great time.
The evening did not end so well. I got a call that they had been in an accident on the way home from the ski resort. The roads were horrible. Thankfully, none of them were hurt. 
Even though, I knew everyone was okay, the anxiety I felt when I arrived at the accident site with the ambulance and other emergency vehicles was overwhelming. I was so happy to wrap my arms around my loved ones.

As I reflect on this weekend, I am so thankful that I get to spend one-on-one time with my kids. I am thankful I get to watch Nolan play a sport he loves. I am thankful my family enjoys taking my boys and doing things they love and spending time with them. I am most thankful for my family and that they are all okay.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hockey, Hockey, Hockey

Even though I have not posted any hockey pictures, we are in full on hockey mode.

Today, we only had one game and we are not sure what to do with all our free time.

Nolan and his team are having a great season.  We could not ask for a better group of kids, parents and coaches.

The team is definitely having a winning season and it has been fun to watch them play.
So since I have not posted any pictures, this post will be full of pictures. I hope to be better about blogging but life is just busy right now.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Basketball Half-Time Show

Monday night Griffin and his team, Gold Lightening,

performed some baller tricks at the High School basketball game.

This is big time for these little 1st and 2nd graders.

Griffin has been having a great time with basketball. I went to part of his game today and that is about all I can take. Basketball is a hard game for young boys to learn. I was able to see Griffin dribble down the court {and travel on more than one occasion} to tightly hold the ball until all was clear for a perfect shot in the net. He was thrilled with his basket, as was I.
Not sure basketball will be his sport, but you never know. He really seems to like it a lot.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year's Weekend

We kicked off New Year's Eve
with Salty Pete at a Pirates hockey game.
Nolan went on the ice with a few of his teammates to do the flag ceremony.
Salty Pete gave the boys some noise makers. Griffin had a blast with his. 
We rang in the New Year {a few hours early} with fireworks. It was a fun night and a great low key way to celebrate the New Year. If it were not for the Pirates game, I would have spent the evening on the couch.
New Year's morning we headed up to camp for a very chill, relaxing few days at camp.
We played lots of games and enjoyed family time together.
Tomorrow it is back to the routine.
Hoping 2015 is the best year yet!

Friday, December 26, 2014


We had a wonderful Christmas. Thankfully we were all well and enjoyed our family and friends and the many blessings we have.
On Christmas Eve, we had a handful of our favorite friends over to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. We ate and drank and laughed. It was lovely Christmas Eve.
After our company left, we went to bed in anticipation of Santa visiting.

Christmas day was so much fun. The boys are getting older so the gifts are getting less plentiful and more expensive! Santa was very good to Griffin (even though he only told us 2 things he wanted Santa to get him). 

We had a wonderful brunch and our traditional Christmas dinner of surf and turf and it was delicious.
And now I am sitting here as I do every year, feeling incredibly blessed but also sad that it is all over for another year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Card

Every year it becomes more of a struggle to get a good picture of the boys.  This year we did individual pictures... much easier {although I miss having the three of them in one picture}.
Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


This December has not been the healthiest around here. One by one starting with Nolan we all got the Noro virus. It was horrible. Nolan lost 10 pounds and we all felt absolutely lousy for days.
Once all of us (but Trevor) were feeling better we decorated cookies. We did it on a small scale this year, meaning we did not have 6492 cookies to decorate and we did not have the decorating tools. It was the perfect number of cookies for the year.
Griffin really got into decorating the cookies (with massive amounts of decorations)
but even more into the eating of the cookies!
Nolan spent a lot of time on each cookie and really got into the details.

Cookie decorating is always a fun tradition and Trevor was missed!