Halloween 2015

Asher was a Minecraft Creeper this year!

Look at me! I “dressed up” this year as a candy corn!

Ella was a character from Ever After High-Madeline Hatter!

Rilyn was also a character from Ever After High-Raven Queen!

Ever After High was popular this year! Anna was Kitty Cheshire!

Malachi the camo ninja vs. Asher the Creeper!

Asher will defend Cleopatra aka Evie!

Our annual neighborhood pre-trick-or-treating dinner picture!

Let the festivities begin!

What a crew!


Spooky house!

And they are done! Resting at our house…

Post-trick-or-treating s’mores!


Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

We didn’t get to go to the Elgin pumpkin patch this year because of our schedules and the rain.  Boo!  We managed to sneak a quick trip to a small pumpkin patch in Georgetown though because James knows my love language is pictures!  ;)


New nephew!

Welcome to the world Gideon!  We love our new nephew/cousin-James’ sister’s first baby!

Born October 20th

My 3rd nephew!

And then there were four…

Asher was too nervous to hold him at first, but then he did it!

I had to take a few cute shots!


Soccer time!

James has coached Asher in soccer for 7 seasons now!  Every season, it’s fun to watch him grow in his skills!  We love our little soccer stud!


Back to School!

We’ve got a 6th grader, 4th grader, and a 2nd grader!  Everyone is at new schools this year too!  Crazy!  Rilyn is at Athlos Leadership Academy and Ella and Asher are at our new neighborhood school, Shadowglen Elementary!

First day of school!

Rilyn started school a whole day before the others, so she got her giant “6” cookie first!

Ella and Asher get to be bikers!

Almost to school!

Asher and his teacher!

Ella and her teacher!

First day after school means giant cookie time!!



We couldn’t go to California without going to The Happiest Place on Earth!  We love Disneyland!  This was my kids’ 5th time going!

We went to California Adventure first!

My dad treated us to the tickets that day to celebrate my grandpa’s life!

Toy Story Mania!

Me and my dad!

Poor Ella, we always force her to go on “fast” rides with us!

Can you tell she is scared?

Rilyn loves the Cars ride!

Goofy’s Sky School ride!

Ella got her slow ride at Bug’s Land

Time to go to Disneyland!

We made sure Ella got to ride her favorite ride-It’s A Small World!

While we went on the Matterhorn, Ella and grandpa went on the Storybook Canal Boats


Jungle Cruise!

Asher’s favorite ride-Space Mountain!

looooooong line

Ella managed to sneak off this ride with grandpa right when we boarded

Rilyn’s favorite ride-Thunder Mountain!

pure joy

Asher’s souvenir

Paint the Night parade!

It was another magical day at the Magic Kingdom!


Huntington Beach

During my teen years, I grew up going to Huntington Beach.  Every time we travel to southern California, we take our kids there, and they LOVE it!  This time, they even tried boogie boarding!


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