Well you know how the saying goes.... life happens while you're making other plans? Yes, that's the story of our lives right now. Had a bunch of posts lined up and ready to put on, but some health issues and more recently this past Friday night...a car accident where we were hit from behind.... instead of focusing on the bad... I'm going to focus on the good things that have happened. We are all in one piece, some injuries but not life threatening and for that I thank God and continue being thankful for my family. Being here just the 4 of us with no family and friends nearby has been really tough lately and recently this accident put it even more into perspective. So many thoughts racing through my mind and the awful.... what if it was worse? No one to call nearby.... Lots on my mind, but going to catch up and post all the events before that happened. :-)
Like snow in November that gave me a photo opportunity for our Christmas cards this year :-) Choosing 1 was pretty tough!
My girls look so grown up in these photos... 13 and 9! Days just flying by..... love them so much!
This photo below is the one that made the cut for our Christmas cards! :-)
Hayley found this idea below on Pinterest.... but forgot to redo her nails before the photo shoot....I told her they were fine, just keeping things "real" and I love how the picture turned out.
Love that I was able to capture Cooper in this shot! He loves being with his family :-)
We also did decorating before Thanksgiving since we had my parents and my sister and her family coming out. We celebrated Christmas then since we will not have anyone visiting at that time this year. :-(
We also decorated a tree in our guest room and the girls tied Jerry up in lights, lol. We always find a way to make things fun!
Me and my "mini" me, having fun!
LOL, I love Hayley's face behind us... and the other selfies of us being goofy is not landing on this blog! ;-)
We attempted to put up Christmas lights, but unfortunately were never able to complete getting it done.
We made sure Santa knows where to stop!!! :-)
I was so happy to have a front porch this year, so I made up another little country tree and got a homemade sled to decorate. Always wanted a front porch to dress up through the seasons!
As you can notice Jerry makes sure he has his Raven's snowman out every year.... even if we do live in a Steelers and Cleveland Browns Domain!! LOL, got to stay true to where we are from originally!
Guest room tree all done! Girls decorated it on their own this year.
Oh we had a lovely day on a local Christmas walk! 4 homes in our neighborhood opened the doors and visitors came through to see decorations and antiques and history and crafts displayed! Couldn't take a lot of pictures for privacy reasons, but this one home let us photograph a tree that is the oldest living in the nation. It's roots grew so big that they literally had to shrink their kitchen area. Pretty awesome and all the homes were delightful! We had a great day. Then went to craft shows and visited local stores, had hot chocolate and goodies... a great day for us all. One home had a fairies display and Kathleen loved it!
This was at the beginning of one of the houses we toured. Here everyone got a hand painted ornament! The girls really enjoyed seeing everything and it got them in the mood for Christmas!
Kathleen put her reindeer with her counting down days outside her bedroom door!
Lots of snow in November. This was at the bus stop...Cooper just loves it!
But living on this hill the wind sure gets cold and we make sure to bundle up! Some days when it's real bad, I'll drive my van down to sit in with Kathleen. Hayley is at the age where that is "NOT COOL" so she stands out in it. Crazy girl... lol.
The one day we had over 8 inches and my dad and I were shoveling for 2 1/2 hours....then a wonderful sight to see...my neighbor came over on his lawn mower with a blower attached and offered to do the rest of it! I was so very thankful :-)
Kathleen made this awesome scene out of play dough!
This was our dinner setting for Thanksgiving in our new home :-)
Because what would a good snowfall be without snow angels? ;-)
Here's the girl's enjoying their Thanksgiving meal together...
Wow, what a long post, lol. Thanks for hanging on till the end! :-) Will be writing more soon!
Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!