Thursday, December 08, 2011

The Entire month of NOVEMBER


Paul working crazy (night shift) hours in the ICU (hate).
Thanksgiving, Noah's 8th Birthday, Noah's baptism and visits from the Grandparents (love).

{Because I'm never going to get to all these things individually...but I'm not ready to give up on this blog yet.}

Thanksgiving:

Great food,


great friends,


the kids had a blast (Noah says it was his best Thanksgiving ever),


Avery was a ham,


and the Bumans were amazing hosts!!
Thanks guys :)


A few days later...
Noah turned 8 years old.


We celebrated by taking Noah and Alex and 2 of their friends to the Mall of America to ride the rides. That's my kind of birthday party. Kids had a blast, Paul and I did a little shopping (not at the same time) and Avery had fun at home with a babysitter. Win win win.
We also had a family party on his actual birthday, with presents and lemon cake with lemon frosting.

A few days later...
Noah got baptized.





It was such an important day for Noah and our family. Everything went beautifully and we're so grateful that both sets of grandparents were there to share the day with us and be a part of it. We also had the love and support of many, many dear friends. We are so proud of Noah and we feel so blessed.

We also got the first (real) snow of the year that day, the kids could not have been happier.




And Paul surprised the kids with a tree. Not the best surprise ever, but they sure had fun decorating it.


November was busy. I'm not gonna lie, I got stressed out at times, I thought it was too hard some days. But there was also a lot of love, laughter, friends, family, and good food.
It's a wonderful life. And I am happy and grateful.

8 comments:

Tiffany said...

um...did I just read that right?? That Noah said it was his best Thanksgiving EVER!???? I'm offended.

John said...

Great pic's Sum....we had a fantastic time with u guys. Leaving was not very fun...cant wait to c u all in March....in warm Scottsdale!
-Love Dad

Faye said...

Thanks for the post of all the good times. We had such a great visit - we're proud of Noah too. Looking forward to the next visit soon.

Telitha said...

Aww, Congrats Noah!!

Mike and Andrea McEntire said...

I'm glad that Noah's baptism went well, we're sad we had to miss it. P.S. I love that adorable picture of Alex in the snow with her arms open and her cute red shoes. :)

Nellie said...

Wow! I can't believe Noah is 8 already. Your family is adorable. I hope December is easier for you and that you guys have a very Merry Christmas.

Sarah said...

1. Your long dark hair is BEAUTIFUL. I love it.
2. What a busy month! So wonderful and stressful I am sure!
3. The pictures of Noah's baptism almost made me cry. I'm not sure why, but I'm so happy for all of you and I can't believe we're at this stage in our lives.
4. Avery is the cutest ham I've ever seen.
5. I am totally jealous of your snow... this time of year ;)
6. Love and miss you!!!

Carrie Anne said...

pretty much love your blog & finally caught up on it. so glad you're so excited about medford!!! that will be awesome!!! that chicago trip looked awesome! deb larson stopped by today & we chatted about you for a sec. know you are so fun & missed. you are hilarious & i love when i read your blog that i can relate b/c you are so real!!!!!:)