Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

We've just put the girls to bed.
Gifts have be shared between us, cookies and milk are out for Santa
(chocolate chip and white milk, because we were informed those are his favorite)
carrots are set out for the reindeer, (9, not 8... because it's snowing tonight, so Rudolph
will be assisting) and we anxiously wait to see if our girls have been good enough
this year to earn a visit from the man in red! ;)

Here's wishing everyone a wonderful Blessed Christmas and a year full of everything.
Hope, Happiness, Peace, Laughter & Love!

From us to you, with Love.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Volovsek Christmas

Because of the craziness this time of year, we always celebrate Christmas a little
early with Ryan's family!

Last Sunday, we hosted the whole crew at our place for food, drink, gifts, laughter, 
chaos, kids hollering like wild-cats, you know... the usual holiday gathering.

Both Lila and Elle love playing with their cousins, so this was a big treat for them!

Barb and Rich... your family is Nuts, but I'm so happy to be a part of it!
The Grandkids... we got them to at least hold still long enough for a quick pic.
CHEEEEESE
Hooray!!! More babies!! ;) She was thrilled and has toted them around all week!
Doc McStuffins doctor kit!  Who could ask for more?!!!
Hand warmers and popcorn... hm?  Oh well.. He's happy!
I love my family!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Why HELLO Winter!!

There was no sliding into this winter season, was there?
Holy schmoly!  ITS FRIGID!
Snow, ice, sub-zero temps... I realize this is Minnesota, but
c'mon, Already?!!!
A braver soul than I.... she was bound and determined to play outside in "the wonderful sunshine!!!"
Goofy girl!

Moving on...

We've kept ourselves pretty darn busy, but thankfully have managed to spend some time in the evenings just being together.
It may only be 20 minutes, but I cherish that time.
The girls glow when they have Mom and Dad's undivided attention.
We've been trying to make sure we put the rest of "life" aside for at least a short bit each day,
and give ourselves totally to the girls.  Especially with the holidays here, I want to make sure
I take time to enjoy the not-so-busy parts of my family.  

Here is a smattering of our recent events!

We celebrated my Stepdad's birthday!
Happy Birthday Alan! We love you!

~ We went to visit Santa!  It was a miserable day overall, but the Santa portion was enjoyable and the one time the girls were polite and attentive!~
Listening intently... if only they listened like that to me!!


~We relaxed



~We decorated our house and got ourselves a tree!







~Mike (our elf) made his way back to our home!  
He was playing a game of Memory with Comet, Rocket the Bear, and Chilly
 ~ My sister had a Birthday Saturday... We love you Alex!

video

~And we've done a little baking.  I don't have many photos, but just picture major messes, sticky
hands, sprinkles by the pound... you get the idea!

Cranberry, pear, and ginger salsa!   OMG! 

Now... it's time to clean up.  We've got a Preschool Christmas program tonight
and my kitchen currently looks like a bakery exploded.  Better get moving!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thankful

I know this is delayed, but important nonetheless...

Our Thanksgiving this year was pretty mellow. 
Ryan was off hunting in Wisconsin-land, and the girls and I spent our 
Turkey afternoon at my aunts house. Eating, visiting, children running
amok... you know, the usual!

It was really nice to be able to see everyone, and to those we missed,
we hope you had a great day and were surrounded by those you are Thankful for.