We are saying farewell to year 2013! What a wonderfully hard year this was for our family. But we have learned the most from it. I believe that the Lord burns us down so he can raise us back up how He wants us to be. That's kind of been the theme of this year for our family.
I'm sure all of our life will be a continuing refining process.

Another farewell I want to make is one to this blog. I've enjoyed blogging the past few years and it's been a great way for me to post a few things here and there about our family for everyone to see.

I'm going to spend more time with those who I love. I encourage you to do the same.

This is a farewell to the blog, not to you! If you want to know how our family is doing, give me a call or send me a message. I'd love to have a conversation with you.


Early December's Ice Storm

Earlier this month we experienced the "wrath" of the winter storm named Cleon. Why this snow storm had a name, I don't know. But anyway. It did. It turned out to be a pretty intense ice storm. With enough ice on roads and powerlines to shut down the most part of the state for nearly a week. So we hung out at home. Going no where. (well, big Jed went to work... but that's about it)
The first morning the snow started to fall we made delicious pumpkin pancakes. They are oober doober good.
I always dislike taking pictures of food cooking on my stove. Because it shows you how much time I DONT spend cleaning it. Sorry, folks.
By the end of the morning, snow/sleet had completely covered the ground. And there was a good amount of freezing rain layered on the roads.  I love how quiet it is outside when winter weather rolls through.
We all stayed in our jammies for the entire week. I'm kind of exaggerating, but I'm kind of not.
We took the opportunity to decorate our Christmas tree. This isn't the final product, I ended up adding some pretty mesh to the tree too. But this is what it looked like after the kids helped put up the ornaments. They love decorating Christmas trees. All of our ornaments are handmade, gifts, or from when Jed and I were little.
This is the same tree that I decorated when I was itty bitty.
What Christmas would be complete without watching all those classics.  For about two weeks little Jed would walk around and sing "Ralph-poo the red-nosed reinDEEER" I don't know why he kept on pronouncing it that way. It cracked me up every time.

This girls attitude cracks me up.
Yup. I'm pretty much still in my jammies too. No shower or makeup either. Real life, here people.  Harper thinks I'm funny looking.

I noticed the other day Robbie's growing a unibrow. By the time he is 5 years old he will look like Wolverine. Which, on second thought, wouldn't be so bad. I wouldn't mind having a miniature-Hugh Jackman running around my house.

Even though I loved being iced-in with my family... by the end of the week I was getting cabin fever. And so were the kids. We were all turning a bit loopey. I'm still recuperating from it, honestly.

I'm so excited for Christmas. I love feeling the joy of the Savior's birth!
I hope you are spending quality time with those you love, and take an hour or so to reflect on the reason we celebrate Christmas!

As a tiny side note, yesterday was December 21st- winter solstice. I'm relieved that more sunshine is on it's way. Five minutes more each day.