Thursday, December 1, 2016

Beach, Wedding, school and football..


Beach 2016

our annual beach set up


Love these kids so much!





And at the end of July
We gained a wonderful daughter!



a good time was had by all!!



4th of July with the Thomas Family


First day of Senior Year
(can you tell he wasn't thrilled with my camera?)


Mark and Brook and Dennis


Best Friends


 Homecoming 2016

Sarah's 29th Birthday


Senior Night at Evangel Football


I can't believe he will be heading to college in the fall.



All-Conference Team



Getting ready for Babies!!

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Sarah and John have done such a great job with the nursery



Monday, October 10, 2016

weddings, parties and exciting news


Maybe I will catch up before the year is over...hopefully.

In May my sweet sister got married at our house.
It was a beautiful and fun day.




Also, in May, Sarah and John made a surprise visit one weekend...


They brought very exciting news....


They let us know that they were expecting!!
of course, we were so excited and so grateful for such a blessing.
We had to keep it a secret for almost a month because they wanted to wait until they had another doctor visit and they wanted to wait until everyone was together to break the news.
After the first doctor visit they learned that not only were they blessed with a healthy pregnancy...but they are also having TWINS!

Mark and Brook had a wedding shower in town (which also happened to be the day before we all left for a vacation at the beach)...Since everyone would be together that night...it was decided that it was a good time to let everyone know.  AFTER the celebration for Mark and Brook.



So once we were all back at our house after the party...

Sarah told everyone that she had them all a little treat for the beach (she has done this several times before...so no one thought it was suspicious).  They all opened their "treats" at the same time.  She had made everyone a water bottle for the beach with their name on it.  Only it wasn't just their name...it said AUNT Anna, UNCLE Jake, etc!!  It took just a short little minute for everyone to catch on! They were all so excited!  But INSIDE the cup she had placed two little gummy bears...of course it was Kathryn who was the first to figure that part out.  She said "wait..are you having TWO babies!?"  And then they were excited all over again!!! it was such a fun night!  And I was so glad that everyone knew now and I didn't have to keep it a secret!  



It was a VERY big summer for Sarah and John...
Not too long after they found out they were expecting..
they also became homeowners for the first time!


They weren't moving in until AFTER the beach trip...
so on our way to the beach we made a stop to see their 
new home!


This was a few weeks later on move in day.


It's looking like the beach trip will need to be a post all on it's own, so I will end here.  May was a very exciting month.  Up next is the family beach trip in June and Mark and Brook's wedding in July!








Monday, June 6, 2016

Catching up once again...lots of pictures


Fall 2015 was beautiful!


December 5, 2015
Mark and Brook got engaged!
We couldn't be happier to be welcoming such
a wonderful girl into our family!



Engagement Party at her grandparents lake house



Christmas 2015
Such a blessing to have EVERYONE under one roof on Christmas Eve

Trying to get a picture of all of the kids...
(notice...every boy is moving!)


Much Better!


Waiting to see if Santa came!


Oh...Christmas morning craziness!

First year we have ever just stayed home for Christmas.



Anna and her friend Amanda made their 2nd annual post-Christmas trip to the mountains.



2015 Christmas Card photo




I sure do love this guy!


and these two!


Jake tore his labrum (shoulder) during a football game.
He had surgery on Oct. 6, 2015.
He missed the first half of basketball season,,,but was
back stronger than ever after Christmas.


Even helped his team win the conference championship!


In February, the boys and I went to Vail with Mark 
for a business conference.  Mark went to meetings, the boys
did a lot of skiing, and I read alot!
On the last day Mark was skiing with the boys and took a nasty fall,
and separated his shoulder.  No surgery required.


Easter this year was at our house.  Kk and Jackson were with the Thomas's. and it was Mark and Brook's last holiday to be apart.



2016 Junior Prom Season



Celebrating my Birthday at Sarah and John's house
April 2016