Wow! It seems like my recent bloggings are all about the weather! Well, I was thinking about it so I thought I'd post about it! The sun is actually out bright here in Western Pennsylvania. It's been forever! And quess what? Not only is the sun out, but there is no snow of any kind falling from the sky. Can you believe it? We flurries all day yesterday, and tomorrow it's supposed to get up to a whopping 41 degrees! Whooo hooo!
Any way, we will have a brief heat wave and then back to the 20's by saturday. It's winter though, right? What do we expect? The kids are finally going to get to play in the snow today for the first time in over a week! It's just been too cold! Dangerously cold!
Although I'm not quite ready for winter to be over (time is already passing too quickly), it will be nice to be above freezing...sub-zero temps are killing me ;)
So, once again it is snowing outside and it has been since yesterday afternoon. I clipper came through from the lakes, and we have gotten a total of about 3 inches from it. It looks like such a winter wonderland here, because we still had snow on the ground from the last week. We got 8 inches, then got another inch here and there after that. And finally this one, so we must have a atleast a foot on the ground. You should see it! I love it though, it's beautiful! Here are some pictures that I took this morning. It's interesting to compare them with the other snow pictures here on my blog. You can tell the difference....It's more! Enjoy, and to my family down south, I wish you were here!!!!!!! :(
Gabriel was closing his eyes because there was a sleet/rain mix coming down!
Getting their "snowballs" ready for the snowman!
Do you see the big ball of snow in front of him? Gabriel rolled that all by himself!
My little snow angel! Rain was getting in her eyes too!
This is a view from in front of our house. It looked like a winter wonderland!
Our blue spruce in front of the house!
See how much snow we got!
The kids had a great time in the 8 inches of snow we got! They built the first snowman of the year, and it was so much fun watching them! It's like one big sandbox to them! Just a bit colder :) Rob and I got in a snowball fight, and he had no mercy! He definetly beat me, and it lasted a while! I was drenched, and the kids helped him! It was so beautiful when it was coming down, and it still is. It's not going anywhere for a while!
Ariana yawning while she's showing her doll. She did this all morning! She kept making herself yawn! Silly girl!
Nice and snuggly in her new robe and slippers!
Ariana's new coat!
Ariana admiring the new dollhouse! She's standing back from it, but it is actually taller than her and Ella both!
Gabriel with his walkie talkies
Ariana's new jewelery box. Ella got one just like it!
Ella loves dresses!
Very happy about their presents!
Dishes from Germany from Rob's Aunt Tilly.
daddy playing Santa ;)
Ella waiting in anticipation!
We had such a wonderful Christmas together, and we the kids were so excited about all the presents they received. They were so appreciative of everything little thing they got from us and all of our family. It was a very relaxing, lazy day after they opened. So relaxing that Rob and I got to snooze on the couch for a little bit. Then it was off to the kitchen to make our Christmas ham dinner! Ummm, was it good! The kids loved it too! They about 3 seperate helpings! I think all the playing worked up an appetite! ;) Thanks so much to our family for sending the kids presents and cards, it was so thoughtful. They love getting packages!
Sorry I posted this so late! I hope everyone has recovered from the holidays and that all of you continue to be well! You're in our thoughts!
IT IS SNOWING OUTSIDE AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GET 5-8 INCHES THROUGH TOMORROW EVENING!! I AM ECSTATIC, I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR A FEW YEARS! YOU'D THINK THAT LIVING WHERE WE DO IN PENNSYLVANIA, THAT WE WOULD GET LARGE AMOUNTS OF SNOW, RIGHT? WELL, IT'S BEEN SINCE FEB. OF 2005 SINCE WE HAVE RECIEVED MORE THAN 6 INCHES OF SNOW AT ONE TIME. WE USUALLY JUST GET SMALL BURSTS HERE AND THERE THAT ADD UP TO A LOT BY THE END OF WINTER. THIS IS AN ACTUAL SNOW STORM WE ARE GETTING! IT'S BEAUTIFUL, AND HOPEFULLY ROB DOESN'T HAVE TO WORK TOMORROW SO WE CAN ALL ENJOY IT! THE KIDS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING OUT AND BUILDING A SNOWMAN!
THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL SHOW OF SNOW, AND I JUST PRAY THAT EVERYONE STAYS IN AND STAYS SAFE. TO MY FAMILY, WISH YOU WERE HERE TO ENJOY IT WITH US! I'LL POST PICTURES LATER!
My dear friend Dawn has a son who is turning 5 today! I know it's a little late in the day, but I thought I would write a quick post for him, because what a big number he is turning! Happy Birthday Josh! I do not know what I would do without this friend of mine, she is like a sister to me. If I lived closer and we saw each other much more than we do now, I think I would start calling myself Aunt Jen :) So here's to you, distant nephew Josh ;) Happy Birthday kiddo! And many more......
THE PICTURE ABOVE IS OUR ENTRY WAY. I HUNG CARDS AROUND THE DOORWAY AND I HAVE GARLAND ON THE STEPS AND A LIGHTED WREATH THAT IS NOT SHOWING. I JUST LOVE THE LIGHTS!
HERE IS WHAT THE KIDS UNWRAPPED! THEIR CUTE CHRISTMAS P.J.S!! AREN'T THEY PRECIOUS?!
THE KIDS OPENING UP THEIR CHRISTMAS EVE PRESENTS!
I LOVE THE GLOW OF IT! THIS IS HOW IT REALLY LOOKS! THAT PAINTING BESIDE THE TREE ON THE WALL IS ONE THAT ROB'S GRANDMA PAINTED A LONG TIME AGO. SHE PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR, SO IT'S NICE TO HAVE IT IN OUR HOUSE.
I HAVE GOT A TON CHRISTMAS PICTURES TO SHARE, BUT I AM GOING TO START OUT WITH THESE. THESE WERE ALL TAKEN CHRISTMAS EVE, IN WHICH WE STARTED SOME NEW TRADITIONS. I DON'T HAVE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING WE DID (THOSE ARE TO BE PRESERVED IN MY MIND), BUT I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF THE 1 PRESENT THE KIDS GOT TO OPEN. EVERY YEAR THEY WILL OPEN ONE PRESENT ON CHRISTMAS EVE, AND THAT PRESENT WILL CONTAIN CHRISTMAS P.J.S! THEY HAD A BLAST OPENING ONE EARLY, AND THEY LOVED THEIR PAJAMAS! AFTER THEY ALL GOT DRESSED, ROB READ THEM THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS WHILE WE SAT AND DRANK HOT COCOA. IT WAS TRULY ONE OF THE BEST CHRISTMASES WE'VE HAD!
I ALSO THREW IN A FEW PICTURES OF OUR TREE AND THE GARLAND IN THE ENTRY WAY. I HAD WAY TOO MANY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS TO TAKE A PICTURE OF ALL OF THEM! :) OUR HOUSE WAS DECKED OUT!
WELL ENJOY, AND MORE CHRISTMAS PHOTOS ARE TO COME! GOD BLESS!
I am the luckiest and most blessed woman that I know. I have a wonderful husband that I've been married to for 7 years, and we are raising three healthy, beautiful children here in Southern Illinois. I get to stay home with them and have been doing so since I was pregnant with our oldest child. It is so wonderful but the most challenging thing I've ever done.
I am ready for everything this life has to offer. I'm looking forward to traveling with the kids more as they get older. I want to show them everything, including countries abroad. My husband is half German, so introducing them to that is very important. I also look forward to spending more time with Rob. That time will come some day, I just know it will!
With all of the crazy times in this household, God is the center of our family and keeps us going through it all.
So to all who are reading, I hope you enjoy my blog, and thanks for visiting!