Christmas 2017

Let’s all start today, the 26th, with a big cleansing breath knowing that Christmas is over. I loved it this year with my boys, but it’s a lot. A month of build up and activities and prep and it was magical and unforgettable and I’m happy to be getting back to normal life.

Here’s a look back at our holiday!

I gave the boys their very own tree to decorate again this year and Grady was big enough to help.

Ohh my boy loves costumes so of course he put together this Santa suit and dressed up a bunch throughout the month. He had Grady sit on his lap and tell him what he wanted for Christmas.

We had our Asotin Elementary K-3 Christmas concert. Joshua was so cute singing along to all his songs. He loved that Grandma and Grandpa, Daddy and Grady were all there to watch him. He’d look over at us and smile every time he finished a song.

We went and saw Santa! Grady was terrified at first but we got him to warm up to Santa and sit close enough to read a book with him and smile big for a picture. This pic is the best!

We got snow right before winter break. The boys were so excited for the first snow fall of the year and definitely set the scene for Christmas.

Charlie, our elf, brought the boys their first gingerbread house to decorate. They did a great job working on this together while drinking hot chocolate.

The first day of official winter break we decorated cookies!

And then Christmas Eve FINALLY came!! The boys waited sooo long. They couldn’t stand it anymore. This is the only picture I have from Christmas. I did have my video camera out and filmed Christmas morning and Santa reactions. But I don’t have any still shots. We had prime rib with Nathan’s parents Christmas Eve and a ham with my folks on Christmas Day. We ended Christmas cuddled up in our living room and watched Despicable M3. We all went to bed with thankful hearts. ❤️

Top 10 from 2017

Picking just 10 pictures to make the top 10 for 2017 was hard because there are so many great pictures and memories to choose from! So I don’t know if these are THE top 10 but they are 10 good ones!

Ten. Easter in CA

In April we were in Redding, CA at Lake Shasta for the B.A.S.S. Nation Western Regionals. Nathan had made the state team for Idaho and it was his first time at the regional level. We drove to CA with his parents and celebrated Easter at camp with the boys. The boys were so excited that the Easter Bunny was able to find us! An Easter to remember for sure.

Nine. Western Regionals

It was Nathan’s first time on the Bassmaster stage. Nathan fished the Nation Western Regionals on Lake Shasta. First time at a tournament at this competitive level and he placed 7th on the co-angler side!!! 7th out of…I can’t remember, around 100! He got 1st place on the Idaho team which qualified him for Nationals! We couldn’t believe it. I mean I knew he could but it’s fishing and even the best of the best get beat by the bass. I mean if you think about it, the sport of bass fishing is man vs. fish, a wild animal. It’s a very humbling sport. But Nathan did it and it was a huge high moment of our year!

Eight. My Tacoma

I have wanted a Toyota Tacoma since I was a teenager. But they are expensive and I never thought I’d be able to afford one. But this summer the money fell right and I was able to buy a 2017 Tacoma and I’m in love!!

Seven. Patio picnics

We spent so much time in our backyard this last spring/summer. We have a Green Mountain pellet grill and we would grill with the radio and a few beers while sitting in the sun. We’d set up the sprinklers and slip-n-slide for the boys and they’d play while waiting for dinner. Then we’d eat outside. Oh it was my favorite and I miss it already!! Come back summer!

Six. Summer fun

I just love this picture. It is so Grady! That boy loves life. We went to the park with some friends and he loved the water fountain. He punched the heck out of it!

Five. 2017 Skeeter ZX225

We got a new bass boat!!!! Our old bass boat broke down one too many times. It would break down on Nathan during tournaments and that was not okay! Then this last spring it broke down again and we didn’t get it back until July! So we didn’t have a boat all season and Nathan reached his breaking point with it. So when Nixon’s Marine gave him the trade-in value he needed to purchase new, he did! I am so excited for all the family fishing this boat will bring us.

Four. Grady Turned 3

Grady turned 3 and I love this picture. We have a threenager in the house and he’s every bit of the word. And also just as sweet and happy.

Three. Joshua Started Kindergarten

Joshua started school with me! I can’t believe my baby is in kindergarten already but I am so happy because he’s with me everyday at Asotin. I love being able to see him at school and this is a special school year for us for sure! We are both in Kindergarten together ❤️

Two. Joshua Shines< strong>

my boy is in kindergarten and he’s kicking butt at it! He ADORES his teacher, Mrs. Lathrop, and loves school. On this day he got two special recognitions. He got to take home Super Bee and Panther Cub Club! Super Bee chooses one friend that’s done a good job in class to spend the night with. Panther Cub Club is twice a month and students get recognized for doing their reading and being a good student. Joshua is doing so well both academically and socially in school and we are so proud of him.

One. My Family< strong>This picture was taken after Joshua’s Christmas concert and it’s one of my favorites because I just adore my family. The most important part of 2017 is that we are all healthy and happy! Can’t ask for more than that.

If Pictures Could Talk. 3

If pictures could talk this one would tell you that the boys were running around crazy and getting hollered at for being so loud (did I just make us sound like parents who yell at their kids for yelling? Oh because we are. Fault us. Raising boys isn’t for the faint of heart) and then they got really quiet. Too quiet. So Nathan checked on them to find them helping each other into matching costumes. I was cooking dinner and heard from the other room, “we are making a surprise for Mommy.” Then they came out of the room and they were SO excited to be matching. And it was so cute I just HAD to get a picture while the moment lasted. Remember I said I was cooking dinner? Well, when I went to take their picture my pot of milk boiled over…as in all over the stove! So then I had burning milk and a huge mess. As I was absorbing all this milk with paper towels I got one too close to the burner and lit the paper towel on fire. Oh what a disaster! I was so worried I just ruined all the excitement of the boys’ surprise for me and they wouldn’t let me take their picture anymore. But they still smiled big and this snapshot was taken. You would think looking at this picture it says it all. But it doesn’t. Not even close. Because when it comes to raising kids, behind every sweet little photo is a mom pulling her hair out.