Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Year in Review

I can't believe we are already through 2016 and onto 2017. I remember when I turned 8 years old my great grandma told me: "life is going to speed up for here on out." The following year when I turned 9 I remember thinking wow, grandma was right because that year went faster then any before. Looking back I really had no idea how quickly time could pass, it continues to pass more and more quickly each year.

As I think back on the past year so many moments come to mind both good and bad. We have experienced a lot of change as a family. Change is something that is generally really hard for me but through all the change I have seen a lot of growth in our family and we have really learned to rely on each other and on the Lord. Even though it has not always been easy I am so grateful for all of the experiences we have had.

The highlight of our year was welcoming sweet baby Kate into our family. She joined our family only 5 days after James 7th birthday and has brought a lot of joy to our family. A few months after Kate's birth Joe got a promotion with his work that took us from Michigan to Kentucky. We bought our first home in Kentucky and made the move from Michigan when Kate was 3 months old.

The adjustment to being a family of 6, moving to a new state and being a homeowner was a little overwhelming at first. I had to prioritize the things that were important to me and let the things that weren't as important go for awhile. The past few months we have began to fall into a routine and life doesn't seem so crazy. Through all of the craziness we have felt overwhelmed with love and support from friends both old and new as well as our family. We have truly been blessed and have much to be grateful for. We absolutely love our new home in Kentucky and for the first time in our married life feel peace with where we are at and where we live, it is so nice to feel settled.

We were able to travel a bit this past year. We took a trip to Canada, New York & Kirkland Ohio. We met up with my brother Brian and his family and enjoyed seeing Niagara Falls and some church history sites.. We also made it back to Utah for the first time since we moved away. We enjoyed spending Christmas with family in the Mountains with lots of white snow.

Joe continues to work for Meritor and really enjoys his new responsibilities. He is the high priest group leader in our ward and keeps busy serving in the church. We have been married almost 9 years and he is still the love of my life. He is an amazing daddy!

I spend most days trying to take in the kids smallness and calling my sister when I get frustrated. I enjoy taking pictures while making the most of long days and short years. I am serving in the primary as a CTR 4 teacher and love it.

James is an amazing big brother to his sisters. He still hugs me goodbye every morning at the bus stop and walks home holding his sisters hand which just melts my heart as I know its coming to an end. James loves his new school and made friends quickly. He is playing the piano and soccer and  is excited to start basketball, his biggest request for our new home is that we put in a basketball hoop.

Ali is doing really well with reading and loves to read with her siblings. She enjoys spending mornings at home with "the girls" and afternoons with her kindergarten class. She asked for make-up and nail polish for Christmas and loves feeling grown up. She loves dance and is excited to start tumbling.

Hannah is constantly imagining and playing pretend, she loves to play with her dollhouse and kitchen. She is a great sister and loves to help me when it's her idea.

Kate is 9 months old. She is so little compared to our other kids but growing well. She keeps up with the rest of us by crawling, she can already do stairs and is close to walking.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 2016

December was a great month and a busy one. We really enjoyed spending time together in our home the first part of the month. We all enjoyed sitting by the fireplace and tree and listening to Christmas music. We all got a nasty cough that lasted forever and so spent a lot of the month laying around trying to get over it while enjoying chicken noodle soup and bubble baths. Hannah learned to write her name and we are pretty sure she is going to be left handed. Kate discovered blanket rides and loved coaxing James to give her rides. 

 We took a trip to Utah to spend Christmas in the mountains with family. We loved our trip and the time we got to spend with our family!

We spent the first week with my family and loved seeing my parents new home. For the first time in years my family was all together for the holiday and I loved catching up with them. 

We had a lot of fun making gingerbread houses, having a tea party with the girls, watching movies in the theater room, playing greed and ping pong, and just being together. 

We spent the second week with Joe's family! My kids were so excited to see Santa at the Palmer Christmas party and they loved being together with their cousins again. 

Santa came to our house while we were on our trip and the kids were so excited to open presents again when we got home. 

I like to write down some of the presents they received because I feel like it shows what they are interested in.  James got a kindle fire, flying helicopter, basketball, metronome, Mario 3D world Wii game, magnetic transforming balls, knect toys and books. Ali got an I-pod, gumball machine, jewelry box, new coat, hunter boots, legos & clay. Hannah got a kindle fire, magnetos, piggy bank, pasta play set, cupcake game and play-doh. Kate got some new clothes, pajamas, pacifiers and a toy. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

November 2016

 The year is almost over, what? Where did the year go? It seems like every November a few days before Thanksgiving I have a mini panic attack, somehow the realization that the year is coming to a close almost automatically pushes me into hyper mode and I find myself trying to squeeze in lost days from the previous months. 

November was a great month! We are finally feeling settled in our home and are moved in enough that every weekend is not filled with house projects. We enjoyed a night out back roasting s'mores and talking around the fire. We have also enjoyed a lot of beautiful fall walks around our neighborhood. Kate is growing up way to fast and is crawling everywhere, the other kiddos love playing with her. Kate just got her first tooth and has become our little beaver, she chews on everything. Ali lost her first tooth this month, she was beyond excited and has shown everybody she sees. We finished reading the 2nd Harry Potter and I keep finding the kids reenacting scenes from the book, it makes me happy. I love that they are just starting to really enjoy and remember the books we read together.

We enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving at my sisters home in Indiana, we all enjoyed spending time at her home and being together for the holiday. I have so much to be grateful for and truly felt an overwhelming joy Thanksgiving day. I am grateful for my amazing husband and am so in love with him. I am grateful for my children, for the opportunity I have to be a mother and for the things that my children are teaching me. I am grateful for my sister Holly and for the friendship that we share, I am grateful we are in the same stage of life at the same time to help encourage & support one another. I am grateful for my parents who raised me, taught me and loved me and who continue to. I am grateful for my siblings, aunts, uncles and so many others who help teach & guide my children. I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for my loving Heavenly Father who help bear my burdens and make them light. I am grateful for our home, our wonderful neighbors and friends. We are truly blessed and I am grateful!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kentucky Home

We moved to Kentucky and purchased our first home this past July. We have been busy making it our own and still have a lot of work to do but are feeling settled now and really do love it here. For all of those who have been patiently waiting for photos, thank you and here they are. Now come and visit, we miss y'all!

Our new home! 


Front Entry

Music Room

Dinning Room (currently under construction)

Grand Room


Powder Room

Grand Room (from kitchen)

Kitchen (from grand room)


Garage Entry (to the right is the second staircase)

Laundry Room


Master Bedroom

My Closet 

Master Bathroom

Upstairs Hallway (Right: overlooks front entry, Left: overlooks grand room)

Grand Room from above

Loft & Back Staircase


James Room 

Girls Room

Girls Closet

Kids Bathroom

Basement/Family Room

Basement/Game Room

Basement/ Exercise Corner 

Basement Staircase & Door to Bathroom 

Side of House 

Back of House