“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together there is something you must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart I'll always be with you.”

~Winnie the Pooh


favorite time of the day

shelby's favorite time of the day is to sit outside and wait for the boys' bus to pull around the corner.  she loves to listen for the kids getting off the bus and running to her brothers.  one of them reaches for her hand and one runs away from her.  i'll let you guess who is who.  still, she loves both of them so much and asks where "the brothers" are multiple times a day.

standing on her rock waiting

"i think i hear the bus"

can you say excited?

yelling to "the brothers" she is so happy they are home!


she caught one of them

seriously.  i can't handle the sweetness these two have for one another.  notice who is no where near them...he still loves his sister but doesn't tolerate her as much as carson does.  everyone should have a big brother like carson, though.  


cutest little gymnast

after 3 years of watching her brothers do all kids of fun stuff shelby decided it was her turn.  i figured it would be good for her to have a little class of her own and also get her used to following direction from someone other than me.  so of course we had to get her the most precious little leotard out there, and throw her in her little gym.  she was so excited to go the her "ninja" class (the boys go to ninja class at the gym and she comes to watch) she wore her leotard for two days.  it's not east to explain to a 3 year old that she still has two days till her turn.  friday morning came and we got dressed and then refused to go in.  after a few minutes of me standing in the corner though, she forgot all about her fear of being more that three feet away from me and actually had fun.  it is the most precious thing to see her running around trying to do all the things everyone else is doing.  we've been three times now and every time she does not want me to leave the room but then forgets all about me once the fun begins!

little bit dressed and ready...two days early.

first class sitting on her little spot.  she refused to move or do any of the warm up exercises.  stubborn little thing.

how could we resist this little leotard?  it's just like elsa!


merry christmas and happy new year!

i'm super late in getting this post out...story of my life these days.  three kids and christmas time is no joke.  not to mention we were having our floors redone which meant cleaning up christmas and everything else one day later.  it was kinda sad to see everything come down so quickly but also nice to have it done.  so, even though it's a week late we would like to wish everyone a merry christmas and a very happy new year!  2016 feels like it just flew by.  going back and looking at all the pictures on my phone we had some really fun times this year.

january we got our first "snow" at the new house.  i use the word snow very loosely.  

february brooks had his annual heart check up which he passed with flying colors.  

march brought carson's favorite day at school, dr. seuss's birthday

and also lots of spring baseball for brooks

and easter

in april i took the kids to orlando for spring break and "shared" megan's hotel room she had for a work conference.  we got to see all our favorites.




megan and i also took brooks to our favorite place, universal studios!  we're hoping the next time we go he'll be tall enough to do some of the big rides.  poor kid was just a few inches short.

may concluded the special olympics for carson and his class.  they competed in track and field and had a great time!

it also concluded spring baseball for brooks.  you can see the excitement in these two.

and then as quickly as school started it was over and the boys were done with their first year in their new school.  

june brought on our favorite time of the year...lake season!

we also traveled to illinois and went to the great wolf lodge with our cousins. 

and then we celebrated grandma white and her incredible life.  family gatherings just aren't the same anymore but we know she is holding her cup of coffee and a few special ones with her watching all of us.  this is almost all of her great grandchildren.  it was like herding cats for this picture.

and then all of the grandchildren.

and all 6 kids and some of their cousins

in june, carson got to take part in a robotic rehab program at children's healthcare.  we are so fortunate to live near by one of the top children's hospitals.  people were traveling from all over just to come to this program.  we are already signed up for another round this summer.


and another anniversary down.  13 years and going strong.

july looked a lot like this...

it was a hot summer and with a neighborhood with no pool we spent lots of time inside places like the aquarium with friends.

and then in august we caved and decided to do this.  eek!


the almost finished product in september!  we got to get in a few times up till mid-October  but we can not wait for summer this year!

at the end of september this little bit turned 3.  3!  where is my baby at?


we took the kids to our favorite spot in october on the way to the beach.

and then headed to seaside with my parents for a long weekend.

in november someone wanted to go see a real football game so we of course took him to the loveliest village on the plains...



perfect day.  tigers with a win and the trees get rolled at toomer's corner.  it was awesome!

and that brings us back to december.  closing out another year with my favorite people.  life with these 3 is more than i ever could of imagined.  andrew and i are so lucky we were chosen to be their parents.  don't get me wrong, it isn't always easy.  in fact, it's hardly ever easy.  but it's worth every second of the 365 days in every year.  here's to an excellent 2016 and an even better 2017!  may this year be filled with happiness, love and joy (and you can really feel all of that in some of these pictures i tried to get for our card this year...)











2016 card