Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Nine years!

3,287 Days
= 78,888 Hours
= 4,733,280 Minutes
= 283,996,800 Seconds

2 mortgages
3 addresses
6 cars
15+ house parties
1 state
2 churches
2 dogs
3 car accidents
2 of those deer accidents
15+ vacations
12 states visited
2 births
6 employers
6 surgeries
1 half marathon
2 college degrees 
1 PhD started
thousands of movies seen
five thousand tears
a million laughs and memories

one love of my life. Forever.











Happy Anniversary you! xoxo

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merritt Christmas

Some of the highlights of our Merritt Christmas in pictures. 
Definitely had a great Christmas...thanks Mom and Dad! Love ya!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10

Top 10 things I want to remember about our Christmas Day...

The look on Evan and Alex's faces when they saw that Santa came

Alex laughing and playing with his new learning bug

Evan laughing so hard he's crying...(I was laughing at Alex and tears were coming out of my eyes, Evan starts laughing for a few seconds and then starts pretending he is crying. it was awesome)
(note to self...upload video of this!)

Matching Christmas PJ's

E learning how to blow the train whistle

Evan driving cars on Mike's present

Alex giggling uncontrollably while Evan tickles him
(note to self...upload video!)

Alex's Christmas miracle ;)
(trust don't want to see this pic.)
After almost three weeks of not going #2, it finally happened after a dinner of mirolax and prunes.

Watching the boys play together or at least sharing toys! :)

Celebrating the real reason for the season!


12 a month for 2012. This was my Christmas present to Mike (thanks to Pinterest for the idea!). Apparently it's a great idea for others this year too! :) Katie and Heather both decided to give it to their husbands too!

Can't share the rest now, but I will, just in case you decide you want to do this too! :) Here's to a great 2012!

Sunday, December 25, 2011




Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours...Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


 Thanks Heather! ;)

number of Christmas cards received: 56
number of packages received: 2
number of packages that arrived just in time for STL: 2
number of Christmas cards sent out: 100
number of times Alex got up last night: 4
number of times Alex got up Tuesday night: 6
number of teeth coming in *and they better hurry!: 4
number of dollars spent at the grocery store: too much
number of Dr. Pepper brownies I'm making for our big Christmas Eve family party: 3
number of Christmas movies watched: 5
number of Christmas cookies made: 0
number of Christmas sugar cookies still on the agenda to make: 1 (a new egg-less one!)
number of times Evan got up last night: 3
number of shows at Evan's preschool this week: 2
number of days traveling this Christmas break: 8
number of cities visited: 3
number of cups of coffee (decaf): 4
number of projects finished while Alex had a 3 hour nap: 4
number of days before Christmas: 2

Why did it come so fast this year?? And WHY did I wait so long?! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

for my friend...

I have a friend who needs to hear some of these words and thoughts today....sending prayers and hugs for you and your family. Love you...

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Weekend Update (in pictures)

 Mike's work party and a trip to St. Louis...