We spent the New Year in Shunk, PA with the Shindle family (and Tryon family). Ben, Bailey, and Topher particpated in the Canton Matmen Test of the Best Tournament.
Some of the highlights from our weekend away in the mountains were riding four-wheelers, shooting, building fires in the snow, wrestling, NYE celebration, and loads of laughs with great friends.
The lights, the smells, the time with family and friends. Christmas is truly one of my favorites.
I love the process of getting ready, the 'hustle and bustle.'
Mom and I got to spend a day together shopping! It was such a treat to have the time with her. I am so thankful they were home for the holidays this year.
Although it gets crazy busy and at times stressful, we are reminded about the spirit and joy of the season (check out our little reindeer).
Cousins Dinner 2016
Our annual cousins dinner was hosted by
Joanne and Kevin McMinn . . . oh what a night!
Christmas Eve 2016
We hosted Christmas Eve dinner for our families this year, and we were fortunate enough to have Steve home to enjoy the time with family - and a friend, Mr. Reese.
Christmas Day 2016
We enjoyed the company of Mom and David on Christmas morning. Late afternoon we made our way to the Murphy/Powell home where the celebrations continued. Most of the family gathered to help MomMom celebrate her favorite holiday. Her health is deteriorating at a rapid rate, and we are grateful for the time we had with her this season.
Last but not least, a special family announcement!
Yes, another peak season is upon us. This means Steve is out late nearly every night, working Saturdays, just to play Santa around Chester County! #UPS #brown
We started wrestling, wrapped up a great first sewing session, and have enjoyed family and friends for the past month.
One of my favorite moments was when an old friend reached out to tell me how much she loved our Christmas card. She mentioned how much the boys look alike and that I looked so happy! What a sweet and kind thing to do. She truly made my week!
Another favorite moment that occurred can be summed up like this: After sharing that he really wanted a Santa hat so he can play Santa on Christmas morning, we promised to get him one after wrestling this past Saturday. He was 0-4 on the day, zero points to his name. Before his last match we reminded him that we would be getting him a Santa hat, but we wanted to see him earn a point. A single point in his final match after being beat four times earlier in the day. Tough for anyone to handle such defeat, but we needed him to get out on that mat and earn his point. To prove to himself that he could. And he did. Two points actually. And each night after his shower he wears his Santa hat. #lifewithboys #wrestling #christmas2016
Forever and Always . . . #boymom
We packed up and headed south to visit Rich, Cameron, and Harbor in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leaving at two in the morning made for an easy and uneventful trip on the way down. We arrived by 10:30 am, just in time to pick Harbor up from school and enjoy lunch on the water.
The weather was beautiful and the company even better!
I like the idea of being mindful, teaching our guys the art of mindfulness, and being thankful.
After spending an embarrassing amount of hours haphazardly scrolling on Pinterest, I stumbled across a cute November project that had family members write on leaves and glue them on a tree. Very cute, but not realistic this time of year for our family. The thought of little leaves laying on the floor, half glued and stuck in all sorts of places makes me weak in the knees. Not to mention the start of wrestling season and Steve working endless hours this season.
Problem: I needed quick and practical.
Solution: I created this little tree that we will use instead. Free for you to use as well!
We will keep this posted in the kitchen, so each of us can grab a pencil or pen and write what we are thankful for when the moment hits us.
Fall is truly one of my favorites. Cool breezes, falling leaves, warm sun, coffee, and apple cider donuts. What's not to love?
This weekend we filled each day to the brim with fall activities. As a family, we volunteered at the first Kennett Half Marathon, cheering runners on at the mile ten mark. We love being a part of this community!
Later that same day, we prepared our home and hosted nearly forty people. Good eats, sweet treats, and a fire pit to boot!
I honestly don't know what I love more: seeing how much she loves her big cousin or watching him care for her like a little sister. Kindred spirits these two . . .
Our little niece is four.
She wanted to celebrate at her favorite restaurant, Spicy Town, aka La Tolteca.
She held up the card that we gave her after opening up all the gifts from us and sincerely asked, "Is this all you got me?"
Traci, a wife, mother of two boys, Special Education teacher, and sole proprietor of Eco Alternatives LLC.