"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A new little Bundle of JoY!

Wow, what a week!
We got the best Christmas blessing possible ~
We have a new family member!!!!
Meet gorgeous Aden!

I'm an Aunt and my kids are thrillled to have a cousin!
We are a small family; I have my younger brother and The Farmer was an only child.

Isn't this adorable how the nurses in Vienna encouraged my brother to swaddle his son under his shirt? 
What an awesome way for baby n daddy to bond!
Dear mommy Casey was still wrapping up her C-section at this point. 

I can't wait for February when we get to meet him in Switzerland!
Or the day everybody is together for Thanksgiving...

This year's Thanksgiving was fairly tame and too small, although we did have spunky JoJo challenging the kids to arm wrestling and sit ups in honor of Casey's family (last year they added so much fun)
Sadly I can't find those pics!

Not nearly as exciting but closer at hand, we have another little bundle of fun.
Clayton our Elf returned Dec 1st. with lots of elf goodies n powdered donuts.

I thought that it was sweet that he brought both kids an elf stuffie since they can't touch him.

 Clayton even got in on the anticipation of Aden's arrival!

He read Sarah's American Girl The Christmas Story and set up the nativity for us!

He brought us a copy of "Elf" and filled their cups w/sugar!

He's also been seeking out snow...

 He helped stack firewood.

And, of course, caused his own kind of mischief!

Reindeer Poop (misspelled) in the cereal jar!

The day before Clayton arrived we cut our tree.

There was lots of silliness as the kids were "whipped" to pull faster! 

The day of Clayton's arrival party we also went to Carrollton's Hunter Pace and won ~
blue ribbons in the family division! Huge progress as this year we ALL galloped and jumped!

This years horse parade was cancelled due to weather.
I'd been planning on getting The Farmer to dress up like Santa and have my little pony students dressed like elves...   I still remember the cuteness of last year!

Now we're "snowed in" having gotten about 9" of snow.
The kids are teaching themselves how to snow board!!!

I think I injured a calf muscle at the hunter pace, and then again riding here.
So I'm inside making hot mashes for horses, tending the wood stove and crock pot.

There is much snuggling going on.
Cammo boy with cammo cat!

So it's a good day to shop Amazon and etsy 
for all the family members who bring me so much JoY! 


Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

I am just smiling..coming here always does that to me! Oh a baby...we know that around here also. A trip to see him, how wonderful!!
Thanksgiving, tree cutting...and snow pictures are just great.
I thought of you when we went to cut down our tree...I was helping our local tree growers!
Have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for letting me drop in and see your smiling faces. Such joy and always a reminder to me of how to be a good mom.

Lori Skoog said...

What a great update. Such a beautiful baby, great pictures and a happy family.

Vintage Country Girl said...

Congrats on the new nephew. He IS adorable. Looks like you're having plenty of fun getting ready for Christmas, and a trip to Switzerland. WOW! Don't forget to enter my giveaway, good till Friday the 13th.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Lori O'Brien Photography said...

Lots and LOTs of new and exciting happenings going on!! A new baby to spoil, he's so beautiful!

I don't know how Clayton has time for all his antics!!! Sydney wants an elf to visit, poor girl.

By the way I LOVE the photo of you and the kids!!!! ADORABLE!!!
: ) Sledding ones remind me of when we were there!! Xoxo