Thursday, January 29, 2009

Well, I have been out of the "blogging" world for too long now! I don't know how so many find the time to blog so frequently! So, I guess there is lots to update on, since my last update was Thanksgiving!! Wow, where has the time gone?!

I won't attempt to fill in the last two and a half months, but here are a few highlights and you can enjoy some Christmas pics and snow pics below! We had a fun and long road trip up to Massachusetts for the holiday, stopping in Harrisburg to spend the night and stay in a "hotel with a pool!" Hailey was so excited about that detail! Then we stopped in Albany, NY and visited Ben's grandmother. That was sure a special time. She is an incredible woman and it was fun to hear stories and just visit with her. Then we headed on the MA!

It was a great Christmas, with lots of cousins running around Grampy and Grammy's house! Hailey had a blast dressing up and laughing with her cousins, and Lydia just tagged along. Bradyn discovered the stairs and how to go both up and down, so that kept him busy! We enjoyed an adult evening at the Melting Pot, which was really fun--good to hear about everyone's lives without the distraction of kids! We had lots of Friendly's fribbles and even got to play for a day out in the snow! Overall, it was great to be with Ben's family, and we had a great time celebrating the birth of our Savior!

We stopped on the way home at my brother's house in Delaware. We crashed Joe and Emily's apartment and kind of took over it! The two days with them were great! We walked towards campus--cutting it short at Starbucks! We enjoyed a game of Cities and Knights with Joe and Emily, had a great dinner together at Bertucci's and just got to catch up with them and see them enjoying their married life! It was a special visit!

The drive home seemed quicker and easier--at least for me and the kids!! We slept while Ben drove through the night! I thank the Lord for gifting Ben in that area--it has made many of our long road trips so much easier! We got back in time to celebrate the New Year with some good friends!

Ben left for Africa on January 15th, while I held the fort down with the kiddos! We got one day of snow while Ben was gone--only a couple of inches but just enough for the girls to have a blast in it! They were so excited to fill their buckets and make "snow birthday cakes!" And the closest thing to sledding was going down the snow-covered slide!

For any of you who may not know, we are expecting #4! Due date is middle of August! Well, that's a brief update! More to come soon!

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