Our January was crazy busy and really, totally awesome. We had so many fun experiences together!
The kids got the most fun building fort from one of their aunts and uncles. This puppy stayed in our living room for weeks, and they built with it every day!
For Epiphany, the kids get their big Christmas present from us and grandparents. This year–BIKES!! So much fun!!! Liam and Ariana build their own bikes through an amazing program we have here called Earn-a-Bike, so they got a skateboard and scooter instead of a bike.
And Epiphany is always celebrated with a king’s cake. This girl is the one who had Baby Jesus hidden in her piece.
Each month, we do a Rule and Drool day (Mom with girls and Dad with boys), but this month we switched it up with Dule and Rool day instead. I took my boys to play laser tag and arcade games, and Bill took the girlies to a Home Depot workshop. Fun was had by all (and Aiden and I stomped Liam and Josiah in laser tag. Just sayin’)
This little guy went straight to fake prayer one day when I started getting on to him. Hilarious!!
School is still going strong.
I have amazing helpers in the kitchen.
One of our neighbors, Baby Eve, has her own personal fan club with the Bell kids. Liam and Ariana have especially come into their own recently with some beginning babysitting gigs, and I love watching them just love on little ones. Be still my heart!
Our kids all get Mom-Dad-Kid-Time (MDKT) at least once a month. These two together are one of my favorite things.
Our monthly block party was at our house this year. We did hot cocoa around the fire pit, and it was FREEZING!!! And also such a sweet time! We had far more people than we expected and got to connect with some neighbors we didn’t know yet.
Bill and I made a platter at a pottery place together for a date night. This is the project before it was glazed and baked. It’s even more gorgeous now!
Always wanting to be in Daddy’s shoes, in more ways than one.
We got the Pie Face Game! Oh, my goodness, so much laughter!!!
I got to hang with this cute neighbor one morning, and I learned a whole new way to eat cereal.
We are ridiculously blessed that both sets of our parents really love each other, so we did a grandparents weekend this year. What a sweet time!!! We had game nights, went to the Rhythm Discovery Center and the Indiana State Museum, cooked for each other, and played Wii. I think the sleeping picture on the steps reflects how we all felt by the end. Totally worth it!!
On a sweet library and pretzel date with my baby girl.
Our church. I can’t say how much I love these people. But it’s way past the moon and back.
Aiden got glasses!!! Yeah, he looks adorable. Yeah, I said it.
I started teaching a Bible study, and I LOVE these ladies and this time we get together each week!
Lots of Children’s Museum time, including an impromptu visit with some friends there whom we’ve known for almost thirteen years now. We forgot to get a picture with them, but the mother and some of her beautiful kiddos are in one of the pictures below. Wish we could see them more often!
Heaven turned nine!!! Grateful for this girl.