Friday, December 1, 2017

santa pictures this year...


this year, we scheduled our pictures for saturday morning. everything was going great, until we got to kaysville and were told the power was out and we'd have to reschedule. thankfully, they were able to squeeze us in at their downtown location and it all went smoothly from there.

the girls were so good and thank heavens! these pictures usually aren't stressful, but i still stress every. dang. year.




james dressed up as santa and we waited our turn. and like i said, the girls did so well. we got lots of cute pictures and they really are treasures to this mama!












Monday, November 27, 2017

thanksgiving 2017.



thanksgiving day started out nice and early. james got up and got ready to go play in his annual turkey bowl, but not before he picked up a load of donuts beforehand. the girls and i stayed home, baked cookies, watched the parade on tv, and painted our nails. oh, and i packed for all of us (girls). a couple hours later, as soon as james got home, we hit the road headed for cokeville!

this is probably the most disappointing year as far as pictures go. why on earth am i so bad at getting pictures anymore?! anyway, the food was absolutely delicious, we loved getting to sit downstairs with all of our fellow cousins with (and without) kids. the girls loved having so many cousins to play with and i rarely saw my two oldest the entire weekend!



my grandma always rents out the high school gym that evening so that our little ones (and big ones!) have somewhere to run off some of that turkey! my girls look forward to this every year and made sure i remembered to pack their 'gym shoes'.


the next morning, james and i started a new tradition with the girls: christmas pillowcases (that i sewed!) with a picture of Christ inside (and a festive shirt). we explained why we celebrate christmas and that Christ is at the center of it. they were excited and have the pictures hanging in their rooms.



saturday afternoon came with much anticipation! my mom really wanted all of us girls to get together and go see the nutcracker. brooklyn was so excited about it! our tickets were really cheap, but the view was great! it really brought the magic of christmas and it was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! i loved being there with my mom and sisters (and brookie and livi) and hope to make this a tradition for years to come!





after the nutcracker, we grabbed soup/salad/sandwiches and then brooklyn and i had another thanksgiving dinner to get back home too. and of course, no pictures of that event! i am promising myself i'll do better next year. anyway, we enjoyed another big thanksgiving dinner with james' mom's side of the family and then watched a christmas movie afterwards. 

thanksgiving weekend holds so many dear memories and it always goes by way too quickly. i love that it's followed right up with the christmas season so that i don't have to be too sad about it being over for another year. grateful for so many blessings in the life, especially james and my three little ladies i get to mother. we are so blessed and i'm so thankful for this crazy little life of mine!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

november so far...


at the beginning of november, we went with the whole ruesch clan to the zoo for my mother in law's birthday. it was a little chilly, so we bundled up, and ended up having a great time.


the girls loved being with cousins and nana & papa. 


adi stayed wit her nana most of the time and loved sneaking drinks of her drink and pointing out all of the animals to her.


one of the highlights was the tiger. he was never really active for us in the summer, and we loved watching him eat and walk around.


kendall is my super star at the zoo! she's so good to stay in the stroller and she loves to pretend to be every animal we see. 







we let the girls play at the playground for a little bit when we were done. the girls loved it. james and i were cold! everyone had a good time being there together and especially watching the kids get excited about the animals.



we hit up our favorite donut spot on the way home and tried not to eat the whole dozen on the short drive home.


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november marked a huge milestone for the ruesch family. adalyn is now in nursery!!! the icing on top is that she loves it!  these pictures were from her first sunday going to nursery. girl was excited!




i just love her little profile! and that freckle on her lip!


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the next couple pictures were from another sunday. i dressed them all in sweater dresses and they looked so cute all together!



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adalyn had her 18 month check-up (21.3 lbs & 30 inches) and took her second dose of the flu shot like a champ! did. not. cry. one. little. bit. the nurse couldn't believe it. this girl cracks us up daily, loves her little babies, and gives the best kisses!


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we had our much anticipated ruesch thanksgiving dinner this past saturday. my girls were so excited about this! mostly, kendall just rode on brooklyn's excitement. but they loved it! they decorated place mats before dinner, and during dinner we all went around the table and said something we were grateful for this year. brooklyn said: that she is old enough to be in 1st grade. kendall said: her family!




there was so much delicious food! a few of us mentioned a couple of times that it reminded us of our thanksgiving in hawaii. great memories!



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this is so random but i want to remember it! on any given evening, you will find my hair in some sort of braid. brooklyn is obsessed with braiding right now and i love it! she also wants braids in her hair every day. i do my best, but i need so much practice still! i love that she's such a girly girl.


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and last but not least... some sleeping pictures of adalyn...


a true depiction of how i feel about getting my house clean, christmas up, and packed for thanksgiving in cokeville in the next two days.




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