Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Space Bros!


Sledding... Finally!

It's hard to believe it's the end of January and this is our first time sledding in our yard. As you can see, there was hardly any snow but we still had fun.

Sam could eat snow all day.

Nice moves, Macker!!
Sweet form.

Can you feel the joy?
 My bearded baby.

Juner and his buddies, the Vandervelde boys. (Read about their family HERE!)

Partners in crime.

We woke up early on Saturday and walked to the sledding hill before the snow melted. Even with hardly ANY snow we had a great great time!

 I love these 2 boys!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Our Neighbors

I've been putting off this post. I guess if I blog it, that means it's really true. Our precious neighbors moved to Boston this past week. Our family is heartbroken. Seriously, I wish everyone could have neighbors as nice as the Oetjens family. From the moment we met, we just clicked. Our kids each love each other.

Hours and hours were spent together in our front yards.
I can't count the number of nights I'd get a text, "Hey Katie, just so you know, your garage door is open".
Or "Want to sneak over (after the kids go to bed) to watch some reality tv?!" 

Always so willing to hang out and laugh together. The kids could play for hours and hours without even a disagreement. 

Last year Sissy walked to their house every morning and (let herself in) then they all walked to the bus stop together. 

 Our houses were across the street from each other and the kids loved watching for the green van to pull into their driveway. Tamara told me her kids always did the same to us.
I learned so much about being a good neighbor from Tamara. Thoughtful, kind, giving and selfless are just a few of the words I'd use to describe my friend.

Their new neighborhood has no idea how lucky they are...

This past week the kids got to spend a fun night (till 11pm!!) together saying goodbye. 

 We grownups did too.
 We prayed for them as a family and asked God to give them a great new life in Boston.
 And we thanked Him for the gift of their friendship.
Then we all cried.  
Saying goodbye is hard.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Our friends, the Mowen's were in town for a family vacation. They invited us to their hotel for a morning of fun. This precious family holds such a special place in my heart. They were there when we met our Sammer. They were in Ethiopia with Sam while we were home waiting to pass court (7 weeks). They are the ones that sent me these sad pictures of Sammer's shaved head. 

Hard to believe these are the same little boys.

Sam and Jacob: April 2012

We ended our morning with a donut picnic. 

Can't wait for our next time together! 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Amazing Race Murray Style

Scott and I surprised the kids with  5 clues/tasks that lead them to an overnight at a hotel in Schaumburg.

They were totally surprised.


Sammer!!! Get your swimming suit on!!

Macker is becoming a little fish!

For a couple hours we had the pool all to ourselves.

Sam loved ever second!

We stayed up late watching movies!

Perfect 24 hour get away!
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My sweet Scotty started basketball for the first time ever a couple weeks ago. He had his first game last Saturday. I'm so proud of him!
I have not idea how, but Scott caught his first basket on VIDEO!

Free Day

We went to the zoo and had a great time. 2 kids wanted their picture taken, 2 did not.

Scott found a great seat.

We're walking... we're walking....

Again, 2 were into the picture, 2 were NOT.

Mean face.


The perfect dance stage.