Monday, February 29, 2016

Halloween 2015

We had a cowboy, mummy, Mal from the Decedents, a sunny day and a cloudy day. Unlce Jason also joined us as Jason. The weather was cool and rainy... not ideal, but we still had a great time trick or treating with family and friends!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Me and my girl and some running

Reese and I are going to do a 5k together on Mother's Day! We did our first 3 mile run. Our time was about 38 minutes and included a lot of walking, but she did it! I think this is a great bonding thing for the two of us! Our goal is to be able to do it without walking!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Some randoms from 2015

Reese and Chase played basketball together last year. Ryan even got to coach. Sadly, they didn't love it. I think they would enjoy it if they stuck with it.
 I believe this was a night out celebrating our friend Heather's birthday!
I have about 100 pictures of  Blake sleeping. They are all so cute. He can fall asleep anywhere when he is tired.
 Reese is so good with her little cousins. Quinn is such a doll!
 Thumbs up!
 A Charlie sandwich!

Friday, February 26, 2016


Some days are so darn busy and crazy and I feel like I can't get enough sleep... but every day I am happy. I am happy to be blessed with good health, a great partner, and energetic and happy children. Sometimes it's easy to get distracted and stressed, but it's pretty simple to step back and just appreciate what we have in life. I get sad and crabby and moody and annoyed, but when it comes down to it, I am happy and full of love!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Music and karate

Reese had her first recorder concert. It was short, but the kids did a great job. I love the idea of learning music... the practicing can be tough on the ears, but it's so cool to watch her catch on and read music!
Chase and Blake took a karate class. It was sooooo cool if you ask them. They can't wait to go back. We will take some classes before soccer starts for spring and then maybe start back up in the summer if they are still interested. The outfit, of course, is awesome.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Little ham

This guy had an uneventful trip to the doctor last week for a nasty cold. Of course he was all smiles and chipper while visiting the doctor!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

God sightings

On our way to religious ed class today, the kids were not overly thrilled. They asked a bit about why they had to go. I realize that these things can be boring at time and really, just hard to understand. I explained to them that we go to class and church to learn about being a good person... to follow the examples set by Jesus and saints... to remember to be a good person and to ask for forgiveness. I told them that we want to have faith and hope and believe that when our time comes, that we will see each other again. They left for class in fine mood and had a nice time as they always do. After I dropped them off, I saw this tiny little rainbow in the sky. It was just fitting for my moment. A little God sighting up there, reassuring me that I was sharing the truth. :)

Monday, February 22, 2016

September or was it October 2015 Funny Shots

Our friend Jackie took our pictures this last year and they were great. Of course, she had to throw in some of the funny ones... These 3 are non stop crazy. A good crazy. A make your parents crazy kind of crazy. But a happy crazy that we try to stop and embrace every day!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A quick stop

Sometimes when Ryan travels, we just need a quick stop for dinner! Subway is their favorite stop!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Family fun night!

Chase set the table like a champ tonight, Ryan made delicious French toast and then later some popcorn to enjoy during a movie. It was a fun filled and quiet(ish) night at the Staniak house!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

It's the Little Things

I ran a few half marathons last year. I really do enjoy running. I ended up signed up for a race with some friends, but this one, I mainly went at on my own. I didn't feel like I prepared as much as I had in the past and was a bit nervous. Lucky for me, I received many texts along the way and talked to a man that pushed me along. When I got to the finish, I heard some cheering. These girls showed up and made my day! There is nothing better than a good cheering section and friends to support you along the way. I believe I finished around 1:47 for the half marathon. I think this will be my best run ever!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Years Eve

 New Years Eve 2015. Theme - Why the H is that in my closet.... and tons of crazy minute to win it games!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Christmas 2015

Christmas is always a whirlwind. This may seem like a complaint, and in a way it is, but I would not have it any other way. We move quickly from house to house, but every spot is filled with some much love and happiness... which is the reason for the season.
13 with Grandma
 A little surprise from Ovo the Elf. This outfits are kind of amazing!
 Reese as a sheep in the nativity at church.
 Cookie Party 2015
 Great Grandma's first selfie!
 Chrismas Eve games!
 Christmas morning-- about to see what Santa delivered.
 Christmas morning on Debra Lane
 13 with Papa on Christmas
 The Staniak's!