Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cubscouts Caroling

Sean's cubscout troop visited a local nursing home to sing some Christmas Carols. It looks like the residents enjoyed their visit.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tacky Light Run

As I posted before, Tacky Lights are a huge thing in Richmond. They've even made a Tacky Light run that goes through several neighborhoods with great lights. Our close friend's house is on that run and so we went to their house to tailgate and cheer on the runners. It was a lot of fun. The kids played outside and watched an outdoor movie and we hung out around the campfire (to stay warm!). The runners were all decked out in costumes and all sorts of cool lights! We saw Santa and the grinch running and lots of Elf on the shelf runners too!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tacky Lights in the neighborhood

Sean's best bud and his sister were with us for dinner one night. I took the four of them for a walk down our street which our kids called a "winter wonderland". In Richmond, there is a quite popular trend of "tacky light" displays. Our block of neighbors have put together quite a display and we join in each year. There is a total of 7 houses that are lit up quite nicely. The kids love it!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Short Pump Fun

Since it was so nice outside we decided to do some shopping and hang out at the outdoor mall close to our house. There were Christmas characters around to take pics with and lots of other fun to be had. (Carter was having nothing to do with the characters!)

Later that day, we worked our Christmas card assembly line! Sean helped me with all the steps and Carter did her own helping. Some of you will notice that she drew you a picture on the back of your card. So cute! 

They built a massive Castle!

Thanksgiving 2014

We headed back to Cville for a nice long weekend for Thanksgiving. Once again the kids really enjoyed playing with their cousins and spending time at Nana and Poppi's house. We had our usual turkey trot on Thanksgiving morning and Sean decided to join us for the last .5 mile. Dan and I got some great Christmas shopping done on black Friday and even got to squeeze in a movie!

Then we came home and decorated the house! The kids loved opening up each and every ornament! Carter rearranges them daily!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boat Racing at Cub Scouts

Sean has really enjoyed being a part of a cub scout troop this year. He looks forward to the weekly meetings. During this meeting, the held a boat race for the boats that they had previously made. He also earned his first badge. He is pretty proud to wear his boyscout uniform!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

RJ's Bday

We visited Cville for the weekend to help celebrate RJ's first bday. We were happy that we also got to see Anne and baby Elliott! The kids really enjoy playing with RJ and Elliot!

Fun at school

As I've said before, Carter's school sends me pictures of her at least once a week. It is a nice treat to have her sweet face in my email inbox!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ridge Reaches Out!

One of my co-workers came up with the idea to help support some of our needy families. We rallied together as a staff, donated lots of food, packed up over 400 lunches, and then headed out to the neighborhood to hand them out. The rain, cold, and wind didn't stop us! I knew I wanted my kids to be a part of this because they need to understand that not everyone has what we have. Sean was a super helper! He helped stuff a lot of lunches! He even stayed out in the rain and cold to help us pass them out. Carter did her part also though she didn't really understand what we were doing. It was a great family day for us and a great day for the staff at my school. We've had some sad news lately and doing something great for our kids and families was just the thing we needed!

Friday, October 31, 2014


This year for Halloween we had Princess Carter (sometimes she referred to herself as "cindabella") and Mike Wasowski the one eyed monster from the Monsters Inc. movies. (oh and we cannot forget Daddy as "less attractive Rob Lowe" or aka creepy Dan ha ha) We had a neighborhood get together with pizza and s'mores before we all headed out to trick or treat. It got dark fast and it was hard keeping up with them! Sean was running from door to door with all his friends and Carter lagged behind a bit. We left some candy at our door so that we could both join the kids. After a while though Carter got tired so the girls headed home. She loved handing out candy to other kids. The boys finally made it back and the kids dumped all their candy out to see what they had gotten. It was a great Halloween for all.