Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011


Move over, Logan's! This girl's got a new favorite restaurant - Panera Bread.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


There may not be snow outside, but we've created our own {colorful} flakes inside

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Here's the letter Lauren wrote for her friend Dani...They had a play date today.
"Dani, You are my friend. I like Sydney (Dani's sister) too."
Maybe it's just the teacher part of me, but I love to see her developing writing skills. :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Our answer to unorganized and scattered craft supplies - Lauren supplied the labels :)

Monday, December 26, 2011


Lauren and Allie playing Marble Works (Thanks Uncle Scott and Aunt Stacey!)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011


Allie and Grandpa VanOmmen at the VanOmmen family Christmas party

Thursday, December 22, 2011


It was a Lauren and Mom date day at the movies...Polar Express was a great choice

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Every night we check on Lauren and Allie one last time before heading to bed to give them a kiss and re-tuck them in if necessary. Although it melts my heart to see them sleeping peacefully each night, tonight they both seemed especially precious with the glow of the Christmas lights on their faces.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Each year Lisa's family decorates Christmas cookies together. The results are always far from professional looking, but we always have a great time together.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Cuddling with Daddy...Allie has been perfecting her "fake sleeping" lately as evidenced by the slight smirk on her face.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


We enjoyed a REAL (no running errands) date night in Grand Rapids
{Bistro Bella Vita, The Wizard of Oz, drinks afterwards} Lauren and Allie enjoyed their annual gingerbread house construction project with Grandpa and Grandma

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011


This girl loves her hot chocolate...just so long as it's only warm :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011


Mom and Dad had to leave Gracie at the American Girl Doll Hospital in Chicago last weekend with a case of a broken eye. She was discharged and delivered to us today complete with a fixed eye and a hospital gown. Allie laid her in her crib with bubble wrap "cuz Gwacie wikes to pop da bubbles".

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Lauren just couldn't fall asleep tonight, so she got up, taped a Rudolph nose on, and helped wrap gifts...Who needs counting sheep anyway?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Lisa's family "adopted" a family for Christmas this year. Here are the things that Lauren and Allie picked out for the kids in the family.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Lauren and Allie had a great time with Amanda while Dad and Mom were in Chicago. Here are the Christmas cookies that they made.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


A great Chicago weekend with Lisa's, show, and lots of delicious food!

Friday, December 2, 2011


Yup. This is what her bed always looks like when she's sleeping - a stuffed animal slumber party. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011