Monday, December 31, 2012


A milk and cookies toast before bedtime on NYE
{BONUS: We got these three (plus two more kiddos) to sleep before midnight.}

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Breakfast for lunch - YUM!
{We're going to enjoy using our new waffle maker!}

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012


 Hmmm...I guess when you've been waiting all winter for snow you can consider 1-2 inches a "sleddable" amount.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012


Lauren and Great Grandma chatting about doll clothes.
{Thanks for the new jammies too, Great Grandpa and Grandma!}

Saturday, December 22, 2012


While Mom was sick and in bed all day, the girls were busy working on these heartfelt, homemade gifts which she opened on Christmas morning.  :)

Friday, December 21, 2012


If you look closely these socks indicate that they are for 3-4 year-olds.  Allie claims they don't fit well because she's not 3, not 4, but 3 and a half.  Oh, my.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Lauren has been looking forward to this since receiving the invitation a couple weeks ago

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012


If you can't open 'em, you may as well make a fort with 'em.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012


Tonight we enjoyed our own version of the Polar Express.  The girls put on jammies, we all sipped hot chocolate, and drove around admiring Christmas lights.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Our biggest version of footed jammies...looks like she needed some ventilation ;)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Our little elf, Lauren, loved making gifts at the Christmas Workshop at school today.
{Cookie mix, several ornaments, and a bookmark were on her list}

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Simply add slits on top of the chicken pot pie before baking?  No way!  It's so much more fun to add designs and names.

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Easing her way back into eating the best way she knows how - with ice cream!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


The ruptured ear drum was our first indicator that Lauren had strep...She's one tough cookie, I guess!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012


Pucker up!  Now we know those kissable lips are well moisturized.  :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012


Oh the crafts you can craft with ribbon, glue, and a trip to the recycle bin in the garage.  
And feathers.  LOTS of feathers.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012


BUSTED!  Dad and Mom had a craving for ice cream after the girls went to bed.  Dad headed out to grab a half-gallon.  Once he got home, guess who decided she needed just one more hug?  Well, she spotted the ice cream on the counter and, in a weak moment, Mom and Dad caved. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Learning the art of passing...definitely not a strength inherited from Mom

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Welcome {officially} to the family, Miles!
Perhaps you'll eventually be a bit more photogenic than your cousins represented in this picture. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012


The VanOmmen Thanksgiving tree.  We're thankful for everything from owls to Good (God) to family to milk and cookies to real animals and stuffed animals.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Surprise!  Dad bought doughnuts for breakfast.  He certainly knows the quickest way to a girl's heart.  :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The stage is set for a fabulous second grade Thanksgiving production

Monday, November 12, 2012


Bringing the pumpkins to their final resting place behind our house