Our Blessed Chaos

My hubby + a 1st grader + twins in kindergarten + 4 critters..... Yeah it is chaos, but we are blessed!

Today's Verse

Everyone was so excited to get to Gramma SisSue and Grampa Mr.Bill's house.  But it was quite late when we arrived and of course dark.  But once we got up in the morning the first thing we did was go out in the back to meet some pretty special critters...


Meeting Sholley

Feeding Abby.  The joy on her face is priceless!

Ben feeding Crystal

And of course a little ride!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!





Making Mice with Grandma SisSue!



Introducing the Huge Ball to Fortune & Pirate



They didn't know what to think!

The trip home next....

It had been far too long since we had visited hubby's family in Phoenix, so this year we decided to go spend Christmas there.  As we discussed this we thought we should drive, a cross country trip would be a fun adventure. 

Then we wondered what to do about the dogs - well we would take them with us of course.

Then we wondered if it would be too cramped in the back with three kids, three dogs (including a large lab mix) and all our luggage. 

Then one day hubby said..."too bad we don't have a motorhome"  Well long story short - we rented an RV and away we went!

Hubby drove, I worked at the table and the kids played had a great time.  When we were hungry we stopped to eat and walked the dogs. When it was bedtime we put the kids in jammies and put them to bed, yep, while we continued down the highway.  When hubby got tired he stopped at a rest stop and slept as long as he needed to.  It worked quite well.




On our way we found out about a large storm that we were heading straight into, so we hanged direction and avoided the storm.    This change of plans took us right past Carlsbad Caverns.  We had to stop!








Our detour also took us through Tombstone.  Of course we had to stop!!  Not sure why I didn't take more pictures that day??  This is about it!





More posts from Christmas in Phoenix to come....




Our elf Max is very mischievous and does many silly things such as move ornaments, hide shoes, turn the milk green, have a snowball fight with marshmallows, leave trails in chocolate chips or M&Ms, write on the mirror in toothpaste, leave funny messages on the windows, make snow angels in flour on the counter and many other mischievous acts. He also has a different hiding spot each morning and it is fun to try to find him.

This year Rudolf sent Max to our house with a message and with one of the most mischievous acts of all.  Max painted their noses red while they slept!!!

Sam and Carlee were thrilled with the joke.  You can see the excitement in their faces.

Ben...not so much.  I think he was truly offended that Max had the nerve to do that while he was sleeping!

Carlee asked for a sewing machine
Sam asked for a remote control police helicopter

Ben didn't say a word.  Maybe Santa will bring him a remote control helicopter too.


When Santa comes to visit in our town he arrives on one of the local fire trucks with ALL the lights flashing.  How cool is that!