Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Lorien's Winter Orchestra Concert

Having so many kids in music makes Fall & Spring fairly busy.  We had four concerts in one week in December: 2 glee club/choir concerts, 1 orchestra concert, & 1 band concert.

The first of the music fun was Lorien's Orchestra concert.  It amazes me how good she is getting on her cello.  She plays beautifully.  It makes me proud to have another string player in the house.




Decorating the Tree

My favorite part of Christmas is decorating the tree.  I love finding each of the ornaments & telling the story behind the ornament to the kids.  It literally takes hours because we tell so many stories.  I love it.

My favorite ornament is my red Mickey ears (surprise surprise).  We got that ornament on our trip to Disneyland with my family.  I love it.


This year was Cadence's year to put the angel on the top of the tree.


Isn't it beautiful?


Family Pictures 2016

It's been two whole years since we've had family pictures taken so we figured it was about time to get some done.  Our dear friend Sara offered to take them for us & amazingly enough, we took them here on base in Mountain View.  Who knew this crazy old unkept base was really this beautiful?  I love how a true artist can make you realize the beauty that's been right in front of your eyes.

My girls think it's totally fun to pose for the camera. . . they got all serious


And then got photobombed by Taya.


I love these girls so much.

 



All the pictures turned out absolutely beautiful.


































I love this little family of mine.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Potter house.  This year was the Potter year for Thanksgiving so we had the entire Potter family over.  I think we counted about 28 total people in our itty bitty house.  It was hilarious & fun all at the same time.

Even Grandma Kinsfather was able to travel up from Redondo Beach.  My kids always love spending time with Grandma K.


Trek enjoys time with his brothers & his sisters, but whenever the Potter "BOYS" are in the house, there's always some sort of a wrestling match at some point.  Talon & Trek especially like to challenge one another as to who is actually stronger.  Usually there is a definate winner, but this year, they both just gave up once they got tired.  I guess we're officially getting old now.  ha ha ha.


I love how my sweet niece Ella, thought that Daddy & Uncle Trek were "snuggling" so she joined them. . . even though Talon had Trek in a full choke hold.


The best part of every night was gathering together as a family & telling stories about the past.  It's my favorite thing to do with Trek's family.  I love their stories & the stories I've been able to be a part of over the years.


And of course Opa got to tell ALL his grandbabies stories before bedtime as they snuggled with Oma. 


Thanksgiving Day was wonderful.  This was my first year brining a turkey, & wow.  It really turned out amazing.  It was moist & seasoned & just plain delicious.


We had a wonderful appetizer spread to snack on as we waited for the main dishes to finish cooking.




The 3 Aunties had a blast playing with all the nieces & nephews.  They really are wonderful Aunties.


The kids' table had a coloring tablecloth with coloring placemats to keep the kiddos busy while we ate & talked.  It worked like a charm.  They were busy for hours.


And the adult table looked nice too.










Dinner was delicious.



After dinner, we all went into the living room to enter our "turkey comas."  Almost everyone took a nap while the kids, who never seem to sleep, watched a movie.



Except Canyon, who fell asleep on his Oma.


Everyone got to stay a few days after Thanksgiving which was fun.  We went to the mall with all the kids & took them to some parks in our area.


We also went to see the Trolls movie which the kids LOVED.  And since we are all excited about the new Fantastic Beasts movie, we had to take a picture.


It was a wonderful Thanksgiving with WONDERFUL people.