merry christmas mihalakis family!






We celebrated Christmas by waking up to presents and breakfast. It was hilarious watching Ellie teach Emmy about her toys...we'll call it that rather than stealing them! haha! It was a relaxing day followed by the entire family loading in Lori's suburban to go look at Christmas lights. What a merry Christmas!

duve neighborhood pub!






After visiting the Mihalakis family Christmas Eve, we headed to the Duve Neighborhood Pub! What a fun time. Maybe too much fun...

rolling over!!




Emmy did it! She rolled over this weekend. She gets pretty proud of herself - the 2 pictures were taken after she rolled over in the video. 

merry christmas koppes family!





Family, laughs, sleigh riding, food, games and gift giving. What a special weekend spending time together. Thanks for everything Dad, Mom, Jamie and the entire Colsch Family.

merry christmas koppes family!







places to go...

Emmy's trying so hard to be on the move. She can't crawl yet, but she's about a week away from rolling over, which I've heard it's all over from there! ;) She's a busy girl that's for sure!

nap time for the girls!

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

cereal!





We were really looking forward to being home for the weekend - with that came some new experiences and discoveries for Emmy. She had her first taste of cereal - that went pretty well. It was probably more interesting and comical for Jake and I. Then she discovered Ruby...

buddies!


Emmy discovered that Ruby's jowls are nice and squishy and fun to squeeze (haha, good thing Ruby's a good sport. She's in for some rough years ahead!)


happy winter!


Christmas Card Sneak Peak! :) In our efforts to get a picture of Emmy to put on our Christmas cards, this was a cute one that ended up on the cutting room floor! 

she's getting so big!!



emmy liz is changing so much, so fast! each day it seems like she discovers something new, and she's quite the chatter box these days. she must get it from her dad! haha ;) 

one big weekend!








We had a big weekend, as you'll see with the newest batch of uploads. On Friday night, we continued our Halloween tradition of the Colsch Family coming to our neighborhood and trick-or-treating, followed by soup, snacks and drinks. We had some fun additions to our group this year, Grandma Shirley came to town, along with Josh's parents, John and Jeannie. Greg and Sharmin also stopped by to give the kids goodie bags and visit for awhile. It was a great night. 

Saturday, Jenni and I participated in Cedar Valley Chase (a spin off the show, Amazing Race). Our team name was: TWISTER SISTERS...You can't catch us! And of course we had create a team logo!! We had a blast. Just imagine Jenni and I speeding all over town, with a video camera sliding across the dash board as we take turns to tight and fast! HAHA, it was great. We didn't win, but have already adjusted our strategy for next year.

Sunday was JD's birthday party, and we went to Heritage Farm. We went on a hay ride, opened gifts by the bon-fire and grilled out. It was perfect weather and JD was excited about all his gifts.

It was a busy weekend, but we had a blast! :)

trick-or-treat!




The weather was so nice, Emmy could help Dad hand out candy. Some of the costumes really got her thinking!!!

kids costumes!