So, since .... umm ... sometime in the Fall ... what we've been up to ...
Emma's Cross Country season ended with a HUGE bonus.
She ran with the HS team part of the season and was able to run in the State Meet. (Check out my little 7th Grader with these high school girls ;)
The Girls' Team WON State!
We were soooo proud of how Emma finished (and I'm not just talking about her running either :)
While Emma spent the Fall season running, Olivia played soccer. Normally, the goalie (her favorite position) but she got to play offense during a few games as well.
My sweet Emma turned THIRTEEN in November and we hosted a house-rockin' slumber party (truly the best word to describe it. Thirteen year old girls tend to get a bit loud :)
On Emma's actual birthday, we got an unexpected surprise! My little brother, John Patrick, was able to make a quick 9-day trip home.
This was such an emotional time for all of us. We hadn't seen him in ONE YEAR (I get so bummed about it) and even though he is stationed in Hawaii, the majority of his time is spent underwater in a submarine ... with no communication whatsoever (I get more bummed about that part).
So, the words This Too Shall Pass have never been more comforting. I know it won't be forever, and yes, I know it could be worse, but we miss him like crazy. No communication is brutal.
Aside from celebrating Thanksgiving, we finished off his visit with all my nieces spending the night so we could have one last all-night nerf war. These wars are intense! We turn off every light in the house and battle 'til the last person wins. And, then we do it again. So fun!
We had a big breakfast before seeing him off ... which turned out to be the absolute saddest day!!
In December, we tried to overcome our sadness and focus on Christmas in our new home.
We took a Family Fun Day and visited Grove Park Inn, viewing their gingerbread house displays (so beautiful!)
I took very little pictures at Christmas, which is odd, but we ended up having a wonderful day with family.
2014 brought a lot of trials, but at the same time, we experienced many, MANY blessings ... more than we deserve!