Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Card & Letter 2016

I would love to send everyone out there in blog world a Christmas card but that just isn't possible so...I am doing the next best thing...sharing it on my blog! I hope you enjoy!! 

Dear Family and Friends,            

I can’t even believe I am writing our Christmas letter already. It just seems like yesterday we were celebrating the ending of 2015. Whoever said “the days are long and the years are short,” wasn’t lying. We had so many ups and downs this year but are still so very thankful for the blessings we have been given.
We rang in the New Year while vacationing in Southern California with Mark’s family. It was a trip of a lifetime for sure! Disney Land, Lego Land, Sea World, and much more made the trip one to remember! Mark and I celebrated 8 years of marriage in January as well.
In February we had a few days of unusually nice weather. We took bike rides, went to the driving range, and even had a fun filled day with a marshmallow theme! Sloane attended her 1st Daddy/Daughter dance at school and LOVED every second of it. We also spent a few weekends trying to finish a DIY Kitchen remodel. ;)
The month of March is to celebrate Sloane…at least that’s what she thinks. Ha! Sloane turned 4 this year! I know, it’s still hard to type. We were in Disney World over her birthday again this year. Sloane pretty much thinks she is real princess. Once again we vacationed hard with Mark’s brother and his family!  We made so many awesome memories that we will cherish FOREVER! Easter was also in March this year.  We enjoyed this time with friends and family as we celebrated our risen King.
In April my grandpa from CA came to visit my parents. We took a trip to Jackson and enjoyed his visit! As a family we continued to take bike rides, go the driving range, and were even able to take a few trips to the STL Zoo. The school year was coming to a close as well. Busy, busy, busy!
May = school is out for Summer!! Our plan was to soak up every minute since Wyatt was to start Kindergarten in August. The school picnic is a highlight of the month as well as to CELEBRATE Wyatt. He turned 6 years old. He is such a sweet boy. He has a gentle spirit and is always thinking of others.
Our summer (June/July) was a busy one! We soaked up every possible ray of sunshine by the pool. Wyatt and Sloane both are officially fish. ;) Both of them can swim with no help and by the end of the summer were doing “tricks” off the diving board. Wyatt even touched the bottom of the deep end this year! In June, Sloane finished another year of dance and shined on stage at the recital. July 4th was spend with friends again and we had a BLAST! As July came to a close we spent a long weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks with friends. I think it’s safe to say we enjoy the water!!
August came *cue all the tears* and school started back.  Wyatt started Kindergarten…it was a transition for all of us but it didn’t take long to get used to our new schedule. Sloane is in Pre-K and attends the same school as Wyatt. Both Wyatt and Sloane have such great teachers who not only love them but also love The Lord. It’s so awesome to witness such a great education system. Such a blessing!!
We started September in at the beach. The four of us took a beach vacation to Daytona Beach, FL! We had some great family time…in the condo since Hurricane Hermine decided to hit the shore while we were there. ;( Memories were still made and we were thankful for the few days we had our toes in the sand.
October marks the beginning of Fall in STL. We always enjoy a special weekend with my family at Sam A. Baker state park. It’s so fun to still be friends with your cousins even as an adult. ;) October also marked the 4th Annual Ryder Cup Memorial. The golf tournament in memory of Ryder is an event that continues to grow in number as well as fun times.  Mark and I ended October Trick or Treating with Indiana Jones and Cinderella and a fire bit with cousins!
November and December are such busy months. Fun, but busy.  With a 6 and 4 year this year the magic is greater than it’s even been at our house. Mark and I are LOVING it! Even with the presents, activates, and other holiday activates I love to hear Wyatt and Sloane talk about the true meaning of Christmas…Christ.
                                                                Mark, Emily, Wyatt, and Sloane (

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