a recap of our year – 2020

2020 was definitely a year we will never forget. it started off like any other year, but then the infamous COVID-19 changed the world. and as difficult as it was as all the changes took place among the world, i’m taking this year as something that i will look back to, and be grateful for everything that i have. it turned out to be the year that i learned to appreciate what i had.

i took a few minutes to look through my year in photographs, and wanted to share some of my favorite moments with you.

ringing in the new year with friends – way before we knew what 2020 was going to be like and celebrating the start of a new year with some of our favorites.

celebrating mahkena’s birthday – our little lady turned 8 this year and wanted to celebrate with a puppy party and a donut cake. she’s growing up way too fast!

working from home – we had no idea this was coming, nor how long it would last. but we’re making the best of it and enjoying all the extra time at home with our family.

a few weekend trips to the city – before the country went on lockdown john and i got to enjoy a few weekends away together. looking forward to when we can do things like this again when things get back to normal. in the meantime, these memories are some of my favorite.

lots of family time – this is truly the best thing to come out of 2020 and having to quarantine. it taught us all to slow down a little bit and enjoy the extra time we got together as a family. here a just a few of my favorite photos capturing these moments.

celebrating aubrey’s birthday – how in the world did this girl turn 6 this year?! we celebrated with close friends and family and tried to make her feel as special as possible during the pandemic.

trip to iowa – john and i took a weekend trip to iowa with some family and friends. we rented the cutest little cabin on the lake. we look forward to taking the whole family there sometime soon.

teaching the kids how to ride their bikes – all the girls learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels this summer. now we got our own little girl bike gang cruising through the neighborhood.

summer fun – because we were all stuck in the house for so long, we enjoyed as much time as we could outside this summer. plenty of fun in the backyard with the pools, trips to the campground, adventures to the zoo, and strolls through sunflower fields.

trip to see grandma – we took a quick weekend trip down to missouri to visit my grandma and some of our family. it was nice to take a little roadtip and spend some much needed time with them.

celebrating kaylei’s birthday – our girl turned 12 and due to the pandemic we couldn’t do much, but we sure made the best out of it. we rented a few rooms at a local hotel and took full advantage of their pool.

house renovations – we spent some time this year painting the entire house, putting together new furniture, hanging new canvases, and creating a craft room. this house has become more our home this year and it’s exactly what we pictured.

family photos – we updated our yearly family photos before the weather got too cold. it sure is difficult getting four kids to all look at the camera and smile at the same time, but they all did great and made for the perfect pictures for our christmas card this year.

buying a new car – our biggest purchase of the year! it’s so much more convenient having all six of us being able to ride together and take one vehicle.

mason’s birthday – goodness, i want this precious boy to stop growing up so fast. he turned 3 this year and is always making us smile.

halloween – one of our favorite times of the year and kept the tradition going with a themed family costume; this year we were all superheroes!

getting bun bun – we added a new furry addition to the family this winter. it was quite the surprise to the kids, and they’re already so attached.

christmas – christmas was spent at home, celebrated with our immediate family. lots of gift-opening, happy kids, and yummy food.

and in 2021, i’m ready for more, more of this happy life.

OUR CHRISTMAS: 2020

i hope you all had a warm, wonderful christmas! our’s was lovely and spent at home.

i feel like with all the anticipation and excitement of christmas, it seems to take forever for the day to finally be here and then once it’s here, it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

this year was a little different for us because the kids spent christmas morning with their other parents, so we didn’t wake up to little giggles and kids jumping on our bed waking us up so they could open presents. it wasn’t full of chaos of wrapping paper flying everywhere and the house was a whole lot more quiet. but john and i enjoyed the morning together and we were okay knowing that the kids were probably having the best time at their other homes.

around 10am the kids came home, faces filled with smiles and telling us all about their mornings. they were happy to be home and even more happy after seeing more presents piled for them under the tree. we all changed into our matching family christmas pajamas and nestled around the tree.

the kids sure got spoiled with things that they wanted and were eager to start playing with it all.

but john and i had one more big surprise from them that we had been hiding from them for weeks.

if you know our girls, you know they have been begging for a bunny for YEARS. we surprised them with a new addition to the family that they’re absolutely head over heels with already.

welcome to the family, Miss. Bun Bun.

for the next hour or so the kids got to play with all their new toys and had us running around like crazy putting everything together. that time was my favorite; just knowing we were all together and just truly so happy.

mom, dad, and my sister came over early in the afternoon to do our round of christmas. again, the kids got spoiled rotten, even the pups!

after all gifts were open the rest of the family showed up for our last round of christmas. i love how large our immediate family is and there is something so special seeing the kids with their cousins.

after all the gifts were opened, we started dinner and had quite the variety! everything was so delicious and our bellies were all very happy.

after dinner, everyone started to wind down and head home. once again, the house was quiet. the kids all were occupied with their new gifts and john and i relaxed and reflected on how great the day was.

from our family to yours, we hope you had a very merry christmas a wishing you all a wonderful new year!

2020; Our Year #LeParteyof6 style

2020 is certainly a year we will never forget; a global pandemic, quarantine, and changes all around the world.

but one thing is for sure, COVID-19 didn’t hold us back from making the most out of 2020 and creating so many wonderful memories. more than ever, we learned that there is no place like home and the people we share it with.

as we move into 2021, we hope this video brings you joy of our year in review.

2020 Christmas Decorating

hey there! i hope you’ve been enjoying the first few weeks of december so far. we’ve been keeping busy around the house, nestled in trying to stay warm as the cold front is starting to roll in.

if you’ve followed along for at least the past year, you know what this post is going to be about already. christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year and i always try to start decorating for it first chance i get. this year was no exception; we got the home all “christmas-ified” the day before thanksgiving, with our new matching christmas family pajamas worn proudly.

hope you enjoy a quick scroll though our holiday home decor for the year…

we decorate two trees; one we use for all family ornaments. one day when our kids are grown and have families of their own, i can give them their ornaments as keepsakes. until then, i’m so grateful for the paper ornaments, unicorns, and dinosaurs. in my opinion, there is nothing cozier than a tree covered with lights filled to the brim with family ornaments.

speaking of family ornaments; we get every year and this year’s was very fitting.

our second tree is upstairs and glistens in the main living area. we enjoy the bright lights and matching buffalo plaid decorations that is scattered throughout our home. having multiple trees is my favorite and i’m sure we will slowly add more throughout the years.

decorating the christmas tree is one of my favorite traditions; it’s always just so special having the family do it all together. the boys always have the responsibility of putting the star up at the end and i smile so big every time i see mason so happy to do so.

we scatter our stockings along with the dogs stockings on both our mantle and stair railing. i love adding bits of garland and twinkling lights on the railing.

and that, friends and family, is at least a partial tour of our christmas-ified house! happy holidays!

Amazon office must-haves

we’re all guilty of it; seeing those items that are all over social media and tik-tok and we can’t help but want it. there are so many neat gadgets out there that influencers are reviewing that it’s hard not to.

and now with working from home being the new normal for a lot of people now, i wanted to do a quick post with some fun must-have office finds found on amazon.

1. Bluetooth Keyboard, Jelly Universal Device for Tablets & Phones

2. Foldable Monitor Stand Riser

3. Flash Drive Photo Stick Memory Saver for iPhone

4. Adjustable Stand-up Desk Converter

5. Handheld Fan Rechargeable

6. Ultra-Thin Webcam Cover Slide

these are all so functional and with the holidays approaching, would make great gifts too!