"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Day

This is where my photography goes down hill.  I forgot to take pictures of the day and forgot to take them the rest of our Christmas celebrating.  Oh, well.  We have the memories.  Christmas was strange this year because part of the Halpin family was sick still and so we had to reschedule Christmas with Gigi and Grandpa until Sunday.  It was so sad.  But, we had the whole day to just relax and just hang out together.  We actually slept in.  I got up early to make homemade cinnamon rolls.  They were AMAZING, but next year I might just stick with pillsbury.  Really, that's it.  That's our day.  Lots of lego building and hot wheel track building and video game playing.   On Sunday, we went over to Gigi and Grandpa's house and had a wonderful celebration with them.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve.  We spend this day with my family.  I absolutely think this picture of Elliot is hilarious....that kid....nuts...My mom's love language is gifts just like mine and she puts so much thought into each gift and how she will present each gift.  She loves giving and is so generous.  We had such a great day celebrating and we are so blessed.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Our church does an Eve Of Christmas Eve service and it is one of the highlights of the Christmas Season.  I LOVE it.  Our worship leader, Joey, works so hard on planning this every year and I knew it would not disappoint.  But, after a fun day at Six Flags and dinner at Sweet Tomato on the 22nd, it all went down hill.  FAST!  Oliver got the worst stomach bug of all time.  I have never seen such a sight.  And of course, this always happens when our church has something important going on and Joel CANNOT get sick.  So, I was in it alone.  Clayton came down with it a few hours later. I am so thankful for facetime because my mom let me see the whole service.  And, so thankful that we were all well by Christmas Eve.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Six flags

We got family six flags as a part of the boys' Christmas present and it has been so much fun!  They said it was the best gift EVER.  I am not much of a thrill seeker like I used to be, so I it works out well that we can split up and I can go to Loony Toon Land and the mini mine train with Elliot.  It is just my speed.  I rode the Texas Giant with Clayton the first time and I seriously wanted to get off about 10 seconds in.  We can't wait for 2015 and all the fun we are going to have!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dallas half

My 4th half marathon (one of them unofficial, but I count it!)  I had a hard time training this go round.  It was hard to get motivated.  A couple weeks before, my IT band flared up and I could barely walk.  I wasn't sure how I was going to make it through the race.  The day of the race, I met up with a friend and we ran the entire way together.  It was so humid for the first part of the race, but it started to rain halfway through and it felt so good.  Every single mile, I just prayed that my knee would hold out for just one more mile.  And, it did.  I finished in 2:20 which was over my goal, but I am just thankful I finished.  I'm not sure what my racing future holds, but I am so thrilled that I have been able to accomplish this.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Choir field trip

I volunteered to go on Clayton's choir fieldtrip.  What was I thinking? 6th graders scare me.  They are all kind of weird.  Yep. Just the facts.  I was chaperon for a group of 4 boys and we were going to a mall.  I haven't been to the mall in years.  It made me think of Robin Sparkles and I think I sang "Let's go to the Mall" all day long.  The choir sang at the mall and then we had two hours to walk around the mall.  4 boys. Mall. The choir did awesome and that was fun, the other part, not so much.  But, I was glad to get a small glimpse into the daily life of my 6th grade son.  He's a funny kid!