Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happenings During New Year's Staycation

I've been off since December 23rd and I have to say it's been pretty wonderful!! We had a wonderful Christmas and we've been enjoying our New Year's break at home. We've been out and about some and just having family time so I thought before my New Year's post I'd just share some of the randomness that has been our week so far!

We definitely enjoying some downtime - vegging in our PJs! Well, the kids did while I put up most of the Christmas decor and cleaned the house. The tree is the last thing still to be put up.
Christmas at church.
Christmas trees at church this morning!
Emma has turned into a Lego aficionado! She got like four sets for Christmas I think and she's done them all, plus the one we bought at Disney World that was 3-in-1, well she's done all the variations of that one, too!! My dining room has been turned into a Lego room!
Building is getting serious over here!!! She took apart the house we got in Disney and is making the winter version of it now! #legos
We had a movie night and took all the kids out!
Movie time with this wild bunch of Mileham Kids!!!
We've enjoyed game night in, too!
It's going down in the living room. The stakes...later bedtime!!! I think Soldier wants to play, too! #cornhole #fathervsson
My future DIL can thank me...Aaron had to take care of some laundry! (It's blocked by the laundry, but there is a pouty lip behind there!!!)
Oh don't feel too sorry for him, he's had a lot of playtime this week and the pups have enjoyed lots of extra attention from him being home, too! He loves his animals!
We got in our last WOD of the year this morning, too...though this picture is actually from last night, not this morning!
Tonight we're ringing in the New Year with our family and great friends!! I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year!! If you're going out be careful! Here's to a wonderful 2016!!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Frank 2015 - Part Two

Frank has come and gone for another year in our is the recap of the second half of his escapades!! For all 24 days he visits the magic never dulls for Emma and Aaron!
Frank 2015 Part 2
Here is to another fun and crazy year with Frank!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015: That's a Wrap

Well, another Christmas has come and gone for the Kubeczkas and I have to say it was a good one. We had a special blessing this Christmas season - my big girl made a profession of faith in church a couple weeks ago and is going to be baptized. We don't have the date yet, but I cannot wait for her. It was the best Christmas gift I could have ever received.

We celebrated many times with family - at my mother's house, at my in-laws' house, at our own house and finally with a Christmas day dinner at my niece's house! It was definitely a Christmas of memories!

Of course, many memories were captured on camera, too...and I've put them all into one post!!!!

Mother was thrilled to host Christmas for the first time in their new house and it was such a fun time. We always play the gift game and this year's theme was Made in Texas - there were some great things everyone found made in our great state! There were quite a few homemade wooden gifts as well!

My brother Riki making sure the rules were clear for everyone...there is always someone that tries to find a loop hole (wink wink my brother David)! LOL
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Christmas @ Mom & Daddy's
Christmas @ Mom & Daddy's
The kids were very serious about their crafts, too!

Being silly with my siblings and our mama!!
Then on Christmas Eve we were at my in-laws' house to celebrate.
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The kids all made out like bandits in the gift department...and they were all so grateful for everything they received. It was awesome!
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After presents there was some playtime with their new toys...
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And we made cookies for Santa, too! I think this might have to start being a tradition b/c honestly by the time we make it home Christmas Eve it's way to late to make cookies!
They take cookie decorating very seriously!
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We made it home in time to put out our cookies for Santa and hit the hay - Aaron didn't even stay awake to put out cookies. He was passed out!! So Emma set out the cookies and milk and was out quickly thereafter, too - which was good b/c Santa had work to do that night!
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The next morning Emma was the first in our room waking us up saying, "Santa came! Santa came!" They both literally had me in tears that morning with all their excitement and appreciation. Emma said, "Everything I got I wanted..." oh be still my heart!

In the midst of the mess (I honestly love the mess of wrapping paper that unfolds on Christmas morning).
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 Emma got a laptop this year - she is on ours for school all the time now so we figured it was time for her to have her own. She is a pretty responsible girl, too these days!
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Every year we go out for breakfast on Christmas day and the kids go in the PJs and get to take along one of their new toys. So my parents met us and then came back to our house.
Teta took on Aaron in a game of cornhole...
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And my dad and I played backgammon - this is my favorite game and Michael bought me a nice set for Christmas!
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For dinner my niece invited us all over to her house...we had a good dinner and ended the night with some a few games of 42! The girls were dominant over the boys - I wish I had taken a picture of the scoreboard. My niece did put it up on her fridge, though! LOL They'll get their rematch!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family as well! Now I have a nice little break - I'm off this entire week with my babies. I'll have to do some work getting my house back in order and all the decorations put back into storage, but otherwise I just plan on enjoying my time with them!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Frank 2015 Part One

So, Frank has been with us a couple weeks now, so I thought the halfway point was a good point to recap his excursions in the Kubeczka Casa!!

We have a lot of fun anticipating what Frank is going to do next and my kids wake up every morning looking to find him! It fills my heart to know we can make little bits of magic for our kids like this!
Frank Part One
Making our own holiday traditions and merry memories!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Emma's Rocking Chair Pictures

Another year older, another picture in the Rocking Chair! My Grannie rocked me in this chair and I rocked my babies in this chair...and every year they get a birthday picture taken in this chair! It's better than any growth chart I could've used! I love to see how my babies grow each year even though it makes my heart cry to see how fast they're growing.

NINE YEARS OLD!!! It is just hard to believe that she is going to be in the double digits soon...where is my baby girl??

Here are her past years pictures...
Turning 8
Emma Turns 8-111
Turning 7
Emma turns 7
Years 1 thru 6
Emma 1-6