Saturday, December 31, 2011


Dear family and friends,
Here we are at the end of another year, and looking back, it has been the best one yet! I know I say that every year, but truly, this one has been one of the best years.

At the beginning of the year, our dear son Liam turned 1 year old on February 8th! He is now a 22 month old sweetheart, who brings so much joy and happiness into the lives of anyone he meets. Being his parents is the best thing in the world. He is incredibly sweet, happy, caring, loving but also so full of energy! He loves to run and explore, learning everything he can. He knows and uses hundreds of words and regularly speaks in sentences of 3-4 words, learning new ones everyday. He loves to play with friends his age and also loves to color and create art pieces. He is incredibly social, loving to be around people, but is also very good at playing with and entertaining himself. His attention span is incredible for a little boy his age. He is very obedient but also very independent and stubborn.Watching him grow and develop into his own little person, is such a joy.
The highlight of our year, was welcoming our sweet, perfect little princess Aubrielle Rose (nickname Brielle) into our family on August 25th! Ironically, we found out that she was joining our family last Christmas day and exactly 8 months later (and 8 days before her due date), she was born after an awesome and nearly pain-free 4 hour labor! She weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. She is now 4 months old and SUCH an incredible joy. Liam adores her and loves to give her hugs. She is a very good baby and only cries when she is very tired or hungry. Most of the time she just smiles, plays with her hands and watches the people around her. We are regularly told that she is the best baby people have seen and we agree!! Thankfully, she takes after her brother in that area :) She brings so much joy into our lives and we are so glad our family has been blessed with her!!
I (McKenna) am so grateful that I am able to stay at home with my sweet kids and although I am constantly busy with our 2 kids 18 months apart, I have been able to expand some of my hobbies. After YEARS of dreaming, Richard bought me my first DSLR camera for mothers day which is a Nikon D90 with a 35 mm f1.8 lens! I love it so much and someday (hopefully soon), I will use it to start up a photography business. But for now, I love using it to document our day to day life as a family. I have also enjoyed blogging on our family blog (which has been moved to ) and spending time with dear friends.
Richard will be finished with the pre-requisites for Podiatry school (surgeon specializing in the foot and ankle) in July and plans to start Podiatry school in the beginning of August. He has already applied to all 9 schools and was invited to 7 of the 9 schools for interviews (the other 2 haven't received his application yet)! He went to Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona for an interview in the beginning of December and has another interview scheduled for the end of January at Western University in Pomona, California . He is taking the MCAT January 27th and as soon as that is completed he will be able to go to more interviews and find out if he is accepted or not, since most of the schools won't interview or give an acceptance decision until after the test is completed. We are so incredibly excited about our future in Podiatry and the fact it is the perfect fit for Richard!
This year we also celebrated our 6 year anniversary and are happy to say that like every year, we are astounded that yet again, we are even more in love this year than all the previous years combined! Richard was so sweet and surprised me on our anniversary with a re-creation of our engagement and even gave me a new ring that he picked out! He is such a wonderful, thoughtful husband.
Looking back, we are so thankful for our blessings and memories of 2011 but so excited for the memories that 2012 will bring to our little family! 
Richard, McKenna, Liam and Brielle

Sunday, December 4, 2011


I will have the green, red and silver Christmas tree that I dream of. Tall, full and covered in gorgeous decorations.

Add some red and this is the tree

But for now, we have a little 6 foot, sparse, pre-lit tree that doesn't have support feet or any decorations (both of which are shoved somewhere in our storage and it was too cold tonight to dig them out). But we set it up decoration-less tonight, and Liam loved it. He played with it until I dragged him away from it to go to bed. 

He just laid until the tree staring at the lights...
And then proceeded to give it tons of kisses.
We have a Christmas fan on our hands.
Luckily you don't need a big fancy tree and expensive decorations to feel the Christmas spirit. Because with out all of that, it officially feels like Christmas in our little home, even though for once in the 4 1/2 years we have lived here, there is no snow on the ground. Maybe soon it will truly feel like Christmas with several inches of snow on the ground.

But just like Richard said after we had it all set up, it really feels like the Christmas season. And it will really feel like Christmas once we dig out our dollar store tree decorations and stockings. O the life of a student ;) One day, I will have all the gorgeous Christmas decorations, but for now, I love my dollar store decorations.
Because that is what our Christmas memories with our little family is made of. 
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
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