28 November 2011

Visitors, Turkeys, and Love!

Our past few weeks have been filled with fun and excitement (not to mention lots of running around). My Brother, Tommy and his wife, Jessica, came to visit from Mississippi not to long ago and this visit Annalyse really took to him and she loved playing with him! While, Tonya, Jessica and I went to Brown County for the annual Chocolate Walk, Ryan and Annalyse hung out with Tommy and the rest of the family. ( I left the camera with Ryan so I have no photos of the Chocolate Walk, sorry). They had an awesome time! Tonya picked up these super cute matching shirts while in Brown County they say "Spoiled Rotten by my Uncle", which is so true...all of their Uncles love them sooo much!

During their visit, Tommy and Jessica were able to squeeze us into their busy visiting circuit and spend the night with us one night. Hanging out when them was so much fun!

For some reason, Jessica always seems to evade the camera and we NEVER have a photo of her.

Next was Thanksgiving! This year was a Shrack Thanksgiving year. So we headed down to Ryan's parents for the holiday. Mike, Cindy, Yasumi, Tom, Luna, and Yasumi's parents had to go to Chicago to do some paper work for Luna that had to be done in person so Sarah, Matt, Ryan, and I prepared Thanksgiving (Cindy of course had everything well planned and called us a lot)

Here is our Turkey and it turned out really, really well. Sarah and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to cook this thing! I think everyone loved it! Everything was fantastic and we all just enjoyed being together. Yasumi's parents came to visit to see Luna and having them for Thanksgiving was wonderful!

These two girls are wonderful. Luna, of course, is sleeping away. Both of them sporting their Thanksgiving shirts. Annalyse loves holding her little cousin. The two of them are going to be good friends!

Annalyse finally took a nap late Thursday evening. After we pulled out a toy tote we had stored at the farm and she fell asleep with this bear from her Uncle Tommy!

The Holiday season is my favorite time of the year. I love being with family and friends. Our tree is decorated and radio stations are playing Christmas music. Celebrating the various holidays makes me feel so abundantly blessed beyond measure. I have all that I need and more and for that I am so grateful!

09 November 2011

Welcoming Luna Matsumoto Shrack

Yesterday (11/8/2011) at 7:20am Tom and Yasumi welcomed Luna Matsumoto Shrack (6lbs 6oz and 18iches long) into their little family! Both the baby and Mommy are doing well! We all went down to the hospital yesterday to see the baby. Tom and Yasumi decided to wait until the baby arrived to find out the baby's gender...mostly everyone thought that the baby would be a boy, but all were pleasently surprised to find out that the baby was a little girl! This little girl can't be mored loved!

Annalyse and her new little cousin get along famously already! Depsite not being able to say "l" Annalyse manages to say "una" for now.

This photo was taken in the morning just after Luna was born

These photos of Annalyse and Luna were taken later last night we wanted to get pictures of just the girls without fear of Luna being dropped so we laid them on the bed to let them hang out. Luna wasn't the biggest fan of having to lay on the bed by herself, but when Annalyse held her she calmed down! (for just a little while)

Here is our little family with baby Luna

02 November 2011

Happiest Halloween!

Daddy's Little Giraffe

Halloween was so much fun this year! We really had a great time and kept ourselves busy! There is no way for me to post all the photos I want to because we had so much fun...

Annalyse was a giraffe this year and LOVED her coustume! She loves everything about halloween I think. Our Ward had a Trunk or Treat so she got a taste of what real trick or Treating would be like and she LOVED it. We made a few treats for friends for a FHE just before Halloween, went to the Zoo's Halloween activity (ironically the Zoo didn't have very many animals out), and of course trick or treating. A family in the Ward invited us to go with them in their neighborhood, which was a lot of fun! Enjoyed everythign about this silly, but fun holiday. I've decided to TRY to make our own costumes next year for the whole family. So i suppose I better get started now. (lol)

Here are just a few of our photos...you can head over to my facebook to see more....