Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Celebrate Good Times...Come On!

Well, it looks like what they say is true.  Time really does fly when you're having fun!  So much fun that I've failed to update the blog for three months.  Whoops!  Let me fill you in on the highlights.

We had a wonderful halloween!  Ruslana was In-n-Out french fries, and Levi was an In-n-Out worker.  Not to toot my own horn, but I think they looked pretty darn cute.
Ruslana, In-n-Out Fries, with a ketchup packet for a treat bag
Levi, the In-n-Out Worker, at your service
And not to leave the fur-babies out, Scarlett was "Animal Style," Minnie was salt, and Raider was pepper.  The cats were thrilled about their costumes, as you can see by their expressions below: 

Naturally, we had to have dinner at In-n-Out.  The diners and workers went crazy over the kids.   Everyone wanted to take pictures of them.  I felt like we were famous and the paparazzi was on us!
After dinner we went trick-or-treating.  I'm pretty sure we boosted In-n-Out sales that night because everyone said how much they wanted to go get fries after they saw Ruslana!

Grandma was able to join us for the festivities--yippee! 
To top it off, the kids won a costume contest.  Halloween 2014--success.


Our families have a lot of birthdays in November.  We celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday, my dad's birthday, and my sister's birthday.  Party Hardy!
Ruslana, Melanie (birthday girl), Levi, Aunt Jacqueline 
James, Laura (birthday girl), Ruslana, Dad (birthday boy), Levi


Mark had a couple of days off at Thanksgiving, which made me very thankful!  We were able to stay a few days with our families and got in a lot of family time.  And Bakers burritos :-)

Basketball star in the making
Mini Picasso 
Levi and Grandpa
Aunt Debra and Ruslana
Ruslana and her cousin Alex
Uncle Matt and Aunt Kristin
Daddy with the kids
Uncle Shawn, Cousin Cruz, and Levi
Levi playing away at his very own "kid table"
Grandma teaching Levi how to drive
And to Melanie (who made the entire Thanksgiving meal), Aunt Laura, Aunt Erin, Uncle Cody, and a few of the cousins--I'm sorry, I don't know how we missed getting your picture! :-)

Well, there you have it folks.  Our Halloween, Birthday bashes, and Thanksgiving rolled into one post.  We had a fun and eventful October and November and our December is shaping up to be the same way.  Stay tuned for more good times!


  1. Oh my goodness - those may seriously be the best Halloween costumes ever!

    Totally remembering that for the Harvest Party at my church next year!

    And I love that you went to In & Out - no kidding would that make you like celebrities! Ha ha.

    Continuing to pray for you guys!

    1. Thank you, Leese! I just remembered that I forgot to include photos of our animals dressed up in the In-n-Out theme too. Check out the updated post! :-)

  2. Wonderful pictures! Levi gets more handsome every update, and Ruslana! Looks like her legs go for miles, gorgeous girl :)

  3. The kids look pretty cool in those costumes.