This has kept me from blogging....

A more detailed Christmas blog coming soon...mostly there was a lot of trains. As if I needed to point that out!

Young/Wedel/Lauxman Christmas Party

Jeremy and I actually have 8 kids....I know you're shocked. But every year since we've been married we've had a Christmas Party with the 3 Wedel girls, and 3 Lauxman girls.....all together. This was our 5th year, so "grand-dad" splurged and got us a special treat. We went to look at lights in Yukon, OKC, and down around Chesapeake....this was our view:
We enjoyed all our lights from the comfort of a very nice limo! The girls were excited and it allowed everyone to just hang out and talk. It was so much fun!
I'm sure our Limo Driver thought this was an odd mix....we range from 29-7 months. But I think he had fun! I can't believe how big all these girls are getting or maybe it is how old I am getting. But I'm thankful for them all, and we are so blessed to have them now love on our kids!

Christmas at Mama Jo's

This year we had Christmas at Mama Jo's a week early. We thought it would be fun for the 6 great-grands to be all together, and not going to lie, it was fun! There are 2 more great-grands on the's not's not Jeni, and they are married, and it isn't amongst yourselves!

Here are a few photos, I didn't take near as many as I should've. I can't wait until Christmas cause Cooper is way into it this year! So fun!

 Maddie and Isaac are the same size....Maddie was born in May, Isaac in August....
 She is talking to was funny.....okay it was more like shreiking at him.
 And here are the 6 great-grands....this is as good as it gets with these 6!
more to come!
(yes....Cooper and Maddie are getting a first cousin on the North side....I'm going to be an Aunt...I'm pumped!)

beginning to look like Christmas

Our self proclaimed first child came to spend the weekend with us. Which was great! I told her she better not be too helpful or she may have to move in with us! We visited a tree farm in a nearby town to get our tree. I didn't get the family picture I hoped for at the tree farm. It got too windy for Maddie to be outside, but since Colby was around we did manage to get some decent pics for a Christmas card. (Which I was avoiding, but Jeremy wanted to send one out, I'm sure I'll be glad we did it later!) So we decortated the tree, took Colby to Pete's Place in Krebs, got ready for the basketball Christmas Party, went to church, did a little running, and really enjoyed just hanging out with Colby. So thanks for coming to see us and here are a few pictures of the weekend!

Trains....and more Trains

A fellow blogger pointed out to me that Cooper was in the paper today! Sure enough here he is playing with the trains at the Train Show my parents took him to on Saturday. He LOVES trains, Lives for trains! I'm surprised they actually got him to leave. I'm sure if I had taken him we'd have a pretty big fight to get him out of there. Although, "if you want Santa to come" is working pretty well at our house right now!

*Photo from

6 months

Our sweet little girl is 6 months....another thing we did while in Edmond was take her to the doctor. She weighs a whole 12.6 pounds and is 26.5 inches long. She had 5 shots, but she took it like a woman and did amazing! She has started this super cheese smile face (see below)'s so funny. Oh and she is eating cereal and some veggies now, trust me it's the best thing that has ever happened to her. Although sadly to say, she is not foregoing her nursing every 3 hours.....
At 6 months Miss Maddie sits up very strong, crawls, puts anything and everything into her mouth, pulls up on everything, still loves to watch Cooper play. Likes to play in Cooper's room with his cars and trains. She loves for him to push her around in his car, and she smiles, squeals, and talks...a lot. Overall with the exception of not sleeping through the night she is a very good napper. She's a happy little girl!


We spent a few days in Edmond before Thanksgiving. We did some shopping, I had several photo sessions, and Jeremy took a test. Wednesday we headed back after my last photo shoot and I started cooking. We decided to invite Jeremy's parents and siblings to our house for Thanksgiving. It worked out nice because Jeremy had basketball practice Friday and Saturday....and well right now. I ran into a fellow blogger in Edmond and she requested pictures of my first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Since there were only 6, 7 if you count Cooper, we had a lot of stuff, but not here is our Thanksgiving in pictures!

Overall, except the turkey taking about 4.5 hours to cook instead of the 3.5-4 I planned on everything went smoothly. I did almost pull my oven out of the wall: I set my turkey on the open door when I was putting it in....that would not have been a funny story. Cooper even helped me make the dressing, just like I used to help mama jo tear the bread. (He's still talking about how he helped make it.) There was dessert too....chocolate and pumpkin pie. Of course, to top it all off I sent some Christmas Cookies and Chocolate Chip cookies home for everyone. I think everyone had a good time, and I was able to pull it all together since my mother-in-law didn't go to the gym and came here to entertain my kids! We had leftover turkey with sweet potatoes and zucchini casserole last squash it was all gone at the store. So we got the full Thanksgiving experience and then some....and luckily we didn't have to resort to some restaurant because I burned everything!

Game time

This is what we look like before going to a game....

After isn't always that pretty!

thoughts on cloth....

Before Maddie was born I did a lot of research on switching to cloth diapers. I visited The Green Bambino, talked to friends that have used them, read about different brands online. After doing the math I told Jeremy I was going to use cloth diapers with Maddie. Well, we started using them with her in September. She was  is so small I had to find one she wasn't unhappy in. The tri-fold diapers are just so bulky for her, and really the ones I have been using with her are pretty bulky on her as well. (yes, honey they make your non-existent butt look big). So we use flips at our house, and they work pretty well, I just wish they made a petite size! I will openly admit that I probably would not have made this decision if we still lived in the city, but since we don't, and rarely make trips out of our house, they do save a lot of money and really aren't bad to change. Although I've noticed a sharp decline in her father changing diapers since we switched. In his defense, he does still change Cooper's diaper.....who refuses to potty in the potty.

 But, I do feel like she has more redness in them. I change her regularly and put anointment on her, so I'm wondering if it is the detergent I use. I just wash them in All Free and Clear, which I wash everything in and nothing else seems to bother her....any thoughts on this?

A little piece of heaven...

Both kids asleep....workout done....and I found this at the's a good day!

Good thing I did my workout!

On this day....

She started crawling forward. Not the mad I can get anywhere I want to fast crawl....more like I think I can crawl...

She is saying "so what mom quit taking my picture".

It begins....

Today is the first varsity basketball game....long awaited day at our house! Last night I fed all the boys....this is what you make for 13 boys...

And of course dessert....

6 pounds of pasta and I've got probably 3 left.
Jeremy brought this shirt home that the girls's so cute!

So hopefully here is a start of a good season! Go Panthers!


Well Halloween has come and gone. We had a ton of trick-or-treaters! They bring them around on trailers, seriously, not kidding....and some boys tried to come in our house and play with toys. Their mothers were mortified.

My mom came into town on Wednesday, we tried the kids Halloween costumes, while Maddie loved her costume, Cooper, who picked his costume out and was so excited about being a shark was scared to death and as soon as he saw himself in the mirror he stripped down and wouldn't put it back on. So needless to say we have no pictures of Cooper in a costume...he did put on his Lightning McQueen Costume and Jeremy took him to a few houses....but of course I got no pics and he wouldn't put it on when I took a few pics of Maddie. Oh well, we tried!

Cooper and I carved a Lightning McQueen pumpkin, it wasn't great, because my flimsy knife broke while I was carving it, but you can still tell what it is. He was very into taking the top off and cleaning it out.
Last night we had a weenie roast out by a little barn, it was a great time of worship and fellowship. Cooper conned everyone out to let him sit on the tractor, he might get to actually ride on one soon, and he would be in heaven. Then the girls taught him how to jump hay bales....he got the hang of it by the end, almost, probably would've helped if he hadn't done this after the sun went down. All to say, we had a great Halloween! Here are some pics!

Best Friends.....

Cooper thought Maddie wanted to I let him push her around....don't worry he was going slow and I followed very closely the whole time, but obviously, she is loving it!

New look!

It's been a while since I changed the blog I did.

I'm sure I'm the last to know about these....

Lullabyes set to rock sings....I downloaded some Aerosmith, Eagles, Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins.... You should look into it! And cause she's sooo cute!

Pumpkin Patch

We went down and shopped in Allen, TX for a few days. We needed a little break and I felt like some time away before basketball season was in full swing would be good for us all. We had a great time! Did a lot of shopping, saw Jenny and Ross in Forney, and ate.....we ate a lot! I found a little pumpkin patch to stop at on our way, it was a nice little place where the kids can feed longhorns, sheep, goats, pick out a small pumpkin, roll in the hay. You know, get that awesome picture of your 2 kids together at the pumpkin patch....oh right I dreamed about that last one. None the less we still enjoyed some time there before we hit the road and shopped! Now we are back to reality and pretty much will see Jeremy in March! Wish me luck!

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