Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Almost 2 weeks ago Mike and I were both off, which is very unusual these days so we decided to head to Branson for the day. It's about a 3.5 hour drive and actually the boys did fairly well in the car. We couldn't have asked for a better November day. Sunshine and not too cold!

We rode rides, ate, and watched the Snowman show. The best part was watching the tree lighting and the Christmas parade at the end of the night. Great memories!!

Alex "Hey, I know you!" waving to Evan :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Merritt Thanksgiving...

We had dinner with my parents, grandma, brother and sister on Thanksgiving....and it was delicious!

After eating Mike, Kelli and I headed to see Lincoln and it was amazing! So so so fantastic. I hope it wins all of the awards...Daniel Day Lewis was amazing as Lincoln!

Love spending time with family...so very thankful!

Just arrived! :) The boys LOVED the helicopter

Alex wasn't feeling well earlier in the day and Evan didn't feel so hot that afternoon. :( Poor guys. 

 Evan was pretending to be a dog...he said he was Jack's doggie friend ;)

 loved this movie :) Go see it!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Laughlin Thanksgiving...

We headed over to Mike's parents house for Thanksgiving lunch this year.
 My last post was how thankful we were that no one was sick this year...well, that changed on Thanksgiving morning. Alex woke up and wasn't himself and had a fever. He was a trooper though. :)
Thankfully he seems to be doing better.

We had a great time watching the kids play and had a delicious lunch. After lunch we watched Lillie open her 1st birthday presents and had some muffins for dessert.

We headed to St. Louis for dinner with my family...I'll hopefully post that soon too!
Happy Saturday!!

Happy 1st Birthday Lillie!

Happy Thanksgiving...missed the Indy Laughlins :)

We were trying to get a girls picture and the guys were trying to get Lillie to smile.  :) 

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving...

We have so much to be thankful for...
Last fall was so tough on all of us...Evan was in the hospital for a week in October.
You can read about that
here and
He also had a picc line in his arm for meds for a week or so after we got home.

Alex went in the hospital last Thanksgiving

Such scary times for us with 2 young kiddos. I'm thankful for our family and friends during that stressful time.

Thankful for family and friends that are there for us and interested in our lives...
Thankful for our moments together as a family of 4...
Thankful for good doctors...

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

the many faces of Alex...

He think he is soooo funny! :)
I also think he chipped a tooth...I guess he wants to be just like his big brother...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hello Monday!

Hello to a short work week!
Hello to the start of the holiday season.
Hello to peppermint mochas
Hello to organizing gift ideas swirling around in my head
Hello to decorating the house tonight for Christmas!
Hello to being caught up on Project Life! Love this!
Hello to loving Breaking Dawn 2! And yes, I cried at the end ;)
Hello to these two cuties!

NYC Anniversary Trip days 2 and 3

 Day 1 can be seen here...

Wednesday was our only full day and it was jam packed! :)

It took an hour to wait for the subway (which should have taken 15 minutes tops)...we should have just walked across the bridge. Since Hurricane Sandy, two of the trains from Brooklyn were still flooded, so everyone had to take the only available one. Once we got on, there was literally no room to move. We were jam packed in there...couldn't turn your head or anything. :)

 Once we picked up Mike's friend, Jesse from his apartment, our first stop was Clinton St. Baking Co. and it was SO SO SO good. Definitely worth the wait for brunch.

After breakfast it had started raining and it was cold! We headed down to Times Square to shop a little and walk around and grab lunch before heading to Jimmy Fallon.

 We even made it on the jumbo-tron :)

Stopped in lots of stores to warm up and get out of the rain. Toys R Us, Disney and the M & M Store...

 Our view during lunch...

We headed over to Rockefeller Center after lunch at Bubba Gumps to get ready for Jimmy Fallon. It was still amazing to see Rockefeller Center after all of the election coverage. NBC stuff was everywhere and people were breaking down the tents, etc getting it all ready to load back up.

Lego land...

 Rockefeller Center lego land style

 So excited to head to NBC studios to see Jimmy Fallon. It was definitely a process getting tickets. You have to call a month ahead of time to get them unless you wanted to try to get them the day of for standby. Then, get to Rockefeller Center about 1.5 hours before the scheduled show. You wait in line to have them check your confirmation paper/number. Then you get a ticket and a wristband. Then you have to come back in 1 hour to get in line again for the live taping of the show (taped at 4:30 pm). Once you head back to the entrance, you get in line based on number and you head into the studio. No cell phones or pictures. :( I was so sad. I at least wanted to get a picture of the inside of the studio. It is pretty small though. On our show was Kristen Stewart and it was so fun watching her and Jimmy interact. They even played a huge game of quarters. :) A great time and I'm so excited we got to go!

After Jimmy Fallon we headed outside of Rockefeller Center and it was SNOWING!!

We headed to meet my friend, Martine, and Mike's friend, Nick for dinner and drinks.
After a couple of subway changes we made it :)
We spent about 3-4 hours there catching up with everyone and telling lots of stories. Definitely a great night. 

When we woke up the next morning, we had to get ready to head to the airport. Thankfully our flight wasn't cancelled (airports shut down Wed. night from the snow) but we wanted to get there early to be sure. :) We had a beautiful view and we were so thankful that my cousin and his wife (and their roomie, Ryan) let us stay there. Definitely saved us a ton of money for our anniversary trip.

On the cab ride to the airport, we facetimed with Evan. :)

Heading home. A great way to spend our 10 year anniversary...even thought it isn't until Dec.28th ;)
A great trip and great memories....
Love you Mike...xoxo