Tuesday, January 10, 2017

AJ's Basketball 8th Grade Night

AJ has been playing for the 8th Grade basketball team at West Jessamine Middle School this winter, and the Colts are having a very good season.  Last night was the team's final home game of the regular season, so the 8th Graders were honored before the game.

AJ playing in a basketball tournament in Lexington last weekend

Each family was asked to make a poster for their player.

A little family photo before the festivities

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The team capped off the celebration with a 12-point win over their rivals from East Jessamine Middle.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas 2016

This year we spent Christmas with my (Amy's) family in Indiana.  It was the first year we were all able to gather in Mom's new house to celebrate.  It wasn't exactly how we planned things since our family all passed around a nasty head cold & my sister Jen's family missed out on most of the celebration due to food poisoning but, it is what it is.  Christmas morning, we opened presents just with the Kinnell family as my brother Andy & his wife Caroline couldn't make it down to Mom's until the day after Christmas (Caroline works for the airline industry so had to work).

Chloe showing off her sketchbook that features her original artwork (which Mom had secretly made via Chloe's Art teacher).


A.J. showing off his scarf from Ethiopia

Essie with some of her loot

The next day, I busily made Christmas lunch since Jen was sick, Kelly has a new baby and Andy & Caroline were traveling from Chicago.

Matt putting my noise-canceling earphones to good use to try and finish his book.

Half of my sister Jen's home grown tom turkey (yes, half because the whole turkey weighed 36 pounds).  Unfortunately Jen & her family were stuck at home with food poisoning so they didn't get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. 

My niece Keziah's 1st Christmas


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Showing off my Baby Whisperer skills

I finally got to hold Keziah since I had been sick the previous 3 days we were in Indiana so I made the most of it!



My brother Andy-photobombing his belly

Waiting to open presents with the cousins

It was all too much for Belle to handle


Yep, she's asleep again!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Okay, this post is a bit late, but we had to show you the girls' Halloween costumes this year.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Family Photo Shoot 2016

For our family photos this year, we went to Gratz Park in downtown Lexington, and our friend Hannah took some very nice pictures.


















A.J., age 14


Sometimes Dad has to go to extremes to get A.J. to smile.

Essie, age 11



Chloe, age 11




Thursday, October 27, 2016

Some Flippin' Fun

Had a little fun with the slow motion option on my iPhone the other day.  
My kids are super talented...well, most of them.  (Hahahaha)







Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Break 2016

The kids had Fall Break last week and after running ourselves ragged all fall with the girls playing on the 6th grade basketball team and AJ playing JV soccer, we made the unanimous decision to stay home for the week. 

We kicked off the Fall season with a fun bonfire and hayride at church.


On Tuesday, Dad took a day off of work to do what the Kinnells like to do best - hiking!

We headed a bit south of our home and fueled up at the Bluebird Cafe in Stanford. Yum!!!


Next we went over to Shaker Village to do some hiking.  Shaker Village is only located about 20 minutes south of us, but none of us have ever hiked any of the trails around the village.

This trail lead down from Shaker Village to the river, a round-trip of 3 miles.

As we hiked, we could just make out High Bridge (at first)

Essie & Chloe can always find something to climb.

A much better view of High Bridge




Mom & Dad

Looking back up the Kentucky River at High Bridge

Kinnell Kids


AJ

Essie & AJ

The Dixie Belle riverboat, which docks at Shaker Landing

Heading back up to Shaker Village (we took the road this time)


Mom & her girls