Easter Past

Easter was a pretty fun day hanging out with family while kids conducted a hunt for brightly colored plastic filled with candy, money, and rocks. Even J4 had fun, despite being pretty sick and not able to sleep until the end of the day!

{4Js} Winter Fun

kandihamble-novbdays-1There was once a December day where many three generations gathered to celebrate two special boys, J2 and J4. They were both born Thanksgiving weekend, but with everyone traveling this year the party was a weekend later. kandihamble-novbdays-2There were balloons to punch and books to read and snow in the yard begging to be rolled up into snowmen. kandihamble-novbdays-3J4 had fun watching the snowman building from the comfort of the living room while he strummed a guitar. kandihamble-novbdays-4Then our two boys armed with their sweet tooth blew out flames and dug in to their gooey confections of brownies and muffins and cupcakes with frosting. kandihamble-novbdays-5Right before the party ended, gifts were opened and played with and packed up to go home. kandihamble-novbdays-6It was a splendid day celebrating these two little boys so greatly loved.

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{Concerts} Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant

Ever since I’ve had a job, Michael W. Smith’s Christmas concert has been a Christmas tradition for me. I missed a couple years due to working on Saturdays, but last year I was able to make it, and convinced my friend Joyce to go with me! Usually I get front row tickets, but this year we were waaaaaaaaaay back in the back. But it was still so much fun and the night did not disappoint!selah_candace_rose_MWSCM_1 The orchestra and singers were amazing! I always love when one of the ladies sing All Is Well. I’d never seen Amy Grant in concert, so that was neat!selah_candace_rose_MWSCM_2 It was a fabulous night!selah_candace_rose_MWSCM_3

{Family} Thanksgiving

What do you get when you mix family and food with a side of silly kids and extra blessings?selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_1

THANKSGIVING!selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_2This year we got an extra special blessing with the early arrival of J4. selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_3 selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_4 Tyler was very entertaining making thankful banners, playing with the trains, and going after Boppa’s ipad to see choo-choo’s.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_5 selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_6 Sam was a joy with her art and twirling and Elsa’s hair flying out behind her.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_7 selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_8 Dessert gave us chocolate faces and sillier kids right before bedtime.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_9 Then there were late night tricks while Kristin was holding Joey, which made Rob laugh.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_10 To end the night, Kris was sent back to Chicago with a sibling huddle and The Ryan Express revved up for J2 to take a spin.selah_candace_rose_Thanksgiving_11Happy Thanksgiving…and Marry Christmas!

{Road Trip} Kandiyohi

This trip could also be titled Tour of Kandiyohi Parks…

It was early on that fateful Friday afternoon in July. April and I loaded up her car and set out on an adventure. Our only plan: to have fun. Our destination: Kandiyohi, MN, home of the Miron clan.selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_parks We arrived at Miron’s doorstep two hours later to spend July 4th weekend with Heather, Cole, and Ada. Mark was in the Cities working.
selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_ADA2 We filled our time with visiting parks (6), good food, eating fresh picked strawberries (over cake), chasing down firework shows (we saw 10), late night girl talks, and much laughter. selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_ADA3 selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_ADA1 selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_COLE Also on the agenda was hoping the sky would clear so we could see Nature’s Light Show, the aurora borealis.selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_treeWe may not have seen those elusive lights, but as we chased the sun home early Sunday morning, April and I agreed:

The trip was a success.