Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lancaster 2017 Christmas Newsletter

Merry Christmas Friends and Family!
     We love you all and hope that you have had a wonderful year.

What a year 2017 has been for us. We look back with smiles on our faces with a year full of change and adventures that kept us on our toes. Our family would like to share what has been happening this year for us. 

DAN: He continues to keep things light hearted around our house. We love him dearly and if you want proof, come to our house when he gets home and hear the squeals of delight from everyone. Wife included! Dan has had a good steady year. He is still “rocking” it as a Geologist (pun intended) at Pioneer Natural Resources. When he’s not busy at work or chasing little ones around, he can usually be found in his record room listening to his latest record that has been added to his collection. His record collection has boomed this year and he’s enjoying discovering new bands and music. At church he keeps up with the 7-8 year olds as a Primary Teacher and doesn’t miss a beat with them.  2017 was a great year for Dan and we can all agree how awesome he is to have around. 

LESLI: It’s never a dull moment with Lesli, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. She keeps the household running and the three kiddos alive with so much love and a little crazy. Life and kids keep her on her toes, but she doesn’t slow down a bit. If she’s not balancing life and kids, then you can usually find her balancing on her head or arms on her yoga mat. She has taken the yoga world by storm and you never know what twisty, upside down yoga pose she will be in next. She loves it so much that she wants to teach it, and is currently in the middle of her Registered Yoga Teacher Training. She will officially be certified the end of January. Lesli has been working with the youth in our church as the 1st Counselor in the Young Women’s program and is loving it. She loves the leaders she works with and is constantly laughing with the girls. Lesli has had a great year and we are so grateful for her never ending energy and her unconditional love and laughter. 

JUNE: Our little lady has had quite a big year with a lot of changes. She continues to be our little rule follower and has that sweet and sassy thing down to a science. June started Kindergarten this past August and turned six this past October. She loves school and learning how to read. She loves the challenge and her favorite thing to do is write stories in her notebooks. June continues her love for singing and puts on performances on a regular basis. She performed in her first dance recital earlier this year and loved being on the big stage. June has done great in her new school and made wonderful friends. We love her little spirit and how helpful she is at home. All in all, She has had a great year. 

OWEN: He’s our little tornado with a huge passionate heart. He keeps us in a whirlwind most of the day, but always has us cracking up with his quirkiness and is literally the best at snuggling. He’s awesome. Owen is on his second year of preschool and turned four this past October. He loves school and playing with his friends. Owen will spend all day in a fort and any little hiding space that he can find. If he’s not hiding then he’s playing with play doh or finding new ways to bug June, but he is incredibly sweet to Kate. He loves to run and jump and really is all boy. He can’t get enough of any small toy, especially Grossery Gang. He always seems to have little toys in his one hand and a chunk of play doh in the other. We are so grateful for his love of life and finding different ways to explore it. 
KATE: Kate’s our sweet heart who is learning the power of the word No. She has grown so much this past year and we can’t believe that our baby is now a toddler. It took her a while, but she eventually started walking and hasn’t stopped since. She is constantly on the move. Kate is talking like crazy with a new word pretty much everyday and is fully aware the power she has over Daddy and Mommy. Kate loves to explore and play with dolls and changing their shoes. She is Mommy’s little bud everyday when the kids are at school and does a great job being the tag along. She is such a light in our life and her little giggles and dimples make life a little easier. Kate has changed so much this year and it’s been amazing watching it all happen right before our eyes. 
RANGER: Our puppy has become quite the adventure seeker and learning how to escape out of the yard. He turned seven this past year and we love our puppy, but he can sometimes be worse than a child. We love his cuddles and having him around to make sure everyone knows that there is someone at the door with his barking. Our house wouldn’t be the same without him. 

OUR FAMILY IN GENERAL: Big changes happened for us this year with the process of building a house and calling a new place home. Selling our old house and finishing our new one was quite the task, but we survived and agreed we never want to move again. Ha! Thankfully everyone has transitioned well and we are in love with the much needed space of the new house and our Community. Moving didn’t slow us down one bit with traveling to visit family in Idaho and Canada. Dan and Lesli then left the kids behind and took a trip to celebrate their 10 year anniversary in Fiji. It was a once in a life time experience. 

It’s been quite a year with a big move, traveling and still living our day to day lives. It’s been an incredible year. One that has been full of much more laughter than tears and giving us full hearts and much to be thankful for. 

We truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season and know how much we love our Savior and all of you! 

Merry Christmas! 
   Love, The Lancaster’s 

2017 Family Pictures

Our 2017 pictures were taken by my dear and talented friend Alison Moreno. We headed to the streets of down town Dallas for a more city feel this year. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break was a warm welcome at our house. Having a child in school all day has it's perks but in all honesty I would rather have her home. So I took Thanksgiving break and tried to enjoy every minute of it while everyone was home together. 

June and Owen had the whole week off from school, so we played at parks, played at home and truly did nothing. It was delightful. We needed the nothingness for a couple of days. 

Dan got home around noon on Wednesday and we played with Daddy and then we went and had dinner at McDonalds since the next day we would be cooking all day.

This man. I heart him to no end. 

Dan is a baking machine and pretty much has taken over in the kitchen. I love it! I'm not the biggest fan of cooking and have absolutely no desire to be that domestic of a wife, but Dan loves it so more power to him and I get the benefits of eating it! Haha So really he made most of our Thanksgiving dinner. Including these gorgeous rolls! 

Thursday morning we woke up, turned the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on by tradition, and got busy in the kitchen. With lots of help! 

Dan also made homemade peanut butter balls and homemade peppermint paddies. 

Yes, Dan also get's credit for the tarts and pies. 

Table set for our little family of five!

Our turkey cooked beautifully and was so good! 

Ready to dig in! 

A day full of cooking and then food is gone in 10 minutes. Haha it was all so good and we were pleased with how our meal turned out. 

Kate was asleep when we had actual Thanksgiving dinner so she ate later that day. June was helping her by giving her giant spoonfuls of whipping cream. 

They weren't too happy when I cut them off!

Naps are always a must on Thanksgiving after a full cooked meal and full tummies. I was just happy I got to nap next to the best snuggler around! 

Once we all were awake and ready to get on with the evening, we loaded up and went for a walk around our neighborhood. 

The next day we were pretty anxious to get Christmas going, so we went and got our tree first thing. 

I had quite the time convincing Dan to get a 12ft' tree this year instead of our usual 6ft. I told him we needed the height. Our ceilings are really tall and when I finally wore him down we needed up with a 12ft. Tree. :) 

We got the tree inside, let it rest and we spent the majority of the day outside. We have been having the warmest weather for the month and it's been great and all but we are ready for those chilly temps to come around. 

The sky was so pink that day. It was pretty. 

The kids kept bugging us over and over again to get the tree decorated and finally the next morning we let that happen. 

We pulled out all our Christmas decorations and it felt like we were moving all over again! I forget how much we have for Christmas. The best is our little nativity. It makes the kids so happy and makes my heart happy. 

Of course Kate is obsessed with the tree ornaments! We already have had a few broken ones. 

So now that we got our tree in and set up we are so happy we went with a taller tree. A smaller one would have looked off with the height. It all worked out in the end! Dan even mentioned going taller next year! WHAT?! 

Hanging the star on the tree 

Trips to Walmart for more Christmas Garland! 

We honestly didn't even know if we would have lights on our house. It's tall and getting lights up seemed pretty impossible, but we ended up hiring someone to come do it for us and it turned out perfectly! Exactly how I had pictured it!! 

Thanksgiving is all wrapped up and we are in full blown Christmas over here. I love it! This time of year and all it's magic. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

November Randoms

With Fiji being at the beginning of this month and then Thanksgiving at the end, there are just a few randoms to share for November. 

Kate loves books. I find her all over the house with a book in hand, she has a book when she goes to sleep and she is looking at when I get her from her crib. So anytime a book is laying around, you better believe she's looking at it. 

Kate hasn't been using a high chair for quite sometime now, but she has recently been obsessed with sitting on the counter. She loves it! 

Lots of Kate this month! Haha 
Their is a park right across the street from Owen's school and we went and played one day after dropping him off. 

I found her like this one afternoon with the container of vegi straws and sitting in the laundry basket. 

One afternoon we went for a walk and found a turtle on the trail right by our house. The kids were so fascinated with it! We ended up going back later that night to show Dan when he got home from work. The kids loved watching him crawl around. 

Super gross to post. I know but I got attacked by an ant hill one day at a park. It was the worst! My foot was so swollen and itchy for days!! 

Taking family pictures, Owen grabbed June's hand and said "June, we better hold hands, just to be safe." It was a heart melter for sure. 

Family pictures in the making 

We took a few pictures  in this infinity pond and then the kids had the freedom to play. They got soaking wet! We thankfully packed pajamas and were able to dry them off. 

June's teacher had a baby at the end of September and was on Maternity leave for the last few months. So Ms. S was June's teacher. Her last day was right before Thanksgiving break. It was sad. June really liked Ms. S and I really liked her too. She was a great teacher! 

June and I were doing yoga together one day. We have  a lot of fun playing around. 

A bigger house has meant we are basically starting from scratch with our Christmas decorations, so we have spent a lot of time in Christmas sections in the last handful of days. Kate loved this dancing Santa. 

Park days!

The kids spent probably an hour playing "beds" with these blue benches. 

Owen and June were racing Owen's Mario Kart. They had a lot of  fun! 

I think I have mentioned before how much Owen loves soft pretzels. They just opened a pretzel shop in our Walmart and it's a must whenever we go. 

The weather has been amazing in Texas. We have been living on the tramp. Kate spends a lot of time out there jumping. I love it because she is caged in and she stays out there forever! 

 June sharing her school work! It says "My mom is the best, because she plays we me". She is getting so good with her reading and writing. 

Our roof is pretty high and I was a bit worried we weren't going to have lights on our house! I honestly was a bit heart broken about it. Thankfully we hired people to come and get them on our house and around the yard! They are perfect! I love our house! 

We had a fitness night for mutual and our kick boxing instructor became sick that day, so she was out last minute. I needed up doing a yoga session with the girls, which then lead to group poses. We had a lot of fun! 

And that's it for November randoms. 
I am so so happy it's December. Everything makes me giddy! It's just all so magical. 

Let all the festivities begin!!