November’s Shenk Family Adventures were more of the close-to-home variety. Super fun times with our friends and family, enjoying our beautiful backyard and the fun to be found in central Florida.
|Ellie helps me out at the sewing machine.|
|Our beautiful girl. Look at that smile!|
|Love this gorgeous shot of Ellie and Jess. Two bohemian girls in purple. 💕|
|Smokin’ campfire in our own backyard fire pit.|
|Elijah, James, and Ethan enjoying the campfire and recovering from the ghost stories they told themselves.|
|Snuggle time with Leo and Nancy Drew.|
|Tickling the ivories with Uncle Matt.
GrandMomma (my mother) would be so thrilled to see Ellie playing her piano.
|We voted! Showing the kids the importance of participating in democratic elections.|
|Even at this age, she insists on doing everything herself. Little miss independence.
(Side note: That nightgown was mine when I was her age💖)
|Leo. King of the couch pillows.|
|Laundry basket fun. Because kids.|
|James working hard on his b-ball skills. You can tell he’s concentrating by the tongue.|
|Date night to see Ray LaMontagne. My absolute favorite. It’s possible I cried, but I’ll never tell.|
|Me and my kiddos on the backyard swing. I’m such a happy momma.|
|Driving the boat at Mimi & Papa’s. He loves anything with an engine (his father’s son for sure!)|
|James and Ellie take a walk with Mimi & Papa around their neighborhood.|
|Ellie has an innate love of music. It expressed itself with bongos here.|
|James found his own rhythm with the conga.|
|Not content with percussion, Ellie moved on to the acoustic bass.|
|Getting in a little reading time with Ms. Kim.|
|Ellie loves Minnie Mouse, and we love Ellie dressed as Minnie Mouse.|
|A super fun Disney day with my loves.|
|Taking flight with Dumbo. Ellie is unconvinced.|
|Happy Disney family.|
|Super silly Dad at the Orlando Science Center.|
|Ethan, James, and Elijah learning about this beautiful blue parrot at the Orlando Science Center.|
|This darling little girl LOVES to be outside and she is happy we have such a big backyard to explore.|
|Celebrating Thanksgiving with Abuela.|
|Silliness with Abuela and Lamb Shenk (more affectionately known as Lambie).|
|Ellie and GrandPoppa.|
|He may be just a bit too big for my lap but I will never say no to a snuggle.|
|This may be my favorite family picture ever (sorry you’re not in it, Christopher).|
|Happy birthday, Aunt Kristi! We had so much fun hanging with you at Disney’s Winter Summerland Mini Golf.|
|James taking a turn. At least it appears that he is putting here instead of driving the ball which was more of his style.|
|Ellie is taking a stroll with Uncle Kai. James is running. Always running.|
|Mini-golf family photo. I can’t remember who won but let’s just assume it was me.
(It was probably Chris, but I’m more competitive and I write the blog.)
|This is the cake I made for Shenksgiving– some kind of bourbon and brown sugar pound cake
with a caramel glaze and candied pecans on top. I forget the exact name (it has been a year).
|That sweet face tells me she is definitely up to something…|
|Ellie and Taylor comparing their winter hats.|
|The Shenksgiving Family Picture-2018.|
|14 months old and we love her so!|
|The children have chosen a tree.|
|I love this sweet shot of James and I enjoying a fire in our family room.
We live in Florida. If it drops below 60, we use the fireplace.