The day after Christmas 2018, the Traveling Shenks hit the road for a trip out to Dallas to celebrate the New Year with our dear friends, the C Family. We always love an excuse to visit with them!
|Shenk Family in the car, road trip ready. Ellie’s hand is in James so she’s represented as well.|
After waiting somewhat patiently, I was finally able to give Kerri the quilt I had spent years trying to finish. I quilted the entire thing by hand, so it took quite a bit longer. Plus, I have kids. Thankfully, the woman who has 4 daughters and waaaaaaaaay less free time than me understands and seemed very happy with it.
|Kerri’s quilt (front)|
|Kerri’s quilt (back)|
|See? She looks happy!|
Loving those four smaller C Family girls the way I do, I decided to try my hand at making dresses for them again. Last time, there were only three of them, and I went with the same dress fabric, but different colored trim. This time, I was able to find the same fabric print in four different colors! I was really thrilled with how they came out and the girls seemed excited as well.
|Love these beautiful girls!|
|Evie was so happy to have her “baby Ellie” come to play and loved to hug her.|
|Sweet James wanted in on those Evie hugs, too.|
|James shows off his mad chef skills cooking up some eggs for the gang.|
|Ellie gets up close and personal with Aunt Kerri.|
|In the midst of a major laundry room DIY project, Uncle Chris
happily takes a time out to brush Evie’s hair.
|It wouldn’t be a party without a conga line!|
|All six kids watching a movie together… makes my heart so happy! (Mads has already claimed the new quilt.)|
|This adorable little stinker is trying to take a spin in a car made for dolls. 😍|
New Year’s Eve included sparklers outside with friends next door and a fun (early) countdown for the kids thanks to Netflix.
|Evie discovers the love of fire sticks that we all share. Welcome to the club, kiddo!|
|Little Miss Independent Ellie wanted to hold her own sparkler, thank you very much.|
|Ringing in 2019 with these two is pretty freaking awesome.|
|This guy really lights my fire.|
|I just adore these two knuckleheads, even if they refuse to simply smile for pictures.|
|This was their NYE countdown jump. So fun!|
|Ellie enjoying some time with Uncle Chris. She’s a big fan.|
|Chris times two working on the laundry room remodel. Who needs HGTV with these two outside?|
|Ellie and Evie all wrapped up in animal towels after the world’s cutest bath together. 💕|
|We were lucky enough to get an evening out sans kids and it was SO FUN! Looks like we clean up alright.|
On the drive home, we overnighted in Mobile, Alabama and made time to visit the USS Alabama. It was such a neat experience getting to explore inside the ship and learn so much about how life works on a battleship such as that.
|Family selfie outside the USS Alabama.|
|Chris and James explore the deck.|
|Like father like son, his eyes lit up when he saw that machine shop.|
|Taking turns steering. Those big wheels are no joke.|
|Humor can be found in the unlikeliest of places.|
|Freed from the baby carrier at last, she was eager to explore on her own.|
|Momma and Ellie enjoying the sunshine. 💗|