Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Marshall Annual Christmas Ode 2011

Hi friends, here’s a little note from us to you,

Filled with love to share what’s new.

In January we headed up to Breckenridge for some rest

We hit up the Ice Carving Festival, it really is one of the best!

In February my brother, Jon & his girlfriend visited;

we snowboarded Copper- the conditions were nice

On our way home we rolled our car on a stretch of black ice.

By the grace of God we walked away from the accident all o.k.

But I think it’s fair to conclude we won’t ever forget that day.

In March we flew out to Tennessee for a mini Talbot

(Aaron’s Grad school) reunion near the peaks

Good times with friends, we realized 3 couples were preggers

and our due dates were within weeks

In April Aricin turned 3 & celebrated with a super hero party.

He’s inquisitive; loves to learn, explore, climb, jump, play

and his sweet smile is hearty.

In May we spent a weekend in Mesa on the Western Slope

From boating to biking to hanging out with family

our time there was dope.

In June we flew out to Cali for a sweet summer

Santa Barbara vacation

After a week of the beach, the Zoo, & paddle boarding

we were ready to make it a staycation

In July Aaron spent a week on a trip with Impact edVentures

in the Bahamas

My brother, Jasun & his friend came out to help with the kids

and were more fun then Llamas.

In August Aricin started pre-school & Aaron’s brother,

Andy came out with his family to see us.

We hit up the Denver Zoo & The Aquarium

with our memberships- so fun! …the kids didn’t fuss.

In September we hit up the Colorado Springs Hot Air Balloon

Festival as my belly got big.

Oliver Finnegan came 2 ½ weeks early weighing

7lbs 6oz-he’s sweeter then a fig.

In October Talia turned 2 and kept busy in her tumbling class.

She loves to cuddle, play with her dollies, help with Oliver,

and be a sweet lass.

In November we started getting more sleep

and feeling alive again.

Life with 3 kiddos age 3 and under is nuts and great

all at the same time- kind of like the name Finnegan

Aaron’s busy as head of the Bible Department at

Valor Christian High School

He loves teaching Ethics-

showing kids how to think on their own is such a great tool.

Aaron’s also working on Impact edVentures-

a non profit he started with two of his buddies

They take people on character building trips around the globe

opening their eyes beyond normal studies.

Aaron’s also still working on his PhD in Education through

the University of Edinburgh in Scotland

We plan to return to the U.K. this summer for more research

and plan on having more fun then a band

The kids are growing so fast and we’re trying to embrace

every moment

Knowing soon they’ll be gone and we’ll just have

each other to torment

We still love life out here in Colorado; it just feels right

The weather is grand and all four seasons are quite a sight.

Looking back at this last year we feel immensely blessed

by God’s provision

As we look ahead we are excited to see what God has for us

all under his grand supervision

Life is a journey and lasts but a short while

Stumbling, we try to live beneath God’s smile.

So that’s our year so much to tell

We hope all of you are happy, healthy, and well

We wish you peace, love, joy, and blessings this holiday season

And invite you to visit anytime for any reason.



Aaron, Janay, Aricin, Talia, and Oliver

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nuances of November

I love baby feet... and they grow so fast

Fun with Grandma

Made these for Aricin's preschool class
Someone gave us this book and we love it!

The fashionista
Nap time for the boys

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. November has been a blur for us. Aaron just got back from California- he flew to San Francisco for a few days for a conference and my mom flew out here to help with the kiddos. We had a great time with grandma- she spoiled everyone and was a huge help! Aaron had a great time at ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) and was able to reconnect with a bunch of old friends in the city. Something new for us for November has been a cash only budget (sigh) hubby tells me this will be a good discipline. I think he's right but ugh it's soo not fun to feel restricted. It's been a challenge to make things work on our new budget but as much as I whine and complain about it, I know it's a good thing. Oliver continues to grow he's up to 10 pounds now and loves to smile back at us, which makes my heart melt. Aricin is growing up to fast and LOVES to talk pretty much all the time- we laugh he surprises us with words like Cornucopia. Tally is also blossoming and is pretty much addicted to chap stick. She's talking more and more and asserting herself to everyone around her. They both love to help out with Oliver and dote on their younger brother. Thanksgiving is in a few days and we're looking forward to spending it at home with our each other and our kiddos. There is soo much to be Thankful for- as we reflect on God's goodness and grace.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Talia turned 2 and Halloween...

Our three crazy kiddos in their shirts from the party

Aricin and his best buddy Keegan
We did a Little Miss/ Mr. Men theme for Talia's party. These are the shirts/onesies we made for all the kids that came based on their personalities and the characters

Tally wearing her new baby carrier
Yee haw!
He almost dressed up as a cowboy but at the last minute decided on a Panda Bear
Oliver was a guitar and won for the 0-3 age group at the carnival we went to
Aaron and Zach at the KIDS Halloween carnival- can we say Competitive
Our kitty and Panda on Halloween
Aricin asked for a Zebra from the Balloon lady
Tally wanted an "Elelelelele..." you get the picture
It's been a busy week, Tally turned 2 and we thew a super fun Little miss/ Mr. Men party. I picked characters for each of the kids coming, found the images online, then printed them out and ironed them onto t-shirts and onesies for all the kids- it was a super fun project. Tally loved her party and all of the cupcakes and presents. The next day was Halloween and the kids were excited to put on their costumes and get more sugar. Oliver's done a great job of tolerating his busy family as he continues to sleep and hang out wherever we go. Yesterday we woke up to a foot of snow and Aaron was able to stay home as school was cancelled- Yipee for Snow Days. Today it's sunny and half of the snow has already melted but it looks like another storm is coming in a couple of days. There really is nothing like the beauty of waking up to everything outside coated in gorgeous white snow.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More of Oliver and October...

Kiddie pyramid

I love feet... and this shot shows so much of their personalities

It's a potty party... someday they will hate me for this pic
Aricin and Tally's room
Aaron lofted the beds- the kids love it and it created more floor space

I can't believe he's one month old already!

flipping mommy off- really?

Things here are dare i say... starting to settle down. We are all getting more sleep and that seems to make life a little easier. Oliver continues to be a pretty easy going baby which is great because he's happy to be hanging out in his swing or bouncer but it's hitting me more and more that i need to sit and hold him because there's a good chance he might be my last baby. Tally just finished her tumbling class a couple days ago so now i think i might try to bring her to the pool once a week while Aricin's at pre-school. Another thing we've been doing while Aricin's at pre-school is running... One of the four rec-centers allows strollers on their indoor running track, so i've been trying to run 2 miles twice a week with Oliver and Tally in the double stroller... it's been fun but man am i out of shape :(

Tally turns 2 tomorrow and we are having a "Little Miss. & Mr. Men" party for her this weekend. I can't believe she's 2 already. She's talking more and more and asserting herself like crazy. I love her independent spirit but know we will probably but heads more and more as she gets older. Aaron continues to keep busy with teaching, Phd work and Impact Edventures. Yesterday he got to stay home with us for a bit as he had a late start day because of the snow. Monday it was 80+ degrees... Wednesday (Yesterday) the high was like 27 and we got about half a foot of snow... Today it's warm and sunny and all the snow is starting to melt. You gotta love Denver weather.