Psalm 139:13-14

PSALM 139:13-14
"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well."

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Monday, June 18, 2018

2017 in a nutshell

After a hiatus for almost a year and a half, I am back to update you all on our journey so far. And quite the journey it has been!!

Winter 2017- While the weather outside was cold, we entertained ourselves with gymnastics. We also decided to build a house in Fishers, IN.

Spring 2017- We broke ground in March on our new home. The day we broke ground, John was asked by his corporate office to consider promoting to the Dallas/Forth Worth area in Texas. We've been down this road before, so we continued the building process thinking nothing would come out of it. We decided to fly out to CA, after being away for almost 2yrs, for Spring Break.

Getting on the plane!
Visiting with our cousin Emily.

Getting in some pool time!

Getting to see our old neighbors in Fullerton!

Spent time at Knott's Berry Farm with Grandpa, Grandma, and our cousins,
Caleb and Trinity.

Meeting our newest nephew, Lucas!

                            Gianna turned 7 end of April. She had a Shopkins themed birthday.

        Gianna finished 1st grade and G.R.A.C.E. wrapped up their first year of preschool.

Gianna wrote a book about Shopkins
and got to share with other students/parents.
Gianna lost a total of 8 teeth this year!

Gianna with her 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Monkul.

The Zebra class with Mrs. Annie and Ms. Tammy. (Gabby didn't want to be in the picture 😐)

John decided to interview for the Texas promotion in June and got the job. We had moved to an apartment when school finished, anticipating the move to our newly built home end of summer. But with the latest outcome, we started mentally changing gears towards moving to Texas the end of July. Because we were too far into the build, we had to finish the house then sell it while we were living in Texas.
Leaving our Goodloe house.

Close to final completion of the Allistair  house.
Our summer was busy with multiple transitions. We moved into an apt for 2 months. John was able to fish in the pond behind our apartment with the kids. We also celebrated the 4th of July by doing our own fireworks show.

John teaching the kids  how to fish.

Waiting for Daddy to light up the fireworks!

Connor Prairie was one of our favorite places to visit! From day 1,
the kids kept asking if they could ride in the hot air balloon. I kept telling them they would
get to ride it if we ever had to leave IN. They got their wish after 2 years!

I got to get together with 2 other families with quintuplets. Between the 3 moms, we have 16 children 😂
*20 points if you can match the kids to their mom!

We will miss you Indy! It was great living here for the last 2 years!!

Getting ready for take off!

Landing in DFW airport. Our first flight without other adults traveling with us!
We moved to Dallas and lived in a 2 bd/1bth hotel for 2.5 weeks. Not an experience that I'd like to repeat!! The silver lining was that we got to eat free breakfast every morning!

Then the moving truck had to come 3 separate times to bring our belongings. Some of the items are still missing and went to the great warehouse in the sky 😂.

We decided to rent a house for a year or two to see what area we wanted to settle down in.

Gianna started 2nd grade at Samuel Beck Elementary school and GRACE started Pre-K at Trophy Lakes Academy.

We found a small splash pad to help with the Texas HEAT!!

First day of school!

John and I flew to Indianapolis to see U2 in concert in Sept.

ALL the kids played soccer in the Fall!

We celebrated the Fab Five's 5th birthday as Super Heroes: Flash, Captain America
Super Girl, Spider Girl, and Bat Girl!
Grandma did a fantastic job on the cake and
School/soccer pics (Kids take Spring pics)

                                 Our line up this year was: Anna (Frozen), Elena of Avalor, Riley (himself),
                                     Elsa, Elastic Girl (Incredibles), and Flash. Below pics from our Jack-O-Lantern
                      contest at a friend's house
     Our first annual 5K Turkey Trot!

GRACE got to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Santa asking Riley if he was a good boy this year 😳

Christmas Eve service at Denton Bible Church

Merry Christmas!

2017 is in the books! I will have 2018 update out before it's 2019 😬

Sunday, February 12, 2017

2016 is FINALLY a wrap!

Let's be honest, Mommy is a horrible blogger! We asked her to post some pics and she took FOREVER!


We finally got some snow and went out in our snow gear. By the time Mommy got all of us dressed to go play with our friends, they had already gone inside. It had only taken her 20 mins the first time! We don't know why she was sweating when it was pretty chilly outside.
(Left) Cooper, Gabby, Gianna, Emmy, and Riley. Addy stayed inside.

Gabby had to have surgery to close up a pilonidal cyst.
Gabby cruisin' in her Jeep to the O.R. suite.


We went on a family vacation to Branson, MO. We visited our Uncle Arvin and Auntie Stephanie while we were there.
Emmy and Gianna in their "fort".

Daddy and kids checking out the back of our place.

Emmy and Uncle Arvin ATV'ing

Gabby hesitant to ride, but surprisingly stayed on.

Cooper had a blast!

Addy was up next.

Gianna riding like a pro.

Auntie Stephanie helping the kids feed the chickens.

We also visited the Butterfly Palace in Branson. Everyone had a great time except Riley, who freaked out with the butterflies flying around him.

Gianna loves reptiles!

Gianna and Addy petting an Indonesian lizard.

Daddy showing a squeamish Cooper that butterflies are our friends =)

Setting the butterflies free for their first flight.

Addy and Riley waited outside with Daddy.
So as you can see....this was a year ago. I feel so horrible for not completing my update. Let's just zip through 2016 and I promise to try and get better at blogging 2017.


It's such a blur, but here are some pics for the rest of the year. We celebrated Gianna's birthday in April, Dad and Mom went to the 100th race of the Indy 500, summer, GRACE's birthday, went on vacation in October, Halloween, and then celebrated the holidays.
6th birthday party with friends at Chuck E Cheese

Celebration at home

Helio Castraneves in yellow. Tony Kanaan in blue.             
100th race of the Indy 500

Cooper and Riley's first baseball game (minor league- Indians)

Girls moved out of toddler beds to bunk beds

Gianna wrapped up Kindergarten with Mrs. Nix

One of our favorited indoor places to play, Trader's Point church.

We visited our friends in Fort Wayne, the Stayers. We had such a great time hanging out with them!

Went to Neal and Colleen Prange's wedding. Our first wedding as a family July 4th weekend. 

Gianna's first day of 1st grade, 2nd week of Aug.

Our friends from France came to visit us for a few days.

Rented paddle boats on the Indy canal.
Gianna and John navigating the paddle boat

Gabby, Riley, Addy, Cooper, and Emmy's first day of Pre-school.

Wrapped up summer with one last swim at pool before it closed for season.

Paw patrol theme for GRACE's 4th birthday





Took them to Old Spaghetti Factory, downtown, on their birthday.

On the way to Bald Head Island, Outer Banks, NC via ferry.

Beach fun!

Getting back on ferry to visit friends.

Matthews quintuplets that were born 4wks ahead of us in same hospital.

Emmy trying on Carly or Lorna's sunglasses.

Visiting Duke University, Daddy's alma mater.

Hanging out in the beautiful Duke gardens.

Taking a break from the ocean.

Loved the beaches here!

Sibling love =)

Heading home. Overnight stay in hotel.

Fall colors

2016-2017 school pictures (1st grade and pre-school)

Our front porch with all the pumpkins
Decorating our pumpkins

On our way the park

Our dear friend, Ms. Karen came to visit and we went to the Indianapolis  Zoo.

Gianna's costume for school
Emmy, Gianna, and Addy sporting their Halloween headbands

Left: Funny referee, Princess Jasmine, Elena of Avalor, Jake (from the Neverland  Pirates), Snow White,  Olaf, Anna, and Elsa!

Gianna's first basketball (Pacers vs Lakers)

Cubs finally won the World Series!!

Gianna had a great soccer season with team New York averaging 2 goals a game!

Riley decided to sneak some Benadryl in, resulting in an overnight stay in the hospital =(

GRACE's 4yr check up. Party foul! Mommy didn't know they needed 2 shots besides the flu shot.

Date night with John watching Golden State Warriors vs Pacers.
(Steph Curry at the line)

Thanksgiving date night watching the Colts vs Steelers.

Kids enjoying their Thanksgiving meal at the kiddy tables.

There's nothing like a good slumber party in the basement!

Saw the Christmas lights at the IMS.

Kids finally met Santa!

Kids enjoyed gymnastics during the winter season

The kids LOVE the snow!

Our annual gingerbread houses

Our cousins from CA came to visit us over the Christmas break

Gianna and Emmy playing Pie Face Showdown
Gianna and John competing

Our annual Christmas pj picture
Gianna and Riley practicing selfies before ringing in the  New Year.

Happy New Year from the Ferraro's!
Wishing you a blessed 2017.