a white christmas in wisconsin

OK, so I’m hoping I can catch up a bit here!

We went to Wisconsin for Christmas to spend time with Michael’s family. I have a lot of photos, and while they aren’t the best quality, I still had a difficult time narrowing down which ones to post! So, I posted a lot 🙂 They really capture the energy and love of the Christmas season, surrounded by family.

Michael & his brother Jeremy with their children … Evelyn was having fun with Lucas!

Evie eating Daddy’s nose. This is a game we play … where she eats our nose 🙂

Barto siblings & their first borns!

The Florida – now Virginia – Bartos.

Our little Polish gymnast with Daddy.

Playing with her cousin Owen … decompressing after an action-packed cousin pro photo shoot that morning.

(Who needs pants anyways?)

Jackson, hard at work.

She loves her Aunt Tina.

… and Owen thinks she’s quite hilarious as well.

Andrew & Ben.

iPad = kid magnet.

Evie & her Aunt Becca

… and Uncle Jeremy.

… and her Daddy too.   Things just got weird.

Four of the Lynch sisters & Grandma Lynch!

Aunt Diana got some snuggles from Evie on Christmas Eve.

Early Christmas morning wonder.

Coffee & newspaper with Grandpa.

… and a morning nap.

A bit blurry, but I had to post a family Christmas pic…

All ready for Christmas mass.

Aunt Becca scolding someone, maybe? …and Evie approving of whatever she’s doing.

Sleepy Bartos 🙂

No family gathering would be complete without boys wrestling.

Jackson giving his gift to Uncle Jeremy.

and Evie getting kisses from Uncle Jeremy 🙂

Christmas morning gifts.

Cuddles with (a serious) Miss Evie.

First Christmas morning.

The grandchildren (and yes, that’s Lucas on the left, not a salesman selling chicks.)

Evelyn & her great-grandma.

Nap with Aunt Lottie.

… and a nap with a very content Grandma.

How many babies can fit in an Anywhere Chair?


… only one, after she hits the other one with a snack container.

Evie loved the ladybugs who scuttled about.

… and also trying on Otto’s hat. She wanted to let him know she’s a Packer fan too.

Sleepy time with Daddy.

Good morning! Play time with the cousins.

Owen taking a call.

Lucas surveying the front yard.

Owen tasting a teether.

… and who knows what Evie was up to.

All dressed up on her last day in Wisconsin … and about to get in the car to drive to Toledo to see her other grandparents!

Thank you, everyone in Wisconsin, for such a fun trip. We can’t wait to see you again in June!


Evie completes the set

Evelyn met her Uncle Jeremy, Aunt Tina & Cousin Lucas for the first time when they came to visit last weekend.  She now has met all of her grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins.

In August, she will then advance to the next level … meeting extended family. 🙂

Here she is, pooped out after having a fairly grumpy afternoon.

Sharing Mow Mow with Cousin Lucas.


Drawn to the red GE logo on our oven. Maybe a future engineer?

Offering me his treasured leaf that he found.

Very generous.

The only picture I took of the brothers the entire weekend. What a grave oversight.

Served over ice = tasty.

In this series of pictures, courtesy of Michael,

I learn that I tend to use my hands while talking …

… a lot.

Thank you for helping me realize this, babe.

He asked for a smile.

and I aim to please.

My hot husband, the father of my child.

A teetering, tottering tot.

This girl manages to smile & talk quite well (or even better) on her tummy.

Looking up at Mommy.

Feelin’ the burn.

Impromptu family photo session courtesy of Tina (and Jeremy, lighting).

I love this one.

Probably giggling at Uncle Jeremy.

Why is she giggling, you ask?

There ya go.

One last lift.

… and a rest with Mommy & Daddy.

Facetiming with Grandma & Grandpa Barto.

A little assist.

She was completely focused on them.

Swaddled up for bedtime. (Photos again courtesy of Tina … thank you!)

My second time trying the bottle. (Michael is the head honcho bottle giver.) She used to take the bottle, fairly easily, for about a week. Now, she’s back to fighting it.

Victory: I got her to accept it into her mouth.

Fail: She just wants to chew on it.

Not … gonna …


Mommy gave in and did things her way.

Good morning, Lucas! He really likes Evie’s rattle that she got from Grandma & Grandpa Barto.

… aaand those were all the pictures I took of our weekend with Jeremy, Tina & Lucas. I’m a bad person. I got one picture of Jeremy drinking a Coke & absolutely zero of Tina. However, in my defense, I did take some pictures on their camera, and they took a lot, too. Hope you got some more, guys, because I sure failed 🙂