Friday, February 14, 2014

Disneyland! {the happiest place on earth}

We recently got back from a family trip to Disneyland.  The reason for the trip was that back in July I registered for the Tinkerbell Half-Marathon with Beth.  Long story, but she decided she could go and with my new job's long-hours I absolutely didn't want to go without the girls, so it turned into a family trip.
We prepared by spending about $20 at the dollar store for all the things pictured below.  I compiled totes for each girl filled with all sorts of Disney stuff and made them each an autograph book.




We got to spend 2 full days in the parks.  We are very fortunate that Grandpa Steve and Viv joined us because it turned into really special time with them.
























Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year ~ Hello 2014!

Today is new years day.  We spent the day as a family: I got to sleep in until 8am, then we spent some time at the playground, then we attempted to take a nap (and failed), followed by a family walk/bike ride that ended with a Harper meltdown.  
After a drive to calm her down, she fell asleep at 6pm and I beat Shyla in a game of Enchanted Cupcake Party.  She is undefeated at Candyland, both games were from Santa, but we are super excited that she is old enough to play games now.



We already know that 2014 is going to be busy: new job for me, Stevie's program is expected to take off, my NAU classes, Disneyland in January, Coronado in March, Colorado over the summer, something special in October, etc.

But, as always, we are just going to try to enjoy each day and each moment.  Together.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I failed at taking many pictures of Christmas because we were busy, busy, busy having way too much fun!  Santa came by and ate the brownies, took some carrots, and left a lot of presents.  Shyla even asked, "but what about those times when I made bad decisions?"  Well, sweetie, the good definitely out weighed the bad.  Shyla got the Easy-Bake she wanted and Harper got the bike that Shyla wanted her to have.


Then we went to Grandma and Grandpa's house for breakfast and to open the presents that Santa left there.  There was much excitement, but the kids did a great job taking turns and waiting (fairly) patiently.
Later we went to Grandma Barbara and Grandpa Pop's house and stayed for the majority of the day. 

We are so lucky to have our family in town to be able to spend these special days.

This picture wasn't on Christmas but it shows Harper's beautiful tape creation:


And New Years - here's Pancake getting ready for our exciting night.


2013 was a great year!  I hope 2014 is just as blessed.  I hope to blog more frequently although I know I will be super busy with my new job and my master's program.  I also hope to continue to make special memories with my girls that we will all treasure forever.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Eve 2013

After arriving back from Pinetop around 2PM or so, we headed over to Auntie Chelsea's house at 4:30PM for a Christmas Eve dinner.  We had yummy lasagna and lots of good conversation with family (including a convo about why we should all eat brains ... no thank you!)


The kids opened their (now) annual Christmas Eve Box which contained new jammies for each, marshmallows for hot cocoa, and a beautiful version of the book Twas the Night Before Christmas.

They put on the jammies and Harper spilled her cocoa on them within about 3 sips.  Then, as the night went on - it was too loud and rowdy to read the book.  That was a bummer, but it was still a fin evening!

Then at home (late!) we got Harper to sleep then Shyla and I got the goodies ready for Santa and the Reindeer.  I had already made brownies (I'm a regular day Betty Crocker) so we set them out with a mug of milk and some carrots.



Up next - Christmas Day 2013!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pinetop

We recently got back from a really great vacation in Pinetop.  Here's how we looked on the way up:



Once we got the cabin, we started getting comfortable.  Unfortunately for us three of the heaters weren't working so the first night was really, really uncomfortable, mostly for me and Stevie.


Harper was a it unsure of the snow and preferred her time inside drinking cocoa by the fire.



The girls worked together to decorate this beautiful gingerbread house!



And then Shyla and Stevie spent hours sledding the backyard.





Here's what's interesting: the girls' behavior while on this trip was less than ideal and thus it was a really stressful couple days.  But, we've been back for less than 5 days and all I can remember are the good parts of the trip and all the fun we had. 

The Magical Mystical Candy-cane Forest

We were recently invited back to the magical, mystical candy-cane forest.  As always, the journey began at the snowglobe where I was able to catch this picture of the head-elf with three of the elfins.


The fourth elfin was off doing this instead:

The elfins closely examined the map before leading us on our adventure.

Once we arrived the kiddos picked the candy-canes and slim-jims from the magical tree and we all enjoyed delicious chili, cornbread, and incredibly strong eggnog shakes.



Elfin John and Sharon are some of the sweetest people we know and we are so very lucky that they have been neighbors with my parents for nearly 35 years.  They put on this event for our kiddos each year and it has become one of the traditions that we value the most.