Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year

Brandon's mom and dad always put on such a good New Years party. We did it on the 30th this year since New Year's Eve was on a Sunday. We had amazing Chinese food as always, and then moved all the furniture out of the family room to get ready for the chaos.

Silly string is the worst!

Ava soothing herself through all the loud noises.

Confetti everywhere! But we love it.







I never get any good pictures of my kids in the mess. They had fun though.

A few days later it was time to celebrate Brandon's 34th birthday. So we went back to Pizza Factory (it's pretty much the only place we can take our kids out to eat where they will actually eat). The food was amazing and we had a great time.

Kallie got her very own salad bar for the first time.

Cute smiles from our Ava girl.

Had to take advantage of Ava falling asleep in the car and just hold her for awhile before I put her in her crib. She is such a busy, active baby, and never gives us any snuggles.

She fell asleep on Brandon's lap while I was at Church with the other kids. We love our baby Ava!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Bingo Night

I love all the traditions we have surrounding Christmas. We had our annual Boxing Day morning at the church. The kids had a blast, Ava just walked all around everywhere and had so much fun. It was so pleasant.

That night we had a cousin/sibling gift exchange, dinner, and Bingo night. We gave Ross some candy machines and this first picture is the kids all lined up with their quarters (after cleaning the toy room) to get some candy. So fun!

They did a kids round of Bingo first. Tyler got 5 bingos! Ross and Karen had quite the set up for kids prizes. After the kids we put on a movie for them and the adults played Bingo and won gift cards. Such a fun tradition!


We also had an all adults night at Carrabbas that was delicious and so much fun.

Ava emptied my entire spice rack into her shopping cart. :)

I took the kids to the Bean Museum one afternoon this week. They always love going there so much.

They have a special display right now of a Titanaboa snake. So disgustingly huge. Tyler and Mckinley got to pet a real snake. Kallie didn't want to.






Cute smile from Ava!


Today we had our chaotic lunch at Pizza Factory. Always such a crazy time, but so much fun. Mckinley's friend Kenzey is spending the day with us today so she got to come. She is so much fun to have around.


Chicken pesto pizza. The best!!!! The food was amazing today.

Kenzey and Ava.

Now on to New Years celebrations over the weekend!!!

Christmas Day

Christmas morning was magical. All of the kids are still strong believers and it is just so fun to see their excitement. 






I surprised Brandon with a blanket that I made with the help of his mom. He loves it.

Tyler opened his grabber toy and then picked up the wrapping paper with it to throw it away. Ha ha ha.

The kids loved getting tablets!

Just like last year, we woke up to a white Christmas, the first snow of the year. So awesome!

Ava wanted to be in it so bad. We don't have any snow clothes for her though.

Kallie begged for days and days before Christmas to have a stack of pancakes with blueberries on top.

Then we went over to Grandma and Grandpa Salmon's to open gifts from them. The kids all loved their snuggy tails.

Tyler was happy Santa brought him a lego set.

Tyler got a shark snuggy tail and it is so awesome! Ross and Karen gave each of us an Instant Pot and we are excited to try it out.

Christmas Countdown

The anticipation of Christmas is the best. Better than the actual day. We had so much fun looking forward to Christmas, listening to lots of Christmas music, and just being excited. The kids had their chocolate calendars from Grandpa, they wrapped their own toys to give to each other, and we had lots of fun family time. Saturday the 23rd we decided to take the kids swimming. We went to the Orem Rec. Tyler and Kallie had done so well in Park City without their floaties that we wanted to let them practice. Orem Rec was the perfect place to do it, they swam all over the place and never used their floaties. Tyler even jumped off the diving board 5 or 6 times! So brave. Ava was waving at all the lifeguards from her little floatie. We all had a blast. Such a great time.


That night we had a dinner with my family, I didn't take any pictures there, but we had a great time. The kids got to do a little white elephant game with dollar store presents my mom had bought. The food was amazing, and we got to skype with Ken and Kjersti and see their new baby boy.

My mom helped me turn this cross stitch into a pillow. It has been sitting in a box for 10 years or so and now it's a Christmas decoration. Yay!

Christmas Eve was on Sunday. We enjoyed having sacrament meeting only at Church, and then went over to Ross and Karen's for a lunch and nativity. We got to facetime with Grandma and Grandpa Salmon which was awesome. Shannon took this picture of us face timing with them. Ava was taking a nap.

The nativity. Kallie was the baby Jesus at this point and looks more like a dead corpse. Ha ha ha ha.

This was the first time our entire married life where we didn't go to my parents' on Christmas Eve since we had been the night before so we had the whole evening to ourselves and really enjoyed it. We had leftover Little Caesars for dinner, drove up to the University Mall and saw the lights, drove by the Bastian Mansion for more lights, went home and put out cookies for Santa and watched a Christmas movie. Kallie was the last one to fall asleep at 10:30 and Brandon and I finally could get everything ready and go to bed!