Monday, January 6, 2020

Brandon turns 36!

I wasted no time at all getting the new diamond art picture and puzzle we got for Christmas taken care of.

I'm so glad the kids still love the Bean Museum. It has been entertaining us for a decade! Jackson enjoyed sitting up in the stroller and seeing everything. I love these kids so so much.

They had Santa hats on the giraffes.

Brandon's birthday was on Saturday, which I thought was pretty great. Friday night his parents babysat while we went to dinner. We wanted to go to a movie too but ended up going to dinner with some neighbors and just sitting and chatting for three hours. There weren't any seats left at the movie anyway so it worked out well for us.

His birthday started out with him helping make breakfast and then hopping in bed so we could bring it to him, ha ha. He is the best!!!! The kids were all so excited to celebrate him.

So we had breakfast, relaxed at home for a bit, went to lunch at Taco Bell and went and saw Spies in Disguise as a family. We were going to go to Texas Roadhouse for dinner (my parents had given him a gift card to go there) but we were too full so we just had food at home (delicious omeletes made by Brandon on his birthday). Oh, I also took a nap that afternoon while he did dishes. I suck at celebrating his birthday. That evening Jason and Shannon offered to watch all of our kids so we went and saw Knives Out. Movies are definitely one of our favorite things so it seemed appropriate to go to two of them for his birthday. I didn't even realize until the next day that I hadn't even thought of a birthday cake. And he didn't have a single present. I am the worst.

Ava started primary yesterday. She was so cute and loved sunbeams!

Then today she had her first dental check up.

This guy has been so happy since he's not sick anymore! He's still needy, but definitely easier than he used to be.

Mckinley started piano lessons. She is really good! I hope she falls in love with it. Time will tell.

Tyler had a pretty scary run in with a stick while he was sledding. We almost took him to get stitches but decided to just go to Karen's and she put some steri strips on it instead. It seems to be healing okay. We are so glad it wasn't worse!!!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Boxing Day/New Years Eve

Going to the church with cousins on Boxing Day is easily one of our very favorite traditions.

As we were preparing for Christmas Mckinley kept telling me she wanted to get something for Christmas that we could use on boxing day at the church. I kept ignoring her knowing we were giving the kids a hover board for Christmas. We ended up giving them two hover boards and they have been so fun. It was a blast to have them at the church. We had such a good time and hung around all morning.

Emmy, Liam, and Jackson.

My mom did a bowling and pizza party for the kids for Christmas. It was a lot of fun.

Todd and his family drove from Seattle for a Christmas surprise since they are moving to Germany for three years in April. It was great to spend some time with him.

After bowling the kids were able to play the saran wrap ball game that they missed out on Christmas Eve.

So then randomly we went bowling again the next day for Lincoln's birthday with Brandon's family. It was a lot of fun.

New Years Eve Chinese food. It was so yummy!!!!

This time we decided to make our mess in the church instead of at home. It was pretty fun!

Ross and Karen set up pictionary with the huge white board. The kids loved it!

Jason and Shannon brought their kareoke machine and we had a fun dance party with glow in the dark bracelets.

And then of course the poppers.

Jackson has been so good to sleep in his car seat wherever he go. He really is turning into a pretty good baby! After the party we went home and I started a puzzle and the kids watched the old Jumanji movie with Robin Williams. Tyler, Mckinley, Brandon and I all made it up to midnight. Tyler was asking what happens at midnight and I told him nothing. New Years Day we sat around in our pajamas all day and did the puzzle and were just lazy. It was hard being sick for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas 2019

We were able to enjoy Christmas quite a bit, despite the sickness we had going on. Brandon surprised me and only worked for a couple hours on Christmas Eve so we had quite a bit of time to spend together as a family. We went to lunch at Burger King.

Then dinner at my mom's house. She had a lot of plans and we ended up leaving early before they did all the fun stuff. It was a big bummer. I think next year we will stay home on Christmas Eve and maybe we can convince her to do her party on a different day.

Got home and put out cookies for Santa.

Brandon and I had assembled all the bikes in advance and it didn't take us long at all to get everything ready on Christmas Eve.

It's always so fun to watch the kids on Christmas morning. They all slept in our room, as they had been doing ever since school got out like 5 days before. Kallie woke up first at about 7:15. She waited around playing on my phone till Tyler and Mckinley woke up around 7:45. They went out to look at everything and looked at their stockings and then finally at 8:30 we went in and woke up Ava and Brandon so we could get started. Ava was pretty sick, as was Brandon, so we wanted to let them sleep as long as possible but the kids couldn't stand it any longer.

The kids do a really good job of opening one present at a time. Jackson loved all the wrapping paper.

We did the reindeer pancakes for breakfast. It was a nice relaxing morning and great to just take our time and be together as a family.

Brandon was up for hours in the night so he went back to sleep after breakfast for a nap before we went over to Ross and Karen's.

Ava wasted no time loading all her new toys into her shopping cart and pushing them around.

We had a good time at Brandon's parents for a few hours and then spent the rest of the night at home. My Christmas wish was for Jackson to fall asleep in my arms and thankfully because he was a little sick, I got what I wanted. I sure love my babies.