Friday, December 18, 2015

The Man in the Red Suit

Connor's school has a craft fair the first weekend in December.  I had yet taken the kids to see Santa, but didn't want to cough up the money for a mall Santa!  Then I remembered there had been a Santa at this event last year.  After confirming his presence, I loaded up the kids and headed over.  They aren't in any super cute outfits, but they were all festive, so we are good to go.  I have failed to mention Clay is out of town, so I am attempting this solo.  Could be fine, but could also not be!  Ha!!

Anyway, I am so excited with the pics we got.  There was no line at all.  The first attempt went a little like this...

We left and I was ok with what we got because I actually enjoy the crying pics.  He gave the kids a candy cane and we walked around to see the booths.  However, Levi asked to go see him again.  I said we could walk by, but since there wasn't a line, we asked if we could do individual pics.  The boys went first and Abby kinda hung back.  But, after watching her brothers, she decided she wanted in on the action.  I am so glad we went back, because although the first pic was classic, I love the second round we got, too!  By the end of it, Abby was asking for "more" Santa!

PS  The opinions of clothing has started…she INSISTED on these boots instead of her cute silver ones.  Oh well!!

Thursday, December 17, 2015


{This post is way overdue…I was waiting to get pics off my old phone!}

We enjoyed 5 "stay home" days for Thanksgiving.  We didn't travel.  We didn't have company.  While we love both those things, it was nice to lay low for once!  Plus, our dear friends invited us to dinner, so we didn't even have to cook! Win!!

Schools were closed Wednesday, so I took the day off.  After getting Abby to bed Tuesday, Connor and I left the littles with dad and we went to the camp before hunting Wednesday morning.  It was such a fun time the two of us.  Conor had been s couple of times with his dad, so he could "show me the ropes" a bit.  He was also sure to point out if I did anything different than how daddy does it!  Haha!  Wednesday we had a chilly morning of hunting, but no luck.  We had planned to me Clay and the littles at the cabin.  We hung out there for a bit, then I took the kiddos home for lunch and nap while Clay had to make a stop.  I won't go into details, but my attempted short cut turned into two car sick kiddos!  )c:

Thursday, as mentioned, we had dinner at our friends house.  They have a girl two weeks older than Abby and a boy a few months older than Connor.  Levi generally does well playing with both pairs..pretty sure there is a little crushing between Savena and Levi!  Lol.  We had a delicious meal, the kids rode the zip line and played, and the ladies looked at the Black Friday ads (but I made no plans to go out!). 

My attempt at a nice picture on Thanksgiving...

Oh, and I almost forgot that the boys spent the morning fishing!

The big girls waiting patiently for dinner!


Riding the zip line…Abby was beside herself that I didn't let her join in!

Did I forget to mention we wrapped Thanksgiving with a lovely case of pink eye/conjunctivitis.  Thankfully we had drops on hand!

Fashionista going to Wal-Mart in jammies and boots.  Ha!

Accessorizing herself!

Friday, we did keep up our tradition of getting our Christmas tree!  The kids always have fun finding just the right one.  I managed to get our Christmas card pictures taken while we we at it, so win win!

I have rambled on long enough now...In summary, it was a great long weekend!  
Those 5 days off went faster than 5 work days, that's for sure!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Night Owl

This kid.  

Y'all he is over naps.  I can't remember the last time he took a nap at home, but he still naps at school.  It's a viscous cycle...he takes a nap, which means he isn't ready for bed and stays up too late, but then is sleepy the next day and naps again!  One night this week, I finally took him up the last time at 11:15!!!  I have no idea what time he actually fell asleep, because I am 99% sure I fell asleep first!  The next morning, I tried to go in to get them up, and he had made a pallet behind the door!  Tonight, he is fast asleep in the hallway at the top of the stairs…

Saturday, November 14, 2015


So, it's been 2 weeks since Levi's birthday (and three since his party!) and I haven't posted about it yet! We had his party the weekend before his birthday, since he shared his weekend with Halloween.  Like last year, we had his party at the local aquatic center, since we cannot count on the weather to do anything outdoors.  The kids had a blast, and I am not going to lie…it's pretty nice to have someone else do all the set up and clean up!  We went with a UPS theme, since he is obsessed with the "box man" and was planning to be him for Halloween, too.  I had a lot of fun making his invitation, although I think it confused some people…haha!  Oops.

My attempt at a UPS cake/man.  The man is kinda creepy, I know, but Levi specifically asked for a man, and I could not find one to buy anywhere!  Ha!  

We added a few other Halloween-ish items...

We went simple on party favors and gave Pumpkin Poop!  The kids thought it was hilarious.

Someone was quite excited!

Never a dull moment with this kid...

The UPS uniform was replaced with jammies!


We went to the "fire place" (aka the Hibachi) for his birthday dinner.  Levi is not a big eater at all…he pretty much just eats the soup there, but loves the show, so we obliged with his request.  Plus, the rest of us love it.

Spoiler alert for those of you who are owed one…these are his thank yous, which I also need to finish up.  Oops.  Slacker mom here.

Levi, you are such a fun little kiddo.  You are silly, but have such a sweet and kind heart.  You may push the limits, but your sweet moments definitely outweigh your challenging ones.  You are such good buddies with your brother and sister.  You have an awesome imagination and can easily keep yourself entertained.  Thank you for being you.  We love you!!!
Love, Mommy and Daddy


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Where'd you go, October?!

Just like that, October flew by before my eyes.  Clay and I both had birthdays, we had two weekends of visitors, and we had a blast on Halloween / Levi's birthday eve.  Here's a little walk down memory lane from phone pics...

I don't remember if I posted the one yet, but C lost his second front tooth.  He hates when I sing the "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" song to him.

We were trying on costumes one day, and Abby was upset she didn't have a ninja costume, too!

She looked pretty darn cute as a bumble bee, though!

Sweet snuggles!

Another costume

Headed to Target in jammies and boots!

Practicing our fine motor skills and making Fruit Loop necklaces.

Caramel apple nachos...DELISH!

The finished the puzzle together!

Connor used to play with these at Miss Julie's.  She gifted them to us at some point, and I am happy to report, they still get played with!

Loving on her baby!

Connor got to go hunting with his dad!  Sadly, he didn't feel well...his coughing may have scared all the deer away!  They did see one buck, but it was too far away.

Princess showing off the Halloween shirt Grandma made!

Rascals love playing in the crib.  As long as they don't teach her to climb out!!  (Knock on wood...)

Apparently washer and dryers are super fun, but only at the store!

Grass stained knees = good day outside!

More baby hugs!

Birthday flowers!

Yeah, we were that family with three kids at the Beer Festival.

Brew Do had a homebrew competition.  CLAY WON FIRST OVERALL!!  All three of my boys were so super was cute. But, the best part about it is that one of the local breweries is going to brew his beer and have it on tap!  How cool!!

Had to document that she kept a clip in her hair for 5 seconds.  (Allison and Amanda -- does this outfit look familiar?!  She wore it the same weekend as your girls, too!)

I just loved the lighting showing her baby blues!

 Bobbing for apples at a Halloween party.  He cheated the first time and grabbed the stem!

Cheering on her brothers at soccer...and looking way too big!
Someone has been interested in the potty lately.  This particular night, though, I think she was just interested in delaying bedtime!  

We are all looking...WIN!  haha

Levi loves the "Box Man" aka the UPS man. He let him scan his own package!

Little Miss trick-or-treating at one house.  We had a couple of families over, then met up with one more to go out.  Abby had barely napped that day, so she passed out in the stroller.  She woke up as we got home, then we were up way too late!  But, I loved having daylight savings the next day...we were able to adjust seamlessly with staying up super late!

All the boys!  We have brainwashed taught our friends' kid about the Aggies and that's what he wanted to be for Halloween!  I loved it!  Levi is a UPS man, and the three on the right are all various ninjas!

I'll post about L's birthday in a separate times!