Thursday, February 16, 2017

Falls'giving (flashback)

The actually falling of leaves occurred closer to T'giving this year.  The kids favorite fall activity of all is jumping in a big pile of leaves.  It's all they talk about from the second that very first leaf drops.  And they want to do it over and over.  And it seems that Gus loves it too.  He's always right in the middle of the pile.

But our favorite fall activity....the Thankful pumpkin.  We use one of our small pumpkins and write on it all November long.  Most days the kids are eager to participate.  This might be *my* fave family thing we do.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Build it

We love the free build days at Home Depot.  We don't make it to all of them, but the kids have a blast when we do.  This month it was a gingerbread man box.  Which is now holding some rare valuables in the kids rooms ;)

Monday, February 13, 2017

flashback to Oct

Happy 4-0 to big gift was tickets to see Adele in Atlanta at the end of Oct.  We had AMAZING seats and it was incredible!  And the best part....when it rained down confetti at the end of the show.  And as I told Chris "I do not ever have to go to another concert in my life.  This was perfect."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

CNY (it's the year of the rooster)

It's the year of the rooster!  Ella (in)patiently waited around for CNY festivities.  Her favorite CNY activity, other than the food, is making dumplings.  One day we will attempt making them at home. I promise!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Flynn Flyer antics {2016 edition}

Our elf, Flynn Flyer, came back for the holiday season once again. Full of antics, as always.  And totally charmed the kids as usual.  It was not unusual to overhear a kid quietly talking to Flynn when they think no one is paying attention.  Ella is the one most likely to leave Flynn notes.  Almost daily she had a note laid out near him.  And some days he answered her.  She misses him the most when he leaves us on Christmas Eve.  But I have a feeling he'll be back next year.

He made a grand entrance this year.  He greeted the kids in the car one morning before school.  And he wrote ALL over the car windows.  I'm still working on cleaning the windows off!

Saturday, January 07, 2017

snow day!

We had our first snow day off of school Friday, but no snow.  But Saturday we woke up to a snowy white yard.  I must say that waking up to the squeals of discovering a snowy lawn is so much sweeter than those of Christmas morning.  Our snow was only a dusting...just good enough for snow angels and some really bad snow balls.  But we made the best of it.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Thankful pumpkin

Shockingly, the Thankful Pumpkin is one of the kids favorite things to do. We missed a lot of days this November. And the kids are still trying to fill it up. But I hope we do this every year. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

battling the dark side

All Wyatt cared about was the Galactic portion of our trip.  Poor kid had to wait until Thursday to experience Jedi Training.  We got to the park before they opened to line up and secure a spot for all three kids.  Thankfully, we were early enough to get a spot.  If we hadn't, we fully planned on going back the next day to try again.  So glad it worked the first time though.

Ella was the first to go.

Then Wyatt.  I fully expected him to chicken out once he saw the bad guy up close and personal.  But he stuck with it and battled the dark side.  And loved it.

Last up, Wilson.  He had been studying the moves and had it down pat.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

the big build up, and the big let down (AK)

Will was the MOST excited about visiting Animal Kingdom!  The rest of us were just along for the ride.

Though everyone agreed the safari ride was pretty awesome (we rode it twice!).  We loved seeing all the animals up close and personal.

But the part the kids are still talking about is seeing an elephant taking care of business.  These three LOVE some potty humor.

ALL day long Will waited for our fast pass time for Expedition Everest.  It was after dinner.  He was SO excited to finally be in line.  Sadly, that joy was short lived.  The second we got off he seriously regretted the decision to ride.  And has sworn it off until he's at least 23.  Poppy, Chris and I thought it was pretty awesome and were hoping he wanted to ride again.  No such luck!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SO many characters

I didn't anticipate the kids wanting to meet many, if any, characters. But Wyatt decided he liked Mickey Mouse.  So we met him the first evening.  And kept on meeting our Friends every where we went.  Turns out Ella was the most excited about these encounters.....

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

magical memories, part 1

In January we started planning from a Magical fall break vacation.  And we kept it a secret for the entire year!  A week before we left we told the kids and surprised them with bags full of Magical goodies.

Up first, Magic Kingdom.  We had zero expectations.  Especially since Wyatt and Ella had never been on anything other than a carousel in their lives!

Their very first ride was the 7 Dwarfs mine train.  Wyatt was not a fan.  Ella was a fan, until one last drop (after she thought the ride was over), and then she decided she was NOT a fan of roller coasters.  No worries, she later decided she loved it.

And yes, Mimi & Poppy joined us on our magical vacation.  
And I must thank them for making the exhausting trip with us. Between the million potty visits, snacks and meltdowns we were beyond thankful to have the adults out number the kids.  And thankful to share all the magical memories with them there.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The end of Labor Day.

The rest of Labor Day included s'mores and the kids begging for ghost stories. 

We also had a lot of lazy time during the long weekend before packing it all up for winter. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Labor Day

I'm playing catch up.  Labor Day is our last weekend of summer before we pack all the fun up. This year the kids were DONE with swimming and lake life by Labor Day so it was a quieter weekend than usual. But still lots of smiling faces.