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. 

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Open House Night x3

Wyatt has eagerly been waiting for open house night so he could show us his desk. And meet his teacher (again) and friends and see all the stations. Later in the week Will and Ella had their turns. Everyone was so proud of their desks and art work. 
*apparently I didn't check the pic of Will's before leaving*

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#3 goes to school

Wyatt had his first day of Kindergarten Tuesday. He admitted to being a bit scared the night before. But bravely walked off with his teacher and four friends that morning.  When I picked him up he was all smiles and said it was a great day. He said the reason he was scared was because he thought he had to do math today...and they didn't even talk about math. Yet. 
He starts full time Thursday. I can't wait to see how the year unfolds!

Friday, August 12, 2016

It's a new year

We have a 1st and 3rd grader in our house!
* Wyatt starts next week. 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

All the supplies!

After gathering supplies all summer long we were finally ready for school this week. Monday was registration day/meet your teacher. All three kids seem to have teachers that suit them perfectly. I can't wait to see how the year goes. But mostly I'm just happy to finally have all those bags unloaded and out of my house...tho getting them in the building was a bit tricky. 

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Pre birthday celebration

To kick off the birthday girl celebration we had dinner out the night before. Her choice was Chilis. And the look on her face when they came out singing...she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She loved it though. 
After dinner we headed to her "party" at Build A Bear. It was just her and the boys but we told her she could get anything she wanted....she loved every second. Especially since Mimi and Poppy joined us. She said this was the best bday ever. 

Ella got Peppa Pig and a bunny. Will got someone from How to Train Your Dragon and Wyatt chose a cat (with a R2D2 shirt). The boys think this was the best bday party ever too!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Birthday girl!

We have a birthday girl....Ella is 7!
We starred the day by going to SuperFly with our favorite little cousins. They spoiled Ella with cake pops and Legos. 
And we ended the day with Mimi and Poppy and cake. Ella requested ice cream sandwich cake....and insisted on making it with me. 
Lots of gifts too! Beanie Boos, Shopkins, crafts, Piggie & Elephant stuffies and books, and Legos. She said it was the best day. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Will it stay or will it go?

Monday was Will's appointment with the ortho. We were prepared just in case his arm hadn't healed. Thankfully, his bone was healing perfectly and he only needs to spend a week in a brace and he's all set. So thankful this was such an easy experience. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

More summer fun

Another summer weekend. 
This one included a few new toys. A giant swan. And a kids kayak! It was hard for Will to maneuver with his cast. But Ella caught the hang of it quickly and loves it! Wyatt is not sure yet. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Our favorite holiday!

Fourth of July gave us an extra long weekend!  We started out early at home with smoke bombs, firecrackers and water balloons to start the holiday off. 

We headed to the lake bright and early Saturday.  After a full day of swimming and tubing we ended the night with s'mores. 

Sunday the kids fished and swam, and fished and swam, and fished and swam some more.  And then Chris did some fishing, and caught a very, very small minnow, haha. 

It was finally time for fireworks.  Will read during the first half, before it got too dark.  And Ella promptly fell asleep as soon as it got slightly dark.  And she slept through the entire event!
It was the perfect holiday weekend.