Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas! (2015)

The kids decorated cookies and wrote letters for Santa and our Elf on the Shelf, Lucy, on Christmas Eve.

They woke up early on Christmas Day but stayed in bed until 7am! Such sweet kids. :) I remember waking my parents up before 5am some Christmas mornings...I won't let my children know that! They were so excited and we had a wonderful morning opening gifts and playing with our gifts and new toys all day long. Everyone was so generous and we appreciated it! Maya worked really hard for a few months leading up to Christmas and saved money to go toward an Ipod, Josh asked for an RC Car, and Cora requested a cash register and doll house, as I mentioned in my last post. They must have been good kids because they received everything they asked for!

Cora's face...haha! If I remember correctly, she was upset because I said she couldn't have a candy until after I took a picture. Silly girl.

BFF's -- one day out of the year.

Last December Nick was offered a position at a new company so we didn't know if he'd still have as much time off as he did with Ford. Thankfully he did! We loved having so much time to spend together as a family and found a few fun little outings to do as a family but we mostly stayed home and relaxed (and ate too much). It was a great Christmas break!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December Happenings (2015)

The kids had a great time building and decorating their gingerbread houses. I actually pulled out my nice camera for once and captured a few good shots of them. These photos were taken a year ago, but it seems like so much longer, and the kids look a lot older now. Also, every year when we make these houses it results in a lot of fighting, arguing, frustration, etc. so if my kids don't bring it up this year, I'm totally skipping it!

Josh woke up sick with the pukes one morning so he stayed home from school. I had to stop by Kroger for a few essentials after taking Cora to school, so Josh tagged along. Santa was there and desperate for kids to come sit on his lap...he was walking around the store stalking people and telling them to come find him up front. Josh didn't want to sit on his lap AT ALL, but I made him because I felt so bad for the guy. I hope Josh didn't make him sick. :/

Poor little man ended up falling asleep on the couch about an hour later. Is it mean that I like it when my kids are sick because they're so tired and snuggly?

Cora was excited to see Santa until we got really close in the line. She was even prepared to give him her binkys (now that I write this out I can't believe just last year she was still using a binky to sleep!! She's grown up so much over this past year) in exchange for a doll house and cash register for Christmas, but as we walked up to him she lost it aaaaand now I have about 3 of these pictures; her crying and the big kids smiling. We'll see how this year goes.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Newsies on Broadway! (December, 2015)

One day I was driving and heard an advertisement that Newsies was coming to downtown Detroit. I was telling my good friend Heather that I'd love to go but Nick wasn't really interested. Without pausing she said, "Let's buy tickets and do it!" I need friends like that who make me get out of the house sometimes. We looked forward to it for a few weeks! Before the show started we went out for dinner at Panera and had lots of time for girl talk. I'm so thankful for her friendship. We had a great time and it was an amazing show!!

Stan and Deebs come to visit - November, 2015

I love when we have visitors! I love when the visitors are two of my very best friends. We had such a great time with my parents in town. This was the first time that I could drop ALL of the kids off at school and have alone time with them. We went to breakfast a few times and we were able to chat without interruptions, which was amazing!

Nick took work off on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday so we could go up north with the family. He had signed up for a bike race in Traverse City, but the weather was rainy the day before he would have participated. He hopes to do it next year. (Well, this year now that I'm finally posting this) We stayed at Great Wolf Lodge for the first time and we loved it! The room was great -- a main floor with 2 queen beds and a sofa bed, and a loft with another queen and a half bath. We gave my parents the loft because we thought that would give them some privacy. Unfortunately, in a loft you still hear EVERYTHING and Cora was not a good sleeper on the trip, lots of screaming and restlessness for 3 nights. We survived though and still loved the accommodations. The water park was really cool. Maya and Josh were at perfect ages to go because they know how to swim and the water slides were just their size. Cora, not so much. She isn't a huge fan of water yet and she made me so nervous wherever she went. They also had an arcade, mini bowling alley, and salon. Such a neat place...many great memories were made!

The first day in Traverse, we went downtown and shopped around. We really liked the Cherry Republic store where everything is cherry flavored and sampling is encouraged. We tried cherry salsa, soda, bbq sauce, etc. Then we had lunch and a slice of pie at Grand Traverse Pie Company. We tried the cherry (of course), blueberry crumble pie, and a cinnamon roll. They were all very tasty, but we LOVED the blueberry.

My mom pretending to be at a fancy wine-tasting place with her cherry coke. Haha, love her so much!

We had a great time up north. It's so pretty there - I think Traverse City is my favorite. We got home just in time for my birthday and celebrated with Jet's pizza and game night....I have to beg people (Nick) to play Yahtzee with me!! It was so fun.

Halloween, 2015

This year for Halloween I signed up to help in all of the kids' class parties. It was crazy but a lot of fun to be involved! Cora's party was a little hectic...18 three year olds roaming around like lost cattle. I was in charge of a craft table - the craft was far too complicated for this age group and I usually had too many kids at the table. It worked out fine, but I was sweating near the end. Cora was sweet and didn't leave my side for most of the morning. I dressed up like a cat and she was Elsa from Frozen, a last minute costume change because she didn't want to be a witch that day.


My parents came into town the following day and watched Cora so I could go help at the elementary school. By the time I got there everything was set up and, unlike preschool kids, these kiddos didn't require help with the stations, so I got to visit both classrooms without actually working. It was great! I'm done volunteering at parties for the year now. There was a different feeling being in the 3rd grade classroom versus 2nd grade last year. Maya looked so much more grown up and independent. She didn't outwardly say, "I don't want you here", but she seemed indifferent to me being around. So sad that she's growing up. She's a good girl. Josh was having fun with his buddies at his class party too. They had some great games to play. My friend, Mary, is the room mom and I just love her!! She made sure all of the snacks were Josh-friendly and I didn't have to worry a bit that he would get sick at his party. His teacher is more strict about food in the classroom, so that is helpful too. After the parties I went home and picked up Cora & my parents and brought them back for the school-wide parade. It was a great day!

Halloween fell on a Saturday...I love when that happens! We had some friends over for dinner and went Trick-or-Treating together. My kids were in Heaven. The weather was slightly rainy and gray, but still better than last year's sleet and wind.