Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Eli's 7th Birthday

This week we had the privilege of celebrating Mr Eli's Birthday! It's so hard to believe how fast our kids are growing up and I know everyone says it but I really wish I could keep them small a little bit longer. The days of life are spinning way too fast! 

In addition to looking forward to his big day, we've also been keeping a very big secret for several months now that we couldn't wait to reveal!

It all started with a scavenger hunt

We're going to Disneyland!!!!

His actual birthday was also superbowl Sunday so we let him plan his fun day! For his Birthday breakfast he asked for something I've never made before but they turned out pretty good - pumpkin muffins.

After a trip to the toy store he was able to have whatever he wanted for lunch. Usually the kids pick nicer restaurants and there was some talk of going to someplace with clams but in the end, this kids decided that nothing would make him more happy than something we never buy - a Happy Meal! 

And then it was off to a place where he could play all the games his little heart desired. 

And then off to Uncle Aaron's house to play and watch the big game. We love celebrating with our kids and doing things they enjoy on their birthdays. This year Eli wanted an Army themed Birthday and I think he was one happy kid! But 7 years old?!?! Come on now! 

Mr E, you are such a fun kid! We have a wonderful time being your parents and it is so fun to watch you and all the things you enjoy. You are a very typical boy, you love to play baseball and watch all sports. You love fighting and swords and guns. You continue the personality you've always had, where you are super sweet and sensitive but stubborn as anything too.  It has been fun to watch you this year as you grow and develop and have learned to read and write reports and answer math questions in a flash. You've grown so much this past year! We look forward to going to Disneyland with you soon as we know you're a daredevil who loves it all! It's part of your namesake so of course you love the place as much as your mom and dad do! I am excited to watch you play baseball again here soon, I can't wait to see what all new interests and new things you learn this year ahead. We love you so much! Happy Birthday bud!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Coast Weekend

We jump right from the holidays into an even busier and stressful time. Peter has his most busy and stress filled time at work in January, the school year kicks into high gear and the kids have us running to all their various activities every day of the week. 

Fortunately my parents rent a place at the coast towards the end of January every year for us to go spend a weekend away. It's a great time to just relax and unwind and connect as a family as we come out of a busy and crazy January. 

The weather wasn't great but we still had fun and recharged the batteries a bit. It was especially great for the kids who haven't got to see a lot of their daddy this month to get a whole weekend with no agenda to spend with him! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Great New Year Phone Dump!

Well now that I have a new phone and don't NEED to phone dump as often these will probably be quarterly as I do my best to get the photos off my phone and scrapbooked. 

One of the things we've been working hard on is turning the tv off and coming up with other ways to entertain ourselves. This has been a good change for all of us, but it can prove tough to keep them entertained at all times and not fighting! 

Another fun addition this fall was the sweet Caesar joining the family up at Peter's parents house as they saved the day for their granddaughter. He makes an appearance in a lot of these pictures as we love to have him come play in those rare moments when we don't have another foster. 

Peter pulled a big surprise on the kids when instead of sending them to bed we told them to get their shoes and coats on because Daddy was taking them to a movie! You can see how happy they were!

And Mom and little miss had some time to ourselves too!

The return of Awana has brought us a date night or two along the way, even if we do have one tagalong. 

The soccer cheer squad out in the cold

Sometimes they are sweet to each other (this was before Ipads were taken away)

Malachi somehow turned 7 and a half. I don't know about you but he looks so darn old now! His request for his night was a yummy burger, fries, and apple pie. He's embraced American food culture!

Sabrina loved helping make the whipped cream

We had Mr Indy for his Birthday too!

Malachi returned the favor by making Miss Bina treats 2 days later for her half birthday

5 1/2

We all love this pup!

Something new we've started is going out on dates when we meet financial goals. A TRUE date night is so rare that we decided to at least prioritize them when goals are met. This goal came at the perfect time too, as a local church was hosting a free date night babysitting for adoptive parents! 

Daddy let the kids have some fun, even though I knew it could be cleaned up easy, I had to walk away

While cleaning out the garage we came across a bunch of my old toys, the kids loved old school littlest pet shop

Someone is slowly learning the piano, I hope to have more time to sit down and work with him in the new year!

Daddy is always a huge help, but he's really stepped in to help me work with the kids when they need extra help on things with school. 

So fun that they are all in different phases of learning to read

We are in the baby stage!

My two April goofballs

Who knew stomping down the leaves was so fun 

The kids wanted an indoor campout, their daddy made it happen

Shoe tying has been high priority

These two never snuggle and she even snuggled and fell asleep with him, so I had to capture the sweet moment

Pumpkin pancakes were a necessity on the weekends this fall. Another thing my husband is good at!

Eli became obsessed with watching Daddy's fantasy football team this year, he was a little worried here. 

Our princess finally got her wish to take gymnastics classes and is loving it! 

For Uncle Eddie's Gotcha Day the kids got to join him for some fun 

Sabrina backed out at the last second but all the guys still had fun!

The kids went through a cute phase of making me breakfasts and lunches. This was one of those breakfasts, a bunch of pumpkin shaped toast and a cute little card delivered in bed. 

Sabrina decided to cut her own hair with super short mullet bangs. I finally remembered who she reminded me of though. 

LB's first trip to the movies 

The Barbie phase has begun 

After a rough few weeks, candy in bed with my giggly girls was just what we needed!

Ah leaves, a necessary evil in the fall, fortunately I have lots of helpers

We've had a string of really fun date boxes lately and this one was really great. The keepsake book has been a lot of fun for us to fill out. 

The kids decorated rocks and then hid them in our little community

Going places 

No tv, has increased the size of the messes around the house but mama is trying to embrace the chaos. 

Mal made yummy Christmas cookies

lots of hot cocoa was consumed in December

Peter hand crafted his own unique and perfect decoration for our home

We tried to soak up as much of the season as we could with our little gifts 

There's one in every family.....

The kids ended the year at the dentist, so funny to see them spread throughout the whole office all getting their teeth cleaned together. This little cutie was really brave this time! 

Another fun date night

Lots more reading going on in the house with the tv off and I am loving it

When a poor kiddo came down with a fever last minute, changing some fun Christmas plans Daddy improvised bringing home pizza and our own gingerbread house to decorate

Another fun tradition we have is to make the kids think it is time for bed, but instead we are making them hot chocolate while they put jammies on so they can hop in the car to go look at lights. A quick cookie stop at Grandma's too! 

Lots of cookies were baked 

No, seriously, lots of cookies were baked 

And it is almost comical how often kids scam getting to sleep in our room. We're going to miss this someday right?