Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Game Of Life

It came to my attention that both my husband and SIL had never played the game of LIFE. Apparently they didn't play board games when they were younger. What is that?! I loved board games when I was younger!

Since we'd gotten the game for Christmas, because it is once of my favorites from childhood, I decided that we were just going to have to play it.

Jen was staying with us so I informed both her and Brad that after the kids fell asleep we were going to sit down and play a game.

And play a game we did.


I'd learned from my game earlier that week with Preston that the game of LIFE has changed a little bit since I was younger. They've added things and tweaked things here and there, but it's still the same concept!

I am happy to say that we all had a blast!

Also that playing the game as an adult is much different than playing it as a child. As evidenced by the conversations we had while we were playing.

Seriously, we all just couldn't stop laughing.  And some most of it was so inappropriate.  Good thing it was an adult game after the kids had gone to bed!

To protect the guilty (ahem, mostly my husband and his sister) I'll just share the quotes and not who said them! Ha!

So I bring you "Quotes from the game of LIFE!"

"Can I live in my car?"

"Is there a bankruptcy card?"

"I don't fu*kin' want twins!"

"I just can't live in a mobile home, I've already done that!"

"Put that bitch in the back."

"You're paying your bills early? That's a first!"

"She is an attorney. She'll find a way to fu*k you every time!"

"Sweet. This really is the story of my life."

"Give me five grand, I had another brat."

"I need an RV just to keep my kids in!"

1 - "Oh I get to sue one of you..."
2 - "I have four kids..."
3 - "It's probably one of their faults..."

1- "Family path means you can have more kids."
2 - "You don't want to do it! You can have one of mine. Can I sell them? I mean I love kids, but four?!""

"I got a one. I got a home gym. I mean I know I'm fat because I just had four kids but really?"

"Look it's the airstream. M's car is in here!"

"That's okay. We have bunk beds. This family is cozy!"

1 - "I kind of need cosmetic surgery. I mean I have four kids."
2 - "And you can afford it?"
3 - "That's why you didn't buy the new house!"

1 - "What'd you get?"
2 - "Butt implants?"
3 - "No calf implants?"

1 - "It was that bitch in the back. She can sit up front now."
2 - "She's good enough for the front seat now?"
3 - "Oh wait..."
2 - "She's a he."
3 - "Dude, you're gay!"

1 - "You can retire at millionaire estates or countryside acres..."
2 - "I know where I'm retiring."
1 - "I don't even think you can afford the country!"

It was fun! And it was hilarious.

Also I won!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sledding Fun

With all this snow that we've got happening, we had to do some sledding.

Jen suggested it to me since they don't get a whole lot of snow in Seattle.

At first I was not all that for it. Being pregnant and all I knew that I wouldn't be doing any sledding. But Brad thought it sounded fun and we knew that Preston would love it so we hopped on board!

It was cold but we were bundled!

We headed up to a park not too far from us and the best part was that since all of the older kids had already been sledding there the hills were already ready to go and packed in!  And even better they'd made a couple of jumps.  Preston of course being the daredevil he is was all about the jumps. 

After parking and bundling up we made our way to the hills.  Well they made their way to the hills.  And I made my way to the bottom of the hills to take pictures.

The sledding began!


Is it obvious that fun was being had?  Preston and Madison were loving it!

Brad and Preston actually stumbled across the jumps by accident.  The big white mini hills didn't exactly stand out amongst the giant white hills.  But once Preston found them he was all over it.  Brad ended up marking them so that littler kids wouldn't hit them hard and get hurt.  Plus it made it easier for Preston to line up with them to hit them since he wanted to see how high he could go!  My brave boy!


Before long Preston and Brad decided to move over to the bigger hill.  So we headed that way for more sledding.  Even better for me about half way down that hill there was a bench, so I could sit and take pictures.  Unfortunately for Preston while the bigger hill meant more sledding, it also meant the hike up was that much longer!  You sled down it, you hike back up it!


Before long he was tired!  And the playground was calling to him!

Some swinging and trips around the slides.  And a failed attempt from Preston to convince Brad and I that he should totally be allowed to climb all the way up the giant slide.  Poor kid, we're so awful for refusing to let him climb up the icy death trap.


When Madison headed over to the little kid swings, Preston had to as well.  He got into the swing just fine.  But getting out was a whole different story.  He was stuck!  He was too big and wearing too many layers.  We ended up having to take his boots off and Brad had to lift him out from an awkward position so that Preston could just slide out!  But we were able to get him out so he could come home.  For some reason he didn't think the jokes that it looked like he was just going to have to stay at the park were all that funny.


Before we headed out, we took a couple of photos!

Jen and Mads!


Our little family!


Some last minute seesawing...in the snow.


Preston's ride back to the car.  He was exhausted.  I was jealous that he claimed the seat on teh slde before me!  Ha!


Now the snow can move on anytime.  We've had our fun with it, Christmas has passed, and I'm over it!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012

Preston did not wake up right away on Christmas morning.

In fact my Facebook status at like 8:30am was, "Dear Preston please wake up soon. Mommy is excited about Christmas and trying very hard not to wake up you!"

Finally at like 9am he did wake up! And all on his own with no prodding from me! Ha!

He announced "I woke up!". Then jumped out of bed and raced upstairs.

And Christmas began!


Preston immediately got started on the piles of presents under the tree!


He was so much fun this year.  He was just so expressive about all of the things that he got!  And so into it.  He's been into it for a few years now, but this year it was just more so.

The things he was saying as he opened his gifts.  Oh they were hilarious.  Me and Brad couldn't stop laughing!

He was very impressed with his gifts from Santa...


"Good choice Santa!  Good choice!"

"Oh yeah!"

"Santa did a good one!"

And just because it makes me laugh every time I look at it and I'm sure one day he will hate that I took a photo of him picking his nose.  Which was totally accidental, but still hilarious!


Elf the Elf even left a gift for Preston before he climbed on Santa's sleigh and headed back to the North Pole.


Once we'd finished with our stockings and the gifts that Santa brought, we dove into everything else under the tree!


Throughout all of the opening Preston kept up with the praises of the things he got!

"Mommy!  Awesome choice!"

Brad: "Someone was just asking for binoculars."
Preston: "That was me!"
Brad: "I swear some little boy was demanding them!"
Preston: "And that little boy got them for Christmas!  Oh yeah!"
(Aunt Jen had gotten him them for Christmas not knowing that he wanted them sooooooo bad like two days before when we were in a store!")

"I can't believe it!"

"Awwww this is very nice of them!"

Me: "Those will keep you nice and warm!"
Preston: "Yeah, I won't even have to have covers!"

"Christmas is the best day EVER!"

"I LOVE this Christmas!"

I kid you not he was just so excited about Christmas and all of the fabulous gifts everyone got him!  He is a very lucky little boy!  And I loved seeing how grateful he was for every single gift!

Me and Brad opened gifts as well.  Even though I only have this photo of Brad.  And not a single one of me.  Being the picture taker is rough sometimes. 


Olivia wasn't left out of all of the gift giving either.  Here's her not so little pile from my Mom and Dad, sister, and Grandma.  It's so awful that no one is excited about her.  HA!


Our living room was trashed after all of the present opening.  While I climbed onto the couch exhausted, Brad and Preston dug into everything.  This was my view...


The last two years I had hosted Christmas at our house.  But this year I opted out.  I was just too tired.  Did you see what my living room looked like?  If we had hosted at our house that would have all had to be cleaned up while I was laying across the couch exhausted.  Plus I'd just started not hating food but wasn't sure that I was over it enough to actually cook all of it.

So instead we laid around the house and then got dressed and did something I normally refuse to do, we house hopped.  I am not a fan of house hopping on holidays.  I like to settle in somewhere.  I feel like when you have multiple places to be it's much more stressful.  And as soon as you get comfortable at one place it's time to move onto the next.  But this year, and only this year, we made an exception and house hopped.

We started at my parents.

Where Preston was so excited to see everyone, most importantly Mason.  And all of his new toys.

Plus Santa had left our family a stocking there as well so there were more presents to open!

Look at these two, have you ever seen two cuter little boys?


I have not!

Somehow we all ended up on the couch playing some fighting game on the X-Box that the little boys were almost as into as the big boys!  Ha!


My boys relaxing! 


I ended up eating Christmas dinner at my parents house since it all looked so good and it was all ready to go before we headed out!  YUM!  Have I mentioned how much I love holiday food?  Oh my stomach.

Then we packed up headed to Brad's Aunt's house for the second Christmas of the day.

Preston had brought a backpack full of some of his new toys and promptly claimed Lily's new doll house as a battle station!

Brad snacked his way through Christmas dinner while we were here.  He had some stomach thing going on for a few days before Christmas and it continued on through Christmas.  Poor guy.  He was afraid to eat anything since eating seemed to make him feel awful.

The kids all raced around filling the living room with laughs and screams.  And toys.  Plus Lily gave me lots of snuggles!  As did the eight week old little girl I stole for a little bit!  I heart babies!  And getting to snuggle a little girl knowing that I am getting one of my own made me even more excited!

We attempted to snag a photo of the kids.  Do you know how hard it is to get a five year old, a two year old, and a one year old together and try to get a picture of them after a day full of excitement?  Hard.  But how cute is it that Preston is holding Lily on his lap?  He's going to be such a great big brother!


When it was time to leave Preston was so excited to race out into the snow and quickly started a snowball fight with Brad's Uncle Dave!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and was as blessed as we were!