Saturday, December 2, 2017

Izzie's Skating Party

Preston and Olivia were excited! It's Izzie's seventh birthday!  Even if she tells us she's ten.  Which totally through me for a minute until I realized Preston is ten so Izzie can't be ten!  Silly girl.

Her party was at the skating rink!  Every single time we go to the rink I tell myself we should go more often because the kids really do have a lot of fun.  Heck I had fun too!

We did a little skating!  These two sweet kids of mine.

Before it was party time.

Izzie always has the best cakes!

Back to do some more skating.

Liv even went around a few times without her trainer.

Preston was getting the hang of it.  We even raced around a few times.  I won.  But he did almost win once.  Partly because he cheated.  He fell and acted all hurt so I stopped and waited for him and then he finished the race.  No go cheater!   But well played.

A friend of Liv's from preschool was there.  She was pretty excited to see Ava!

My favorites!

Off doing big girl things.  Sob.

It was couples skate so Preston and I skated together.  While Olivia and Ava skated together.  They even ditched their trainers for a minute because big girls.

Happy Birthday Izzie!  Thanks for inviting us to celebrate!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christmas Tree Hunting

One of my very favorite Christmas traditions is our tree hunt. Every year my family gets out to a local tree farm and we search for the perfect Christmas tree. Every year my husband also wonders why we can't get a Charlie Brown tree. Nope. I just can't do it. I love a big perfect full Christmas tree.    And so far the kids are with me so no Charlie Brown tree.

Our current favorite farm involves a hay ride up the mountain to get to more trees.  It wasn't entirely necessary this year as the good trees were about a quarter of the way up.  But we wanted the full experience so we rode up.  And then trekked down to find our tree.

Olivia found one her size!

And then had to pee.  Where there were no bathrooms.  So peeing in the woods it was.  I was just so grateful that it wasn't cold enough for snow pants.  Because OMG can you imagine.

My favorite littles!

And away she goes.

We found our tree!  Everyone loved it.  So obviously per tradition I needed a photo of all of us with our tree.  Except not everyone was in agreement about that.  Particularly the oldest of us.  My husband.

It's a good thing I love these people.  Because these photos.  I just can't even.  Real life y'all.

My two favorite kiddos.  With our tree.

Since Jen and the girls moved here this summer this is the first year that we've all gotten to celebrate Christmas and all of the traditions of it together.  So obviously we told them to come along on our tree hunt.  Madison was in on the search for the perfect tree and when she found hers she called me over to look too!  It was a good one!

Helping Daddy cut our tree down.  Preston's got this.

While the boys cut our tree down and dragged it out to the road, Liv and I went and found Avayah to see how their hunt was going.

They found it!  Now if only Nevan could figure out how to cut it down!  Ha!

Back down to pay for our trees and wait while they shake them all out.  And for my parents and Marrissa to find their tree.  They took forever and a day!  While we waited, we took pictures.

And then home with our tree!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks came to town!

Originally he was only coming for one show.  And the day tickets went on sale we had an event at school and I just knew I wouldn't have time to try to get tickets so I didn't plan on going.  But then I finished the event and was headed to grab Liv and heard that he had added a crazy amount of shows.  SEVEN.  And there were still tickets.  And I wanted to go!

When I got to my Moms, Shannon was there and she wanted to go too.  So we got serious about getting tickets.  I had my phone in the waiting list online.  Shannon was calling.  I was calling.  Then I grabbed my Mom's phone and opened the online waiting list.  We were going to get tickets.  My friend Kelly called and they had gotten another set in the online waiting list.  So went ahead and took those and kept trying.

Finally Shannon got moved into the over the phone waiting list.  And then I got moved into the online order area on my Mom's phone.  Which is how we ended up with our second set of five tickets.  Even better tickets for a different night.  And then we tried again and got four more.  The more tickets the merrier I guess.  Ha.

Then began spreading the tickets out.  Me, Brad, Jen, Shannon, And Nevan took the second set of five.  Jessie, Josh, and another friend of mine took the first five.  And then my Mom and Dad took the set of four.

Garth Brooks here we come!

Concert night!

It was amazing.  Seriously just amazing.  He puts on such a show.  Best ever!  We had such a good time!

And even better, the kids had a great time too.  With my cousin Haylie!  The best kind of adult nights happen when you have fun and you know your kids are in good hands!

Now I want to go to all the concerts!  ALL of them!