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!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Avayah Turns Three

It's Avayah's birthday! Big girl is three. Obviously she had to have her birthday at the gymnastics place after how much fun we had at Gabby's party there.

Fun was had again!  The kids built forts.  We raced.  And jumped.  And burned off all our energy!

Then presents!  Practically the best part when you're three.

Liv's favorite part was the cupcakes.  Of course.  She was asking for them pretty much the moment we walked in.

We went to dinner to celebrate Avayah's birthday.  Originally we were going to Red Robin but they had an hour wait.  And nobody had time for that.  Hop Jacks it was!

Hanging with her favorite Auntie!

I promised Avayah that she could come over and play the next day since when it's your birthday you can do whatever you want and Vey wanted to play with Liv!