Thursday, February 25, 2016

February So Far....

Ariel and Tinkerbell have become quite the cooks lately!
 Tinkerbell is getting pretty talented at stirring and dumping without getting everything everywhere.
 And Ariel has moved on up to using griddles and flipping pancakes!
 Enjoying the fruits of their labor.
 The Super bowl was a big hit this year, and even the girls liked watching it (while they were shoving snacks in their mouths :) )We (Mike) were very happy that the Broncos won.
 The girls had a lot of fun with Valentines Day this year.  They got cookies from my parents and lots of candy from various teachers and friends (and parents), our house was covered in hearts and glitter, and they had fun making Valentines for everyone.  Of course we had our traditional heart hairstyles:

And Kaelyn and I got to go do the snack station at Alexa's school Valentines party.  We did a make-your-own trail mix with different goodies, and Kaelyn did a great job sitting and eating the entire time! I had been worried that she'd try to follow all the big kids and do all the things they were doing, but put some juice and cupcakes and pretzels in front of her and she'll sit like a little angel!

Alexa's Birthday and January

Since Alexa's birthday is during Christmas break, this year we decided to wait until school was back in session to do her party, so that more people would be able to come.  (We learned our lesson last year!) We still did her presents and cake on her birthday, though.  Kaelyn was pretty confused as to why she didn't get to open any of the presents that were by the tree, but it sure did make Alexa feel special!
 Alexa requested a Rosalina, Peach, Zelda cake.  At first I was really not sure how I'd pull it off, but then I found these drawings someone had done to make them all Paper Mario style, which made it much easier.  Still quite time consuming, but waaaaaay easier than it could have been!
 She loved it!
 Then, the first Saturday after school started back up we did her party.  She wanted another Princess Party, like last year, except different.  That is exactly how she described what she wanted to me.  So, we did the same set up, but with a few different princess and activities to go with them.
 I had to keep the pin the kiss on the frog though, because it was my favorite!

 Princess Kaelyn has gotten in to doing hair.  It's cute, albeit a little painful :)
 And Mike's latest hobby is painting game figures.  For Christmas he got a board game he had really been wanting, and so now he's painting all the little gray figures so that they're full color.
 So they've had a few painting parties and the girls paint rocks or paper.

 And, lastly, Alexa lost another tooth! This one is top, front and center, and so far the grown up tooth isn't visible, so she's had a hole for awhile! :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Christmas Eve/Christmas

Our Christmas Eve nativity: Mary struggling to hold baby Jesus, and Joseph.  I played all other characters.
 Christmas morning!
 Christmas is so much fun when you have kids that are old enough to really enjoy the magic of it all!

 Most of the morning was spent like this- Daddy handing out presents as fast as he can to excited kids!
 Modeling her new Tinkerbell apron.  Alexa got Ariel.


I love Christmas time, there are so many fun things about it, but I really love on the focus of Christ and Christ-like love.  It's fun to teach the girls about it, and find fun ways to incorporate it into our traditions.  This year we ding dong ditched about half our stairwell, and the girls had a blast.  I'm not sure how secretive we were, since there was much giggling, and peeking to see if doors were opened, but boy, did they love it!

Pre-Christmas

For Thanksgiving we went to OR, and when we got back, I wanted to start decorating right away.  However, I went and got our tree out of the garage and set it up and realized how dinky it looked in this new condo, soooo, I talked Mike into letting me get a new one.  Quite the difference, huh?
 Many mornings and afternoons were spent like this, coloring parties next to the tree, watching Christmas movies.  I think we watched all the animated ones about 10 times.
 We also got a LOT of snow.  I think it snowed for about a week and a half straight.  Luckily, it was over Christmas break (and weekends), which meant that a) we had a white Christmas and b) we didn't have to worry about driving to school at all when it was really bad.

 About a week before Christmas we went and saw Santa.  They had tables set up next to the line so the kids could write letters to him, and then a few days later, he mailed us a letter back!

 Kaelyn was a little under the weather, so she looks a little drugged in the pictures, but no tears! First time since she was a 4 month old!
 She was NOT into this forced hug, though!
And what's up with the ever changing Christmas lists? We never had to deal with that before, Alexa always had anywhere between one and, like, the whole Toys R Us catalog on her list, and it stayed constant from November all the way to Christmas.  Then this year, it was constant until about, oooh, the week after black Friday.  Aka, a week after I had "finished" shopping.  Then, it changed pretty much every time we asked.  Please tell me that phase ends soon!
One sure fire way you can tell Kaelyn is under the weather is if she actually naps during nap time.  I think we were going to go pick Alexa up from school this day, and I had to wake her up to go.   I laid her on the couch and she slept through me getting her boots, coat and hat on her.

Monday, December 21, 2015

November

In the beginning of November we went to Disney on Ice, and the girls LOVED it. They wore princess dresses and watched with rapt attention. Kaelyn didn't let us take one good picture of her during the whole thing, I think because she was perturbed that we were disturbing her.  We didn't even take pictures during the show though, so who knows?
 This is a clip from our favorite part of the show; Rapunzel and Flynn did aerial ice skating/dancing.  I didn't even know that was a thing, but it was pretty awesome!
 The girls just had a blast, and loved seeing all the princesses.  Yesterday we went up to Temple Square and drove past the place we saw this at, and as soon as Kaelyn saw the building, she recognized it and started telling us all about the show.  I was amazed that she remembered so much, including what building it was in!

 The princesses with their prince after the show.  Doesn't Kaelyn's hoop skirt just crack you up?
 Kaelyn has started waking up and coming to "cuddle" with us (me) in bed.  Usually this happens in the morning and she just takes daddy's place after he leaves for work, but this night she came in at about one, started out between us, and then was sprawled all over me.  She literally had one leg over my stomach, and one arm over my face, just making herself comfortable.  Mike and I were cracking up because she just kept shifting more and more on top of me, and somehow the laughing did not wake her up. Eventually I got up to put her back in bed, and as soon as I stood up, she just completely took over my spot.
 Luckily she hasn't been doing that as much, all though we found it pretty funny.

Before we left for Thanksgiving, we went to the Riverwoods tree lighting and the girls got to meet Elsa.  I think that was their favorite part of the whole thing!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Halloween

As if the week wasn't filled with enough Halloween activities, we decided to fit even more in on the day itself.  In the morning we got the girls all dressed and then went trick or treating at a couple of stores. 


 Toys R Us was our first stop, and it was empty.  And the girls were scared of Geoffery.  If you'll notice in the next 3 pictures, we had him scoot a little closer to them during the picture taking, hoping they wouldn't notice. It worked pretty well.

 Except that you can tell that Alexa totally just realized what happened here.
 The girls thought it was so fun to trick or treat at stores.  We went to a grocery store, and there were a lot of kids there doing it as well.  We also continued our tradition of pumpkin shaped pizza for dinner, and then went trick or treating.

Link, Princess Rosalina, and Princess Peach.
 Link and Zelda.
 Oh, and Kaelyn got a shiner during her quiet time by taking a nose dive off her toy box, so Princess Peach had a black eye for the real Trick or Treating.  I love this picture, she looks so put out!