Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ryan's First Sleepover

This past weekend Ryan had his first official sleepover! I say"official" because it was his first time to have a friend spend the night vs. a cousin or all of us staying at a friends house. Anyhow, he was sooooooo excited! He had been asking to have his best friend Thomas spend the night for a while so we finally did it!

The boys went to a friends birthday party that evening, so they didn't get home until 8:30pm. They had been dancing and running around so I assumed they would be pretty tired but I think the excitement of having a sleepover set in and they were not ready for bed.  We let them stay up until about 10pm then got them ready for bed.
Ryan has bunk beds but no one ever wants to sleep on the top bunk - so we always move it down to the ground. I am started to rethink this whole bunk bed situation. 

Sweet happy boys!
I heard them talking until about 10:30 and then finally silence....

Ryan woke up at 6:30am and was ready to play. OMG....and that is why sleepovers are difficult. There is no sleep! And when my kids don't get sleep they are BEARS! I knew we were in for a long day with Ryan...

Anyhow, we embraced the no sleep and filled them with sugar. Good idea, right? lol

They played in the game room and then when they found Hayden watching Peppa Pig they decided to join her. Have I mentioned how much Thomas wants a baby sister??? He was so happy that she let him hold her while they watched tv. so cute!!

They played for a bit longer and then Thomas headed home. Ryan said he had so much fun and can't wait to do it again! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mini Playdate Reunion

It's been a while since we got together with our playgroup friends so I decided to host an impromptu gathering with a few of them.  Thankfully the weather was nice so we were able to play outside.

This is only a small portion of the original playgroup...I'm not sure if I could handle the whole crew...maybe when they get a little older!

1, 2, 3...
 Silly boys!

The girls kept safe on the swing-set....

The kids played outside and the mamas hung out's nice that they are old enough to do that now. 
Pizza, chick-fil-a, pirates bootie & fruit....dinner is served. 
Had so much fun catching up with everyone! Such a fun group on mammas and kiddos!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winter Break

Hello January!

Well, the little kids actually went back to school on Monday, January 2nd, but Ryan had the whole week off. Anyhow, that meant we had Tuesday and Thursday to do something fun with all three of them. 

Once again our January weather is a hot mess. One day it's 78 and then next it's 20. That's Texas for ya I suppose. Anyhow, I planned to take the kids to the zoo with our cousins and friends.  There was a cold front coming in that afternoon but apparently it showed up early! I was so darn cold!!!

Checking out those penguins!

When we left, I asked Hayden what her favorite animal she saw today was. She said it was the penguin - too bad she wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get a pic!

Playing on these elephant statues is always so much fun!

Feeding the giraffes! This is always Grayson's favorite thing - he LOVES the giraffes! Ryan also enjoyed it...Hayden on the other hand. Not a fan. 

Then we snuggled up for a ride on the monorail. 

Where is Grayson? Oh...he was "too tired" to get in the picture. Silly Grayson. 

Some of the kids (ahem, our cousins) got Dippin' Dots Ice cream. It was waaaaaay too cold for that so I promised the kids hot chocolate at home. Blake came over and enjoyed a cup with the kiddos!

Hot cocoa for the win!

Chilly afternoons spent playing in the game room....I was having a tea party with Hayden while the boys were playing with hotwheels and then Grayson decided that the tea party looked super fun. So he had one with his animals too. 

He was so excited! It was pretty cute.

And this crazy little girl...

She really throws her head back to get that last sip....

Since Ryan was still out of school Sheridan took him on a special date to Lego Land in Grapvine. The littles were a little jealous so I promised a surprise "date" for after school. We headed to TCBY....even thought it was freezing outside!!! They were pretty happy!
On another note, I was incredibly impressed with Hayden's utensil skills. I guess ice cream brings out the best.

She even shared her ice cream with Grayson. He finished his a lot faster than she did....

On Thursday it was cold so we headed to the Perot with friends!
We got there at 9:30 because I thought member hours started at 9am....apparently that is only on the Saturdays! Oops! After hanging by the front door for a good 10 minutes the security guard finally took pity on us and let us escape from the cold.

I have started to realize that our age spread is a little difficult at the moment. Ryan technically isn't allowed in the kids area of the Perot - it's five and under. A lot of places are like this which makes it difficult to take all three of them somewhere that they can enjoy. If we go somewhere more age appropriate for Ryan then Hayden can't really do anything. Vice versa. Ugh #firstworldproblems
Luckily no one said anything to him, we just had to keep reminding the big kids that they are the oldest ones and need to slow down and watch out for the little kids all around!

Hayden had a blast. She just goes from section to happy with her freedom. 

And on Friday it snowed!
I didn't expect it to actually stick - but it did! There wasn't a ton, but it was still fun to see. 

On Saturday I took Ryan to a birthday party that I may have enjoyed just as much as the kiddos! lol. They had Cathy's Critters there and it was so much fun to see all the adorable animals! There were also reptiles, which I am not a huge fan of, but the sweet other animals made up for that! lol. 
A baby Wallaby??? I cute!

A baby pig! He squealed so much it was so darn cute!

And this thing.
The birthday boy got to wear 'Frederick' as a belt - lucky kid! I mean, if that's your thing. #illpass

We also got to meet some tortoises, a hedgehog, chinchillas,  sugar gliders, a bearded dragon and more! It was so much fun and I totally want one of my kids to do this for their birthday! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!

Hope everyone had fun ringing in the New Year!
We spent the night with friends at a party hosted by the Botterman's. 

the boys...

and the (some of the) ladies...

We even had a sit down dinner! #adulting

And then it was midnight...
There was A LOT of dancing...which I won't share but I love this slow-mo video that Rob took....

Such a great night ringing in the New Year with friends!

And where were our kiddos? In the other room...ha! just kidding. Kevin's parents graciously took them for the night! They celebrated early...

Sparkling grape juice toast!

And bedtime. Sweet sweet boys!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Review

Although I still have a bunch of Christmas to post, the year is ending so I am just going to skip ahead...
#2016bestnine based on instagram likes!

2016 was the year when:
-Ryan started Kindergarten
-We took our first family trip to the Bahamas
- We travelled to Belize with my family
- We spent a week in Montana with Kevin's family and my parents joined us as well

Here's to 2017! Wish all good health, lots of family time and love! muah!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cinnamon Rolls and Cookies

This year we made cinnamon rolls and cookie mix for our neighbors. On Thursday afternoon we packed up our little red wagon to make some sweet deliveries!
I used the same cinnamon roll recipe as last year - Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls. And they were just as delicious as I remembered. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the maple I did a cream cheese one this year. So yum!  If you are craving sweet rolls....of any variety you should check these out!
As for the cookie mix - Bakerella for the win! I used her Merry Christmas Cookie Mix recipe. I was super excited to get the kids involved...but there was a little bit of a learning curve and turns out the little kiddos weren't quite as helpful as I thought they might be. Imagine that. After multiple spills and countless swiped M&Ms, Kevin took the kiddos outside to play while I finished up. They needed to burn off some of that sugar!

I was suppose to use the smooth front jars (to easily apply a sticker label) but I accidentally bought the wrong ones. So instead of a sticker on the front, I opted for a printout for the top. I suppose you could print them on sticker paper as well, but I just used regular paper and the jar lid holds it on nicely. I made these little tops for the jars.  The printable directions are here

And the cinnamon rolls were delivered like this (thanks to my mom who helped me tie all the ribbons on!)

This little Red Wagon comes in quite handy!

Each kiddo got to carry something - cinnamon rolls, cookie mix and our holiday card. Hayden quickly realized she got the "boring" item to carry. 

She was happy to pull the wagon though...

We had to leave a few on our friends door steps...a fun little treat to find!

And by the end she was happy to be pulled in the wagon!

Last year we drove around delivering our cinnamon rolls...we didn't quite get around to that this year- oops! I actually still have a ton in our freezer so if we are needing something to do this week we might deliver them to some friends as New Year treats! 
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