Friday, November 27, 2015

Two front teeth

Even though we do not get to see extended family as often as we would like, our kids have developed some pretty sweet friendships with cousins kids... they play so well together and seem to just pick up where they left off last time they were together.

While playing one night, Malia and Kristin ran downstairs in a bit of a panic. Kristin had accidentally bumped Malia in the mouth and knocked out her other front tooth. I was so excited, because the tooth had been hanging on by a thread for awhile! And of course I took a picture of them to remember this historic moment!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Davey's 6th

While in Ohio, we celebrated Davey's 6th birthday. Andrew and I were able to take her out for a donut date, which was really special (and something we might start with each kid on their birthday... a date that is... but donut dates for all wouldn't be so bad).

So thankful for this one!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Road Tripping

A few days ago we got back from 12 days on the road with our family of 6. It was a trip filled with family and friends (and not enough sleep!) We started our journey by flying to Chicago (Drew's first flight) and then driving 6 hours to Columbus to be with my family. Our kids are not the best road trippers, but thankfully the rental car people blessed us with a DVD player in our minivan and we picked up a couple of Redbox movies for entertainment.

Around hour 2 of 6 we stopped to go to the bathroom and got some drinks. We decided to go vacation crazy and let each girl pick out their own Gatorade. We warned them not to drink it all fast because we didn't want to keep stopping. By doing this we learned a lesson... do not give a three year old an entire bottle of Gatorade and expect her not to drink the whole thing. Within 30 minutes, Naomi had downed hers and then about 15 minutes after that was ready to stop for the bathroom again :) Thankfully she is skilled at peeing in the woods on hikes and so our roadside bathroom stop sufficed (we were in the middle of nowhere).

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Operation Christmas Child

Last year I had the idea for the girls to have a joint Operation Christmas Child birthday party. It took some convincing over the last couple of months, but they eventually decided that instead of their friends bringing them gifts, we would ask them to bring items to fill the shoeboxes.

We have been collecting things throughout the year and I really tried to keep the girls involved so they had ownership. Here they are bagging up candy to go into each box.

Party sign :)

Our family room turned into the store. Each girl got a box and shopped according to the age they selected (they all chose to make boxes for girls!)

Naomi pre-shopped because the party started during her nap.

We hosted 21 girls (including my 3).

Part of the deal making process with my girls was that they could watch a movie afterwards. Here's the crew ready to watch.

We packed our extra items into boxes after the party (including a few boy boxes) and ended up with 33 boxes! 

The girls are already saying that they want to do this again next year for their birthday party so the shopping has already begun!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Making Pizza

We hosted some friends a couple weekends ago and made lots of pizzas on the grill. Andrew was in charge of the operation and did a fantastic job organizing and pulling the kids into the process. Naomi was our test assembler...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


 My four. Tigress, Monkey, Rapunzel (after her hair was cut), and Super Princess Kitty. I had to blur Drew's face but it was too cute not to post.

Our group.

The candy exchange was a common occurrence at our house all week. They spent hours sorting and trading.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Cat/Tigress and Haircuts

On Tuesday of Halloween week, I got to take Naomi to the library for Trick or Treating at storytime. It was a good chance for her to test out her costume (which was a last minute adjustment).

That night, sweet Kendall came over to cut Andrew and my hair. When our girls heard, they one by one asked for a haircut too , including Naomi who had never had one. Its not a dramatic change but she trimmed some longer pieces away. Naomi was so serious the whole time.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Recently we had friends over for the day who brought Lunchables for their lunch. While my girls had seen friends bring them to school, they had never actually eaten a Lunchable. Well thanks to a sale on them last week ($1 a piece), my girls are now Lunchable consumers! I know they aren't healthy and I could probably make something comparable for cheaper, but they are fun, easy for me and the girls love them. Plus they take me back to my childhood... who knows maybe I will get one for me next time they are on sale :)