Monday, November 28, 2011

Brayden's Birthday Party

There was no way I was going to be able to do Brayden's birthday party before our trip, so we opted to do it after. We did Jungle Jim's again and the kids had a blast. We had about 16 kids come. There was only one other small birthday party there so it was nice to almost have the place to ourselves. The kids loved the rides, of course, and even Brynlee got in on some of the action.
We did manage to pause long enough for pizza and presents. We've learned from previous years that there is no time to do cake and ice cream. So we chose cupcakes instead and it was perfect.
Brynlee LOVED the swings:
I wouldn't let Brayden ride this ride because he always gets sick. Brooklyn, however, loved it:
Brynlee also LOVED the carousel.
I was a little nervous to let her ride this ride, but Brayden was a fun brother to be with. She did great for most of the ride, then started crying.
Here's how this ride went...Brynlee looked like she woul love being in the car with Brooklyn.
It started going and here is where she is realizing she is going away from mom into a tunnel.
Not a fan.
She loved it, however, when I rode with her:
Happy Birthday Brayden! We hope you had a lot of fun!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

St. George/Thanksgiving

Josh's family went to San Diego for the week before Thanksgiving and stopped in St. George on the way back. Since there was extra room at one of the St. George condos, we decided to join them. We left on Tuesday night and the drive went SO much better than expected. The kids did great and fell asleep half way through. After watching the kids' heads bounce around while they slept I remembered that the back seats in the van recline. So it was perfect to recline the seats so the kids were more comfortable.

Once we were there we relaxed all day Wednesday (Josh's family wasn't coming until late Thursday night.) We headed over to Pizza Factory for lunch then to Walmart to scope it out for Black Friday. The kids napped all afternoon. That night we went and visited some friends from college, Eric and Janae, and their 3 kids Sadie, Kallie, and Bryson. The kids LOVED playing together and we had a fun time catching up with them.

Thursday was pretty relaxed as well. We took the kids swimming in the morning. Brynlee wasn't a huge fan (a little chilly) but the other kids loved it:

We had originally planned on going to Chuck-A-Rama for Thanksgiving dinner. When Adam's mom found out she insisted that we come over for dinner. We had a wonderful afternoon/evening with them and dinner was SO good. Brynlee slept through most of it, but that just meant that I got to enjoy it a little more. We tried to get some good family pictures in their beautiful yard.

On Friday we did some shopping then took the kids out to play:
The rest of the weekend we continued to relax and hang out with the Ericsons. Most of them left on Saturday morning. Michael and Natalie stayed with her grandma on Saturday night so it quieted down on Saturday. We shopped a little bit at the outlet stores on Saturday. On Sunday we woke up and packed up everything and headed home. The drive went ok, but not great. It's just hard to entertain the kids that long...especially the baby. Overall, we had a great time. It was a good break and it was fun to enjoy a little warmer weather.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Brayden's Birthday At School

The day after Brayden's birthday I got to go to school with him and do a 20 minute spotlight. He got to be the special leader for the day and loved it, of course.
I brought his hoop. I know...shocker. He loved dribbling and shooting for everybody:
Our 5 yr old!
Thanks for letting me be part of your special day!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Brayden's Actual Birthday

Sunday birthdays are always a little tricky. Especially when Josh's whole family is out of town. Luckily we were able to celebrate it with my family at my parent's house. In the morning we never wake up with any extra time before church, so I quickly let Brayden open up one present before we rushed off to church.
After nap time we headed over to my parent's house for dinner. My dad was busy doing tithing settlements all evening, but when he finally made it home the kids were there to greet him:
Brayden FINALLY got to open his presents:
He saw me buy this 3 months ago and I thought he would forget about it. Nope! He has reminded me weekly about his new helmet:
Brynlee getting in on the action:
Rachelle made the kids balloons. Brayden got a spiderman and she made a Tinkerbell for Brooklyn:
Happy Birthday Brayden!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Our street is lined with these huge trees that produce a lot of leaves. Naturally, the kids jump in them every chance they get.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Sink

Oh Brynlee. You definitely keep us on our toes. The kids like having a stool by the sink so they can wash their hands. We had to put it away for a while until Brynlee was more stable on it and we didn't have to worry about her falling off of it. Now she has loved doing the dishes and standing on it all day long. Well, recently she has made another move...she'll put her feet on the lip of the cabinet door and pull herself into the sink. Really?! Needless to say, the stool got put away again. Of course, we did have to take pictures on one occassion when we didn't notice until it was too late. She LOVED that we finally let her stay in and play. 

Picture Day

The kids had their school picture day. I love dressing them up and I'm glad they don't mind when I make them change their clothes over and over again.