Monday, March 6, 2017

CHRISTMAS CATCH UP 2016: PART QUATRE CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY

And I finally made it to Christmas Eve and Day. I mean, it's practically Spring, but I made it to posting about Christmas. Christmas Eve all the guys (except Gibby) were shooed out of the house to see the new Star Wars movie. While they were gone my mom, Gibby, and I went shopping for all our Christmas groceries. There was minimal food prep involved and before we knew it we were out the door for church. After church we went out for pizza before heading home to hunker down for Christmas.
Home from dinner, we quickly got the boys ready for bed. My family tradition is to open one gift the night before Christmas. So the boys opened their one gift and once the cookies and milk were set out they were whisked off to bed.
Once we were certain they boys were dreaming of sugarplums, the magic of Christmas that I LOVE began to come to light.
Santa came to visit!
Christmas morning Caderyn woke up at 3:30 a.m. and was shooed back to bed. They both let us sleep until just a little after 7:00 a.m. and then the excitement became too overwhelming. While everyone slowly woke up and coffee was made, the boys were allowed to open their stockings. After that the morning just took off. I love to make Christmas go on as long as possible. We open one present as a time, watching who is opening the present. It makes the day go on forever and its so much fun!
Once the presents were open and breakfast was eaten, there was napping, lots of toy playing, and just general relaxing. I think we were all in our pajamas the entire day. It was perfect.
My mom made a delicious dinner and Jeff got to have his yearly ration of crab legs.

The rest of our time with family was really just lovely. Probably one of the most relaxed I've been over a holiday. One special thing I got to do was take my mom out for brunch at The Broadmoor. That was her Christmas gift and we were sooooo stuffed. I really enjoyed that one on one time with my mom.
And just like that our Christmas was over.

Friday, February 10, 2017

CHRISTMAS CATCH UP 2016: PART TROIS- THE NORTH POLE

Moving along through December and into Christmas week.
We had lots of company coming and it was exciting!
My brother, whom we haven't seen in over a year, was the first to arrive. Yay!
It was so much fun having him here for a visit! The boys just loved it and were totally his best buds the entire time he was around. Once he woke up, we took him out to breakfast at our favorite breakfast place with the cinnamon roll pancakes and then whisked him off to Manitou Springs for some video game playing.  
We were so busy playing we didn't take very many pictures. While we were there a policeman walked up to me and asked if he could borrow my kids. We were super confused and he wouldn't just right out state what he wanted them for so we all followed him to the main street where he opened up his police vehicle and revealed a car full of toys. He then let the boys pick out any toy they wanted from the car. Apparently that's tradition in Manitou Springs, the officers will give gifts to children around the town. It was very sweet and the boys were so excited. When we finished at Manitou, we scooted off to the airport to pick up our next V.I.P.s, my parents!
It was a chill night after that. Lots of catching up to do. We had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner and spent the night just chatting away.
The next day, December 23, we met some friends up at The North Pole Amusement Park near Woodland Park for a chilly day of fun. It's not on a Disneyland scale, but it was definitely a perfect way to spend the day before Christmas Eve. The rides were tame enough that the parents could enjoy them but also thrilling enough that the kids wanted to go over and over again.
My legs were in the Christmas spirit. Not going to lie. It was a little too chilly just to wear leggings.
First ride of the day was the SkyRide.

Lots of Tilt-a-Whirl sessions occurred. My head is still spinning.
And we continued to move around the uniquely adorned park.
After our day of excitement, we got one of our great baby-sitters to come over and hang with our tired boys while we went out to a delicious dinner at Ivywild and then strolled around The Broadmoor. It was a perfect, PERFECT day. By the end of the night my stomach was sore from laughing so much. I love being around my people--my parents, my family.















Fin!