Thursday, December 8, 2016

DECEMBER: A MILITARY BALL IN NOVEMBER

Hello again! Look at me! I'm posting once a week again. Here's hoping I can get you caught up before Christmas.
So, moving on into November, we had a very warm November. The mornings were chilly and then it would warm up throughout the day into the 70s which is unheard of in those mountain towns! Unheard of! But it was lovely and we soaked it up.
Lucy soaked it up the most.
 
Jeff experienced a Lego building high. He goes through phases where he will get an idea in his head about what he wants to build and then he and the boys spend three days just building and building.
He gets a little weird about it...its cute.  
The boys were anxious for the Christmas season and broke out some festive hats.  
 
 We had more guests arrive for Thanksgiving fun. My mother and father-in-law came into town to help watch the boys while the Husband and I went to our first official military ball. My sister-in-law and two nieces also came into town for some fun. Our house and hearts were very full.
Just ignore my no makeup-ed and tired face and LOOK! Look at my adorable butterball of a niece.
 
So the day of our ball arrived. I got my hair done and then had an iiiiiiiiiiinteresting experience with my makeup. The lady was sweet and she really did her best. But it was totally obvious she didn't know how to work with my fair skin. I liked the foundation, my eyebrows, and lipstick.  Buuuuuuuuuuuut
There is a but.
But, my eyes were way too dark and really not me. Even though I told her a couple times I was more earth tones. She kept insisting on black eye shadow and I just kept taking deep breaths. Then she did this funny thing called contouring that looks really awesome on someone named Kim Kardashian, but not really on someone like me who doesn't wear a lot of makeup. I had like visible brown lines drawn on my nose and my cheekbones. So I quickly hurried home and did a quick little fixer-roo on my face. I thanked my mom about a million times for the few makeup tricks she'd taught me through the years...the ones I'm pretty sure I fought and argued with her on because I really HATE wearing makeup.  
The picture really muted the eyes and the cheeks but I SWEAR! I came home and both my father-in-law and husband had very quizzical looks on their faces. 
And after I was done. Still elegant. Less black and brown.
Once my makeup was fixed, we were off to the ball and the location it was at was AMAZING. Like ten stars amazing. Our room was the bomb.com (yep, went there) and everything about the whole experience was just breathtaking and exciting. So, without further rambling, here are pictures of our rooms view and the evening event.
So fancy!
The next morning we enjoyed the grounds around the hotel and had the most delicious brunch. Seriously, this place was like a dream. We stayed until literally the very last minute before we had to check out, that's how much we loved it.
Ughhhhh. Horrible, right!
I could stay at this hotel EVERY weekend.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: HELLOOOO FROM THE OTHER SIIIIIDE

Well...fancy meeting you here.
Yes. I found some time in my busy schedule (mostly just watching America's Next Top Model) to post. October and November have been busy. There was one weekend in all of October and two in November when we didn't have company. We've had soccer and swimming and parties and get togethers and oooooh boy its been fun but we were pooped!
Just a disclaimer, my phone has been whack lately. I'm on track to get a new one...soon(ish)...so bear with me. I haven't been able to take a lot of pictures.
So here is a post about some of the things we did...in October and some of November.
My parents were here for a long weekend in October and we took advantage of the free childcare to sneak away. We found ourselves in a beautiful place where the sun was "Shining" and the spirits were rumored to haunt. We went to Estes Park and visited the hotel that inspired Stephen King's "The Shining."
The Stanley.
In the deep dark basement. Do you see any ghosts?
Hauuuuuuunteeeeeed hallway
Red Rum
The staircase with a vortex.
 
 The next weekend found the Husband with a dreaded man-cold. Oh the dreaded man-cold!
So we powered through the weekend as best we could and once Sunday arrived I was ready to get away. So I loaded up the boys in our Halloween attire and we climbed up the mountain to Boo at the Zoo.
 Trying to get Lucy all costumed up and ready to go. She hated it. It didn't last very long.
Then we got ourselves ready and took some photos. We did a Scooby-Doo and the gang as a family costume this year. It turned out pretty dang good if I do say so myself.
Shaggy
Scooby Doo
Scooby, Shaggy, and Daphne
 
And now, before we move on, a random picture of Lucy.  
 And then we started to move into the Halloween countdown. Caderyn's school had their Halloween party the Wednesday before Halloween because they had a four day weekend. It was crazy fun and I was too busy running around checking on things and didn't take any pictures. I'm thankful one of the parents in the room snapped this picture so that I could have a little memory from that day.
We had company come again in the form of my sister-in-law and BRAND NEW BABY NIECE.
EEEEEEEEEEE! All the baby snuggles were mine! I love her love her love her!
True to form, we never let our guests catch a breath, and we whisked Jen and Layla off to a Halloween party thrown by some friends.
Scooby Doo and the gang were a hit. I love this crew we've found here.
And then it was back to BABY SNUGGLES.
Caderyn had his last soccer game of the season. Caderyn absolutely LOVED his team and playing this year.
 And before we knew it, it was Halloween. Gabriel had been sick all week and we ended up in the ER Sunday night before Halloween with him because he broke out in horrible hives all over his body. He still wasn't feeling great come trick or treating time, but he was determined. We went trick or treating in the neighborhood right by our school and holyyyy smokes was it fun. So many people were out, so many people that we knew! The kids got TONS of candy and there were even people passing out beer to the adults. Woop woop! 
Velma was totally PISSED. She ruined her costume very quickly and then sat there glaring at me.
Scooby Doo sitting in the Mystery Machine, eating a cheeseburger.
 
The week after Halloween we FINALLY got haircuts for the boys. Seriously, it had been since August.  
Poor Gibbby. His little noggin' gets so butchered. We still haven't found someone who can correctly cut his hair.
 
Caderyn had a random day off from school, so he followed me around on some errands. He got his flu shot, successfully walked and read at the same time, and spent some quality time with his mom.
Oh and he had a swim meet and set personal records in all his events. 
Caderyn's school does a big Veteran's Day celebration. This was my son's letter to a vet. I'd say he is his father's son.

Caderyn's end of season soccer party.

And now, another picture of Lucy.