Friday, December 30, 2016

This Girl of Mine

She's the prettiest.  

She's the smartest.

She's the funniest.

She's the sweetest.

I'm totally biased and I don't care.  She's the best daughter any mom could ever ask for and I don't deserve her.  She'll hate me for posting all these pics of her but she'll get over it, because like I said, she's the sweetest.  

I love her.

Some fun before, during and afters of her haircut.

She's so silly and funny, although she often 'suffers from embarrassment' (a phrase we've stolen from the Paddington movie) and hates when I post about her silly side.  Like I said, she'll forgive me. ;)

From a random good hair day when she was in a rare mood to let me take some photos.  I love them all and can't pick a favorite!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Halloween 2016

This year for Halloween my girl knew exactly what she wanted to be and my boy had no idea and changed his mind about 100 times.  She wanted to be a mermaid.  Not just any mermaid as I found out when I bought what I thought was a pretty cute costume and brought it home.  She hated it.  She had found a very specific costume on Pinterest that could not be found in any actual store.  Thankfully Ebay had one though so I was able to get her the exact costume that she wanted.  Score!  Then I had to focus on the boy and getting him to make up his mind.  I can't even remember all the options we went through but we looked on Pinterest for ideas all the time and he just didn't like any of them.  Finally one day we stumbled across a claw machine costume that he said he liked and that was it.  I ran with it and told him he wasn't allowed to change his mind.  It isn't like you can go buy a claw machine costume though so my crafty side totally came out and we made it and it was amazing!  He even won the costume contest at Student Group at church.  I think it was my favorite costume of his ever besides his Lightning McQueen costume from when he was 2.  There's just something about homemade costumes that makes them more fun.  Another thing that made Halloween more fun this year was that their cousins were in town.  They got here just in time to go trick or treat with us at my mom's house.  My girl wanted to trick or treat with her friends this year for the first time so we made her take photos with all of us and then drove her up to her friend's house where my husband hung out with the other dad.  She had a great time with her friends but said she really missed being with her family and she thinks she'll hang with us next year.  How sweet!  I'm not sure that will hold true but it was still nice to hear. :)  

We had a lot of fun with the mermaid makeup!  I think that was part of the appeal.  I even let her wear my fake eyelashes.  Why not go all out for just one night of the year?!

The Claw!  He got so many compliments on his costume.  Everyone loved it!

All the cousins, ready for candy.  My nephew's costume was a big hit as well.  They were hilarious walking around together.  My son couldn't carry his own bag very well because of how his arms were on the sides and my nephew couldn't see his own feet which made it hard to go up and down stairs and a lot of houses in that neighborhood are on stilts.  We got quite a few laughs watching them. :)

Adorable little Bat Girl.  It was her first time trick or treating and she loved it!

I love this picture.  He wanted me to take a pic of him holding Pablo the monkey's hand.  He ended up changing his costume about half way through the night because it was getting heavy lugging it around.  Luckily my nephew had an extra costume from last year with him so he was Kylo Ren.  It worked well since my niece and nephew were both Star Wars themed as well.

I decided to update the collage of costumes!  I love all these old pics.  She's grown so much and all of her costumes were adorable.  I personally like the angel, the cheerleader, Dorothy and the fox.

Love these too!  Definite favorites are Lightning McQueen and The Claw.  I also love his face in the Superman pic and I always loved that pirate costume.

I'm not sure how many more years my kids will be dressing up for Halloween, but I sure am enjoying it while they do!  

Double Digits!

My baby is double digits! I started this blog post way back on his actual birthday, and I am finally getting around to adding some photos and I can't believe how much older he looks already in just a few months since then. This year since it was a special double digit birthday I was trying to think of ways to make it extra special so we decided to have his party at the mini golf course. It was so much easier than having it at home I will admit, and overall it really didn't cost that much more either. Other than the fact that it was super hot that day I think it went really well but after the fact my boy admitted that he actually prefers having a party at home. Oh well, now we know for next year!

This boy brings so much joy to our lives and I am so thankful that he was born into our family. He's loving, kind, crazy, smart, affectionate, and tons of fun. Having a son is such a blessing and I don't take it lightly that we are raising a man and a future husband and father (Hopefully...he still says he's never getting married and never leaving home. He'll live with us til we die and then he'll move in with his sister. Love the plans of a 10 year old!). I love watching him grow and mature. He loves his family and he loves Jesus and I really couldn't ask for more.

Here are some photos of his birthday fun! Scroll to the end to read his annual birthday survey. So glad I started those!

My boy with some of his buddies.

He won!

His birthday was during the height of the Pokemon Go craze. I love how his Pikachu cake turned out! It was the tallest cake I've ever made. My girl helped out with making the head and tail.

His actual birthday was fun too with donuts for breakfast, a gift in the mail from Grandma and cheese curds for dinner!

The Birthday Survey

~How old are you? 10
~How does being 10 make you feel? Elderly
~What do you want to learn this year? How to be better at Minecraft
~What was the best thing about being 9? Being 9. It was just fun to be 9.
~What did you do for your birthday? I went to Congo River Golf and ate cake and played at the arcade there. What about on your actual birthday? I went to co-op. I ate donuts for breakfast. I had Wendy's large frosty for lunch. And I went to Culver's for dinner and got ice cream.
~What is your favorite color? Neon blue.
~What is your favorite food? Blue ice cream.
~Who is your favorite person? Shawna Peto.
~What grade are you in? 5th
~What is your favorite thing to do for school? Have recess.
~What is your favorite game to play? Silent touch. A game me and Ava made up.
~What do you like to do with Daddy? Go to the store. Like Target and stuff because he always lets me go to the Lego aisle.
~What do you like to do with Mommy? Give her hugs and kisses.
~What do you like to do with your sister? Play silent touch. What else? Death balloons. It's another made up game.

~What’s your favorite thing to do with the whole family? Have movie night.
~What’s your favorite store? Target. Wait, no, it's coming to me...I guess I like going to the toy store. Toys R Us.
~What’s your favorite place to eat? Kings Island. What? Because it has blue ice cream!
~What’s your favorite book? Fast Food. Really? Fine, would you rather me change it? Yes. I like Shhhhhhh!! (it's an uglydoll comic).
~What’s your favorite song? The one I always like humming to. What is that? I forgot the name. Go ask Ava. We had to look it up, but it's Wake Me Up by Avicii.
~What’s your favorite thing about God? Everything. Can you be more specific? His love for the world. He loved it so much His son died on the cross.

~What do you want to do this year? Buy the Lego restaurant. Wait, that's not the name, I'll be right back. It's the Parisian Restaurant.
~What do you want to be when you grow up? Lego Master Builder.
Ava says I never asked him what his favorite animal is. I said it wasn't on the survey, so we decided to add it.
~What's your favorite animal? Penguin. Baby emperor penguin.


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