Happy New Year!

We rang in 2019 with Grandma and Grandpa this year!  We decided if we were going to make our own party, we needed decorations and fun accessories (even for their dog!), so we headed to Party City!

We watched a movie and played Skip-Bo to keep ourselves occupied until midnight:

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And then it was time for the big countdown!

Cheers to a fabulous 2019!

Winter Wonderland

My parents came to town a couple days after Christmas, and we went to the “Winter Wonderland” festival at Circuit of the Americas!  It was pretty cool….  They had an awesome Chinese lantern display…

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There were opportunities to take group photos…

We rode the carousel…

…and at one point the kids decided to get up close and personal with a light display, hanging out on the steps and running around on the lawn:

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We ended the night by giving the kids a chance to ride carnival rides!

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It was cold, but we had a great time!

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Chloe helped me decorate this year:

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On Christmas Eve we made cookies for Santa, but we ran out of sugar and tried to replace it with brown sugar.  It didn’t work.  They looked fine but did not taste fine!  Even Santa agreed.

And then it was Christmas morning!  The kids got exactly what they wanted from Santa: Chloe asked for a stuffed animal that looked like Boom Boom, and Chase finally gets to play Fortnite (*sigh*)!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Happy 12th Birthday, Chase!

Wow.  12.  I’m not sure how we got here.  This is scary.

I made the cake again (as is tradition).  He wanted a Fornite theme.  Here’s a picture of the cake before I dismantled it to put the candles on (with an image from the game for context/comparison):

It was a blast to watch him at his party.  His friends are so perfect for him.  I mean, words just can’t explain, so I’ll use pictures:

Now that he isn’t in elementary school anymore, he doesn’t have to do the whole “invite your whole class” thing, so it was really nice to see who his “people” are these days.  He found himself a good group of friends.  They call themselves “the squad.”  It’s awesome.

Happy Birthday to my “baby” boy!

Another Soccer Season Over

Chloe started playing in an “Academy” league this fall, which was a little more intense as far as practice requirements and competition go.  That also meant her team grew from the original bunch to twice its size, so it has been a bit of an adjustment… but she still likes it!

Kicking for Miracles

Every year, Chase’s Tae Kwon Do studio hosts a fundraiser to raise money for Dell Childrens Hospital.  This year Chase participated and they broke 2,000 boards, raising over $13,000!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My BFF Katie hosted Thanksgiving this year… thank goodness!  I have been losing battles with cannned pumpkin these days:

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Katie did all the cooking, but she let me help whisk the gravy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  We had lots of fun this year.  Chloe entered a Harry Potter themed pumpkin in a book character contest at school.  She didn’t win but we had fun doing it!

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The kids worked on their jack-o-lanterns while I finished making their Halloween costumes (as is tradition)!

Tah Dah!  A turtle and a white wolf:

It was a terrible day weather-wise for trick-or-treating (we had to bring our umbrellas) but the kids soon learned that meant more candy for them!

Trick-or-Treat!

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