We had Chase’s birthday party late this year. With his birthday falling around Christmas break it’s always an awkward time to plan a party. This year he had his party at Austin’s Park N Pizza. The boys pretty much did everything: food, rides, laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats, go carts, arcade games….
Chloe and I had our own fun while the boys ran around!
And of course I had to make his birthday treat! He didn’t want a big cake so I made brownies:
Brian’s sister was in town for a conference this weekend and she offered to take the kids for the weekend so she could spend some quality time with them, and I could have a weekend off! I invited my BFF Katie to visit, and while we had a pretty low-key weekend of talking, eating, talking, a movie, more talking, Netflix binge-watching, talking and shopping… the kids had much more of an adventurous time with their aunt! Here are a few photos she shared with me of their time together:
I’m so thankful she is in their lives. She is a very positive link to their dad, and they had a great weekend (as did I)! Thanks, Aunt Jen!!
We are definitely ready for a fresh new year. We had a low-key party at home. Chloe took it upon herself to be the party planner, picking out the decorations, food and activities. She also had to arrange the food herself. Apparently she loves to do this! Who knew?
During the day we played a lot of ping pong. The kids brought paddles and balls from their dad’s house and I got them a net for Christmas.
After dinner it was time to get everyone ready! And I do mean everyone:
We played games (Alexia helped)…
…and watched Star Wars. Before we see the new one I need to get caught up, because sadly I have not seen all of them. This was next on our list:
And of course at midnight we counted down, tossed some streamers and said cheers to a new year!
Every year I do a New Year’s “mantra” versus a list of resolutions. A list of all of my mantras is on the “Christine” tab if you’re interested. This year my mantra is….
I looked up the definition and it said, “to start (something) anew: to refresh (something) by making a new start or creating a new version”. I think that pretty much sums up where I am in my life, and I’m looking forward to creating a new “version” of our family in 2020.