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!

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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!

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!

Weekend in Chicago!

I left the kids in Michigan (see previous post!) to drive to Chicago.  It was my friend Holly’s birthday weekend and a bunch of us met there to surprise her and go to a Def Leppard/Journey concert at Wrigley Field!

We also took some time to explore the city a bit, squeezing into Ubers, hitting the Field Museum and the Hancock Sky Lounge:

I also got to see my dear friend Nicole and her family, though we didn’t take pictures.  We really need to get better about that!

Happy 8th Birthday, Chloe!

Chloe celebrated her birthday at the roller rink with a bunch of friends.  My BFF Katie and her daughter Ashlyn also made the trip to Austin for it!  As is tradition, I made her cake and gave her a birthday experience vs. “stuff” (tickets to a Houston Dynamo game)!

Happy 8th Birthday, Baby Girl!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I celebrated my birthday with just the kids this year….  A day of pampering and karaoke!

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Happy Birthday to the luckiest mom in the world!  (That’s me.)

London Adventure: New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year! My cousin Jamianne took us to breakfast at Wolseley to start the day.  Apparently there are lots of celebrity sightings there, but we had no such luck. From there we headed to the Tower of London for the Beefeater Tour! Very cool.

Things were crazy around our hotel today because it’s located right across from Trafalgar Square, which is a really popular place for New Year’s Eve partying. Because of this we headed back to do some shopping in the area (Covent Gardens). On the way we swung by Buckingham Palace, which is literally right down the road from our hotel!

While out shopping, we asked someone to take our pic at the cool phone booths here, which I’ve been trying to do all week!

The New Year’s Eve party was a bust but it was great people watching and it was nice to ring in the new year together. We left after the fireworks and are currently enjoying our sandwiches in bed (thanks to Katie for thinking ahead and ordering them to go earlier)!

This is unfortunately the end of our journey, as we head back to the states tomorrow.

Cheers to 2018!

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