Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"These are horrible"

In true big brother fashion, Troy had talked Cassidy into regular Pokemon battles with all his new cards. Also in true big brother fashion, he would kind of "fix" the game so that he got certain cards and she got others. (Insert sigh.) Her flabbergasted response to seeing her cards this particular night CRACKED ME UP though. Listen to her proclaim "These are HORRIBLE!" when she checks them out.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome 2018

We have a fun tradition with our good friends where we have them down for a sleepover and fondue each year. In THEORY each year. Sometimes people get sick or other things come up, but by and large, we both call it our "new years tradition". We were so happy it worked out this year! (Flash back to ringing in 2016, 2014, and 2011 with them too!)

I taught Isabella how to make our cheese course this year. How many more years until all our kids are doing all the cooking for us at this event, guys?! Haha.


Cassidy and Nathan especially get along well. Playing Uno together. 

This big pic makes me smile! Such a fun group when we all get together!

The originals! Mike and Ed met as fraternity brothers in college. 

As the night progressed, our games got more and more exciting. And our kids got more and more tired, too!

The most excitement came when we had a smoke alarm going off over and over and we couldn't silence it. We decided a call to the fire department at 11:30pm was in order before we turned in for the night just in case it was something we couldn't detect ourselves (and didn't want to just unplug the rogue detector!)

The kids enjoyed their personal visit from the friendly (busy) firemen and we appreciated the walkthrough of the house ensuring all was well!

Long story short, our kids were up for their very first midnight countdown and they rocked it! Guess they get to do this each year now... but preferably no firemen next year!



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Merry Christmas in Chicago

Christmas Day we headed up to the Chicago area to celebrate Christmas with family. Straight to the Marx house for the celebration and met everyone else there. Troy set up camp with Grampa and a good spread of snacks!


The gift exchange proved to be fun, as always. Cassidy LOVED the giant tomato Gramma opened!



After dinner was over, we headed back to Gramma and Grampa's to sleep for the night and the kids were gifted their gifts from Gramma and Grampa. For Troy, an awesome new bike in a bigger size! Nothing like riding through the living room barefoot on Christmas!

And for Cass, her very own Playmobil doll house, which we assembled upon returning back home. My mom offered to assemble it for us. I declined and later regretted that decision, HA!

It got all put together though and is beautiful! She loves it!


Merry Christmas Eve at Home

With a quiet rest of the day planned on Christmas Eve at home, Mike and I decided it was a good idea to give the kids their Christmas gifts with several hours to play with them ahead. So, when we got home from church and changed into comfy clothes it was game on.

This year we decided to give them a stash of new craft supplies. It was a little bit of everything, most things that they would share but definitely things in there that would appeal to one more than another (Jurassic Park coloring and princess tiara making kits anyone?) It was a HIT. And as of May (when I'm writing this post, GASP!) they are still burning through the Christmas stash.



A crayon in the shape of a star folks. All the joy of Christmas for a crayon shaped like a star, folks. #LoveMyKids 

I love our fireplace. Perfect day to fire it up.

This Christmas Eve I spent several hours in sweatpants under a blanket starting at my tree and the fire. I even napped on the couch. It was epic! And amazing!


We had all kinds of deliciousness for our Christmas Eve meal at home, including mushroom ravioli, beef tenderloin and shrimp. YUM!

With a fresh dusting of snow just in time for Christmas, I couldn't help but run outside to admire our house in its freshly snow covered glory this Christmas. Merry Christmas Eve!


Merry Christmas Eve at Church

Christmas Eve felt different this year because it landed on a Sunday... so Christmas Eve services were in the morning instead of the evening. This made for a fun and festive morning service!

Photo booth with "falling" snow indoors and all!



When one kid is smiling, the other is not. Such is life.

I found Cassidy in front of this tiny tree (the church was full of large ones) and she said it was JUST her size! She was so proud to have found one!


Plus, you know. Candy canes. A staple. All the falling snow, giant trees, and candy canes aside, it was a wonderful celebration for the birth of Jesus. A great way to kick off our Christmas celebration!


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Snow arrives

I know two kids who couldn't be more thrilled to see a mere dusting of snow arrive as they kicked off winter break. Its not winter without snow, right!?












Sigh. Your huge gloves need to stay ON son! His kept falling off though. Maybe one more year and they'll stay on well. I'm not holding my breath though.