Friday, January 13, 2017

A Quick Visit from Grandpa

This week my dad was in town for a few days for work so we made an ice cream date so that we would get to see him. He was only here for a couple of days during the week and he is usually really busy with work while he is here so we tried to keep it simple and just meet for ice cream. My sister met us there as well so that he would be able to see them, too. The kids were all excited to see each other because we really don't go out much during the week. Cam was also really exited to get some ice cream and immediately sat himself down at the table upon walking in. Even Nora snuck a few bites of ice cream. Everly was an ice cream monster and basically ate an entire 2 scoop sundae BY HER SELF. Girl loves her dessert. My dad was in Japan over Christmas so we were able to give him his Christmas present as well so it was really good to see him. I am glad we were all able to meet up while he was here!
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these two love visiting with Grandpa
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the little ones
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Cam had a fun night.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Baby Boy Bakery We Cook Kit

After Christmas I got an email that we could try out the Baby Boy Bakery We Cook Kit and just pay the shipping so we decided to do it. The We Cook Kit is a monthly subscription box with an original recipe and coordinating exclusive tools designed around creating memories in the kitchen with your child. Everly actually got some baking supplies for Christmas from her aunt and really loves helping out in the kitchen. She loved opening the box and going through all of the supplies and wanted to We headed out to Sprouts and picked up some of the ingredients that we didn't have, but we actually had most of them. We stopped by the park on our way home just to get some wiggles out before baking. Aspen is obsessed with swinging and Everly is killing it on the monkey bars. I got all of the ingredients ready for Everly and she helped grease the pan and mix up all of the ingredients. She of course had to sneak a couple of almonds and chocolate chips before adding them in. After they baked and cooled she loved using the cookie cutters to cut them into small shapes. She also loved using the dipper tool to drizzle on the icing. She bagged some up to share with her cousins and sealed them with the cute stickers. It was a really fun activity and I think they taste great too. If you were thinking about trying it out, we really enjoyed it but you do have to buy the ingredients so keep that in mind.

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These girls love getting in a little playground time.
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Everything in the kit
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All of the ingredients
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Greasing the pan and toasting the oats and almonds.  
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Stirring up the honey/sugar and mixing it all together to bake.
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Love this little girl.
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Yay for gifting healthy treats!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Home Depot Workshop

Last Saturday was our first Home Depot Workshop of 2017. This project was a good one. Everly made a toolbox. She doesn't have any tools yet to put it in, but currently it is carrying a tiny water bottle because she said if she is working hard she will get thirsty. She also painted it purple because, girls. She was a little bummed we didn't go to the same workshop as her cousins but sometimes the weekends are so busy that it is hard to make that happen. Everly hammered in all of the nails on her project and is also getting really good at painting. I know that sounds weird but when she was younger she would either glob on too much paint and it would take FOREVER to dry or she would not use enough paint and it would be streaky and Justin or I would have to fill it in. I also love that she is not one of those kids that has to use all of the colors. She likes things simple and clean and she does a good job of getting things done fast which is why we are able to go every month. Now we just need to get her some play tools for her toolbox!
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love how she hammers with her tongue out!
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Thank you home depot!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Goodbye Remi!

On Friday night we had a bunch of people over to our house to say goodbye to my niece's son Remi before he went back to stay with his Dad and their family in Missouri. Remi was here for most of December so it was nice to get to see him so much. He is about 2 months older than Aspen and they play so well with each other. They even spent a little time at the same daycare over the past month. She would get so excited to see him. Everly loves having him over as well so we were said to see him go but glad to have everyone over. My sister-in-law picked up pizza and beer and I made a cake that Aspen threw into my grocery cart last month. It wasn't anything formal, just a chance for everyone to get to see him one last time before his flight back the next morning. He is such a sweet little boy and we will definitely miss him. I hope it is not too long until we get to see him again. 
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cheeseballs!
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Aspen pounded her pizza and then ate some of Remi's!
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Kids these days.
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Love these kids. 
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Storytime with Aunt Christy
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Cousins and babies.
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Justin, two of his sisters and one of their cousins on the left and all of their kids on the right. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Zoo Trip

I had last Friday off from work and it was Everly's last day of winter break so we took advantage of our zoo membership and headed to the zoo. I normally go super early but I let the girls sleep in so we didn't get there nearly as early as we usually do. It was busy, but not bad at all and the weather was great. The girls wanted to see the orangutans so we headed there first. Everly is obsessed with learning there names. After that we headed to see the Rhino (who we sadly found out was euthanized months ago). Everly did get to go on the polar slide though which wasn't open yet when we went to zoo lights. It is a pretty tall climb and she did it all by herself so I was proud of her. We ended up walking by the giraffe's while they were doing the feeding so we ended up doing that as well. I was surprised at how Aspen was not scared to feed the giraffe the lettuce. They are such insane animals so it is always cool to get up and see them so close. We also watched a little bit of a live animal show before heading home for lunch. I know we go to the zoo a lot (and I never cared about the Zoo before I had kids) but they always have fun and we always see something different so I love it. Also, since we are already Zoo members, it is free which I also love. Aspen definitely passed out on the way home so it was a morning well spent!

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Checking out the Komodo Dragon
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R.I.P. Half Ear
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love that little face
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great morning!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Years Eve 2016!

We had a great but very tame New Years Eve. It started off with a hike with my mom and sisters. It was rainy and cloudy but very pretty. We also ran into my brother-in-law on the trail. I almost lost my new Bluetooth headphones, but luckily enough I found them at the beginning of the trail. The rest of the day we got some cleaning done around the house and then we went to my sister-in-law house for New Years Eve. She made some delicious chili and we just hung out while the girls played. Her neighbors must have bought that fireworks kit from Costco because they were lighting off a bunch in their backyard and the kids loved watching them. Everly and Aspen love to play with our niece's son Remi and he loves to play with them also so it was a great night. All kids basically stayed up until midnight, although we went home at about 11:45. Our neighbors also had a bunch of fireworks that they lit off at midnight, although we were in bed so we just listened. It is hard enough for me to even stay up that late so I am calling it a success!

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My sister and I jumping
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loving the fog
 
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My brother-in-law running by and where I found my headphones.
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Happy New Years!
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