Friday, December 15, 2017

Illumination AZ

Monday night we went to Illumination AZ up off of the 17 and Jomax. It is the first year for this event so it was new to us. We went after Everly got done with soccer practice and caravanned with my mom and sister up to the lights. It was probably an 8-ish minute wait to get through the line so that was not too bad but it was a Monday and I have heard it is much busier on the weekends. The kids liked it, especially when they played a Frozen song. The lights were cool. Nothing mind blowing but they were cool. Once you get done there is an area to park and walk around and take some pictures with some light structures. We got out but we weren't really prepared for it so we didn't stay long. Nora fell asleep, Cameron had no shoes, Everly and Teddy were in flip flops, and then the kids had to pee so we just called it a loss. They did have some snacks, games and bounce houses so it looked decent. This year I am learning that we can't do every single Christmas activity that we want to. There are just so many things going on but we do what we can! Here is a little video and some photos.



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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rides for Toys

Last year Everly and I stumbled upon the Rides for Toys program at our local Target and so when we saw the sign for it again this year we made a plan to go and bring along Teddy and Aspen as well. Last year we rode in a Phoenix PD Suv (here) but this year we got to do a fire truck. We had bought toys to donate earlier at target and although they don't really get it yet, we try to explain to the kids that not everyone is able to get presents for Christmas. They had a blast riding in the fire truck. The volunteers that run this are all so nice and we are very grateful that they put this together!
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Family Fun Night- Grinch Night

Everly's school's PTA was hosting a family fun night last Friday night. It was Grinch themed and Aspen has been super obsessed with the Grinch lately so we decided to go for a little bit. The girls had a lot of fun. Everly loves seeing her friends and her teacher and Aspen loves doing anything Evelry does. They made some really cute Grinch ornaments, played some games, decorated a box and Christmas trees and also decorated some cupcakes which they inhaled. We probably only spent an hour their total but it was a lot of fun and I am glad we went. I am not going to lie, sometimes stuff like this is kind of the last thing I want to do, but I know how much the girls love it so I guess that is being a parent, right? Also, how cute are these girls? Can't say no to them ever!
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cutest little Grinch ornaments


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Aspen loves cupcakes!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Friday Zoo Day

I was off last Friday so after taking Everly to school Aspen and I headed off for a quick morning at the zoo. It was a little chilly that morning to start but we were prepared. Aspen was really into wearing the hat and gloves. She also had her beloved donut holes. We opted out of doing the dino trail that day but saw lots of other animals. We saw the flamingos acting crazy and took a ride on Crocket the Camel. She was very funny seeing the tiger and of course we had to hit up the carousel before leaving. It was a really great morning. She is really at a fun age and I just can't wait to take her to Disneyland next month.We had a little Starbucks date that afternoon and she just kills me. Also, I love Portrait mode on my phone!
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday off with Aspen

Last Monday I had the day off so Aspen and I got some one on one time. We took it easy in the morning and then once took Everly to school and got going we headed out to the park and library. She was so funny at the park. She kept saying "come for me" instead of "come with me" and wanted me to climb all over the playground with her. She could have played there all day but Everly reads so many books each week we really needed to go. We also noticed they had some children's books for sale for .50 so we bought a few including a Gaspard & Lisa book for Aspen. Everly used to love that show so after I found this book I introduced Aspen to it and she loves it too. Another great day with Aspen.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Weekend in Review

Last weekend was filled with lots of Christmas fun. On Saturday Everly had soccer and then after that we headed to Home Depot to make gingerbread houses. These were much more work than the ornaments last weekend. It did end up pretty cute but we all had paint on us by the time we left. After getting home and eating lunch Everly and I headed over to my sister's to start our annual Christmas cookie baking. We ended up finishing them up on Sunday afternoon/evening. I still have to make some and my sister has to make some but we got the sugar cookies done and decorated as well as the snicker doodles and everyone's favorite, the peanut butter kisses. I decorated soooo many cookies and went home with frosting on me. It was a good weekend and I can't wait to eat cookies all month long!





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Illumination AZ

Monday night we went to Illumination AZ  up off of the 17 and Jomax. It is the first year for this event so it was new to us. We went after ...