We are SO bad at updating this little piece of the internet. It might have something to do with having 3 kids and running a business but we are just consistently awful at keeping this website in order.
Here’s a teeny update.
A couple of weeks ago, Justin & I had the pleasure of a week without kids in Las Vegas. Justin’s parents came to Normal to love on our kids while we had a bliss-filled vacation, just the two of us. It was wonderful. It was not so wonderful for Johnny & Rita who had to deal with 3 kids and a nasty stomach virus complete with puking and the hershey squirts. Yuck. Sorry, guys.
Justin & I had some amazing dinners, saw some incredible shows, did too much shopping, played slots, and lost money at the blackjack table. We also stayed out late, slept later, and reconnected as a couple. After 3 kids in 4 years, it was just what the doctor ordered. Here is a snapshot into our time in Vegas:
We used the $20 trick and were upgraded to a sweet suite at Caesar’s Palace. Complete with a jetted jacuzzi, marble everything, a huge sitting area, and a view of the pools.
Oh yes, we saw Rod Stewart! And he was actually pretty awesome. We had a blast.
The view outside our hotel.
The Beatles Cirque de Soliel was the most incredible show we have ever seen. From the opening sequence we both sat with our mouths wide open.
Did you know that in Vegas there is a huge Coke store where you can sample different Cokes from around the world? We would NOT recommend Beverly from Italy.
Well folks, it’s 8:17 and our kids are in bed, coming down from their collective sugar rush. We had a pretty excellent Halloween and, just like that, it’s over. :)
I made all of our family’s costumes this year – the boys have been crazy about Jake and the Neverland Pirates so we all went as characters from that show. The boys went as Jake & Cubbie while Justin & I went as Captain Hook and Peter Pan. Harlow wore a sweet little sleeper from her Aunt Emma and a teeny tiny witch hat. She was pretty darn cute.
We invited the families from our small group over and had a little party with plenty of pizza and cupcakes. It was rainy all day today but we managed to get out and do a little trick or treating during a break in the drizzle. After going to a few houses the rain picked back up so we headed home. Justin went back out with Jaden and went to all of the houses around the block. They came back proudly bearing a treasure chest full of candy.
We made it to church today as a family of FIVE!
Got the boys dropped off in Sunday School and sat down with 5 minutes to spare.
Parenting WIN. It’s definitely not easy getting out with 3 crazy little kids, but we’re starting to get the hang of it. Last night we made it into Target and Barnes & Noble without losing anybody or our minds.
Katy: Jaden, did you have fun at BSF?Jaden: Yes, what did I do at BSF?Katy: What did you do at BSF, Jaden?Jaden: I listened to a story about Abraham and Sarah.Katy: What happened in that story? Did Sarah have a baby?Jaden: Yes, and God was in the story.Katy: What did God do in the story?Jaden: Ummmm….I think he was playing basketball.
We know we’ve been MIA from the internet lately but we have been SO busy! Our family had a really spectacular Christmas – the boys were just old enough to really get into the activities and it was so, so fun. Here’s a quick snapshot of Christmas 2012.
Jaden & Weston got cookie decorating aprons – guess which child hated his?
We made cinnamon ornaments for the boys’ BSF teachers with Jaden’s best friend, Charlotte.
We got a little snow and Jaden bundled up in his snowsuit to play in it for the first time. He came in red-faced and happy.
Daddy got his Christmas present, a piano, a week early and all 3 guys in our house love playing it.
We hosted a Christmas party for our small group, complete with a present exchange and cookie decorating.
The boys learned how to play hide and seek which is a hilarious story for another day.
On Christmas Eve we ate dinner at Steak ‘n Shake then had the Franklins over to decorate cookies for Santa and read the Christmas story.
And Christmas morning was, of course, a BONANZA
Things were a disaster. This was after most of the wrapping paper had been cleaned up.
Instead of making a huge Christmas dinner, we had Christmas Burritos. Complete with everything you could possibly want to stuff them, including queso blanco and chips/salsa. It was low-key, easy, and delicious. Best of all we enjoyed the entire day and didn’t have to worry about spending hours in a kitchen. Ole!
What did Santa bring the boys for Christmas? A giant bounce house that takes up almost the entire basement. They LOVE it and it’s been great for burning off winter energy.
Hope you had a picture-perfect Christmas! We definitely enjoyed ours!