Sunday, December 4, 2016

Thanksgiving!!!

We were all really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year, even if we weren't on a cruise again like last year ;-). The weather had been perfect (and stayed that way all week), we got time off of school, seminary and work, lots of yummy food to be eaten every day and we got to spend time with almost my whole family, including Hope & Kyler and Scotto. We were just missing our Florida crew and it was definitely weird to have everyone else here without them.
In total we saw three movies at the Alamo, went out to two restaurants, had one late night sibling game session, had a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving meal and we provided three pies from Proud Pie for the dessert.
While Thanksgiving is always a fun time, I think I enjoyed it even more this year knowing that we wouldn't be around extended family for Christmas. We have so much to be thankful for and family is definitely at the top of my list!
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Kayley had everything set up beautifully, of course and Scott fried the two turkeys with different seasonings and they were both amazing...along with all the other sides everyone brought.
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Ella was SO excited to see Hope again!
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fun with the go-pro and with Kayley's snapchat filters
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Movie #1, on Wednesday, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Ella had been counting the days!)
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I bought the game Ticket to Ride forever ago and we finally busted it out and took the time to learn to play it. We ended up playing another round the next day too.
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Before Mike and I headed out for the movie-date night with all the adults I found Preston reading poetry to Addie while she was crafting :-).
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Movie #2, on Friday, Arrival (Mike and I had already seen it but it was actually really nice to see it again...I think we got everything figured out this time around)
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And movie #3 on Saturday, Moana with the littles and Grammy :-).
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Addie Swims, Preston is Toothless and the Parties Begin

The few days leading up to our official Thanksgiving celebrating were busy but fun!
Addie had another little swim meet on November 19th where she swam two events for the first time ever and got her first official time on 50 breast because she didn't get DQ'd :-). We left Ella and Preston at home and enjoyed some Addie time. Mike was volunteering as a timer and got to time her 100 free which was fun! She even got a special ribbon for winning her heat in that race.
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pep talk from dad :-)
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 100 Free
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1:41.52 (28th/64)

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50 Breast
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1:01.53 (23rd/47)

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1:10.78 (37th/45)

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Preston lost his top two front teeth within about 15 minutes of each other and now is missing 4 in the center...which looks adorable. Gotta soak in the cuteness before the big guys come down to stay ;-). They were both very loose but playing roughly out in the back yard with Addie did the trick haha!
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Sunday was Ella's first YW in Excellence. She set up a little display to represent all the hours she has spent perfecting her swimming and had a fun night with her friends from church (including a surprise visit from Taylor who moved away over the summer).
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After that it was just two more days of school and seminary before our Thanksgiving break began!
There was a pie party for Addie after swim practice (we brought her favorite from Proud Pie, Miss Daisy's Fudge), Thankful parties at school for the littles and a fun family dinner at our favorite in Katy, Local Table. The weather was amazing and we have been soaking it in!!!
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Preston and the kids being silly at restaurant

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Pre-Thanksgiving Highlights

November has seriously flown by!
The good news is that means we are that much closer to Christmas :-)!
Some highlights from the first half of the month...
lunch with the littles at school
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lunches without the littles...even better ;-)
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GORGEOUS weather and some Saturdays without swim meets or photo shoots had me ready for more Saturdays just like that!
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putting up Christmas extra early this year
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true love means filling out this ridiculous application for the Katy version of gifted and talented because your child's teacher (Addie's) pretty much begs you to. If the teacher thinks she should be tested, shouldn't the school just test her?!
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Ella got all A's!!!
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class picture day
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Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin came to talk to the Katy Aquatic swimmers and Ella passed on these pictures and video to me
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Love this little guy!
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Pie, pie and more pie! We can't get enough!
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Ella trying to get her backstroke figured out...it is killing her IM and she HATES it.