Saturday, December 29, 2012

Church and Chili

Sunday we all went to church together and then headed to my parents after for chicken chili and more togetherness. The boys eventually found their way back to playing corn hole and the girls ended up talking on the bed. It was one of those times that I didn't want to get up and get the camera to take pictures, but am so glad that I have these memories now. Cheryl took plenty of pics over the weekend too and I'm excited to see hers!
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And what were the littles doing during all this? Playing electronics and legos on a rotating basis :-).
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Corn Hole

Mack and Cheryl arrived from FL the evening of the 21st and after saying hi to everyone, we went out to dinner with them. It was nice to have a little double date! They talked about this game Corn Hole that Mack had recently learned to play and that they were hoping to find. Initially I thought it was some sort of card or board game, but I was very wrong. The next day everyone came over to our house and Mack and Cheryl had found THE game. We spent a lot of time over the next few days playing corn hole...especially the boys...and there were plenty of jokes going on the entire time :-). Kayley, Scott and Oliver got back from San Antonio that afternoon just in time to join the party. It was fun to have us all together again!
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Addie reading one of her cat books to Grammy...they deserve a post all their own soon!
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After eating Mission Burrito to go, we were lucky enough to hear from Mack and Hopie on the piano. Mack has known this song since he was little and whenever I hear it anywhere, I think of him :-)!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pre-Christmas Fun

I've had a nice break from the computer for the last (almost) week, but now it's time to get caught up again! The kids had school the full week leading up to Christmas, which initially Ella was pretty bummed about. It was nice to have the week fly by and then Christmas was pretty much here before we knew it, and it will be nice to have so much time to relax afterwards before heading back into our normal routines. One thing that I didn't realize though is that since Christmas snuck up on us we missed out on a lot of our usual traditional activities. Last year we started doing our own fancy Christmas dinner before all the fun with our extended families...didn't have time for that this year. We missed the live nativity because we had sick kids and we missed the Christmas activities at the school and the library because they did them both the Saturday of Ella's big swim meet. Next year I'm planning to stick to my no photo shoots past mid-November a bit better so we can be sure to fit in more of the things we love around this time of year. We did have plenty of other fun though and here are two of those things.
Tuesday, the 18th, Preston's little preschool group had a party. They did a little performance and then watched a Christmas movie while all the moms hung out. It was so fun and I'm so glad that it all worked out in the end. We have a great group!
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when I got there the kids were playing bingo and preston was running around. I told him to come sit and play and he said, "but I already ate all my candies!"
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we were missing Lucy, who was sick, and Ian, who opted out of the photos
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Preston and I went and had lunch with both the girls during the week, Preston and I went to the library (still trying to get my phone to send pictures), and I had two sweet little newborn photo shoots.
Friday was a half day (plus pajama day) and the girls had their baking day with Nana...just in time for the arrival of Mack and Cheryl that night and the beginning of our real Christmas celebrating!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

One BUSY Saturday

Saturday, the 15th, was another crazy Saturday for us.
I left the house with the girls and our first stop was taking Addie to a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese.
Ella and I stayed a bit and then headed over to her little choir performance at a nursing home. It was really cute and much easier to see and hear the kids than at the tree lighting ceremony which was really nice!
Then it was back to pick up Addie and go home for some lunch.
We had about an hour of downtime and then Ella and I were off to her swim meet. It was one of the small ones that are usually over pretty quickly, but it was running behind because the officials were running late from the district finals of the high school teams. The two races for the 8 and unders were the 50 back and the 50 free. Ella did great and improved both of her times from the weekend before.
As soon as she finished her 2nd race we rushed back home where she got showered and ready and then I took the girls off to another birthday party. One of Ella's friends was having a sleepover and she has twin sisters who are in Addie's classes at school. They invited some of the younger siblings over to be part of the fun too (and stay out of the big girls' way).
With the girls partying, Mike, Preston and I headed out to dinner at Hasta la Pasta. And guess what?! You can substitute gluten free noodles or pizza crust in their dishes now! Super fun surprise for me.
I went and picked Addie up around 7pm and Ella at 10pm. Neither was happy to go when I showed up :-)! They had a lot of fun and came home with some fun goodies! Ella pressured me once again to ease up my no sleepover rule, and maybe I am a mean mom, but I'm planning on no sleepovers ever. I just know it scares me when they are younger for one reason and as teenagers for others.
Anyway, I can't believe by this Saturday there will only be a few more days until Christmas!!! Hooray!
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Ella with a couple of her buddies
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Ella during warm-ups
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50 freestyle  (3rd lane from right)
previous best: 53.22
this meet: 50.27 (12th/26)

50 backstroke  (3rd lane from right)
previous best: 1:01.74
this meet: 58.01 (11th/26)