Thursday, February 13, 2014

Family Push-ups March 2013

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Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day...the holiday centered around heart-shaped food. :)

Heart-shaped brown sugar muffins for breakfast.


The boys after going to the dollar store to pick out balloons with the dollars Grammy sent in their Valentines.

Making sugar cookies for Dad.


We had heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's for dinner and called it a day. Can you tell the way to my heart is through food? :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring 2013

Backyard play, early March 2013
We had a great backyard in Lexington (nice and flat and fenced in). The boys loved it when it was warm enough to run and play outside.

 Not outside but a sweet picture.











Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rewind: Swimming Lessons

I finally signed Greg up for swimming lessons for the first time in January 2013. I just love the YMCA; I can't remember how much it cost, but it was next to nothing. The sessions were 3 times a week for 4 weeks. He did 3 sessions and passed the "Pike" class the final session. He loved it! He especially liked swimming with his "power pack" (floatation device with a piece of foam on front and back).

Brighton got so excited about Greg taking swimming lessons that I signed him up for a mom and me class the second session. It was really fun! Brighton's favorite thing was jumping in. What made it even more fun was Lyndsey Skanchy and James signed up for the same class. We had a great time. The third session, I signed Brighton up for the toddler class. He had a really hard time with it, but I'm sure he would have really caught on if we would have been able to keep doing more sessions. I didn't get any pictures of Brighton. I was very close to my due date and VERY uncomfortable by that point, so it was pretty amazing that I even got him to the swimming pool for every lesson. I had Evan when they had a week left, so Lynne took them to the remainder of the lessons.

 The little boy on the far right was in Greg's class all three sessions, so it was kind of fun to talk with and get to know his nanny. She was really sweet.

 With his teacher Miss Darlene. His teacher the other sessions was Miss Sammi.



Totally freaked out in the little boat. Check out that death grip.

Rewind: More Snow

Snow from January 2013










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Greg enjoys the cold a bit more than Brighton. :) Poor kid, we didn't even have any warm gloves, snow boots, or snow pants for him.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Rewind: Christmas 2012

Noel had a nice long break for Christmas. Unfortunately he was sick, really sick, almost the entire "nice long break." He did manage to make the boys a firetruck bunk bed in the garage, even though it was really cold. I think it turned out to be a bigger project than he anticipated, but he got it all finished and it looked great. He's such a good dad. 

 He also managed to get some reading in. :)

 The boys before church. This wasn't in December, but it was too cute of a picture not to include in our book.


A few days before Christmas, Lexington got a pretty good snow storm (3 or so inches). 
 Brighton does not like to be cold, so he was a little hesitant.



Greg, on the other hand, loves the snow and was gung-ho about playing in it.

Christmas Eve, we went to the Bylund's house for a fondue dinner. Yvonne Allen was there also, as well as Jon's parents (Pam and Bob). We sure miss the Bylunds!
Here is a picture of the crew (stolen from the Bylund's blog): 


Acting out the nativity. BFFs, Ashley and Greg, were Mary and Joseph.

Christmas morning. The kids were way spoiled.


 The best picture we could get of them in front of the tree. :)



After opening presents, we had the Bensons (Curtis, Gail, and Dezh) over for brunch. Good food, good company.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rewind: Picking out the Christmas Tree

While Lynne and Gordon were visiting in early December, we all headed to Barkers Tree Farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree.






Rewind: Gatlinburg

Back in December...It was our first Christmas not traveling to see family for the holidays. We were really sad to not see family, so we decided that we needed to do some fun stuff close to Lexington. After Noel finished school for the semester, we went to Gatlinburg with Chad and Ashley Jackson. We just love the Jacksons! They are so much fun. We especially like playing games with them and trying out new restaurants. 

We rented a cabin for really cheap since it was the off season. It was nice and spacious! It had 3 bedrooms, a pool table, arcade game, and a nice kitchen. 


We all drove down after church on Sunday, then on Monday we went to this indoor water park. It was really overpriced and a bit underwhelming for the adults, but the kids had fun. It had a lazy river that Greg and Brighton loved walking; they wouldn't float on the tubes. The temperature of the water was great, but the air temperature was freezing. There were all these parents in jackets wading around with their kids. We kept getting the kids out and wrapped them up in towels to try and warm them up. Brighton wouldn't get out and had the blue lips to prove it.

The next day, we went to Obergatlinburg. We started off by riding a aerial tram up the mountain. 

Greg, Brighton, and Hailey on the tram

Brighton wanted to be carried everywhere.

Noel and Greg and Chad and Hailey went on the alpine slide.

I can't figure out how to rotate this picture. :)

The kids went on this little train it seemed like 50 times. They loved it! There were no other kids, so the ride operator just let our kids keep going around. When he slowed the train down, Brighton yelled, "Noooo!" Crazy kid.


Playing in the fountain before we went to lunch at Bubba Gumps.

Greg and Noel at the very top of the mountain. They were just a bit cold.

Riding the carousel.

At night, we played games ("Pandemic" and "Ticket to Ride"), talked, and ate lots of treats. One of the nights, Noel wasn't feeling well so he went to bed early. There were two doors into our room, one was through the bathroom. When I went down to go to bed, both doors were locked. I knocked on the doors. Ashley and I called Noel's cell phone a bunch of times, and he still didn't wake up. It was really funny. I ended up sleeping in my clothes with Greg.


The Jacksons: Hailey, Chad, Lyla, and Ashley