Friday, December 15, 2017

Backyard Adventures and matching Christmas pajamas.

Kley had tax school in Des Moines for some CLE (continuing legal education) credits, so we tagged along to for some Christmas fun in Des Moines! My parents live there, so it was a perfect trip to go along with. (Thankfully, Kley's "travel" for work is almost always local enough to just be a day trip though. Very grateful for that!) 

We got to see my brother/SIL and take the girls to see their house for the first time, and I got to help in her classroom one morning (she's a 4th grade teacher at the school I used to teach at when we lived in Des Moines), which was very fun! I got to say hi to some old coworkers too. We also had a play date with some friends, and got together with Kley's sister/BIL too- we went out to eat and watched the old Rudolph and it was so cute to watch our girls cuddle up to them. Elizabeth got a picture of Lucy leaning her head on Brett's shoulder and it's the cutest thing.

One morning, my mom and I took the girls to Backyard Adventures, which is like a showroom for all their playground sets they are selling, but they open it up for free play, so Norah had a blast exploring all the playgrounds. 

(Again, still having some issues with blurriness on my camera. I'm so technologically inept and I just haven't had the time to have my husband help me fix it. Oops.)

And...I got the girls matching Christmas pajamas. Super cute! (And my mom got them those adorable My First Christmas dolls.)

Lucy is the more adventurous one, and this is the second time she's scraped up her nose. Poor baby. She tried to pull herself up on the trash can that I had just emptied, so it was too light and it fell over on top of her.

Poor Lucy was also smushed. 

And sorry again, Lucy, that you just kept getting more and more squished.

Love my girls!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Living up the last of the warmth.

We had some unseasonably warm days early this December, so we tried to make it outside several times before it got really cold. These pictures are from our last park day of the year. As I'm typing this, it's much colder- looking forward to Christmas and all the festivities, but sad that it's going to be too cold to go outside for the foreseeable future. (I'm also having some weird issues with my camera randomly taking blurry pictures, so sorry some don't have the best clarity.)

Norah loves her new scooter she got for her birthday!

I wish this picture was clear, because I love it. My three girls and their pom-pom hats. 

Love her little smile!

I have such fond memories of going to the park often by the house I grew up in, and I hope our girls look back on this park by our house with the same kind of memories.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Disney on Ice with Norah.

As one of Norah's birthday presents, we got her tickets to Disney on Ice over Thanksgiving weekend. It worked out great because we were in Des Moines already and my parents watched Lucy and Ellory. As we were talking about it, I was surprised on how much she understood, because it wasn't a physical gift to open, but when she would see any princess she would talk about seeing them at Disney on Ice and she was excited. She originally thought it was just a special movie she was going to get to watch in the van on the way to Des Moines, but we tried to explain to her the concept of a show.

The day finally came and it was awesome! It was special for Kley and I to be able to do something one on one with her, and it was so fun to watch the awe in her eyes.

Beauty and the Beast's Be Our Guest song.

Mickey and Minnie were the announcers.

Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid.

We forked over the money for an outrageously priced light up wand, but it was totally worth it, as this is a special thing that we don't normally do. She didn't ask for anything, but we let her pick out something she wanted and she was excited! Sometimes it's so special to surprise your kids with something fun and unexpected.

I really love this picture. :)


And Norah's favorite part at the end- Frozen!

Norah is a big Frozen fan,

The end when everyone came out together.

It was a super fun outing with our oldest gal! I will always look back on this day with fond memories. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017.

I was very sad to realize halfway through our car ride to Des Moines that I forgot my camera, so Thanksgiving 2017 is captured through my phone. Oh well. 

We had a great Thanksgiving! We spent it in Des Moines with my family, and all my siblings were able to be there, so it was a special time with family. Breakfast was filled with cinnamon rolls and donuts (not on the same day, ha) and Norah definitely got on board with that. :)

Breakfast crew.

Watching the parade. (Norah watched a couple floats, but then wasn't too interested. I hoped she would love it more, but oh well. She was too busy playing.)

Grandma got Norah this amazing, giant Minnie light up cup, and of course she loves it.

Lucy and Ellory were very entertained with many people to hold/play with them and by all of grandma and grandpa's toys! Savings all of our toys from when we were little is totally paying off- they love them and it's so nice that there's lots of toys when we go visit!

Had to get one more wear out of their pumpkin outfits before Christmas festivities.

"I must take every toy out of the buckets individually and put it in my mouth to check if it tastes good." Guess what? They all tasted good. :)

They are loving their baby food!

Thanksgiving dinner. It was delayed because Black Friday shopping for new iphones took longer than anticipated, but dinner was had and the phones were got (not for me, but for others), and it was a fun day with family! Love this picture!

Trying to take a family picture. I took one with Lucy and Ellory while Kley was trying to convince Norah to be in the photo.

Clearly, it didn't work very well. This was the best family shot we got- finger in the corner and Norah squirming.

Norah didn't want to be picked up and said she just wanted to look through the poles. :) She's also chewing on a piece of rubber jelly from the play food bin that looks surprisingly realistic.

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for many things, but thankful for our three healthy, happy girls and for where we are at. It was and is an adjustment going from 1 to 3 and the first few months were a whirlwind, but we are thankful for the busy fun we have and to feel like we're in a new normal. Parenthood is an amazing responsibility and blessing!