Friday, May 18, 2018

Christmas Eve 2017

24th - Seattle Christmas Eve Morning. Elevator riding. (We got in trouble for letting the kids ride them up and down.) Gingerbread viewing. Donut eating. The Gum Wall. Lighting the Christmas Eve candle. Family Picture. The Greatest Showman - Tuff and his sidekick - Coal. Opening our Christmas Jammies!! Mama & Dada & our littlest peanut.







2017 December

9th - Decorate the tree day. It was Jasper's year to put the star on top.
11th - Coal's first haircut!
12th - Youth Group Christmas party. Kivi goes bold as an elf.
13th - Little brothers wrestle on the wood floor. Sweet sleeping Flinty. Dress up like a Bible character at Awana - Pella was a dove. 
15th - Dada and Mama as Dwight and Michael Scott as Jesus for Uncle Kookie and Buggy's Christmas Office Trivia Party. Dada "Dwight" WINS!!
16th - Our own showing of Star Wars! And later that night Coal takes his first steps at only...
21 months!!
17th - Family Christmas Movie Night on our new big softy carpet!!!
18th - Fake Snow Play
20th - Making the gingerbread Bethlehem
and Our Family Christmas Pageant at LC3!
21st - Gingerbread Party! All the mamas left to go get leftovers from the food bank and the kids all lined up when we got back and cheered! Ha!
22nd - Babies under the tree.
23rd - The two littlest. & Plumbing is easier with a helper.

Christmas Tree Hunt 2017

Mama's side of the family all spent the night after the duo birthday and we all went to Clyde 'n Dale's to find our Christmas tree. We were going to go to our favorite Family Farm, but they ran out of trees! This place was good too, it had a horse drawn wagon that we rode out to get our trees and free apple cider. Three other families friends were there too!
The whole gang. (Coal is on Dada's back.)
Berg and Opal finding our tree.
Helping Mimi.
We found it! Everyone tossed their hat on this tree, so this is the one.
Strong man pic.
The sexiest, strong man. (That's the tree dripping all over his face, not sweat.)
Sisters and babies.
Funnel cake, too!
Time to take the tree to the car - climb on for a free ride!
On the way home we stopped at Mima Mounds. Coal and Mimi slept right through it. We had fun finding our own mounds and jumping off things.

The nakey cousin picture.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pella & Tuff's Pancakes and Pajamas Party!

We originally planned the Big Breakfast Bash to be on November 11th, but we had just had Baby Flint on the 7th! So...we changed it to December 2nd. Which was actually just about a week after their birthdays instead of before.
We made the cakes. Pella wanted pancakes and Tuff got eggs and bacon!
Dada was ready with the Omelet Bar and the make your own pancake creation griddles with three different batters was hot. (Wait! I'm just now realizing that Dada didn't wear pajamas! - What?)
Nonnie had come a little early to help us get everything prepped and the kids ate a first breakfast before everyone started arriving. Before their big day, Dada took Pella and Tuff to go buy them some brand new jammies. Tuff picked out truck jammies and Pella found Pikachu ones to match her biggest brother!

Pella's great breakfast idea - Donut cake balls. Which was actually so much easier than regular cake balls because you just use already made donut holes! Mama made Tuff three whale pancakes during the course of the party! You could make whatever shape you wanted with the batter in squeeze bottles, but Tuff just wanted the whales.
Grandparent corner. Grandma had recently had surgery, but they were able to come and so did Mimi. And Flint is fast asleep.
Breakfast time! This part actually took up most of the party- eating, making fun pancakes and omelets and more eating! That might be Tuff and Pella's favorite thing to do anyway.
We played a flip the pancake onto the target game which we called "Pancake Flop". It was actually a pretty hard game! We even had an adult round.
The group photo!!
Singing to our 6 and 3 year olds!
Morning Cake!
Then it was present time and everyone went home, because our church's Christmas Women's Tea was that afternoon and Nonnie had decorated a table for us!

Pella, you are such a bright light to our family! You are a caring, loving, joyful girl who is helpful and sweet and cuddly. I love to see you taking care of your little brothers and helping around the house. You love to be a servant, you clean and paint and play with babies. This is your first year officially doing school - with your own list and you are amazing! You are already a great reader. You are in Sparks at Awana and are flying through your book memorizing God's Word. You have so many friends and are a pleasure to be around. We love you so much! We pray that you will always live life to the fullest for Jesus, Chuggy Lu! Happy 6th Birthday!

Tuff our Man of the Hour - every hour, every minute! You are a live, full energy, ball of fire, non-stop show! You make us roll on the floor laugh out loud all the time! You have some amazing dance moves, faces, phrases, poses and ways you do just about everything. Sometimes you're a handful, but you make life exciting indeed. You are always performing! You love to play guitar, dance, watch shows (maybe you like that a little too much) play with your brothers and sisters and "help" them. You love to do whatever the big kids do, but you like to call yourself one of the babies. You are a great big brother to Coaly and kiss him all the time. You are still learning how to sit still - one day! You did amazing this year at potty training and were determined to master it so you could go to Cubbies even though you were only two! We are so excited to see how you are going to use your bigger than life personality to glorify God! We love you, Tuffy! Happy 3rd Birthday!