Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Super Jump Party Zone

This past weekend we celebrated Crosby's 6th birthday!

Crosby requested (begged) that his party be at Super Jump Zone again this year and since they have so much fun there...we caved.  Once again it was a blast!  This was the first year to invite some school friends and somehow all the little 5/6 year old boys from all parts of his life (family, school, church) somehow meshed and they had a ton of fun bouncing, eating, having an air hockey tournament and laughing, a LOT.  Crosby particularly loved the bouncer that had a basketball net and Jack's favorite thing were the little slides.  Overall it was a great success - bouncing, pizza, cake and ice cream and lots of smiles (and a little sweat...).

Happy 6th Birthday Crosby James!  You are so loved!










Monday, February 23, 2015

6!!!

An interview with Crosby James on his 6th Birthday...

What is your favorite color? Red, blue and green

What is your favorite toy? LEGOs, hockey and Batman

What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries

What is your favorite TV show? Star Wars Rebels and Ninjago

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Veggie chips and sandwiches

What is your favorite outfit? Seahawk clothes

What is your favorite game? Batman LEGO video games

What is your favorite snack? Fishies and cheese

What is your favorite animal? Pandas

What is your favorite song? The Hockey game song
 
What is your favorite book? LEGO books

Who is your best friend? Blake, Max, Anthony, Jackson, Daddy, Mommy, Grammie and all my cousins

What is your favorite cereal? The marshmallow kind - Lucky Charms

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride bikes

What is your favorite drink? Milk

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Halloween

What do you like to take with you to bed at night? Blankie and my little panda bear
 
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Toast with cream cheese and yogurt

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Go to McDonalds (Mommy sigh....)

What do you want to be when you grow up? A soccer player

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Busy busy bees

These past few weeks have flown by in a haze of activity.  Swimming, soccer, school events, a crushing Superbowl loss, church events - we've been chugging along.

Here is what the crew has been up to lately:

Crosby - he earned his Self Manager badge last month and I got to attend a special assembly that he was recognized at.  So proud to watch my little guy succeeding!  We also got his "report card" home this week and he is thriving in school. He's at all of his end of the year benchmarks already and continuing to learn more and more. He has over 100 sight words and loving memorizing new things.  He also still has the crafting bug and loves putting together projects and crafts.  We had a LOT of Seahawks "crafts" around the Superbowl!  He also started soccer on Friday nights and he is having a blast! We have decided that Crosby's strength lies in defensive positions - he loves falling back to guard the goal but isn't very aggressive at trying to get the ball away from people. He is my gentle giant (well...most of the time!).  He is also thriving in swimming, he is such a fish!





Jackson - started doing school with Nana during the days.  They are starting to trace the alphabet and learn letter sounds.  He is a little sponge, soaking things up and insisting that he do flashcards right along with his brother (still pronounced brudder...melts me). He loves to mimic his brother (attitude and all) and is big on (thinking he's) calling the shots right now.  He is wanting so desperately to be independent and yet he is still my cuddle bug who wants me by his side at all times - such a walking contradiction!  He is enjoying swimming as well - working on his front and back floats. He still does more playing and flirting than swimming, but hopefully some progress is being made!



Drew and I have both been really busy at work and had a lot going on outside of work as well.  I think we are all ready for a long weekend this weekend - although I think we all are actually ready for Spring break about now!  We got to be outside playing this Sunday a bit and man, it sure was nice to be out together - we can't wait for more sunshine!



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Getting back into the groove

Our New Years was a low key affair.  We spent some fun time together as a family on NY Eve and then got together with the Nelson crew on New Years Day. On the 2nd we went down to the new Bass Pro Shop in Tacoma to check it out.  The boys loved walking around the store - from the big fish tank, to the boats and toys, it's little boy paradise.  We got in a massive line for bowling and got to bowl in their very cool sea life bowling alley.  The boys had a BLAST and we will be back for sure!




January is always a harder month for us - getting back into the swing of work and school after 2 weeks of rest and family time is a rough adjustment for all!  The first week back Jack cried in the mornings when we'd wake him up saying "It's not wake up time, it's sleep time!"  Yes buddy, all of us are feeling that pain!

We have, however, decided to take January by the horns and have jumped into our schedule full force.  Crosby loved getting back to school, has earned his self-manager badge (more to come on that later), earned several recognition cards and it just maturing before our eyes so much.  Jackson has been a little slower to warm up to our routine - but has started "school" time with Nana working on starting to trace letters.  He can do flash cards for the alphabet, colors and shapes, but getting that boy to write something might be a little slower of an effort!


We started the boys back up in swimming lessons on Saturdays.  Crosby just passed another level this week - for this level he had to swim 15 feet of the crawl stroke, start from a back glide and switch halfway into a crawl stroke for the rest of the distance and also jump into the water, immediately get into a back float and then stand up.  This next level starts work on side breathing - crazy!  Jack is more intent on charming his teachers.  He wants to hold their hands, giggle at them and get them to give him toys.  That boy is going to be trouble as a teen!



We also just signed Crosby up for Spring Little League and he starts a Kidz Love Soccer class that starts this Friday.  Crazy!!

Between all of that we've been rooting hard for our Seahawks.  Both boys are Hawks obsessed and Drew has them chanting cheers all of the time.  We can't wait for the big Superbowl game!





Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas day and have been enjoying our time off!  Our morning was very low key - a pajama and lounge around morning - which was right up our alley this year!  The boys could barely be pried away for breakfast.

Mid-day we met up with the Nelson crew at my parents and enjoyed the insanity of 7 grandkids and gift opening.  It was a wonderful day and we had a blast together!  We've still been a bit in recuperation mode and have been mostly laying low since then.  Thankfully we've had a host of new toys, books, games and crafts to make this an easy feat!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas time

After returning from Disney and making it through a final week of school and work (colds in full effect) the boys and I finally reached Christmas break.  Our first day of freedom, the 20th, was also Drew's birthday!  The entire Nelson crew drove down to Chehalis to board the Polar Express that afternoon for a train ride, hot chocolate, caroling and even a train car singing "Happy Birthday!" to Drew (and two kids - I'm sure this is not how he pictured adult birthdays going down...).  The boys had a blast, got a bell from Santa (like in the movie) and had a great time with their cousins.  Unfortunately every family in the Nelson/Miller crew left and developed some ailment.  Strep, fevers, ear infections, you name it - we all took home "presents".  Our family's cold morphed into fevers, body aches, exhaustion and a cold that wouldn't quit.  So our Christmas week plans got scaled back to the minimum and we basically spent the week watching movies and snuggling -which while not a horrible existence was not all that thrilling when your little people are miserable. Thankfully we have been on the mend and are feeling much better!



Our week started with a trip to the Dr.'s office.  Thankful to hear it was just a bug that we were dealing with and no infections!

Finally by Christmas Eve we left quarantine and adventured out for a few needed items (Quite hard to wrap gifts when your tape runs out!)

The boys had VERY little appetite most of the week, so most meals got scraped and we just pumped the liquids. We tried to execute my pinterest idea of snowman pizzas on Christmas Eve, but the boys insisted on no toppings - so they were quite the boring snowmen.  They did get a kick out of eating the heads off though - nothing says Christmas cheer like biting the head off of a snowman, right?

Christmas Eve night we got into jammies early, unwrapped one gift (and the jammies) and all snuggled up for Christmas movies.  Afterwards we snuggled up to read about the REAL Christmas story and celebrate the birth of our Savior!

And of course we left some cookies and milk (and reindeer LOVE apples, did you know? I sure hope they do anyways!)

All ready for Christmas morning!



Friday, December 19, 2014

DISNEYLAND!!!!

I don't even know where to begin.  We had the MOST wonderful trip to Disneyland last week.  I can't even describe how much fun it was to experience the parks with the boys and my parents.  I really had no clue what to expect but the boys and the trip in general exceeded every expectation that I had and will definitely be going back in the future!  And going with Grammie and Papa was wonderful - more hands and eyes to keep track of the boys, the ability to go on some of the bigger rides sans kids, plus everything is just better with grandparents around, right?

I will do another post to come about tips/tricks I learned while there, but I had to share some of our pictures and favorites!


We spent the first 2 days at Disneyland, followed by 2 days at California Adventure and then a final day back at Disneyland.  The Christmas decorations made it so magical!


We got to meet a lot of characters with very little wait.  The boys were a little unsure of them at first, but after meeting a few they warmed up and several characters got hugs by the 2nd day we were in the park.  While Disneyland is NEVER empty, the park was at least at manageable crowds and we rarely waited more than 5-10 minutes for a ride.  Which is helpful because 3 year olds are not known for their patience! :)




Our favorites in Disneyland:
Crosby: Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear, Autopia, Teacups
Jackson: Small World, Pooh's Pots of Honey, Autopia, Peter Pan, Teacups
Drew: Star Tours, Big Thunder Railroad, Indiana Jones, Buzz Lightyear, Pirates of the Caribbean
Stacy: Small World, Teacups, Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear

We all also loved the train and monorail! And they had some very fun displays in Innoventions that we all loved: Iron Man costumes, games, the house of the future, etc...

The boys brought their piggy bank change and wanted to make pressed pennies so we were also on the hunt for those throughout our days - we ended up with quite the collection of Disney pennies and they loved spotting the machines and picking out their favorites.


Small world was one of our favorites this time! Instead of the repetitive song, there were Christmas carols and seasonal decorations everywhere.  It was one of Jack's favorite rides and even Papa agreed to go on it a second time!

 


I think Papa's favorite thing was the turkey legs....and maybe the Dole whips!


Crosby even went on Splash Mountain with Drew - lets just say that will NOT be happening again in the near future!!  Even though we showed him the drop he did not understand how far down that drop was! But I am so proud of him - he is usually very timid about rides but he far exceeded my expectations for what he would ride and what he enjoyed!

Days 3 and 4 were at California Adventure. By far the star was Radiator Springs - Carsland.  The boys LOVED it there and we did those rides a lot!  

Our favorites in Disney California Adventure:
Crosby & Jackson: Toy Story Mania, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, the Spinning Ladybugs, Monster's Inc, Disney Junior Live onstage  (Jackson also LOVED the Little Mermaid ride)
Drew & Stacy: Toy Story Mania, Radiator Spring Racers, Soarin' 


The Pixar Parade at California Adventure was amazing!  We thought the Disneyland Christmas parade was great too, but this one captured our boy's attention in a whole new way. Tons of their favorite characters (they weren't too into the princesses in the Disneyland parade...) and we were in an area with not a huge crowd (and only on one side of the street) so the boys got a lot of attention and interaction from everyone in the parade.  




Our final day at Disneyland was bitter sweet - on one hand we were pretty worn out from the constant activity and late nights (the boys even made it to fireworks one night!) but on the other we didn't want the magic to end!


Great memories, great time with the boys and Grammie and Papa, and too much fun to put into words!  This picture pretty much sums up our time....