Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Happy Halloween!

We've had a few fun-filled, fast-paced weeks!  Lots of activities between soccer, Young Life, work and gatherings, we've been on the go but having a great time!  The week before Halloween, the kids' school had a carnival and we got dressed up and the boys had a blast.  We played carnival games, Jack got his face painted, and we saw the whole crew of friends from Nana's.  

We carved our pumpkins that weekend as well - 3 this year!  Our big "family" pumpkin was of Darth Vader's melted mask - the boys wanted to represent given the new Star Wars movie will soon be out.  The boys also helped Drew carve their two little pumpkins - Crosby did a face that he drew and Jack wanted the Batman symbol.  Jack was pretty much glued to Drew's side during the carving and would imitate what Drew was doing - he had a little mini me for the afternoon!

The day before Halloween we first went to our church's event that included a glow-in-the-dark puppet show and indoor trick-or-treating with Andy & Hilary's crew and Grammie and Papa.  It was a blast!  The kids loved seeing all of the costumes, the puppet show was cute, and the trick-or-treating had a ton of fun theme rooms to walk through for candy.  It was a hit!  On our way home we swung by Decatur's Halloween Carnival.  The seniors were hosting one this year to earn money for their prom and several of our Young Life kids were working the event. The kids loved munching on popcorn, playing a few carnival games and coloring....they colored for the LONGEST time.  Take a look at Jack's picture below - I'm pretty sure he was channeling all of his "prolong bedtime" concentration that he could, but the boy did a great job coloring his pumpkin and we couldn't leave until it was perfect!

On Halloween day, Crosby had a soccer game in a downpour - he was soaked and both he and Drew needed warm showers the minute they got home!  After he was warmed up our family came over for dinner and our attempt at trick-or-treating.  We got a small break in the rain, but that only lasted for a very brief time!  Even Crosby finally gave up in the downpour and instead we opted for more playing inside the warm and dry house.  The kids still had a blast and due to lack of trick-or-treaters in the rain, we had tons of candy!  Jack insisted on being called "Army Guy Sir Yes Sir Jackson" which cracked me up.  It has been a great October and we are loving this Fall, aside from the fact that at least of of us seems to have a cold/cough at all times. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pumpkin Patch

On Friday we decided to take advantage of the sunny afternoon and we headed down to Carpinito's Pumpkin Patch.  The boys LOVE the pumpkin patch - from the excuse to rock their rain boots to hunting down the perfect pumpkin, they are in little boy paradise!  Grammie and Papa joined us as we searched for our pumpkin picks, and we ran into Andy, Hilary and the kids as well as our good friends the Heritages - so much fun!  We snagged some corn on the cob and kettlecorn while we were there and Crosby HAD to try the fresh roasted corn on the cob and gobbled that down at a ridiculous rate.

We loved the break from the rainy weather and chance to do some exploring.  We've had back-to-back colds here for the past several weeks on top of a CRAZY busy schedule, so this family fun was much appreciated!

Jack is getting far too big, stop growing kiddos!

Papa photobombing the boys with their friend Aden!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


I love October. I love it for many reasons:  getting to turn the heat on inside the house, pumpkin patches, apple cider, "nice" autumn days before the true cold comes in, football, etc...  But my FAVORITE part of October is the Nelson annual Oregon Coast weekend.   The Oregon Coast is one of my favorite places in the world, and getting to spend a long weekend immersed in family and beach time is bliss.  This year the Boston Nelson's couldn't join us, so we definitely missed them and felt a hole without their presence!

The highlight again was the beach - chasing waves (or in Crosby's case - swimming), sand castles, sand dollar hunting, flying the kite.  We also went to Tillamook (always a big hit with my cheesy kids), stopped in Rockaway Beach for some Flamingo Jim's, and went into Seaside several times for the candy store, toy store and arcade.  The boys love this trip as much as we do and every day said that it was the "best. day. ever."  It was so great to spend time with family and the boys can NEVER get enough Grammie and Papa time.  These trips are such special memories and we are so grateful my parents make it all possible!

We can't wait to go back again next year!

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Jackson Drew turned 4!!

We got to celebrate with a family party on Sunday night after the fair, and then again on Tuesday with his preschool class. Jack was spoiled with many presents and lots of love!  He was very excited about turning 4 and being a big boy - he asked me every morning leading up to his birthday "Am I 4 yet?"  My favorite part of his actual birthday may have been when Blaze (from Blaze and the Monster Machines - a TV show) called Jackson to wish him a Happy Birthday (you can sign up to have characters call your kids). He was SO excited, I'm not sure I've ever seen a bigger smile on that boy.  After school on his birthday he got to pick our dinner location and he chose Chick-Fil-A (a boy after Papa's heart) and the boys loved nuggets, shakes, fries and playtime. 

Jack - 4 years ago you made our family complete. You are fun, spunky, full of imagination and giggles. You are my cuddler, my shadow and you love to do whatever your brother is.  You are also big into doing things yourself, and since you've give up naps you still have your 3 year old sass lingering around!  You like to push boundaries but you also love to snuggle up with me and give me kisses.  You keep me on my toes and I couldn't love a 4 year old more!

And Interview with Jackson Drew on his 4th birthday....

What is your favorite color?  Blue, green, red, black and gray

What is your favorite toy? Switch and go dinos and legos

What is your favorite fruit? Oranges and grapes

What is your favorite TV show? Blaze and the Monster Machines

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Peanut butter and nutella sandwich

What is your favorite outfit? Darth Vader sweatshirt

What is your favorite game? Lego city iPad game

What is your favorite snack? Fruities

What is your favorite animal? Tyrannosaurus Rex

What is your favorite song? "We will, we will, rock you!"

What is your favorite book? Marvel Superheroes book

Who is your best friend? Crosby!

What is your favorite cereal? Kix

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run

What is your favorite drink? Apple-grape juice

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

What do you like to take with you to bed at night? Blankie, dream light, doggie stuffed animals

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Waffles

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Chick-Fil-A

What do you want to be when you grow up? A construction worker and a Fireman

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September Shenanigans

We had a very busy, but crazy fun weekend!  Saturday we gathered with all of the Nelsons for the annual Walk to Defeat ALS.  It was great to catch up with family and walk for such a worthy cause that is so dear to our hearts.  

Afterwards we headed back to my parents for a family BBQ and lots of great time together.  We don't get to see all of my extended family very often, so there were lots of fun cousins to play with and the boys had a blast.  In the middle of that, Crosby had his soccer pictures and then his very first soccer game.  He had so much fun and is currently in love with the sport.  He got to be captain for the game and call the coin toss (he won) and he even scored a goal and his team won! It was awesome to see his little team so excited and hugging each other after goals!

Sunday we headed to the Puyallup fair!  It wasn't very busy as it was overcast and during he Seahawks game - but because it was my birthday both Drew and my Dad missed the game for the fun :)  We had a great time checking out animals, the boys loved riding some rides, walking around exhibits and getting some special treats!