Sunday, April 20, 2014


We attended Easter service last night and then had the opportunity to have a lazy Easter morning at home. We watched some Easter Veggie Tales, checked out our Easter baskets (and then proceeded to play with everything!), ate some Easter jello eggs and celebrated the fact that our savior is RISEN!

This year Crosby seemed to grasp the story a little bit more, and we loved the time we were able to spend talking to him about what Easter REALLY means.  

Here is a bit of Easter morning when the boys got their baskets.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Break

Last week was Spring Break week and we had a BLAST.  As my first true Spring Break (actually getting it off!) as an adult - I loved every second!! The boys and I had a whole week together of relaxing, enjoying the sunshine, fun outings and really doing whatever strikes our fancy.

Monday we took a day to just be. We did yard work, watched Frozen (possibly twice), played games, did laundry and just stuck closed to home.

Tuesday we got together with all of the Nelson cousins down at Greg & Amanda. We has a GREAT time playing together, eating lunch and running around outside.  These kids absolutely love each other and it's so fun to see them all interact!

Wednesday we got to go to Point Defiance Zoo with all of the Nelson crew thanks to Amanda and kids.  The boys were SO excited and loved checking out all the animals, the play area and of course - the sucker at the end of the trip (it's now become a tradition for them to pick out a sucker in the zoo store. Crosby is in love with these things and has now gotten Jack on board.)  There were a ton of animals out and we got to see elephants (up close!), tigers, monkeys, penguins, seals, wolves and more.  The kids were fascinated and talked about it for days afterwards. They also loved the kids play area and got a TON of wiggles out on the slide and running around.  Overall it was a beautiful, sunny day full of adventure and family - the BEST!

Thursday we had a notably less fun morning - the DENTIST.  Jack's first time and he was NOT a fan. I've learned recently that the kid can turn on the water works on demand if need be.  Quite the little actor!  Crosby did good - even got a few x-rays this time.  To celebrate a trip completed we got to go to Target later that night to pick out a small reward.

Friday Drew took the day off and decided to venture to Bellevue. We all love Bellevue Square Mall and we had a blast roaming there again. The boys first stop was the play area, of course. They had a fun climbing together and we loved that it got some energy out (as if you can tell!).  Drew majorly surprised me and took me into the Apple store and got me a new iPhone 5C.  Such a great husband!! My phone had been dying for quite some time, so this was a MAJOR treat!  The boys also got to visit the Lego Store, Disney Store, Tesla store and of course...Auntie Anne's. Crosby's pretzel obsession continues!

Saturday held more fun - yard work, a trip to Lowes, a carwash, maybe a bit more Frozen and a lot of cleaning!

Sunday was church and then Grammie and Papa time! After their week in Arizona the boys were VERY ready to see them and had a great time playing with all of the cousins as well. The weather was amazing and we got lots of trike riding, car driving, t-ball practicing and a HUGE treat - Grammie and Papa bought a bouncy house! The kids loved it and had so much fun bouncing together. I got lots of Seth snuggles - seriously the cutest, chubbiest, happiest little baby around.

Overall it was a very fun week and now we are counting down to Summer break!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Madness

Well, March is officially over and not a single post...EEK!  We have been a bit busy :)

Mid-month the CA Millers came to stay with us for a week.  We had a wonderful time hanging out, exploring some sights and just being together.  Since it was a Miller visit, it also included lots of DONUTS! 

Saturday we got to attend Drew's cousin Nicole's wedding.  Seriously the most gorgeous reception EVER.  We enjoyed seeing lots of family that we don't get to see enough, some adult time and silly pictures. Unfortunately the night ended in a bust - one of our SUV's windows was smashed in an Danette's backpack was stolen.  Not the best end to the evening - we seem to have poor car luck lately!

The boys definitely enjoyed each other - Hayden and Crosby were fast friends and Jack did everything possible to keep up.  Crosby is already asking when we can go visit them next!

The rest of the month has passed in a blur of work, school, allergies, legos and daily life.  Our little guys are getting SO BIG and life is very busy and very full right now!

Monday, February 24, 2014


Here are days 35-52 of 2014.  Highlights: SNOW, seeing the LEGO movie, a trip to IKEA that ended in ice cream and lots of laughter!



An interview with Crosby James on his 5th Birthday...

What is your favorite color? Blue and red

What is your favorite toy? Stickers, colors and LEGOs

What is your favorite fruit? Apples, pears, grapes and oranges

What is your favorite TV show? Superhero Squad and Curious George

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Sandwiches, fruit, soft pretzels with cheese dip

What is your favorite outfit? Costumes - Iron Man and Captain America

What is your favorite game? Angry Bird Starwars, LEGO games on the Xbox or iPad

What is your favorite snack? Apple juice, fishies, crackers and fruity snacks (which is funny, because he VERY rarely will ever drink juice! He also wanted me to put lemon juice?!)

What is your favorite animal? Elephants, giraffes and penguins

What is your favorite song? "Everything is Awesome" from the Lego movie
What is your favorite book? Sticker books, superhero books, Curious George books, Batman books

Who is your best friend? Daddy, Jackson, Mommy, Blakey, Isaiah, Danielle, Aden, Hayden.....

What is your favorite cereal? Kix and Crunch Berries

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play in my sandbox and ride bikes.  I also like to go to the park.

What is your favorite drink? Milk and water

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Halloween and Happy Valentine's Day

What do you like to take with you to bed at night? Blankie, elephant, a book, water, and my iron man stuffed ball
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Toast with cream cheese, and donuts!

What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Donuts!

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Fireman.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Super Jump Party Zone!

Today we celebrated Crosby's 5th Birthday at the Super Jump Party Zone with all of Crosby's friends.  We had a blast bouncing, eating pizza and cake and hanging out with some really fun people.  Crosby was SOOOO sweaty from all of the running and jumping but had an EXCELLENT time.  Even Jack got in on the bouncy house action, which is a first for him as he usually avoids them like crazy,  Not even Jack could resist Uncle Greggy in the bouncy house jumping around like an ape (my highlight of the day). He saw that and just had to be a part of the fun!

Crosby reports that his highlights were opening presents and eating cake :)

Here are the very few pictures we managed to take.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2014 Days 17-34

We've had a lot of fun days lately with these two boys.  I feel like I am getting a preview of what is to come because they often form a duo of destruction.  The boys love to chase, wrestle and generally create havoc, all with huge smiles and lots of laughter (and some growling).  Our days and nights are BUSY, but it is such a wonderful season!!  We are gearing up for Valentine's Day at the end of this week and Crosby's 5th birthday is fast approaching (and to be honest, that is freaking me out a bit, when did he get so old?!).
It truly is a beautiful life...