Our Valentine's Day was pretty laid back this year. The kids all enjoyed their parties at school. I don't know what it is about store bought valentines that make them so excited but they all three love them! And they also consumed enough sugar that day to last the rest of the year!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Last Wednesday night was our annual AWANAs derby race at church. Parker, Eden and Lily were all excited about racing their cars. Eden and Lily aren't old enough to race real derby cars yet but got to choose a Matchbox car to race. They both chose Holly Shiftwell (a character from the Cars 2 movie) and got to "race" their cars several times with the other Cubbies.
Eden was learning about the letter 'P' last week at preschool and couldn't wait for her pajama picnic on Wednesday. She was even more excited when I told her that Lily and Aubrey were going to get to come to the picnic too!
Monday, February 10, 2014
At the end of January, we hosted a bridal shower at my house for Aunt MerMer.
The girls were so excited when they found out they were going to get to come to it!
We got to meet Craig's mom, sister and niece for the first time at the shower. They were very nice and our girls really enjoyed playing with his niece, Tatum, who is the same age as Addison.
It was great to celebrate Meredith during this special time in her life. We can't wait for the wedding that is now less than three weeks away!!
Friday, February 7, 2014
Last weekend we went on our annual ski trip with the Ranelles to Beaver Creek. I'm not sure where to even start sharing about this trip other than to say that we probably should have just stayed home and never even boarded the plane on Wednesday! It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong on the trip did go wrong.
It all started when we realized that Cory's luggage (with all of his ski clothes, regular clothes, and MS medical supplies) never made it onto the plane in DFW. We tried to make the best of it, especially after they assured us that they would deliver it to us the next day. The airlines gave us $200 for our troubles, so our first stops after we ate dinner were Walgreens for a few toiletries/medical supplies and Sports Authority for some gloves.
We also learned shortly after landing that the earlier flight coming into Eagle/Vail that Lynn (Dr. Ranelle's wife) was on had been delayed two hours because the flight attendant had a heart attack during boarding. Just one more reason why we should have turned right back around and headed home!
The first 15 minutes of the 3 hour tour were great! And then the extreme snow conditions came into play and our fun level started dropping. There were no trails due to all the new snowfall so our guide was making the trails and we had to follow exactly in his trail or our snowmobile would fall over. Needless to say, we turned our machine over three times in the first 30 minutes. One of these times, my leg got pinned under the snowmobile and I couldn't move until Cory and a couple other girls lifted it off of me. I know that we had some of the most extreme conditions that they only see a few days during the entire winter, but that plus several other things that happened during the tour made me never want to get on another snowmobile again. Our tour was full of adventure but it was definitely not what either one of us expected for our fun day out!
And for those of you who are wondering if Cory ever got his luggage... this is what was waiting on us when we got back from dinner on the last night:
Our trip was not what we had planned, but as always, we are so grateful to the Ranelles for hosting us at their beautiful home in Beaver Creek. Their hospitality is greatly appreciated! Even though it was nice to get away for a few days, I don't think I have ever been more thankful to get back home to my sweet kiddos. There was definitely a lot of snuggling on the couch after we got home on Sunday!
I realized recently that the last time I posted was on New Year's Day. January completely got away from me and we are now almost done with the first week of February. How on earth did that happen?
I am so thankful that our January was low key and that we were able to enjoy a few weeks of quiet after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We spent a lot of time playing with cousins and just hanging out at home. We had a few really nice days where the kids were able to go outside and play (one of the best parts about living in Texas in January).