Friday, February 24, 2017

thanksgiving fun

Over the river and through the ocean woods... Ha!  This girl's got her fin on and she's ready for Thanksgiving break!  Usually we have Thanksgiving at our house, but since we live farther away now, and we had to head to Craig's family the day after, we decided to leave a little early and spend a couple nights with Ga Ga and Papa for Thanksgiving this year.  
I had a little talk with them because Papa loves this tradition of getting the turkey prepared the night before with the kids and last year they got in a huge fight about who's turn it was and they couldn't reach it, etc... so this is what they did when I warned them about not fighting!  Ha!
Eeewwwwwww! (says Kerigan!)
This year went much better than last!  #peptalkshelp
They're thinking, are we really going to eat this thing!?
Then Ga Ga had this neat idea- she bought a special tree for her basement just for the kids to decorate with all of our old ornaments, mostly mine when I was little, and ones given to us by my grandma.
It was so fun to look through the box of each one and it brought back so many memories!  The kids loved it too.
Love these memories!
On Thanksgiving Day we went to Moana- it was so fun and a great movie!
This is the cutest little story- Papa, Ga Ga and Andrew have this special thing about rocks.  They all love them.  Ga Ga has collected rocks her whole life from every vacation she's been on.  They have gotten Andrew into this and he has had his eye on this rock at the park across the street at their house forever.
He always works so hard to try to get it out and he never can.  He and Papa have worked on it for over a year every time he comes over.

So finally we decided to get the shovel, get Daddy out there and dig the sucker out!  Can you tell how excited Andrew is??  Ha!
He could not have been more thrilled.
We figured this was probably not something we were supposed to do- but oh well!  We filled the hole back up!  We didn't realize quite how big or heavy it was, but we managed to get it back to the van and it's now gracing our landscaping.  Andrew will never forget where that rock came from! #pleasedontturnusin
When we got back from the movie, the turkey was ready!
The kids always say a Thanksgiving prayer.  I wish I had recordings of them over the years, they are always so sweet and they thank Jesus for everything!
Sweet girl, she was so proud of her prayer.
Ga Ga's silly girl!
Andrew loves the wishbone!
Then this fun game happened.
We laughed and laughed until our tummies hurt.
All of us got in on the fun!
How many grandma's do you know that would participate in such silliness!?  We have the best!
Sweet girl- she barely fit the mouth piece in her little mouth, but she rocked it!
We couldn't forget Daddy!  Craig is super sarcastic and makes a lot of subtle jokes, then mainly just watches us laugh at them.  It takes a lot to get him to really crack up.  This did it!  He was laughing so hard he couldn't even say the phrase!
This little series of Andrew listening and laughing at Ga Ga crack me up!

He thinks Ga Ga is pretty hilarious.  Ha!  

And that wraps up our Thanksgiving!  The next day we headed to Craig's family to kickoff Christmas!  Update coming soon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

holiday kickoff

Daddy's team made it to the state championship game so the kids and I headed out to the dome to watch the game!  It was so exciting!
This was probably one of the coldest nights of the winter so we were so glad it was 78 degrees inside the dome!
The kids cousins met up with us at the game too!  So that boosts things up a bit!
They were so excited!
Silly selfie with my girl!
Go daddy!  Unfortunately, they lost, but 2nd in the state isn't too shabby!
I loved this candid of Craig and his brother chillin on the field discussing sports. :)
Group shot!  I could not get Andrew to cooperate.  He was too excited because Jayden was coming home with us to spend the night!
So proud of our guy!
The next day we headed back to our old town to join friends for the annual Holiday Stroll!  Since we had Jayden, Evie and Aunt Rachel came to meet us to pick him up.
It was so fun connecting with our old pals!  And Rudolph!
They had a little gingerbread house that the kids could decorate with ribbons, bows, candy, etc.  I wish we could've seen it at the end of the night!
Then we went inside another store to decorate cookies and have hot chocolate!
Love the fire in the background- why does it make it seem cozier, even though it's just a TV?
While we were waiting to ride the carriage, Craig went and got a bucket of donuts and started passing them out!  Ha ha.  He must've been hungry!
We always love taking a carriage ride!
Andrew and his best buddy/cousin
The best family picture we could get on a moving carriage with a silly son!  Ha!
Of course we couldn't leave without seeing Santa!
I love this picture.
Andrew writing his letter asking for none other than Skylanders.
Then we met up with more friends for dinner at our old favorite- Zenos!  Oh how we've missed you Zenos.
We stayed overnight with Angie and Chad so we wouldn't have to drive back so late and these two crashed first!  Ha!
Then this was so sweet- the next morning we were talking to them about Andrew's upcoming Rock museum his class was having.  Chad is a science teacher and rocks are kind of his thing!  So he ran up to the high school and brought Andrew back a collection of special rocks, complete with a description of each, for Andrew to take to school!  It was so awesome.
On the way home the next day- you'd think she'd just had a sleepover the night before or something?  Ha!
All dressed up for a 2-day Thanksgiving week at school!
The last day of school before Thanksgiving break here is Andrew at his rock museum.  He was so proud!
I loved how he wrote "I got it from my dad's best friend."  So sweet.
Andrew and his buddy, Jack.
Since I was there visiting the museum I went down to Kindergarten to get my girl so she could see the museum too!
Love these two!
Of course I had to spend a little time with her back in class too!
And she loves it when I come out to the playground with her for recess!
And why not throw another sleepover into the short week!  When there's no school on Wednesday, Tuesday sleepovers are the best!  These two are inseparable.  #likesisters

Bring on Thanksgiving Break!

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