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Reno decided to skip winter this year, but just when we’re ready for spring, bring on the snow. We spent some fun weekends throwing snow balls, building snowmen, and backyard sledding. I tell you, little ones all bundled up are the cutest! And, side note, those blue snow pants Holden is wearing were Addie’s when she was 18 months old! You totally get your money’s worth when 4 kids can wear something!

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The kids’ schools had Dr. Seuss day. Addie was Daisy Head Maizie. Beckett was The Lorax. And, since Coen’s “dress like your favorite character” day was the week after Addie and Beckett’s, The Lorax made a second appearance! Mom win, if I ever saw one 🙂 Coen also had crazy sock day. He picked dinosaur leg warmers. His fashion sense is amazing!

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Next up, Mother Son night at Coen’s school. They rented out the Discovery Museum for the evening and the kids could just run free like crazy people for two straight hours. Coen loved the clouds, went fishing, built marble runs, raced cars, slid down the tree slide, basically bounced from room to room like a pinball the whole time. We had to take pizza and cookies to go because he wouldn’t slow down for two seconds to eat dinner. He was a sweaty little mess when we left but so very happy!

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When we switched insurance providers at the beginning of this year, we had to find a new dentist. I was very bummed as our prior dentist was incredible, but they referred us to an equally awesome place with even better prizes and video games in the lobby. All kids did awesome, even Holden. Addie still has two cavities to fill, but otherwise, looking good! Yay!

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St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday this year (with a snow day on Friday) so the kids missed out on green fun. Although the naughty little leprechaun made a huge mess at Coen’s school and the teachers waited for the kids to see it Monday before cleaning it all up. We did our best to celebrate but really, beyond wearing our silly hats, it was pretty much a bust.IMG_3568

We spent the last couple weeks of March gearing up for a fun Easter. We filled more than 2000 eggs with our church group for the most awesome color run meets egg hunt. Addie loved getting cover with color powder. Holden wanted nothing to do with it. Coen gave it a small try but wasn’t really into it. He spent most of the time in my office with Beckett watching the iPad. Regardless, it was a fun day and the kids came home with Halloween amounts of candy. We quickly died eggs at home the day before Easter. Holden really liked it this year. We spent Easter tearing through baskets, then attending a lovely church service, then one of our favorite traditions, brunch at the Donahoes with some of our amazing friends. The Easter bunny brought the kids the cutest, most ridiculous Easter outfits this year, which made me happy 🙂 We finished the day with dinner with Gram and Gramps.

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Addie and Beckett have been doing great things at their school. Each month, their classes have a STEAM project. Addie always does Beckett’s because well, she rocks! One month, he had to build a house or shelter using anything in your home; Addie had to build a model of something we might see in the future. Her city scape had buildings with a pool on top and a giant slide to get to the ground. People get around using hang gliders. The greatest one was a team project in Addie’s class. They had to come up with a recommendation that they want to see incorporated into their new school building next year and present to the board of directors at their school. Addie and her group decided their new school needs to have elevators so children in wheel chairs and moms with strollers can access the second floor. They pulled Beckett out of class to help present their idea. How thoughtful are these little ones? I cried! Are you surprised?  AHi6yuSDT0CtA+hkJGIZGwRNJRSPuRTOykNh6SNKZohgpIJODfk0RDmi7jyhvIAZFg

They also had a school play where the kindergartners through second grade came together to present Hansel and Gretel Eat Right. Addie was selected to play Gretel. Because there were so many kids, she shared the role, but she had a lots of lines throughout and did amazing! Beckett was a part of the compost pile. They were all so cute!

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Soon after, Addie lost her very wiggly front tooth. I was glad it held on until after the play, but now, we’re full steam ahead into the awkward phase. The second top tooth is loose, but probably has a few more weeks to go. She looks like a jack-o-lantern already!

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Next on our list, meeting our beautiful new cousin Emily in California. She’s such a precious little bug, but man, am I glad to not do the infant phase even again. They’re a lot of work! Sweet and snuggly, but so much work. But, don’t get me wrong, I’ll gladly snuggle on anyone’s baby any day.

The cousins had a blast meeting sweet baby E, playing with Haylee, going to the zoo, making chalk people at Nana and Poppy’s, and exploring the creek. We took a quick trip to the park where Holden discovered a new-found love of slides before heading back to Reno.

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The next weekend, Addie performed in another play, this time for her dance academy. She played an A-list party pal and a member of the green team in Pinkalicious. It was such a cute show! If you want to watch it, here’s the link.

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Yesterday, Addie and Beckett started horse lessons again. The other brothers and I tried to entertain ourselves while they practiced. Coen slayed bad guys with rhythmic gymnastic wants. Holden had way too much fun with a pop up toy then stuck foam letters to his face. Good times!

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Before you think our year has just been pet death, I thought I should catch up on posting some of the fun we’ve been having, too! First, birthdays, birthdays, and more birthdays. Way back around New Years, I took Addie and Coen to Addie’s friend Guiliana’s party at the roller rink. Wow, what an experience! Addie started with the walker (roller??) and by the end, was free skating on her own. Coen, on the other hand, was clutching his walker for dear life but loved being pushed around and around and around the rink. He much preferred the video games, though, so we spent the last hour or so playing. By far, pinball was his favorite!

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Next came Jimmy’s birthday. Which, once again, he spent in Las Vegas for work. He came home and we had take out of some sort, probably Super Burrito, then ding dongs. Target doesn’t have a bakery and with two boys in tow, that was my only stop of the day 🙂 Next year, we’ll actually do something special. After all, it will be the big 4-0!

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The next weekend, Jimmy took the too crazies to another party, this time at a rock climbing gym. I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but both had a great time and actually climbed! I guess Coen had a freak out moment and someone had to climb up and retrieve him from pretty high up on the wall. I think coming down and trusting that someone isn’t going to drop me would make me nervous, too!

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We had two birthdays the next weekend, one just for Addie for a friend from school at an arcade. It was so fun! Addie loved the air hockey table and this virtual reality shaky thing. I’m shocked no one lost their cupcakes! The next party was for our buddy, Caleb. He had a train-themed party at this house, but on the way there, Coen spiked a fever and felt pretty miserable. This was the start to weeks of sickies in our house. All but Addie, for some strange reason. Holden had an ear infection and we were sure Beckett had the flu, but surprisingly, he tested negative. Just overall miserable for a few weeks, but we survived!

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Jimmy had a trade show at the Peppermill where this arcade is. Jimmy and Coen had a hair cut before the trade show, so Coen got to tag along with him, and as a treat, Jimmy took Coen to this same arcade (as if collecting all the swag at the trade show wasn’t fun enough for a 3-year-old). Coen thought it was the best place on earth, too, so I imagine we’ll be spending some time at the arcade again very soon!

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At the last minute, we decided to go to a super bowl party at one of Addie’s friends’ house. We experienced some pre-teen girl drama leaving Addie in tears. Totally minor, the older girls were being mean to Addie’s friend, but her feelings were hurt, none the less. Coen fell in love with the play structure and discovered a nerf shooter. Holden climbed up and slid backwards down a toddler slide over and over again, then ran around playing ball with the big boys. Both ended up getting trampled and crying before it was time to go. Regardless, it was a fun half of football!

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Holden had his first unofficial swim session. Usually, swim nights are a trade-off and he doesn’t get to attend. I pick the kids up from school, drop Addie off for dance, take Coen to swim where Jimmy meets us, then I head home with the other two boys and when Jimmy and Coen get home, I pick Addie up from dance. This prevents me from having to bring all 3 boys into swim lessons. This week, however, Jimmy got called in to help move a ton of office furniture at church, so Beckett hung out in my office while Jimmy moved, leaving me to take Coen and Holden to swim. I brought his suit, just in case he wanted to play on the step. He was surprisingly good. Just sat on the edge with his feet in splashing and playing with Maya and Coen. At the very end, Miss Susan took him into the pool with Kaiden. He was pretty OK. Not sure I’m ready to sign him up for lessons yet. I’m using Kaiden as a guide since they’re close to the same age. Once Kaiden starts enjoying it and actually learning something, we’ll put Holden in!

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On to Valentine’s Day! I was never a huge Valentine fan, kind of indifferent to the whole holiday. But oddly, with kids, I think it’s awesome! The loot these three littles came home with, I swear, rivals Halloween! Plus, pinterest makes it way too easy to make cute Valentines for all their friends! I somehow managed to send Coen and Beckett off without snapping their pics, but here are two of my Valentine cuties. Jimmy was in Vegas again 😦

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OK, all caught up to last weekend! Addie has been asking for months now about ear piercing. We told her we’d take her when she was ready. She kept asking if it would hurt and I could tell she was too nervous to want to do it. A couple weeks ago, she seemed committed to the idea. After dance rehearsal last weekend, I picked her up without any brothers, and decided we’d stop by Claire’s in the mall and check it out. I wasn’t convinced she’d actually go through with it, but we’d see what happened when we got there. She was determined. We picked out birth stone earrings. She was practically jumping up and down with excitement. There were a couple people before her. I thought she’d be super nervous, but nope, just pure excitement! Finally, her turn. She hopped up in the chair, clutching their stuffed bear and beaming! The girl called a second person over to do both at once. Right as they were lining the “guns” up, her faced turned to fear, but no tears. She was so brave! And once it was done, so excited to show them off to everyone. Such a big moment for this little girl! They had a buy three get one free sale, so she stocked up on new earrings to wear once she can take these out (the girl says three weeks, but I told Addie 2 months). She picked ice cream cones, cupcakes, narwhals, butterflies, roses, and crosses. I so appreciate her girly-ness in this house full of boys!

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Finally, I’ll leave you with just some sillies, which is pretty much our every day around here. Holden is finding his words and starting to get such funny personality. Never a dull moment in the Gibson house!IMG_3307IMG_3305IMG_3254

 

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And finally, my favorite part of the entire year. Christmas day! We opened presents, ate yummy breakfast, relaxed, cooked, ate more, then fell fast asleep with full bellies and grateful hearts. Amazing.

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We wrapped up the year with a brilliant friends brunch followed by a trip to EDH to spend time with more family! Cheers to 2018!

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Christmas! My favorite time of year! While the beginning of the month was insane this year, once we got in a Christmas grove, it was as magical as always.

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We went caroling with church, my first caroling experience EVER! It was so much fun, even though two of our monkey were acting like monsters. Coen had a birthday party for a friend from school, so was off with Jimmy having fun of his own!

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The kids all had fun last week of school. Coen had Disney dress-up day. Addie and Beckett had first-responders day where a fire truck, helicopter, snow plow, and sheriff truck all came to their school. Then both had holiday pajama parties in their classrooms. Addie had another project with a presentation in front of a panel of judges. This time, it was an invention based on a plant or animal. She made a plant root sucker upper. For those times when you’re super thirsty. It’s a bunch of straws that model the roots of a plant, that help you drink more water quickly. IMG_2924IMG_2923IMG_2922IMG_2903IMG_2905fullsizeoutput_2e1afullsizeoutput_2e18fullsizeoutput_2e17fullsizeoutput_2e19

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After all the school fun, it was AUNTIE TIME!! She came in Saturday and we did our annual Christmas light tour that evening. Sunday, we woke up and had the most amazing Christmas church service ever, followed by a cookies and cocoa party at church. And our dear elf Jolly brought the kids Polar Express tickets, so that evening, we set off to Carson to board the Polar Express! Coen was skeptical until he saw the North Pole, then perked right up. Beckett even seemed to enjoy it. And Holden was acting like he ate way too much sugar all day. Follow that with steak and lobster, and it was in the running for best. day. ever. Addie said a tearful goodbye to Jolly, then we were off to bed so Santa could come.

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Peanutcracker by day, hospital stay by night. Immediately after Addie’s last Peanutcracker performance, Coen had enough of sis getting all the attention and decided to create some drama of his own! Sunday night, he crashed hard after a long day of Addie’s birthday and playing with Haylee. He woke up in the middle of the night breathing funny and a slight fever. He had a random rash for a few days prior, but the dr. said it looked like eczema and wasn’t anything contagious. After Addie’s final show, I dropped her off at my mom’s and picked Coen up to head to the dr. to figure out this terrible day he’d been having. He was a mess, quick, short breaths, and just not well. The dr. gave him a breathing treatment which seemed to help, but then after a second treatment, he sounded much worse. Bring in the oxygen! She decided she wanted him to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. Oh, and by the way, he had to go by ambulance since he was on oxygen. Oh, and did I mention Beckett had botox scheduled at Shriners in Sacramento the following day, so we were planning to head out of town right at that time? I’m a planner by nature, so strategizing what to do with 2 kids and a dog, while trying to dictate to Jimmy what to pack for me to stay at the hospital in Reno with Coen while trying to get him to Sac with Beckett, all while sitting, stuck in the dr.’s office, while waiting for the ambulance to arrive was all a bit too dramatic for my liking. There was no way I could be at the hospital without a car while Jimmy’s in another state, so instead of riding in the ambulance with Coen, I drove behind an looked at his calm little face through the window. Insanity, right?! Everyone was situated, Coen and I hung out at Renown, and by 8pm, he sounded and felt 100 times better. He was negative for flu and RSV, so still no idea what was going on, just some virus of some sort that caused his bronchial passageways to swell. I was sending Jimmy pictures of Coen in his hospital bed while Jimmy was sending me pics of Beckett prepping for botox. That was fun. Let’s not do that again, OK?!

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So, it’s been a solid two months since I’ve posted anything here. This is going take a while. Backing allllll the way up to the beginning of November, I know we already talked about Miss Haylee Rose’s birthday party, but as a gift, we bought her a ticket to Disney on Ice. We gathered two of our little mouseketeers and headed to downtown Sacramento for a magical evening of entertainment. Coen was a little scared of the fire-breathing dragon (personally, I thought it was the best part!), but overall, the kids were amazed.

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Please excuse my lack of transitions, or coherent thoughts, but there’s just so much to post! Did I tell you about Addie’s crazy anxiety this school year? She’s nervous about everything to the point of tears. Her school has these projects they have to do a couple of times a year. Her first project was to invent something that solves a problem. After a couple not-so-doable ideas, we decided she should make a blanket to help her calm down when she felt anxious. Thus, the good-smelling blanket was born! I took my sewing machine out of the box for the first time to make our Halloween costumes (I’ve had it since before Addie was born, I think!). Since I was learning to sew, why couldn’t Addie, too? I had a box of sewing and quilting supplies from my Grom, which had these pre-sewn quilt squares (come to find out, they were extras from a quilt Grom made for Alyssa years ago…so awesome, right?!). We pinned together and Addie sewed all the sections together! Then she concocted a potion of essential oils and water to spray on her quilt.

And, while we’re on the topic, Beckett had his first project, too. Make something useful out of candy. We brainstormed with Addie who decided on a coaster made of twizzlers and pez. While he didn’t exactly make it on his own, he did taste the candy. I’m not sure he was a fan! Each student in his class presented their project and after answering questions, they’d each bring their project to Beckett’s tray so he could get a closer look. One student was on her way to show Beckett, then realized she forgot to answer questions, so turned back to the center of the room, and Beckett let out a yell as if to say, “no, come show me!”.

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Their school also had their first community performance. Each grade prepared some songs to drum along with and sing with their music teacher, Mr. C. They were so darling and Addie even got to present her class with her friend Jaxon.

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We had a super fun afternoon at the theater watching my all-time favorite, Beauty and the Beast, with friends. Meeting the characters after the show is always the most fun for the girls! Then Addie spent a day playing with some old Brookfield friends at Mila’s birthday party. She had a little anxiety, not knowing who would be there, but she ended up having the greatest time!

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Addie had a crazy hair day, in which we had to research style options for days before settling on a flower. Then, we spent way too long perfecting it as the first attempt wasn’t up-to-par for this girl’s standards! I must say, it actually turned out great and stayed in place all day. And, she was happy, so that’s all that really counts, right? Beckett just had is naturally crazy ‘do. Boys aren’t nearly as fun for crazy hair day.

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And, that brings us to Thanksgiving. A last minute change of plans gave us two days of over-eating, one spent with my family in Reno and one with the Gibson gang in EHD. Auntie came to town and we had a delicious dinner Sunday at our house. My super chefs helped prep! Then we spent a couple days in EDH. I promise, no one was killed on the basketball court. Just chalk art taken to a new level! Cousin Bina came prepared with an awesome turkey hat craft for the kids, which we still wear around the house on occasion. And, poor RJ. His days of post-holiday meal floor napping are over. Do not lay on the ground unless you’re prepared to pretend to be a horse. These cousins always have such fun being wild together. IMG_2649IMG_2660IMG_2666IMG_2675IMG_2676IMG_2678

One month down! I know I said I planned to cover it all in one, but there’s so much in December! Stay tuned…

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Oh, shoot! With all the things happening lately, I almost forgot this little gem…Beckett lost his first tooth last week! When we were in EDH for Haylee’s birthday, I noticed his bottom two teeth were beyond wiggly, one just barely hanging in there. A week later, it finally came out! Hooray for gap-tooth smiles!

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