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I just downloaded our Photo Pass pics, so bonus post 🙂 Plus, Coen’s face on Splash Mountain is awesome!8869801488697835886981698869814926E67omCSHe+etM2zWW+GA8875702988846012

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We’ve been trying to plan a Disney trip for two years now. Over the summer, I found an awesome house right by the park and we decided to make it happen! A couple weeks ago, Addie got invited to her classmate’s sleepover birthday party. She was super excited about it, and though it was Friday night before we planned to leave on our trip, we made it happen! I dropped her off after school on Friday and spent the whole night packing while she spent the whole night at Build-A-Bear, stuffing her face with pizza and pizookies at BJ’s, and having pillow fights with her friends.

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My parents and Alyssa flew to LA Saturday morning while our party of 6 crammed everything we could into our car, swung by Addie’s friend’s house to grab her, and drove to Anaheim. After a detour through Tahoe thanks to the freeway between Reno and Carson being closed, and an hour stop in Bishop to play at a park, we finally made it by 7 pm. Sunday morning, bright and early, we made our way to Disneyland! Let me just say, Disney at Christmas is beyond magical! Listening to Christmas music while strolling through the park is pretty much the best thing ever. It just happened to be Mickey’s 90th birthday, so was pretty dang crowded, but thanks to disability access and fast passes, we hardly waited in any lines all day.

Our first ride was Pirates. Not sure it was the best decision as it was Holden’s first ride ever. He did pretty great despite shaking during the scary and fast parts. Coen was all fired up for fast rides and roller coasters, but backed out of most of that the first day. His first go on the tea cups, he wouldn’t even let Auntie and Addie spin. The second day, he went on the Goofy roller coaster at California Adventure and the swinging car on the ferris wheel. We ended the night with the Cars ride. By the second Disney day, he did Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. Every time he’d get off a ride, he’d jump up and down and yell “that was awesome!”. He was the best to sit with!!

Holden’s favorite thing was this tiny slide in Toon Town. Between that and the random bubbles throughout the park, he was perfectly content. He liked going “up and down” on Dumbo with Gramps and I think he had a good time on the carousel. Donald Duck terrified him but he eventually warmed to the characters and actually took a picture with Pluto and gave Mickey a hug. Despite hardly any naps, he did amazingly well.

We stayed at the most awesome house, just a short walk away from Downtown Disney. It had 4 themed bedrooms with giant Disney murals on the walls, a huge spa in the backyard, a giant sunroom plus garage converted into a bonus room with a big TV and pool table. It was perfect for 9 people. Lots of space for everyone, even my insanely loud children!

Speaking of insanely loud children, we spent a couple hours visiting my friend Gina. Three of my kids with two of hers (sweet Khloey went to bed, she takes no blame for the craziness!) were possibly the loudest things I’ve ever heard! And they loved every second of playing with each other. If only LA weren’t so far away!

We had a nice little Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday before packing up and heading to EDH Thursday morning.

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Jimmy’s brother Fred and his family were in EDH for Thanksgiving. They live in Mass. so the kids have never met their cousins, DJ and Halle. The had a great time playing together, even if it was only for a few hours. They flew back early this morning. My kids got to have a sleepover with Haylee though, so were pretty excited about that. Tomorrow we head home just in time for Addie’s dress rehearsal for Peanutcracker. Her first show is Friday! So much fun spending time with our families and so ready for the excitement of the Christmas season ahead!

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Huge Thanksgiving vacation update coming, but before we go there, a little randomness from November.

When my Grom passed away (10 days after Addie was born), my Aunt Lysse found an unfinished quilt while cleaning out Grom’s condo. She assumed Grom was making it for Addie but didn’t have the chance to finish it. She shipped it up to me and I’ve been storing the bag in Addie’s closet from move to move for the past 7.5 years. Over the summer, I finally opened the bag to see what I was dealing with. It was nearly complete and I felt like a big dummy for not looking at it sooner. So, I brought it to our awesome quilting ladies at church and they stuffed it, sewed it up, and hand-tied it for me. Isn’t it beautiful? Addie loves it!!

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A couple weekends back, Coen went to a birthday party for a friend at his new school. I really only know a couple parents at this new place, so it was nice to meet some people and learn kids names, finally. I’m terrible with this poor middle child. It was at a new place in Reno called Urban Air and it was awesome! He spent the first 10 minutes throwing himself halfway up a giant mountain then rolling down. He soon learned how to climb up the rope and slide down from the top. Then, he had the confidence to move on to bigger trampolines, foam pits, and barely tested out the obstacle course/ball pit. I can’t wait to go play there myself! This party was for his “best friend” Hunter. Well, now he says Hunter is his old friend and he now has new best friends. Not sure what to say about that, but it sure was a great party! 9pI3lVB6TEqAR8D7vzixIQCGDNW7UURvq4zvWt942eeg

We had conferences from Addie and Beckett. Both have awesome teachers this year. Holden got to sit in Addie’s chair while we learned about her class. Jimmy went to Beckett’s class since it was all at the same time. Addie wrote us a note and drew a picture. Beckett’s aide McKenna made the cut, too! Then she critiqued herself! Such a perfectionist. ouNej%vQRDuef5CafSAr3gcoVFbGimR5Ks4I26JkFutQXp1xoGFAQx2dvbYg+WGIVgGg3FZlEFTAOB1Pamb2n09w

I feel like I may have already posted this but Coen finished out fall ball at the end of October. He had such a good time and dang, he’s such a cutie in his little uniform!ht+v+irWR9u3TRsyUGKMuwYebzUXyuRye41FMRFjtXgQ7Bp6t0XmSGOojv0ARV7ZWg

Holden, Coen, and I spent a day at the park after early voting and checking some books out at the library. It’s right down the street from Addie and Beckett’s school. By the time I drive home or to my office, I have to leave an hour later, so library and park dates are just easier sometimes! Coen made friends with every kid there and Holden finally likes swinging.

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Nearly every night, Coen ends up in our bed. He usually claims to have a nightmare. However, he’s admitted to pretending to have a nightmare just to snuggle in our bed. So, there’s that. Since the time change, Holden thinks he can wake up at 5. If the sun’s not up, our kids are not allowed to be up, so with a little convincing, we tell him it’s still night time and go back to sleep. When that doesn’t work, he gets to snuggle in our bed, too. And, if we’re really lucky, this happens!

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And then there’s this. Holden LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He watches it on the iPad at my office every day. When he’s the only kid at home, he even gets to watch it on the big TV and recline in Beckett’s chair.

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OK, I think that does it for the random photos. I promise the next post will be more complete thoughts 🙂

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Gibson monsters were in full force this year for Halloween. Addie decided she wanted to be “something scary”. Mavis’ black hair and lipstick were enough to convince her that Hotel Transylvania was a good choice. Coen was going to be Johnny, but somehow we switched at the last minute to Dracula, so Beckett went as Johnny instead. Holden was the cutest little Dennis though out of context, he was mistaken for Carrot Top. Jimmy was Frankenstein and I was Eunice. We “decorated” a trunk this year for our church’s Trunk or Treat. I had to make a box a few weeks prior for candy donations, so just decided to snag it for our trunk once we separated out all the candy bins. Addie and Josie cut out all the bats and stuck them to my car. It was by far the least effort put in to any of the trunks, but it was really nice to have a “home base” for the kids for the event. And when the sun went down, they just hung out inside the car eating candy. Perfection! On Halloween night, we drove to the community across the street and met up with Coen’s baseball buddy. Two hours, four overflowing buckets of candy, four exhausted children, very minimal planning. All in all, a great way to spend another Halloween!

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OK, seriously, I haven’t even posted about the kids’ first day of school yet? Ridiculous! Taking it waaaaay back to after Labor Day, Addie and Beckett started 1st and 2nd grade at their amazing school. Addie teacher is new this year, and so far, love her! Beckett had Addie’s teacher from last year, so we already knew she’d be awesome. The parents and PTO planned a welcome line the first morning where they had signs and cheered on all the kids as they came in to school. Beckett’s fabulous OT and his friend Brielle wheeled him through the line! Luckily, my friend caught this perfect photo of the moment since I couldn’t see through the tears streaming down my face! I seriously love this school, these kids, the teachers and administration. It’s the best!

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The first weekend of school, we made a last minute decision to go with friends to the balloon races, the unofficial kick off to fall. It’s always a struggle to get motivated to get up at 4 am but always worth it! The kids danced and wrestled, the sky was gorgeous, the weather wasn’t too chilly. Perfect morning!

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A couple weeks later, we had jog-a-thon at the kids’ school. Always such a fun time and with the help of some of our generous friends and family, their school raised $82,500!!!! Their goal was $30,000. I’m completely blown away! This is the biggest fundraiser for the year that the kids do themselves, so really awesome to see them nearly triple their goal! Thank you for all our people who donated. Addie will be sending you each a thank you card in the mail soon, I promise!

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Addie had her first official sleepover (at our house) with our friend, Brooklyn, over fall break. She spent two days with us brunching with friends, crafting, singing and dancing, and putting on a performance with the brothers. All my kids adore her!

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Aside from that, more birthday parties, more horse lessons, more baseball, and peanutcracker rehearsals. We’ve been busy!

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Two weeks ago, we took our annual trip to Beckett’s vision doctor in Pittsburgh. She’s always so uplifting. His vision has improved and we seem to be on the right track academically with his wonderful teacher adapting curriculum for his vision needs. And, this weekend, we’re in Texas with Beckett. This morning, he had SPML surgery to release the spasticity in his hamstrings, adductors, biceps, and pectorals. He’s been sleeping all day! Hoping tomorrow brings loose limbs and the months ahead bring more strength and mobility. Super busy but so many good things and more to come!

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Two posts in one weekend? Who am I? We have a big day tomorrow, so we need to get this last summer post out of the way! We spent our last days of summer in El Dorado Hills reading books, coloring, playing outside, and visiting with family.

We took a stroll down Main Street in Placerville visiting with Grandpa Larry. Addie and Coen had to get new mini dream catchers to chase away their nightmares. And bags full of gumballs. We visited Aunt Carol’s store where Addie got all glittered up and got to pretend to be a mermaid. It’s pretty much the coolest store ever. We ended our outing with ice cream, yum!

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Addie enjoyed an afternoon of garden talks with Nana. She learned about “Naked Ladies” and photosynthesis. Don’t worry, Nana hasn’t gone cuckoo. That’s the nickname for a flower that I can’t seem to remember at 10 pm, but I’m sure tomorrow it will come to me. Though I clearly had no problem remembering “naked ladies”. Well played, Nana. Beckett and I swung on the swing during garden talks. He was pretty pleased to have some peaceful time outside while the other sibs were distracted.qqcyEfdERvufzEs+Z1f3HggpC5DQ0vS4OUJAc3LD1weA9hZv7LFiRs652B+PpUCPnAauSbgTAkTQy08A%I5KBxDgjxRh7UhwS0yns1A2fe3dJQGEqsDV5ATBS1wGQ43lUbkQcvHbncYmTXq++B%JyN3Z0g3bIPaOnTQMC11xaJMV7QgQDWYUQCilSu+LsNuNyhEEjQ

The kids had some quality cousin time with Haylee and Emily. Holden was fascinated by a baby. He’s always the baby, so really wasn’t sure what to make of her. The cousins ran around like crazy people outside (and inside), traced themselves in chalk again, wrestled, and tore up a bunch of tissue paper and threw it on each other’s heads over and over again. What a blast!

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Today, we headed back home to get ready for the first day of school tomorrow! Addie and Beckett had an ice cream social at their new, huge, beautiful campus. I didn’t take a single picture but trust me when I say it’s seriously the most gorgeous place! And it’s only halfway done. I can only imagine how amazing it will be once phase 2 is complete. Addie and Beckett saw so many friends. I think both are so ready to get back to it! After seeing the school, I’m seriously so excited for them to start tomorrow. I think it’s going to be the best year yet for both of them!

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In a last-minute decision, Coen started a new school this year for pre-kindergarten. While we’ sure love our Brookfield Bears, we just couldn’t justify paying more for 3 days a week than most of our friends pay for full-time, extended days. So, we made a few calls and found a school where we’d had friends going last year that had an opening. And, we dove right in! I’m not sure if Coen’s loving it. Every day, I ask “how was your day” and he says, “I don’t want to tell you about it”. Four-year-old thing or does he hate it? Not sure, but there are at least 4 friends in his class with siblings at Addie and Beckett’s school, so at least here he has a chance to continue on to kindergarten with friends. y2c+BU7JR+a51OXkjX7rig

Addie’s rounding out summer with a bang! She did a yoga camp with a bunch of old Brookfield friends for a couple days, went boating in Lake Tahoe for her friend’s birthday, went to farm camp with school friends for a couple days (and got to play with chickens and baby pigs!!! I was a little jealous!). And, got to have a park play date with a bunch of second graders from her school, new and old friends! So fun!

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While Addie and Beckett still aren’t back to school, fall activities are in full force! Addie’s dancing three evenings a week, this year doing hip hop, ballet, modern, and competition team. She’s having a blast! And, in make my boy-mom heart swoon news, Coen started little league! Truly, the day I’ve been waiting for since hearing “it’s a boy!” He’s the cutest little thing ever! We spent a day at the mall buying all the things (and tons of new earrings for Addie since we’ve hit a new milestone…dangly earrings!). Though the gear and earrings were pretty great, I think the mall toys were a bigger hit. Even without any coins to make them move.

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And now, the cutest little baseball player ever! He had one practice before the first game. They do coach pitch for about 5 tries then switch to the T (is that even how you write that? I’m not quite up on my t-ball writing!). Anyway, first at bat and he got a hit. Not even joking! It was pretty awesome even if it only went as far as a bunt. And, of course, a picture of his first time on base. It is rookie little league after all, so of course they all scored. Not going to lie, it’s a little tough to watch. Coen randomly sits on the ground between every hitter. He runs toward first base for no reason any time the other team hits the ball. He has to be reminded to run to the next base (especially when he’s on second) when his team gets a hit. I’m kind of the worst baseball mom ever, yelling “Run, Coen, run!”. He’s going to hate me when he’s older. Oh well, it’s so much fun!

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Holden’s not missing out on the fall activities. He finally is swimming without one of us in the pool. Yay! It’s so much easier to get two kids dried and dressed when you don’t have to worry about yourself!

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And, I’ll leave you with just some random funny pictures. Addie and Holden spent a day at Grams practicing their pickle ball skills. Addie & Coen put a million bows in their hair, just because. I love when she dresses him up all girly and he just goes along with it! He’s going to love these photos when he’s older 🙂 And Addie discovered she can pull her eyes and look super creepy, so of course they all had to try it. Holden just pokes himself in the eyes. It’s pretty hilarious!

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