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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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Halloween! It’s become one of my favorite holidays…getting to dress up with these tiny humans is a highlight of my year! This year’s family costume was a tricky compromise. Addie was dead-set on Alice In Wonderland (which I swayed her away from last year. I thought Holden’s first Halloween costume would be cuter as a scarecrow and not the Cheshire Cat.). Coen was convinced he was going to be pizza. Then, a Minion. The Trolls movie is in constant rotation on Netflix, so we had a talk and all agreed, Trolls it was.

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All the Trolls costumes I could find online weren’t very cute, looked pretty cheap, and I just wasn’t feeling it. Plus, good luck finding 6 different Trolls! So, after a solid month of crafting, lots of long nights, and quite a bit of stress learning to use a sewing machine and make a Poppy dress from scratch (PS. the one-hour dress pattern took me a solid 3 days), we all made it in full Troll costume to Trunk-or-Treat…two days before Halloween!

Coen had a costume parade at school the Thursday before, and Fall Festival, so his costume was first priority. He was the cutest in the parade and had such good time being Branch!

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Addie had a costume birthday party for a friend, but refused to wear her Poppy costume. Full-on tears and decided to be Sleeping Beauty instead. In the same dress she worn for Halloween when she was 3. Then, on Halloween, when the whole school could wear costumes, Beckett rocked his King Peppy, but Addie refused again and went as Rapunzel. Which prompted Coen to dress up in full Ariel costume. Luckily he didn’t want to leave the house like this!

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But, finally, once it was time for Trick-or-Treating, Addie was excited to go full Poppy and the kids had a blast! We trick-or-treated at our friend’s house, and somehow Coen and Holden made it into the car with no shoes, which no one noticed until we got there…a solid half hour from our house. Yeah, it was that kind of night. But thankfully, our friends had a spare pair for Co and I stole his socks for Holden, who wanted to be carried the whole time anyway. We all survived and made it home with buckets full of candy. Covered in glitter, thanks to our little Guy Diamond, but home and happy, just the same.

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Oh, and pumpkins. We can’t forget about our last-minute, night before Halloween, pumpkins that barely even got lit for 2.5 seconds. Addie and Coen easily agreed on Minions, and while it was a pretty poor carving effort on my part, the kids enjoyed it and I roasted some yummy seeds. Success!

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Fun Fall Festivities

October was filled with an overload of fall fun! We fit in our annual pumpkin patch visit this year with a friend’s birthday at Andelin farms. It. was. freezing. But the kids had fun going on a hayride, sliding on the hay bale slide, rolling around in a giant pipe. Yeah, good times! And cupcakes. Of course any event with cupcakes is a success.

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The next morning, Addie and I joined our dear friends to honor our friend Crystal’s memory in the Susan G. Komen walk. What a beautiful day and so special to share it with two of our favorite people!

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We took a little road trip to EDH for Miss Haylee’s birthday and managed to barely squeeze in a trip to Apple Hill. It was a busy Saturday morning, so didn’t venture to our usual farms, but the couple we did visit had enough to make these little ones happy!

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We had so much fun (and some meltdowns) at Haylee’s 4th birthday party! Ariel even made a surprise visit! Haylee has a super cool playroom, so between that and the bounce house, we didn’t see Coen for most of the party. Holden kept wandering off and getting picked up by random family members. We all managed to survive without anyone wandering out the front door. Overall, a success 🙂

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A whole month since my last post…I guess this crazy life has gotten away from me for a while. This will be more of a photo dump, but here’s the condensed version from the last month.

Fun day at the zoo with Miss Haylee Rose and her awesome mama

Solar eclipse

Sound of Music with Addie’s friend Giuliana

Pool days

Fun times with Holden while all the others are at school

Monster Hair, Don’t Care…note on this one, we missed one of our fave’s birthdays this summer and his mom made these amazing hats as party favors. We just got ours recently and Coen’s obsessed!

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With 30 hours of THRIVE and 30 hours of work each week, no chance of catching up on this old blog. So, here’s the recap of the few things we managed to fit in this past month…

4th of July fun at the Aces game with Dad. I stayed home with two sleeping boys since it was so late and Beckett needed his sleep.


Crazy minions


Lots of swimming…mostly at night after two brothers are in bed


A birthday party at the museum


Sibling yoga

A quick trip to EDH for jimmy’s 20th reunion


A girls mani/play date 


Ice cream sammies as big as Coen’s head


And this looney toon climbing on everything but still not walking


Earlier this week, he started to say “hi” but still would rather just scream.

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A few weekends back, my amazingly talented friend Seema and I hosted a baby shower for our dear friend Jocelyn. This was such a fun shower to plan, thanks Pinterest. It was so pretty with yummy food and even yummier cocktails, and of course the best of friends! Jocelyn is the most gorgeous preggo mama! I can’t wait to meet the darling Ellenie in August. 

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