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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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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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Holden’s First Steps

Oh, one more, one more! There’s always one more. Perhaps the biggest and best development of the last month, Holden’s finally walking! At his one-year check up, I asked about time frame for walking, as I did with Coen, and the NP said if not by 16 months, and the Dr. said if not by 17 month, then she’d suggest getting him evaluated. Around 16 months, he could stand pretty solid, but too cautious to move his feet. Around 17 months, he could go from sit to stand without using support to pull himself up. A week before 18 months, he finally found the courage to take steps! It took another week or so for him to enjoy it and still needed lots of encouragement to use those walking feet, but now, he’s walking all over! Yay! One less worry in my life! I wish I could post the video here of the first real steps, but for some reason my account no longer lets me post videos. So, just a picture of this cute little dude!

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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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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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It started out ok. The chair was pretty fun. He was listening to this awful little happy meal radio on repeat. I’m sure the other patients in the office loved it.


And then Dr. Trujillo came to check things out. It was all downhill from there.


The other three had exams and cleanings, too. No cavities, except for Addie. We’ve been putting off her fillings for a year now. The cost will blow through our max allowable cost for the year, plus we have to pay a ton out of pocket, so that sucks. But, no new cavities and the current ones haven’t gotten any worse in a year, so that’s good news. 

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