Monday, January 16, 2012

Christmas Day

***Sorry, there are NO pictures for our ENTIRE trip to Seattle because I forgot to pack the camera. It was a sad day when I realized I had forgotten it :( I did take a couple videos, but only on Christmas morning, so that doesn't really make up for it.

On Christmas morning the boys woke up around 7 or so and when the rest of my family got up a little bit later we all went down to open our stockings. My family got a little surprise during this time as well...
Yep, it's true. We are expecting baby #3 on June 26, 2012. We are very excited about it, now that the shock of it has worn was a surprise for us as well. I have a feeling it's a girl this time...I hope I am right.

After we opened our stockings we went and had breakfast which consisted of the most delicious cinnamon rolls EVER. As well as hot chocolate and little Cutie's oranges. Then we went and opened presents before finishing getting ready for church at 11. Parker has really gotten into the whole Christmas experience this year and was really excited to see what Santa had brought him. After each present he opened he started asking for another one to open. Tyler sort of got into it, but I think next year will really be a blast with him too. The boys got some clothes, a couple movies, books, puzzles, games, and a couple other toys. Here are a few videos of the boys opening some of their presents.

Once we were finished opening presents we went to church which was very nice to do on Christmas day to help keep the spirit and true meaning of Christmas in our minds. The rest of the day consisted of relaxing, watching the newest Harry Potter movie that I got, talking to my family down in Arizona as well as my brother who is currently on his mission. It was a great day and I wish it could have been Christmas day longer.


Seattle Vacation

For Christmas this year we flew from Boise to visit my family in Kent, Washington. It was the first time we have all flown together and it was an interesting experience, but overall wasn't too bad. We drove to Boise Friday afternoon, and stayed at Chris' grandparents for the night. Our flight didn't leave until about 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve so we hung out and just took it easy. I had been sick for the whole week with a bad sore throat and cough. Later that day, Chris' brother drove us to the airport so we didn't have to park our car there for a week and a half. Because we had so much stuff to take with us, he had to help us take it all inside! Ha Let me just paint a picture of how much stuff we had...2 car seats, 1 stroller, 3 suitcases, 1 pack and play, 2 backpacks and one carry-on bag (then add 1 more duffle bag on the way back home!)!!!! We decided that we probably won't be flying with the kids for awhile (or at least at Christmas time, where you have to bring gifts to and from)!

Anyways, the boys didn't really do all that well on the flight to Seattle because they hadn't had naps, and it was close to dinner time and we didn't have enough snacks! Luckily it was only an hour long flight, otherwise it could have been much worse!! When we got to my parent's house we ate dinner and visited a little bit before putting the kids to bed so we could wrap all the gifts we brought with us and get all organized. The rest of the trip consisted of playing a lot on the Wii, going shopping, playing with their cousin, playing games, doing puzzles, going out to dinner, trip for both boys to the Urgent Care center for eye infections, making a gingerbread house and making sugar cookies!! We all had a great time, even though Chris had to work most of the time. The boys had a blast and Parker really had fun playing with his Uncle Connor. It rained.the.WHOLE.time (except for maybe like 1 day)!! Typical Seattle weather though right?

The flights home were a lot better. I say flights because we had a 3 1/2 hour layover in Spokane! Not really the best airport for having long layovers with little kids. It's the smallest.airport.ever. They did have 1 toy to be shared with all the kids in the terminal and at least it was fairly open and not very crowded most of the time so the boys could run around and get their energy out. And there is only like 2 or 3 options for places to eat. Anyways, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Tyler ended up taking a nap in the stroller for about an hour or a little more, until the janitor lady came by and emptied the mostly empty garbage cans near us and shaking the empty plastic bags to put them in the noisy metal can. That woke him up...NICE! Oh but did I mention that our flight from Seattle to Spokane only had 21 people on the whole plane??!!! Yeah that was awesome! Chris and I each took a row with one of the boys!! The plane from Spokane to Boise, however was not so was completely full. But Parker fell asleep in the car seat as we were taxiing to the runway and slept the entire flight, so that was nice, we only had 1 child to entertain!

I'm glad we were able to go and hopefully we can make it back soon, before another whole year goes by!

"Time for Prayers!"

Every night when we say it's time for prayer's Tyler immediately stops whatever he is doing and runs and sits in this exact same spot and folds his arms showing us he is ready! It is just too cute!!! These pictures were taken the same night we decorated the tree. He now has a new spot and he kneels instead of sits!

Decorating for Christmas

This year I didn't put up all of my Christmas decorations. But I did insist that we a least put up our Christmas Tree!! I was so excited to get it set up because I love how it looks all decorated. However, it wasn't quite the same this year due to some very active boys who couldn't leave the tree alone! They enjoyed helping to put up some ornaments though and Parker even got to put the angel on the top of the tree!!

Helping Tyler get the ornament on the tree...

Putting the angel on the top of the tree!!

Good job Parker!!!

We only put the decorations on the top 1/2 of the tree, unfortunately, Parker still managed to find a way to pull some of them off to play with them. We only ended up with a couple casualties! Hopefully next year will be better!

We had a fun evening together decorating the tree. The boys are at that age now where they have fun doing it too and it's so fun watching them get all excited!!!