Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Eve!

After we got home from Mimi and Baba's, we prepped for Santa's arrival.

But first I'll hit the rewind button to Sunday night.  Brian was starting to feel crummy, so I let him nap for a bit before we went to the Holiday Lights at the Beach.  I thought it would be fun to make Reindeer Food with the kids.

Yeah. Hudson kept "missing" the baggie as he tried to dump oatmeal in,  Finley didn't bother aiming for her baggie.  Instead she dumped her oatmeal in Reese's hair.  Since there was already oatmeal in her hair, Reese decided to throw some sugar in for good measure (so the reindeer could find her obviously).  It was chaos.  But still so fun!

On Christmas Eve, we dumped the reindeer food out for them to find.  Hudson missed out on the fun because he was sleeping.

We set out the cookies and milk for Santa and the carrots for the reindeer, but Finley took off with the carrots!  She can't be trusted!
Once the kids were asleep, Brian got to work getting the presents from us out for the kids.  How adorable are their matching Duffy's?  They really got hooked on Duffy while we were at Disney World.  Wyatt, who is especially into Hidden Mickeys, loves that Duffy's face is one!

While Brian worked on the present mission, I got to work frantically cleaning (because a house should be clean if it's going to be trashed the next day right?), and then got the streamers up on their doors!

While it doesn't keep them in their rooms until we get them, it does at least make it a little harder for them to escape in the middle of the night!
My 12 foot tree.  It is a beast to get up (and I told Brian I wasn't going to do it this year since we would be in Disney World for so long), but goodness gracious it makes me happy!  Brian already had my presents under the tree.  The bottle of wine shows how well he knows me.  Ha!
Santa came!

I love the way my house looks and feels all lit up by twinkle lights!  It always makes me sad to take it down mid January. Ha!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Eve at Mimi and Baba's

We spent Christmas Eve at Brian's parents house this year.  The cousins were ready to have their gift exchange before Santa came to town!

Piper and Colin both helped their little cousins open their presents.  Finley is obsessed with that baby doll and Hudson hasn't stopped playing cars all weekend!
 Piper and Reese exchanged art supplies (for Piper) and Lego Friends (for Reese).  And I just made weird faces in the background.
 Wyatt got his first set of Star Wars Command and has amassed a small army of them.  There are a lot of different sets!
 After everything was open, they quickly got to playing!
 And sharing some ice cream together on the porch!
We all had to leave early though - it was time to get home and prepare for Santa's arrival.  Or in Hudson's case, fall asleep at 5:30 and not wake up until the next morning :)!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Military Aviation Museum

Brian and I have talked about taking the kids to the Military Aviation Museum for quite awhile, but it was an event Thanksgiving weekend that finally prompted our first visit.

There were trains.  There were planes.  We thought there would be Santa flying in on a plane, but we were wrong.  We still managed to have a lot of fun!

They all loved listening to how the trains worked.
 And checking out the planes!
 Wyatt was especially eager to run from plane to plane so that he could read about the plane and which war and types of missions it was flown in.
 Obviously, they assumed that this was Captain America's plane.  Because why not?
 All my "Jeep Buddies" in front of an actual World War II Jeep.  Brian's grandfather was a Transportation Officer during World War II, so all of the kids were excited to learn about the Jeep!
They also have a dinosaur display at the museum that the kids needed to check out.

 Wyatt was obviously in future paleontologist Heaven!
We had a really fun time - maybe next year we can actually make it on a day that Santa flies in!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thanksgiving Before Christmas, right? Right.

So our December has been like most people's December...eventful!

We spent the first 6 days of it at home, then went to Disney World(!!!!) for the next nine days, and we've been home trying to cram every wonderful part of Christmas into the time we had left.  And then we figured, all that we need now are some coughing children, a sicky wife, and a Pneumonia diagnosis (Brian!).

Before I get to our super fun Christmas recap, I should probably start with Thanksgiving, am I right?

We spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with Brian's parents and Allison and the kids.  There was delicious food and a lot of cousin time, which everyone loves! We either didn't take the camera out or forgot it?  I'm guessing we rushed out the door because Brian worked that day and I forgot it.

We spent Thursday morning at home watching the parade, and then made our way up to Richmond to my brother's house.  Marc and April hosted Thanksgiving again this year, and they had a huge, fun crowd! 
 Daddy and Wyatt kept busy at the pool table.
I can't believe how big this kid is getting.
 And Finley, Hudson, Mason and Reese kept busy with crafts!
 The whole Thanksgiving group!

Friday, December 5, 2014

November Little Things

Time to play catch up.  Again.
Hudson passed out on the couch after the time change.  Whenever we fall back I think about the night I spent with him in the hospital when the time changed, and how they never actually fixed the clock in my room.  Between the post baby fatigue and pain, the medicine, and the nurses in and out, I don't think I got any sleep that night and I remember being so confused.  I guess my little guy can't hang, even though he was born in the middle of it!

These two love to hold hands in the car.  Don't worry - we were still in the driveway!
No school on election day means I get to bring four kids with me.  At least they were well behaved!
Marvel Universe Live came to town, and they were so excited to see their favorite super hero LIVE.  Betcha can't guess who their favorite is!
My new niece will be here next month, so Reese and I traveled to Richmond for April's shower!  She got so many adorable things, and I'm so glad they live close enough for a quick visit after the baby comes.  Anytime all 4 of us kids are in the same place at the same time we get a picture.  I'm thinking our next gathering will be at Matt's wedding in March!
Everyone in this house loves Star Wars Rebels.  Even Finley stops what she's doing to watch.  I think that there will be some very excited people in this house when the new movie comes out next December!
After parent teacher conferences at the preschool, Reese voiced some concerns about Hudson's letter knowledge.  She claimed that it was time he got a Phonics book, and he needed to start recognizing his letters.  So she made him some worksheets, a few matching games, and quizzed him after she got home from school everyday.  For the record, I am making none of this up, and if you know Reese, you are probably not surprised by it at all.
My mom watched the kids so that Brian and I could sneak away for an overnight trip to Williamsburg!  We did lots of shopping, lots of eating, saw Gone Girl, and made it to Colonial Williamsburg!
FQB is a polka dot lover!
Hudson got his Phonics book just before Thanksgiving.  It's so fun to look at pictures of them all when they got their book for the first time.  Wyatt was 4 year, 6 months old, Reese was 3 years, 8 months old, and Hudson was exactly 4!  Hudson is also the first kid to come home and tell me exactly what he did in his Phonics book each day.  He's quite a reporter!
Hopefully I find time to blog this December.  It's shaping up to be a little busy!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hudson's Birthday

Hudson turned 4 this month.  Like, 25 days ago to be exact.

We celebrated his birthday at Red Robin, and he had his birthday party last weekend.
He was so excited to have a "Dusty party" at the zoo.   The morning started out overcast and rainy, but we ended up with a nice day!
These two were very interested in the animals.  I love that she picked the spot right next to her biggest brother.
Petting the bunny!
Hudson and his friends (and Finley) checking out the bullfrog,

I can't believe that Finley touched the turtle!
The rest of these are pretty self explanatory...just Hudson having fun with his friends petting some animals!

He had such fun at his party, he is still talking about it constantly!