Every year since Spencer was one we have gone to the Christmas parade in our town. We even went one year when it was raining! This year we met up with our friends again and went. The day before the parade the temps were in the 70s but the day of the parade the high was in the 50s. Gotta love our weather!! It was cold but we still had fun and the kids got lots of candy. I think this was the first year we went without the Gavins! We missed you guys!
Our library has a Christmas party every year. It is a lot of fun. Santa and Mrs. Claus are there and they do crafts and have treats. We went a long time ago and every year I want to go back but I always forget about it until it is too late. This year a group of our friends were going so we decided to to go too!
The boys decided that they had already seen Santa and didn't need to see him again. I really didn't want to fight so I told them that they didn't have to sit on his lap again. Katie really wanted to see Santa so she decided to wait in line. While waiting her BFF Lily came so they sat on Santa's lap together.
Of course the boys decided at the last minute that maybe they should sit on Santa's lap one more time.
After seeing Santa we went to get our faces painted and make ornaments. I should have taken a picture of Collin's angel ornament. He got bored with it and decided to make one without angel's wings!
It was a lot of fun and I am glad we finally made it!
Last week it rained every single day. Seriously every single day and most of the day. There were very few periods of the day where it wasn't raining. And Rob was out of town. The whole entire week plus some more. He was gone for 10 days. Seriously 10 very long rainy days. It was a long week. We spent a lot of time inside watching movies, doing crafts, school and playing on our kindles. We did take advantage of the few brief periods where it wasn't raining and went outside to play and run because I need my run especially when I am eating key lime pie at the end of the day because I survived the day. We had a few play dates too. It was a fun week :)
Seriously though it wasn't too bad. I let the boys sleep in my bed every night and a few nights Katie snuck in there too. One night she woke up at 2 screaming that her ear hurt. I was so tired and I thought she kept saying her elbow. Finally I realized she meant her ear! I gave her tylenol and had her climb in bed with the rest of us. I am sure my kids will hate me one day for these pics but they looked so cute sleeping together. Katie was snuggled up with the boys but heard me and woke up and moved. Thankfully she went right back to sleep.
My Thanksgiving started bright and early at 5 a.m. My sister in law and I ran in a half marathon that morning. We figured we had trained for a full marathon so what was a half right?! The problem was that neither of us thought about having injuries after our marathon. I hurt my knee and wasn't sure I would be able to complete the half. Luckily I did complete it and only a little bit slower than my best half! I have to admit that I loved starting my Thanksgiving off by running a half marathon. It was very cold that morning (24 degrees when we started and 34 degrees when we stopped) but it was worth it. I was able to spend time praying and thanking God for all the many blessings in my life and even though it was very cold the sun was shining and after a few miles it warmed up. I think I have a new Thanksgiving tradition!
After running we headed back to my sister-in-law's house and rested for a little while before we met up with the whole family at Rob's brother's house. He and his wife graciously hosted 17 of us for Thanksgiving dinner. It was nice and relaxing and I really enjoyed not having to cook the whole Thanksgiving meal :)
My three little turkeys that aren't so little anymore :(
This is real life. Collin is crying, Spencer is refusing to smile, not sure what Katie is doing and Rob and I are smiling through it all!
Collin loves his cousin Finn.
These two are going to get into so much trouble together!
The day after Thanksgiving Rob flew out of town for his 10 day long hunting trip. His sister and I took the kids to see Frozen. It was a great movie and the kids really enjoyed. Katie even sat through most of it! After the movie the kids and I headed home. On our way home we got a phone call from my niece Sabina that she and her friend were in town and coming to spend the night at our house. My kids were super excited because they don't get to see her that much. I was super excited because I had two teenage girls to help me with the kids. Too bad it was only for one night!
Speaking of getting big when did my niece grow up?!
Last weekend our church had a little Santa Shop. It was basically vendors set up selling different holiday items. Santa was also there. So we decided to go. We figured we could go and support our church and see Santa and it was free. Did I mention this was the weekend before Thanksgiving?! Yes it was very early to go and see Santa but I just thought we would be ahead of things and be able to check something off our list. So we went and the kids loved it. All three knew what they wanted and climbed right up onto Santa's lap to tell him. There was a photographer there taking pictures. I also had my camera and I got some pictures too. It was a great Santa experience. No crying just all smiles. Than we left and Katie got a little mad b/c Santa didn't give her the kindle she wants. I had to explain to her that we were just telling Santa what we wanted and that he would bring it on Christmas morning. So since that Saturday Katie has asked me about a million times how long it is until Christmas. And no I am not exaggerating. I think it might have been a mistake to go and see Santa so early. Next year I think I will wait until Christmas Eve :)
On Saturday I ran my first full marathon. A total of 26.2 miles all in one day. It was hard. Harder than I thought it would be. Many, many times I wanted to give up. I would like to say I ran the whole thing but I had to walk/run at the end. I am proud of myself for finishing but I am disappointed that I didn't finish by my goal time. So disappointed that I am determined to run another marathon which I swore up and down that I wouldn't do. Now that I have one run I know what to expect and hope to do better in the next one I run. At least now I can say that I have finished a marathon. It is surreal that it is over. I have been training for months. So much of my free time was spent doing training runs. So much of my life revolved around this marathon and now it is over. What am I going to do with my time now?!!
Here I am running to the finish.
I didn't realize these two were running behind me or I would have waited for them.
My little family. I am so thankful Rob came drove on Saturday to cheer us on.
The girls-My sister in law ran with me. She rocked it!
It was a soldier marathon and you ran on a base. My favorite part was when we were running up the hill and drill seargants were yelling at you. Really keeps you motivated :)
It seemed like this day would never come and now that it is here I have to admit that I am sad. The boys' baseball season is over. Spencer lost his championship game on Saturday and Collin lost his second game on Sunday. It was very bittersweet. Yes I will enjoy getting my weekends back and having some free time but I will also miss watching my boys play and socializing with the other moms. We met some wonderful families with both boys teams and it is sad to say good bye. There were some ups and downs with this season but overall it was a great first season. Let's hope Spring Ball is just as much fun!
Collin played first all weekend. He did an awesome job and got many boys out!
Collin ready to bat! A funny story about Collin at his game on Saturday. He hit the ball and ran to first and just kept running all the way to third. When I asked him about it he told me "Coach said to stop but I just wanted to run!"
This is blurry but here is Collin running home!
Uncle Ryee and Charlie came to Collin's game on Saturday!
The end of Saturdays game. They played awesome. We were very excited to beat Georgia!
The baseball sisters on Collin's team.
Game 2 on Saturday-Spencer up to bat. Spencer hit an amazing hit on Saturday and got a triple. He made the first run of his game!
Spencer on first ready to go!
Spencer playing outfield in the rain! The rain came from no where and it just started pouring for about 10 minutes! The parents ran for cover but the boys and coaches stayed on the field playing!
One last team meeting!
Spencer and his trophy.
We promised the boys Menchies if they won. Collin's team won so we went to Menchies!
This was after Sunday's game. The boys were watching the big boys playing on the field next to us!
Last team meeting. One of the moms and I made the comment when they were talking that we almost started crying. Collin had a great team and everyone just clicked.
The team mom brought balloons for the boys on Sat. and Sunday. Such a fun idea!
Ms. Sue came to Collin's game.
Collin and his coach. We loved his coach. Rob has already asked what we need to do to get the same coach again. I think I even heard Rob agree to help coach to insure Collin got Bobby again :)
Of course Hammie came with us to the game!
Collin and Cooper. They were a little wired and would not smile!
Crazy baseball sister wanted her picture taken too!