Nov 28, 2015

November overview

November is one of my favorite months, because it always means My Family comes to visit from Arizona! This year my Mom, two brothers Erik and Tyler, Mina and Keanna were able to come visit. We were hoping for some warmer weather but we were not blessed with such. There were a few things that I had planned Girls breakfast, kid free movie and Thanksgiving dinner and of course I wanted to spoil everyone with some home cooked food. We had Biscuits and Gravy, Cinnamon rolls, Cashew Chicken, Roast and a full Thanksgiving dinner. I love spoiling with home cooked food.
Everyone wanted to run out and watch a movie, while mom and I stayed behind and watched the littles, we all snagged some Chinese food since no one else was home and we needed break.
Mina and Erik
For our Girls Breakfast we went to the Aviary, stopped in at the Farmers Market and stopped at some craft shows. It was a delicious breakfast and it was fun to get to know Mina.
Boss and Keanna were joined at the hip the whole weekend!
I love when my family comes to visit! I love spending time with them all, and it helps that I don't have to travel across the country. I was so grateful to see them all!
Once Thanksgiving was over the boys were so excited to pull out all the Christmas Decorations. Each boy helped pull out the ornaments and dress the tree. I let them loose, the whole bottom of the tree was covered while the top was bare. I couldn't help but giggle, they were so proud of all their work. I waited until nap time and rearranged the tree. After their nap Boston was so excited to play with all the ornaments and pulled one that happen to pull over the tree. This was also the last year for our tree, we've had it since our first Christmas. When I plugged in the tree only half the lights turned on, I had to inspect every single light and luckily it lit up. Our poor little tree was also loosing all it needles.

Oct 31, 2015

October means fall

Fall in Missouri is wonderful! The weather was wonderful for the most part as well, so we were able to get out and enjoy the leaves and spend lots of family time together.
James has been asking about Halloween for what seems like months! It took him so long to decide what he wanted to be for halloween so once it was October, I told James we could go and find a costume. I have always enjoyed group costumes, but this year James was just not a fan. I was hoping for Mary Poppins, Burt and some adorable little chimney sweeps. But when we arrived at the store to search for costumes we found superheroes and the boys could not be swayed. So Boston insisted on a Superman costume and James found a Spiderman one. Both were so happy once they saw both costumes I couldn't make them Chimney Sweeps. Like all little boys, Boston had to put the suit on once we left the store. I figured he would probably be living in the suit for the next few weeks and maybe even months. James on the other hand was totally fine waiting, he did not want to risk getting his dirty.

We were able to get together with Logan's parents for a bike ride at a park we visited earlier in the summer. It was a chilly, warm day. We were able to borrow some bikes and a bike trailer from a friend so we could all ride. James and Boston loved it of course, they are big fans of being outside and exploring. 

I love October! Logan and I were invited to a friends Halloween party, which required a large group costume. The friends who invited us chose Star Wars, since we did Star Wars last year Logan and I both had costumes for Han Solo and Princess Leia. Unfortunately Leia was claimed, so Logan and I decided on Anakin and Padme Amidala. Both costumes were both assembled, and lightsabers were hunted down. I must say we looked pretty awesome!

We were able to attend our ward Trunk or Treat, and a family Halloween party for Halloween. This was Boston's first year actually Trick or Treating, he loved running up to every door and of course James was excited as well. 

And of course who doesn't love a a little boy in a suit!

Sep 26, 2015

Silver Dollar City Camping

James has been asking to go camping for a week or two, I don't know where he got the idea but he has been insistent. I told Logan how James has been wanting to go camping and he instantly agreed. We decided that we would go as soon as possible. So we started to look up campgrounds in Branson, since its normally warmer in Branson and its close to Silver Dollar City, the other favorite place James loves to go! Next thing I knew we were on the phone with a campground that Silver Dollar City owns, they offered discounts for SDC season pass holders and a shuttle to the park. I had to gather all the camping gear, pack food, clothes, snacks and anything we might need for an over night.
We arrived at the campground early and caught the shuttle to the park. We were able to meet up with Logan's Sister and her son. They were able to stay for a few hours before they had to leave, we were so lucky to go and not have to deal with long lines or crowds. Both boys were able to ride plenty of rides and enjoyed the day out. 
Once we arrived at the campground we assembled the tent and Logan decided that we should use firewood instead of the charcoal briquettes I picked up. I agreed that firewood would be pretty fun and more of the camping experience. While he was gone I realized that the dry ice I used to keep the food cold all day had actually froze our dinner, so i set those out hoping they would defrost a little and be able to cook. Luckily they cooked through and our dinner was delicious! The boys weren't too sure about foil dinners but loved the corn we cooked. After dinner we made s'mores, another camping favorite. We all roasted marshmallows while Boston just ate as many marshmallows as possible.

It was bit chilly at night but we had a few blanket thief's so Logan was really the only one who got cold. James woke up the next morning saying I LOVE CAMPING! We all had a blast and decided we wanted to do it again, but maybe next time we will be better prepared. 

Sep 20, 2015

Cider & Doughnuts

I love Festivals! When I was little my family would always head out to all the fun festivals our little town had, so since we have moved to Missouri I have tried to keep up the tradition. We have a few favorites and this weekend was Cider Days! I love apple cider so we all headed out the door after breakfast. We arrived downtown and it was warm and the streets were full of people. Cider Days is one of my favorites because they have lots of activities for littles! James loved the pumpkin rolling, leaf rubbing, visor decorating, and mask making, there were plenty more we just ran out of time to do them all. 

I also love festivals because of the food! I love roasted corn and I just can't seem to match that yummy roasted corn flavor at home, so when I can buy it, I buy it! Unfortunate for me James and Boston also learned they loved roasted corn, but honestly i was pretty proud, who could turn down corn, butter, garlic, salt and some cayenne pepper. It was delicious. Luckily I bribed them with some popsicles so i could snag a couple of bites. We also grabbed some apple cider, because its not Cider Days without some!

Later that day Logan had to head off to work while he was away it was talk like a pirate day another event I just can't pass up. I dressed both boys up, luckily we have a Captian Hook costume so I just had to make one costume up. With both boys dressed and ready we were on our way. James and Boston each received a full dozen doughnuts since they were dressed up! We enjoyed some doughnuts in the store then we dropped off a whole dozen with Logan so they could also enjoy yummy hot doughnuts!