Saturday, January 4, 2020

New Year's Day Sledding

Parker's remaining front tooth did a little shifting overnight, so it's crooked and in the middle now.  Could be an interesting couple of weeks. It reminds me of his first tooth that he rocked solo for a while as a baby.  We called it his snaggletooth.
 I took Parker sledding for the first time that afternoon.  The church youth group gathered at a nearby hill as part of our welcoming of the new youth director from California.  It was his first time going down a big hill and he loved it!
My favorite part of this video is the last clip where Parker asks for "10 more times."
I hope we have a chance to go again soon.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year's Eve

We spent some time playing outside in the morning.  Jimmy took the kids for a sled ride around the block since the streets were still covered with snow from the day before.
We went to IKEA for some lunch and shopping.
We got a call from Parker's speech therapist on the way to IKEA asking if we wanted an earlier time slot, so we went right to speech from there.  Esme conked out in the car and Jimmy was able to keep her snoozing until we were finished.
The excitement continued back at home.  Parker's front two teeth have been loose for months and he finally lost one!  I've been helping wiggle them from time to time and it just popped right out the last time I did it.  It bled quite a bit, but he stayed calm.  He really liked looking at the blank space in the mirror.  The other one isn't as loose, so it will probably be a couple weeks before that one is out.
We had my parents over for a few hours in the evening for champagne and appetizers.
Happy New Year! Bring it on 2020!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Long Weekend at Home

My family Christmas in Nebraska was postponed last weekend due to a gnarly snowstorm down there.  I was bummed, but it opened me up to see some friends from high school.  We met up at Brianne's new house, then headed over to Riddler's Escape.  We were grouped with a family of 5 to tackle the Spellbound room.  We worked great together and got out with almost 10 minutes to spare!
Troy, Chelsey, Dani, Brianne, Me
We followed that up with drinks and dinner at Brink & Bourbon.  I got a mango wine slushie and it was amazing!  They had a fun bourbon and bacon flight that Troy and Brianne tried.
I got the PB & Jay burger. A handcrafted burger patty covered in habanero jack cheese and topped with our extra thick cut bacon. Served on a speciality made honey glazed donut lightly spread with mayo, tart Pomegranate Sriracha marmalade and homemade creamy bourbon peanut butter.  I love mixing sweet and savory, so it was right up my alley!
The kids were home with Jimmy that evening and got a special treat from Dunkin Donuts.
I had taken Monday off with plans to be in Nebraska, but we just had a fun family day instead.  We put in a new light fixture over the sink to match our other kitchen lights.  We also played with trains, visited the indoor playground and broke out Huskeropoly after the kids went to bed.
We're ready to celebrate the New Year now!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Children's Museum Date Night

We were gifted a Children's Museum membership from my brother and nephew for Christmas, so we headed there for family date night on Friday.  It was pajama day for Parker at Adventure Club, so it ended up being ok that he was in his Curious George ones because there was a special Curious George exhibit.  It's been a while since we had a membership and it was fun to see Esme really explore and play.

Their next special exhibit is on Hot Wheels, which both kids will really love!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas 2019

It's finally Christmas.  We spent Christmas Eve with Jimmy's family.  The kids were spoiled as usual and got so many great toys and clothes.
Esme got almost the whole Lion King clan from her cousin, Grace.  She was so excited about them and her Frozen 2 characters.
Parker's favorite gift was a new keyboard.  It has a much better sound than his cheap one and lots of pre-programmed songs. Jingle Bells is his favorite by far.
Grandma Cherry did an amazing job on their embroidered pillow cases.  I helped Esme draw a snowman and helped Parker with his washing machine.
We attended Christmas Eve service and Parker joined us.  He did a great job playing with his iPad and staying calm during the service.
We headed to my parents on Christmas morning and promptly got in the hot tub.
I made some Christmas tree cinnamon rolls for breakfast before opening presents.
Esme helped hand out presents to everyone.
Esme completed her Lion King collection with Nala and Jimmy got a new Nebraska shirt from my dad (that I made.)
We didn't stay too late since my dad was recovering from surgery, but it was a great little Christmas.