Friday, January 20, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!
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I set up a little impromptu Valentines Day photo session for the kiddos last week and I'm so happy I did. It's always a lot of work to do these little sessions. My kids are not the most cooperative when it comes to being in front of the camera, but with bribery, I can usually get them to cooperate for about 5 seconds, Ha! Regardless, I was able to get some keepers so it was a success.

We took a little road trip last weekend to Indianapolis to visit their amazing Children's Museum. We had so much fun, despite the ice storm that was hitting St. Louis as we were leaving Friday. We debated back and forth on whether we should even go, but ended up going for it and I'm really glad we did. The roads were fine and we had a great time.

We left Friday, got to the hotel, ordered pizza, swam in the indoor pool and headed to bed. Saturday we got up and spent the whole day at the museum. We basically went because Disney Jr. has a Doc McStuffins exhibit that is traveling to different states and I think it's safe to say that Avery is obsessed with Doc McStuffins. The first place that the exhibit was at was The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and it happens to be the closest place that the exhibit will be to us. It was great because there were 5 floors of fun for the kids to experience, so it wasn't just all for Avery, there was plenty to do for Jackson there too. If you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend this museum. The museum was open from 10:00 to 5:00 and we were there from open til around 4:00 when the kids started getting beyond crabby. Avery was so beat that she was practically asleep before we got out of the parking garage. Ha.

We spent the rest of the evening eating dinner and swimming in the indoor pool again. The kids loved being able to swim. We got up the next morning, had breakfast and then headed home. It was such a fun little trip.

Avery had her first dentist appointment last week and we tried a new dentist for the kids. Jackson had only been one other time and it was to our dentist, which didn't go so well. So I searched for a good pediatric dentist and found one somewhat close to home. It is a really nice office and both of the kids did great.

I finally finished up decorating my dining room buffet for Valentines Day. This is such a fun space to decorate for each holiday. Some of the things I had already, but a lot is new and I love the way it turned out. The banner, "LOVE" and candy dishes are new from Target, the runner is also from Target, but I got it several years ago. The white frames I picked up from Walmart and the candle holders are all things I already had. The valentines day printable in the left frame was found here.

One week from tomorrow we'll be leaving on a jet plane for a week of fun in the sun in Arizona. I can't wait. This will be our third trip to visit our family friend, Jim, who lives in Phoenix. Jake's mom is going with us again and this will be Avery's first trip there and her first plane ride. We always go on a little road trip while we're there. The first year we visited Tombstone and the second year we drove out to California to visit Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier. Last year we didn't get to go because we were getting ready to move into our house, so we're excited to go back this year. This time around our little road trip will be to visit the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and The Four Corners! It should be a great trip and we're all really looking forward to it!

Have a Great Weekend!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!
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I recently signed up for ipsy and I'm anxiously awaiting my first bag. I have been using the same old make-up for years now and am ready for a change. I have no idea even where to start though, so I thought I'd sign up for ipsy and try out some new products. :-) You can check out ipsy by clicking here.

I got tickets for Avery and I to go to an event that's coming to St. Louis in February called the Fairytale Ball. Basically it's all the Disney Princesses in one place and we'll be able to meet them all, dance with them, do different crafts and just have a really awesome girls day together. I haven't told her about it yet. I think I'll just wait and tell her the day of. I don't know which one of us will have more fun. She's really gotten in to the movie Frozen and the first hour of the event is for VIP (which of course we had to pay extra for) and it's a whole hour with Elsa and Anna! I can't wait to see Avery's face when we get there and she sees all the princesses!!

I recently ordered a new canvas of our latest family picture and I love it. It's from Easy Canvas Prints. They have such great deals and I think I got it for 85% off!!!

I never got around to sharing this picture of the kiddos before Christmas, so I thought I'd share it now since I love it so much! #allthehearteyes

I made these Apple Pie Taquitos for our Christmas Eve get-to-gether with family and they were really good and so easy to make!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

16 in 2016

I thought I'd do a little 2016 recap, because we had a pretty great year.

The kids and I enjoyed playing in the first snow of the season.

We finally moved to our new house after 6 long months of renovating. It still wasn't finished on 2/6/16, but it was finished enough for us to move in and we have been finishing up the rest a little bit at a time!! We love our new house and our new neighborhood.

We celebrated Easter!

Jake and I traveled to Costa Rica in April with friends and it was such a beautiful and relaxing trip.

We enjoyed watching Jackson play T-Ball and Soccer in the Spring!

We celebrated Avery's 2nd birthday with a Peppa Pig Party at the park!

Avery had her very first haircut.

We went on several adventures around the city, including visits to the Zoo, Magic House, Busch Stadium for a Cardinals Game, Castlewood State Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Suson Park, the Science Center, Sky Zone and Forest Park to name a few.

We celebrated Independence Day

The Kids started their new Pre-School!

The kids and I went to a beautiful 9/11 memorial on Art Hill in Forest Park. This was one of my favorite pictures of the year.

We took an amazing Family Vacation to Disney World!! (Probably the highlight of the year for me.)

We celebrated Jackson's 5th birthday with a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party at the park!

We celebrated Halloween!

We hosted our first Thanksgiving in the new house with Jake's side of the family!

We celebrated our First Christmas in our new home!

Like I said, 2016 was pretty good to us and we are already looking forward to a lot of great things to come in 2017. We are going on a family trip later this month to Phoenix, AZ which will include Avery's first plane ride and a visit to the Grand Canyon, Jake and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary in July, we plan to open our pool this summer and Jackson will start Kindergarten in the Fall!! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Five on Friday: Christmas Edition


Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!

We have our Christmas Tree up and a majority of our presents wrapped (though not all the presents are shown in this picture). We went to the Kirkwood Farmer's Market for our tree this year. We got a Frasier Fir and it looks so pretty in our living room.

This past Tuesday evening, Jake and I, our moms and the kiddos went on a wagon ride through Santa's Magical Kingdom to see the lights! It was so much fun.

While we were at Santa's Magical Kingdom, we also met Santa and had our picture taken with him. He was a great Santa. Originally the picture was just supposed to be of Santa and the kids, but Avery wouldn't take a picture with him if we weren't in it with her. She talked to Santa, told him that she wanted Doc McStuffins toys for Christmas and she even gave him a high five, but she would not sit or stand by him for a picture. Jackson did great. He told Santa that he wanted Dinosaurs and Space toys for Christmas and stood right by him for the picture, but Avery wasn't having it. So for the 2nd year in a row, we got a family picture with Santa!

I mailed out our Christmas Cards yesterday. I went with a buffalo plaid theme since it matched our pictures. I'm really happy with the way they turned out!

We're gearing up for Christmas festivities starting tomorrow. Our festivities are all spread out and I love it! I love having it all spread out and not all in one day! Tomorrow we have Jake's family celebration, Jackson has his school party on Tuesday (Avery's was yesterday), Christmas Eve is spent with my Mom's side of the family (her dad and brother and his family) and then we go to church that evening. We are spending Christmas Day at home! This is our 4th year in a row to just spend the day at home and we love it! I'm so excited to watch the kids open their gifts, sip some coffee by the fire and stay in my pajamas all day long!! Then the Monday after Christmas we'll be hosting my immediate family (my parents, sister and her family). So we have a lot to look forward to this week!

I hope you all have the Merriest of Christmases and a Wonderful New Year!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Family Pictures 2016

On Thanksgiving day, I roped my family (my parents, my sister and her family and my family of 4) into dressing for family pictures! I brought my camera along and had my uncle snap a big family picture of us and then between my sister and I, we took a few individual family pictures as well. They turned out so cute, so I thought I'd share a few of our favorites.

We decided to do a buffalo plaid theme. Some of us wore buffalo plaid and some of us just wore, red, black and/or gray. I think it turned out pretty cute!

My mom and dad with all the grand-kids.

My mom and dad. :-)

My sister and her family.

And last but not least, my family!

We were done in a matter of about 20 minutes, maybe less. It was overall painless and they turned out great!! So very worth it.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Walt Disney World Vacation || Part 6

Thursday, Jake and I originally had planned to go to Universal Studios and let my parents hang out with the kids around the hotel. But Jackson had so much fun at the beach on Monday, that we decided to do a second beach day. I had also wanted to take the kids over to the Art of Animation Resort and we were running out of opportunities to be able to do that, so I thought Thursday evening would be a good time for that.

So we got up and headed to a different beach on Thursday. We went to the Daytona Beach area and found a great beach with a splash pad for the kids. It was a lot of fun.

Avery was rather crabby while we were at the beach that day. I'm not sure if she was just tired or what, but she wouldn't leave my side and wouldn't let me get in the water much. So I stayed out with her and we played in the sand.

We were only there for a couple hours (if that) before a storm blew in. Eventually it poured down rain and the life guard made us all get out of the water. It was fun while it lasted and such a nice beach.

After the beach, we headed back to Orlando. We got cleaned up and drove over to the Art of Animation Resort. I wanted to take the kids there because I had seen it on the Disney World website and thought they would really like seeing it. It is broken up into 4 sections and there was a Cars section and a Lion King section that I knew Jackson would like. This resort was so cool and totally geared for kids. Each room is themed according to what section you stay in. There were pools, playgrounds and all kinds of cool stuff for them to see. We could have stayed there so much longer. It was really a cool resort.

We started on the Cars end and it was so very cool. They had life-sized cars of each of the main characters.

It was like you were right there in Radiator Springs.

They just loved checking out each of the cars! So cool! Disney really is so great at paying attention to such detail. I love it.

 After checking all of the Cars area, we headed to the Finding Nemo area next.

Then we headed over to the Lion King area, which was also very cool.

The fourth section was The Little Mermaid, but unfortunately, we ran out of daylight to go check it out, but I'm sure it's just as cool as the rest of the resort.

It was another wonderful day in Florida!

There's a couple more Disney Posts to come, so stay tuned.
And be sure to check out Parts one, two, three,  four and five of our Disney Trip if you missed them.