Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Just a few days until Christmas and I'm finally getting around to posting about Thanksgiving!

We had a great Thanksgiving with the family in Indianapolis. We had a whole group - 17 of us in all complete with the kids' great grandmas and cousins. It was the most delicious meal that Judy cooked up for us...and that I ate for breakfast every day for the rest of the trip!

The kid table:

The grown-up table:

We decided to get some pictures of the whole group because, how often do you get 4 generations all together at once?

We took another one later in the day when cousin Eric had arrived and Mimi was with all 4 of her grandkids and 2 of her great-grandkids!

Then it was time for the Annual Turkey Day Games! Judy had asked if I wouldn't mind hosting the games since I do them every year and I was STOKED to introduce my in-loves to them!

There were a handful of games, each with their own point value. They ranged from the pretty tame (tossing a stuffed turkey into a bow, or guessing the weight of a pumpkin) to the extreme.

Here's June in the paper airplane toss:

My favorite game was Cheeseball Head, which involves one partner throwing cheese puffs onto the head of the other partner, which is covered with a shower cap and shaving cream.

Judy and Fred were the winners of this game! They obviously practice this all the time.

The last game was "Who Cut the Flour?" which involves a quarter placed on a packed mound of flour, and people take turns cutting some away until the quarter falls. Whoever makes it fall loses AND has to retrieve the quarter in the flour.

Michael's turn was right before mine and announced that he was going to make an extreme cut to set me up for a difficult turn. Karma is quick, though, and the quarter fell and I laughed so hard I thought I might be sick.

So Michael got to live out the alternate name for this game, which is "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" due to it ending with someone looking like Santa Claus.

The winner of the games was....LAUREN! She got first place and we all shouted "YOU'RE THE BEST, YOU'RE THE BEST" as a prize because the Turkey Day Games don't actually have prizes (yet?).

It was such a fun nigh that ended with some more rounds of leg wrestling, and bed times, and glasses of wine. We love making memories with the fam!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

We spent a day at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis - and I have to say, this is the best children's museum I've ever been to. It's been a few years since we went and I love it every single time. It's 5 stories of awesomeness. I know we could have easily spent more time there if we didn't have to head to lunch!

June LOVED wearing this fancy costume in the section devoted to China. She made sure to get the train just right each time she moved. Check out how serious she is about her posing:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Indianapolis Trip!

We took the whole week for Thanksgiving this year! Michael had to work on Tuesday, so the kids and I went to Indianapolis and he caught up with us later. (The original plan had been to go to Arizona to see my family, but it didn't work out with Dad's health.)

The kids were great for the trip. June and Bennett even lucked into getting to see and sit in the cockpit before we took off! Shout out the awesome, kind pilots at Alaskan Air! They even let June do some "announcements" where they fed her the lines like, "This is your pilot speaking. There are only a few rules - sit down, don't ask for anything, and hold tight - this is my first flight." Ha! She was so thrilled and I'm so glad I got a video of it!

We were so happy to get to Grammy and Papaw Fred's house. They have tons of toys, such a warm and welcoming environment - and they just love playing with the kids. Here's Bennett dancing to Grammy's song on the xylophone...

They also spent some time in the yard, running around, raking leaves to jump in or feeding the birds/squirrels.

We went to a nearby park and played on the playground, and fed a goat that came to the fence.

Got to stop at my favorite, Steak N Shake! Bennett even got my fave - the Chili Mac!


It was so fun when Lauren, Meredith, Saige and Amira showed up. Then Mimi and Tom came, and we were a big laughing, leg- and arm-wrestling bunch!

I'll save the pics and stories of Thanksgiving for another post, so I'll skip to an expedition we took to a cute little town whose name is escaping me. It was all decked out for Christmas, which suited me just fine! 

At the airport on the way back, we bumped into Santa! We were lucky to catch him since he was about to pack up for the day, but we got a couple pictures and the kids were able to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. I have to say, the whole process of getting the Santa picture is something that I dread. The long waits, the crowds, the cost. (We don't even go most years!) So it was really nice to get this visit completed so early in the season with so little effort on our side! :)

It was a great trip! I was so glad to have enough time to really relax, get to see the whole family and really enjoy our time with everyone!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2017 Halloween

This was our first Halloween in Seattle! 

We had a bit of a funny day - the kids' dentist appointments had to be rescheduled and the only date they had available was Halloween, so the kids ended up at the dentist at 2:30 that day! I took Bennett with me to pick up June at school so he got to participate in her little class party that was open to siblings.

Bennett went as Darth Vader, or as he calls it, "Dark Vader."

June went as a Halloween fairy. Kind of a long story. Basically I made myself a Halloween-inspired circle skirt this year and June asked for one too. So I bought her a yard of fabric and whipped up a skirt. Well it ended up being her favorite thing on the planet, she wore it to school as often as I'd let her, and then she decided she wanted to wear it for Halloween too. I kept asking if she was SURE she didn't want a different costume, but she did not. So we got her some wings and a little headband with bats on it and she became a Halloween fairy. Even asked Bennett to trade pumpkin buckets so she'd get the one that matched her.

After the dentist we went to the little business trick-or-treating in the little 'village' of our neighborhood. It's really sweet and quaint - or would feel quaint if it weren't for the thousands upon thousands of people there. We went early and I was so glad we did, because it was fun while we were there but after a little bit I was over the crowds and ready to leave.

All of the businesses along the little main street open their doors and hand out candy to all the kids. Neighboring businesses come out and set up a booth to hand out candy. This is definitely where the kids did the bulk of their trick-or-treating. It was really fun - we saw a ton of the kids' friends, got to visit a lot of spots we frequent, etc.

Then we headed home and had a quiet dinner. Afterward, we went trick-or-treating at a few houses on our street. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in our street! It was really dark and quiet - lots of people had their lights off, and we only saw 3 or 4 other groups of trick-or-treaters out there. I was bummed since we live so close to the school that I thought we'd have tons of kids. But I also hear that most of our neighborhood heads over to this one street that goes all-out with decorations, so maybe that's it. (This is actually EXACTLY the same situation that we had in Sacramento.)

But the kids had a great time, got tons of candy, some of which they were willing to share with Michael and me! :)