Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! This year will not be remembered as our best Christmas as my poor kiddos were sick :(.Beckett had a fever of 103 and both kids were vomiting. We missed out on a lot of things we typically do like the nativity service at church and Christmas dinner, butwe made the most out of what we could do! One of Jackson's favorite part of Christmas is making the Christmas cookies! Noni got all of us these adorable aprons this year and, they were so excited to put them to use!

My sweet boys! So glad they like to bake with mommy!!

Beckett was really able to participate this year. Here he is rolling out the the dough!

Jackson has become much more meticulous with his cookie cutting :)

Favorite part! Decorating! It is so funny to me how carefully Jackson now decorates his cookies.

These boys conquered the cookie making and decorating!

Tyically we go to the 3:00 nativity service at church, but this year we had to skip it. The boys still got to open their traditional Christmas Eve present!

Next on the list was viewing their message from Santa to see if they were on the nice list or naughty list. Jackson was so nervous to see if he made the cut! Santa told Jackson that his big task for this year was to try not to bite his nails. Did he try hard enough? He did!!!!

Next was Beckett. Beckett's task was to try to be nicer to his brother. I caught this photo of Jackson as he said, "I am not sure if he tried hard enough." Santa thought so though! 
Time to scatter the reindeer food for the reindeer to munch on while Santa delivered the presents!

Big throw!

Time to leave out the milk and cookies! Beckett decided to test the milk for Santa.

It's almost time to go to sleep. So special to have Noni read the book about the boys visit with Santa!

So sweet!

Chrismtas morning came bright and early at 5:30 am! Jackson was so excited he could hardly stand it. Poor Beckett really wasn't feeling that great :(

Time to see if Santa came!

He came! Jackson's favorite gift from Santa is his huge lion. He sleeps with this massive lion every night and drags it everywhere! Beckett's favorite was his imaginext rover. He pushes that toy all over the house!

Time to open the gifts from Noni and Granddaddy and us!

Jackson was super excited to give everyone the gifts he picked out for them. He did such a great job! He bought Beckett a car and motorcycle.

He bought daddy an ice scooper and a walker coozie.

He bought Granddaddy an electric thermometer for his grill.

He bought Noni this black scarf. He bought me a beautiful snowflake cheese plate and a gorgeous necklace and earrings. He did such a great job!!

One of Jackson's favorites from us was his new flicker!

Stocking time! Once Beckett saw there was candy in his stocking, he perked up a bit.

One of Beckett's favorite presents was his laser tag! The kids love playing this all around the house. Noni and Granddaddy also bought them some walkie talkies, which are awesome! The boys grab their walkie talkies, jump on their riding toys, and zoom all around the yard talking to eachother.

Daddy's present from mommy...a ping pong table! The instructions said it would take 2 hours to put together with 2 people. My competitive husband was determined to do it in half the took 2 hours :)

Daddy's other present was Beats headphones. This one has used it way more than daddy has! He LOVES music! His favorite songs right now are Maroon 5 Animals, Taylor Swift Shake if Off, Calvin Harris Blame it on the Night, Meghan Trainor All About the Base, and Macklemore Can't Hold Us.

Loves putting on his music and riding his 4 wheeler!

Jackson has been begging for the Lego Millenium Falcon. It is really expensive and the age is 9-14. We decided to get it for him and our 6 year old finished it in 2 days!! Since everyone is now better, we are going to try to have a fun New Years. This one is determined to try to stay up until Midnight. We shall see! Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Boys!!

Happy 3rd Birthday Beckett and 6th Birthday Jackson! How time flies!! We started the week with Beckett's 3rd birthday. Mary, Ben, and Aunt Kiera were able to come over for pizza, cupcakes, and presents. This was Ford F150 was our birthday gift to him. It was not easy to find! It was sold out all over the country!! I searched and searched but couldn't find it anywhere. We decided to go to Toys R Us in the off chance that they received a shipment, and thank goodness we did! They weren't expecting any new ones, but after some convincing by Daddy, they sold us the display. They told us we would have to pay for the assembly, but when they rang it up, they not only gave us the black friday price, but they also didn't charge us for shipping. Score for us!

Beckett absolutely loves it! He rides it around all over the yard. Not only does it have fold in mirrors, but it also has a working radio that picks up stations!

Cupcake time! Beckett was so excited to blow out his candles!!

Good job Beckett! I really can't believe it has been 3 years since you shocked us with your early arrival. You are my little cuddle bug and we love you more than you will ever know. You are sweet, funny, and full of energy. You are always making us laugh and are the perfect completion to our family. We love you Beckett!!

Beckett and Ben. Two peas in a pod!

Next it was Jackson's big day! Beckett and I decided to surprise him with a birthday lunch at his school. Not only did he get to celebrate his birthday at school, but it also happened to be pajama polar express day. He was so excited to wear his pjs on his birthday!

This year I did their party a little different. Jackson really wanted a laser tag party, but Beckett was too little to really do laser tag. I found out that a roller rink called Sparkles not only had skating, but also an indoor jungle gym and laser tag. Perfect for both boys! They do private parties only on Wednesdays, so we decided to have the party on Jackson's actual birthday after school. It was perfect. It was the best party we have had so far and will probably do it again. All the kids and even parents had a blast!!

We had about 45 children skating!

Jackson quickly figured out that he could spin around super fast with the stabilizer :)

Each child each received a card that allowed them to play games and win tickets. Beckett loved skee ball!

Beckett's turn to skate. He started off slowly with Noni....

He quickly figured out and started flying around the rink. It was really quite funny! He would zip all around the rink!

Laser tag time! Jackson was super excited for this part!!

Happy birthday cake!

Time for the birthday song!

There were so many kids and it was so loud during the birthday song that Jackson had to cover his ears :)

After the party, it was time to head home and give Jackson his present. He loves it as well. The boys zip all around the yard in their vehicles. Happy 6th birthday to my smart, sweet, funny, empathetic boy. You make me so proud to be your mommy and we love you more than you will ever know!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Fun!

This really is the most wonderful time of year, but it is also the busiest! Between the boys birthdays and all the Christmas parties, our weekends are packed to the fullest!! I decided not to post the boys' birthdays yet because they are having their party today. Next week, I will post on all the birthday fun! The Christmas season always starts with the annual black tie Marietta Pilgrimage party. Here is a pick of Greg and I and all all dressed up! It doesn't happen very often!!

Next up was the Santa brunch at the Country Club. This was the first year that we have done this and it was so much fun! I was on the ball this year and called early to get a reservation, so our timing was perfect! The kids started with their Christmas craft. Jackson has become quite the lttle crafter, so he took a while making all of his choices :)

Beckett with his finished product!
So proud of his work!

One of the elves was kind enough to get a family shot :)

Next it was Santa time! We were lucky that we didn't have to wait very long to see the big man in red. Both boys ran right up to sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted. Jackson recited off his list....lion stuffed animal, dino zoomer, simon says, nerf demolisher, and mutant mania. Beckett said...presents :). First year with no cyring!

Best Santa pic ever!!

After Santa it was time to eat a delicius brunch. I was so proud of how well behaved my 2 monkeys were!! Jackson could not wait to do the cookie decorating. I took him over to the station and he told me I could leave so he could surpirse me. He took a LONG time, but this was his finished product!
That night we had another Christmas party with the big guy. I was a little worried about Jackson seeing 2 Santas in one day and getting confused, but he was too busy running around with all of his friends to even give it a thought.

Family shot! I think this weekend was the most pictures I have had with me in it all year!

My little crafter. Jackson made snowflakes at school one day and couldn't wait to make some more at home. We all had to make several and hang them in our rooms above our bed :)

Beckett even joined in on the fun!
Ever since Jackson went to a birthday party where he was able to paint a penguin, he has been begging me to go back to the pottery place, so we decided one afternoon to go. Jackson picked out a lion, which is currently his favorite animal.

This was too funny! After we cut down our Christmas tree, we headed to the gift shop. Jackson found a geometric board and really wanted it. I told him no, so when he got home, he made his own. He hammered in the nails himself and everything!
Beckett picked a shark :)

So, this is too funny. Our black friday purchase has become a favorite part of the bedtime routine....the Bear battle. Greg uses the bear to wrestle witht he boys. It is pretty funny and the boys love it!

Getting ready to slam him down :) Next week I will post on all the fun the boys' had at their laser tag/roller skating birthday party at Sparkles this afternoon!!