Mar 25, 2017

Words + Pictures

A few everyday moments...

New shoes for the boys!  They both needed new shoes for different reasons.  Colson needed a new pair of shoes for indoor soccer.  He didn't have a pair of tennis shoes that would be sufficient.  Auntie took him out for some nice one-on-one time and bought him a new pair of converse!  Very styling shoes!

The next day, Auntie took Cannon out for some one on one time and they came home with new shoes, too!  Cannon has some everyday shoes to wear to school.  However, he needed a decent pair of shoes that weren't high tops or romeos, which he could wear to church or a wedding or anywhere nice.  These Vans are pretty cool!

"The battle has begun."  Colson and I played a LONG game of battleship earlier this month.  I enjoy these times and they have also been good lessons about perseverance, not giving up and strategy.

After our septic backed up out of the downstairs bathroom, we had re-paint and put up new trim. Well, not 'we' but Chris.  He did a nice job and the bathroom looks so good!  It's nice to have a handy husband!

We had a few days this month of snow!  Yes, snow in March.  This weather we have had this winter has been crazy.  The snow came fast and did cover everything quickly, however it didn't stick around long because of the warmer temperatures.

Chris spent 3 days in Florida at the Granger Trade Show.  It was a long, sleepless flight and a packed three days, but it was worth it.  They were fed well and had free reign of the Adventure Island part of Disney World one evening where they experienced the new Harry Potter rides.  On the last day there, they were able to explore a little bit, too!

Enjoying every moment!

Happy Birthday, Colson!

We just love this kid!
He is a smart, friendly, sweet boy!
He's showing quite a sense of humor.
He loves to play with Legos and put together puzzles.
He definitely shows his opinion.
Donuts are his favorite!
He loves school and is learning so much every day!
Sometimes he eats a lot and sometimes he doesn't eat much.
Soccer, basketball and football are favorite sports.
He still is an early riser and usually is the first one awake in the morning.
He loves to snuggle!

We love Colson so much!  He's a wonderful young man and we are looking forward to everything he will add to our lives this year!

Enjoying every moment!

Mar 5, 2017

Miscellaneous Photos From February

Colson doesn't like to take baths or showers.  He whines and cries every time we tell him he has to take one.  On this day, he ended up in the kitchen sink.  I honestly can't remember why, but he did get somewhat clean, minus washing his hair.  I'll take it as a win!

Harley dog is always somewhere near.  Usually, she is on our lap or right next to where we are sitting. She does like to play with her toys, but often, she is snuggling up with us.

Cannon is still practicing his crocheting with red yarn auntie got him. I find little crocheted "things" all over the house!

Almost daily, the boys are reading.  Cannon is on the fifth book of The Land of Stories series.  He is loving them.  Cannon has words and books that he gets from school just about every day.  When he reads them correctly to a parent at school, he gets another book.  The books are getting longer and have many more words on the page than when he first started.

Mr. Bonn and Cannon have been working on riding the unicycle.  This is as far as Cannon has gotten...holding on to the edge with one hand.  It's a challenge and a bit scary, but as soon as he gets enough courage, it won't take him long to get the hang of it.

Cannon learned to ride the hover board when he was at Landon's house.  It was cool to watch him ride it.  That may be something we need to invest in!

My Monday and Wednesday night instructor, Ciera, is moving to teaching only mornings.  This was her last evening class.  I will miss her!  She kicked my butt over and over and over!
Enjoying every moment.

Mar 4, 2017

Wedding Time

  Friday, February 17th, we watched my teaching partner, friend and Cannon's teacher get married! Noelle and Riley tied the knot at a church in Enumclaw and then partied at The Claw.   
  We went with Jen and her girls. The ceremony was a long one.  It was a full Catholic wedding and lasted for about an hour.  Lots of up and down!  
  It was a fun reception.  The food was yummy!  Catered by the local Mexican restaurant.  There was lots of dancing, laughing and good times.  Cannon liked watching Noelle throw the bouquet and
Riley toss the garter.  
  Noelle looked so beautiful!  It was wonderful to watch her on this special day!  We were glad to witnesses to it!

Enjoying every moment.

Feb 20, 2017

Great Wolf Lodge

For Christmas, we gave the boys another stay at Great Wolf Lodge.  We stayed there for the first time last year and decided to go back.  We took advantage of our Friday off of school for Mid-Winter break and headed down Thursday afternoon. Both boys were very excited and couldn't wait to go!

We definitely had a great time. It really is all about the kids. This year, we bought a "Pup Pass" which came with a number of cool items and/or things to do.  This really enhanced the stay and made it even more exciting!  We loved watching the boys enjoy themselves and see the smiles on their faces!

Checking out the bunk beds in the room!  Colson slept on the top bunk this time!

A quick picture before heading out to the water park.

There is a great area for little kids.  Colson is kind of in between but still liked to play around in this area!

Cannon loved the water slides.  We went down a number of times together and he also went down on his own.

Chris and Colson coming down a water slide.

Hanging out in the room before heading back down to play arcade games.  There is a pizza place at the hotel that makes very yummy pizzas, so that is what we had for dinner.

For $20, we spent a hour or so in the arcade. The boys played pretty much whatever they wanted.  It's fun to get to do this!

The next morning, we had breakfast in the room.  I brought cereal, donuts and breakfast sandwiches. Then we headed down to hit the water park again as soon as it opened.  We played hard for about 2 hours, going down the water slides a number of times and playing in the wave pool.  Cannon really like the wave pool.  He loved the water slides, but if you ask him, he will tell you his favorite part is the wave pool!

Colson got a free glitter tattoo with the Pup Pass.  It was pretty awesome!

The boys also picked out a stuffed animal to make.  They both agreed on the wolf.  Cannon is helping to put the stuffing in.  After that, the boys went on an adventure with their new animal.  It had a chip in it that made certain videos and computers work.  Each spot gave another clue.

Heading back home!  What a great trip we had!  So many good memories were made.

Enjoying every moment.
Enjoying every moment!

Feb 19, 2017

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
We believe in showing love and kindness all throughout the year, but Valentine's Day is still special. The boys had their own Valentine envelope to open in the morning, filled with some fun treats.  We had heart shaped pancakes for breakfast, too!

At school, the kids celebrated, too.  Cannon's class played Valentine Bingo and then opened their Valentine's from classmates.  Colson made a Valentine hat and handed out their Valentines to friends. Both boys enjoyed opening (and eating) treats from their friends!

Cannon's Valentine holder was pretty cool!  They made monsters.  So cool!

Chris had flowers and a card for me.  Beautiful flowers!  I love them.

As always, I write notes to the boys on hearts throughout the month of February.  I enjoy this tradition and the boys like reading the notes!

A heart shaped pizza for dinner! Simple and easy. Especially on a work night. Thank you to Chris for picking it up!

Enjoying every moment.