Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Isaac's BirthDAY.

Saturday night I got the house decorated like I have in the past, but in the new house I had to figure out what to do. We did streamers on his door like usual. Then we put some more in the dining room and kitchen. And hung another birthday banner in the living room. 

We started the day off with breakfast and then going outside to play in the snow while we did a little shoveling. We didn't' have much snow but enough for the kids to play in and we took a walk around the block. We got back home and had hot chocolate and Isaac opened up a couple presents. 

He's really into the Magic TreeHouse series so we got him a stack of those (I had found at garage sales, the best way to get them... a quarter a piece.)

Video opening gift 1

Video opening gift 2

We went to Jimmy Johns for lunch, per Isaac's request. Then headed to St. Paul to visit the Science Museum. Since we are members now, from purchasing it before we went to Chicago, we get to see the Omnitheater for free. We saw 'A Beautiful Planet'. Everybody did great the whole time, only a little bored at the end.

We stopped and picked up a Chicago Style stuffed pizza and brought it home for dinner. And celebrated with some more left over cake.

Video of Emma eating cake:

After dinner Isaac opened up the remainder of this family presents and face-timed with grandmas and called grandpa. It was a good birthday.

Basement Organization & Christmas Lights

Somewhere around mid-November I got the garage cleaned out so that Kyle could park his car in there as well. It's a tuck under garage so there is literally no storage space IN the garage, which meant getting creative in the basement area, luckily we have lots of unfinished space to use as storage. It was perfect timing because it ended up being cleaned out days before the first snow came.  

It took another few weeks to get the holes made in the wall so we could hang two bikes, but it's done and it's great having them out of the way!

We also are learning as we go with what works where in the new house. Now that's it's winter we are strictly going in and out the basement which helps keep the winter gear clutter downstairs out of the way. We picked up a bench shoe rack from Ikea and I put some command hooks on the wall for the kids snow gear.

We got another set of shelves at the end of October to organize my photography stuff. This isn't exactly how it settled but you get the idea.

And here's the house all decorated for Christmas! You can't see our new tree in the front window cuz we just got it up last weekend.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Isaac's 5th Birthday Bash

Due to procrastination and Isaac's indecisiveness, we planned his party for Friday evening. The pool he wanted to have it at didn't have any openings on Saturday or Sunday, but it worked out just fine. There was a little explaining when he was questioning why his party was December 2nd but his birthday was December 4th. Then he was asking if he was having TWO birthday's this year, haha. He invited a handful of friends, some of his old buddies and a few of his new friends from his new preschool. It was a pool party so they started the night off with swimming in the splash pad wading pool and bigger pool. The splash pad pool was rather cold so everyone ended up migrating to the warmer big pool. 

The girls going down the slide in slow motion:

After about an hour or more of swimming everyone dried off and changed to eat dinner and celebrate. We had Jimmy Johns and Costco cake.

Happy Birthday song video:

Everyone was excited to dig into the cake and Isaac was excited to open his presents.

Video opening gift:

Here's some pictures of Isaac on Saturday digging up the dinosaur egg: (he's actually doing another one right now as I write this blog and try to get it finished while the girls are napping)

Emma digging into Junie's cake that she was planning to take home to her sister... luckily we had plenty and I gave them a new piece :-)

These little guys have been friends for 4.5 years! So cute to watch them grow up together.

And a picture of mom! Didn't realize til I got home that there weren't any pics of me.. aw well.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Light at the MN Arboretum

Friday evening, while my mom was visiting, we got tickets to go to the Light show at the Minnesota Arboretum by Bruce Munro. We weren't exactly sure what to expect and had planned on going Friday due to Kyle's work week of late evenings. We didn't know that it was going to be the crappiest night of the week weather wise. It had been in the sixties but this night it was low 30's, luckily barely above freezing.

We got all the snow gear out, and of course the kids were super excited thinking they were going to be playing in snow. But they were happy to wear their hats, gloves, and boots. We grabbed dinner at Punch Pizza in Eden Prairie before making our way to the Arb. We arrived early because previous nights had been sold out, but due to the weather we were one of a few cars in the parking lot at roughly 5:30.

There were seven different light displays, two inside and five outside.

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We went back inside to go to the other end of the building toward the final two. The wind was really bad on our walk to the next one, and it was up on a hill which  made matters worse. Luckily the walk back the wind was at our backs.

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