On Monday night we made a trip to Lubbock to take the kids on the Polar Express. Jackson LOVES trains so it was so much fun to see how excited he was when we drove up! I love the expressions on his face in these pictures!
I love Jackson's excited smile in the picture!
We asked a kind man sitting across from us to get our picture...this was the best one!
I was so surprised at Rylee, she is typically very very shy around new people. But when the elves and Santa came onto the train she came right out of her shell and talked and talked to them!
Ry has been pretty worried after seeing Santa because she forgot to tell him that she wanted baby doll stuff, she was so excited she said all she told him she wanted was a baby doll. We've reassured her that he's pretty good about knowing what to get little girls for Christmas ;)
Still so shocked at this outgoing little girl giving Santa a big hug!
We all had such a great time! Christmas is soo much more fun when you have kids :)
A few weeks ago we took a trip to Baltimore MD to visit Jeremy's sister, her husband and their brand new sweet baby boy, Rowan. The trip started off great trying to get 2 toddlers and 8 pieces of luggage from car, to shuttle to check in, Thankfully Mimi was with us on the way there so we had an extra set of hands to heard the littles!
The kids did great on the flights except for the part where Jackson got motion sick on our first landing and cried and then threw up his lunch all over me. Aside from smelling like throw up our next flight went great! We finally made it through a long day of traveling and made it to the house!
The next day the kids were elated to be playing at a house with stairs and checking on Baby Rowan.... Jeremy and I got hit with food poisoning (we think...) and were pretty much in bed for 3 days. Again, so thankful for Mimi!
We took a weekend trip to the Appalachians where we went on a scenic train ride. Jackson was thrilled to see and be on the train. On the way back down Jeremy and Josh did a quick hike on a portion of the Appalachian trail, something on Jeremy's to-do list (actually he wants to do a through hike of the entire trail...only takes about 6 months!)
We visited Philadelphia and ate a famous cheese steak, yum. We also went to a children's museum while we were there.
We spent some time near the harbor and in Pennsylvania too. Jeremy and I also ate our very first crab cake, it was one of my favorite experiences from the whole trip - YUM!
I should also mention that I left our camera battery charger at home, and I left my phone on our first flight so it spent our vacation in Seattle - so we got very few pictures.
Jeremy and I did a short hike on the MA and PA trail. It was beautiful! This rock that Jeremy is on is where the rock climbing scene in Failure to Launch was filmed.
We got there at the very end of the pretty fall colors, but it was still very colorful compared to our green to brown fall leaves here.
Last night in the city.
The harbor at sunset
Staying occupied in the airport.
The pictures don't do justice to the great time we had while we were there! We all can't wait to visit again!
The Monday before Halloween we went to the school to participate in One Great Day of Reading. Everyone dresses up like their favorite book character and classes have people come in and read stories to them all day! I skipped dressing up this year, but Rylee and Jackson didn't. Jackson went as Harold and the Purple crayon, Rylee went as a butterfly from The very Hungry Caterpillar (and I do not have a picture of her in her whole costume. Fail)
Some of the kids at school actually thought Jackson's name was Harold because Rylee and I kept referring to him as Harold! I read the cutest book (I thought so... kids didn't really agree) It was called Ribbit, its about a pig trying to make friends. We took an actual pot belly pig with us into the school to let the kids see and pet.... They did think that was pretty cool!
For our Trunk-or-Treat on Wednesday I made Rylee and Jackson Mickey and Minnie costumes. Rylee loved hers, Jackson was less than thrilled... especially with his ears.
Rylee designated herself with the job of keeping Jackson's ears on all night at trunk-or-treat.
In my attempt to get a picture of Jackson (ears on) and Rylee together I told them there was an airplane in the sky (mom lie) It totally distracted the wrong one, but at least he had his ears on.
We had an exhausting but fun week of Halloween and we still have three huge bowls of candy hiding in our house that we will happily share!
Rylee and Jackson have the sweetest (most of the time) relationship. It makes my heart glad to see how much the two of them care about each other, and really just like each other. They are always playing together and very concerned with what the other is doing.
Most of the time Jackson's first words when he wakes up in the morning or from his nap are "Ry Ry" and if Rylee hears Jackson waking up before anyone else she sprints into his room to be the first to greet him.
I can humbly announce that I have outdone myself this year, set a new record for the least posting in a year. Woop!
You aren't getting a detailed apology from me this time, I will keep it simple: instead of posting about our life, we've just been living it. (hello corny) but its true. Life is full and fast and messy. We've been busy keeping up with two and cleaning up after all of our fun.
It does make me a bit bitter to see how I've neglected to update you on all the awesomeness that our family gets to enjoy in Rylee and Jackson, so here is a long over due update on where we are at and a condensed version of some of our spring and summer highlights!
In April Jeremy completed his first marathon! Beyond proud of him! Jeremy and Cary were able to finish together, it was really exciting!
We had another awesome VBS in May. The week ended with every kid getting to throw a whip cream pie in our face and a meal for the community. It was a blast!
We spent a lot of time working in our yard, Ry and Jackson helped too.
Jackson turned 1!
Rylee turned 3!
Jeremy and I were able to take a quick trip to the mountains to go backpacking for a few nights. It was an awesome trip and a great way to refuel our marriage and our spirit.
Plenty of cuteness and meltdowns...
For our anniversary we went to a Rangers game, they won, and I ate my weight in garlic fries so I won too.
So there you have it! That's all you get for now. Thanks for sticking around!
Have you ever done a group project? It can be tricky trying to organize everyone, get everyone focused on the same thing... looking in the same direction. Hello family photos. (Having your FIL as the photographer might also be a factor, Thanks Dean :)
"No Rylee, you are in the picture, not taking the picture."