Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Creche Festival 2015

Trying to keep up with all the holiday traditions around here!
This one was a new one for our family one which I'm sure we'll do again next year.
I haven't been to a creche festival since i was a kid living in Woodland California.
I've been wanting to go to this one for a couple years now so i was so happy that we were able to make it on the last day!
There was over 500 nativities from all around the world! 
I took tons of pictures!
(but i won't post them all)
I could tell that a whole lot of effort went into this event, it was VERY well put together, i wasn't sure what to expect but i was blown away!

now go enjoy some pictures!

This one was my favorite!
And that tree behind it....amazing!
Christmas tree skirt nativity!

Love this one!

Rubber ducky nativity!
They had a kids room, with lots of Nativity's geared toward kids in it, it was amazing!

They also had an activity room with all sorts of kid nativity activities.
Another room they had was a dress up room and they'd take your picture i really wish Hailey would of done that one! 
Maybe next year ;)

Corn husk nativity!

Love it!

This one was made from soda cans cut into strips!
The last room we went into was called the 'Christ Room' 
it had lots of beautiful pictures of Christ throughout his life.
It was by far my favorite room!

And you may be wondering where Aubrey was through all this?
Well she slept through the whole thing and woke up as we walked out the door!

What are your holiday traditions?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Hello December!
It was a busy november full of ups and downs!
A couple weeks before thanksgiving we had a huge windstorm that ended up knocking out our power for 4 days! 
That's the longest i've ever experienced a power outage.
Thankfully we had a generator.
Then the next week  (a week before thanksgiving) Hailey got sick with a cough, she's had coughs before but it only got worse and eventually turned into the croup (which she has also had before)
It got so bad one night she had trouble breathing and let me tell you as a Mom there is nothing worse that watching your child struggle to breath and not be able to do anything about it!
We ended up taking her to the ER where she got medicine and a breathing treatment.
Later that week she was a lot better just in time for......
Thanksgiving was a beautiful day!
 blue sky and sunny.
I just wish it hadn't been so cold!

Started the day by watching the Macy's thanksgiving day parade, a yearly tradition.
While i watched i was also prepping food.
Thanksgiving is also my favorite day to get the newspaper ( i know that's lame) because it's STUFFED full of black Friday adds.
Shawn was in charge of the turkey that had been sitting in the fridge for 3 days and on thanksgiving was still hard as a rock!
So he spent a while giving it a hot bath in the
All in all it turned out amazing and was so yummy!
Because of the turkey still being frozen we didn't end up eating until 2:30 a little later than i wanted to eat but by that time we all really ready to eat!

Turkey,homemade mashed potatoes,i tried a fluffy fruit salad,kale salad rolls,cranberry sauce,pickles and of course deviled eggs!
I also made a peppermint pie as well.
It was all SO good!

After eating we watched movies, and later that evening Shawn took Hailey with him to brave walmart to get some black Friday deals, he ended up getting some good stuff!
Shawn also went out the next morning early to get more black Friday stuff that he had is eye on, he was really into all that!
I however wasn't looking for anything in particular and i feel as the years go on, I'm not a fan of getting up early to fight the crowds for a good deal.
Call me Lazy....haha
Overall it was a great thanksgiving
low key
just the way i like it!
 It's always been one of my Favorite holidays!

(This is also the first year that the day right after thanksgiving we put up lights on the house and are Christmas Tree!)


Monday, September 14, 2015

End of Summer Fun

Well the end of summer has come and gone over here, and  Hailey is already in school.
But before she went back to school we decided to celebrate the last day of 'summer' by heading to the fair, the last day of the fair!
It was a Gorgeous warm day!
First lets just enjoy those chubby little cheeks!
it's ok...go ahead and swoon a little!
 After getting tickets we hit the rides!
Hailey is all about the rides and she went on a lot!
we also went on one that i haven't been on since i was a kid, maybe my sisters remember the eggbeater ride? haha
We had fun on that one!

I love the swings!

She went through the fun house, but got lost in the 'mirror' section so daddy had to go in and rescue her ;)

She also went on the merry go round, a big roller-coaster which she loved! (to daddy's relief) and then she really wanted to go on the Ferris wheel, in the past when she's wanted to go on the big wheel whenever we'd get right up to it she'd change her mind! This time she braved it out with Dad and even though she was a little scared she still came off all smiles!
After riding to her/our hearts content we stopped to get some funnel cake, I'm not going to lie, after having funnel cake at Disneyland this one was pretty disappointing!
But that's how it goes at the fair,
After snacking we walked around and checked out the animals
and this dog show, which she could of watched for a long time!
And of course what's a fair if you don't check out the exhibits and of course the vendors! 
Before we knew it, it the fair was closing and it was time to go home.
And get this one to bed!
It sure was a fun way to say goodbye summer
How did you end your summer?

Saturday, September 12, 2015

More Summer

Here's another peek at our summer, it was just seemed so full of stuff near the end that it's hard to keep track of everything! 
If you missed part one click below ;)
This summer did i mention we did a lot of indoor crafts?
When the weather got hot we stayed inside!

This summer she played alot of soccer!
 This summer i sewed her a couple dresses, i'm no expert but she loves to be able to pick out the fabric and have me make something pretty for her.
This is her 'are you done taking pictures yet?' face
She's a pro at those monkey bars!

 This summer we went to that museum i'm always talking about - we went again and again and again!
It's always fun to see there 'traveling' exhibit which right now they have one called 'grossology' it's pretty awesome ;)
This summer we noticed a big food truck festival, ond day while we were down in Seattle so we thought we'd stop by and check it out.
It did not disappoint!
 It was delicious.
They also had some very talented vendors!
The lady that did these kids clothes.....WOW! 
Such talent!

Some more of my favorites!
Here's to wishing the summer could of lasted just a little longer.......
Stick around the 'final' summer post is almost finished!

Friday, September 11, 2015

First Day Of School

Can't believe i have a 1st Grader!
She was so excited for the first day of school, she was up and dressed bright and early.
This year she is taking the bus to and from school.
It is weird having her be gone from 8:30am-3:30pm
Of course i miss her and worry about her and wonder how she's doing during the day.
But so far she's come home everyday with a smile on her face!
She is loving first grade and has a pretty great teacher too!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Visit From Grandma & Grandpa

The first week of September my parents came to visit us here in Washington!
They have never been here so it was exciting to have them come!
Hailey was the most excited!
The first thing Hailey wanted to do when they came was play the Wii both Grandma and Grandpa happily agreed  :)

They played Tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing!

Next Hailey wanted to play with her princess dolls and pets.
The next day we took them to the Science Museum down in Seattle.
Checking out the Ferris Wheel!
See that sky? as you can tell we got some rain while we were there!
I didn't get a lot of pictures of us at the science museum, we just wandered around and did all the fun stuff they have there!  
We also went to a little show in the planetarium as well.
But most of all Hailey wanted to go to the Butterfly house, (we didn't make it to that part of the museum when we went as a family last month) it's one of my favorites as well!
After a morning in Seattle at the museum we came home for lunch and then headed out to the Mall.
They have a big American Girl store there so we walked around.
Hailey isn't much into dolls (she prefers dogs and bunnies) but she still had fun looking around the store, it's amazing all the little details and accessories american girl has these days!

When we got home we had Tacos for dinner, thank you Dad!
We went out for frozen yogurt after dinner...
And then there was a little bit of time to play with the princess castle.
Then Hailey got ready for bed, Grandma read her stories and she read stories to Grandma!
The next day we went back down to Seattle to take my parents to Pike's Place Market, another one of my favorites!!
We even got to see them throw the fish!
(at the fist part of the market,which is right behind that yellow truck in the picture below)
I love Pikes Place, there is just a TON of fresh produce + samples and Tons of little shops and just overall a lot to look at.
We also stopped by Rocky mountain chocolate while we were there to get some sweet treats :)
We also found this cool shop that was all Maps and Globes it was awesome!

Fun stuff to look at.
 After wandering around Pike's for a very long time, we headed back home but on the way we made a special stop at a nursery my Mom wanted to go to.
While we were there we picked out some things for Hailey to plant in her garden box.
We decided on Lettuce, Kale and some Pansies, all of which should grow well in the cooler months.
She had SO much fun planting with Grandma, and has since been taking very good care of her garden.
After gardening it was late enough, and we had dinner
(thanks again Dad for cooking!)
We made one last frozen yogurt stop, that place is just too good!
And then we called it a night, after that long day!
The next day was Friday and we just hung around the house because Grandma and Grandpa left around 9am
But not before we got one last picture!
Thanks for visiting us Mom and Dad!
Come again anytime!
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