Jan 8, 2018

Happy birthday Caleb

This guy has been so busy working on his practice and turning it into his dream job. We spend a lot of late nights working and staying up late in bed talking about the plans. It was great to take the night off and spend time with friends eating some amazing steak at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. They decorated the table form and even got him a card. The best part of the meal was their mac n cheese. It was amazing and I don't even like to eat that EVER!

Happy birthday babe!

Dec 31, 2017

Christmas 2017

I absolutely love Christmas time. I love to wrap gifts and leave them under the tree for weeks up to Christmas. I love to take gifts to people and the excitement that only a child can have this time of year. We stay up WAY too late every Christmas Eve making sure we didn't forget anything. This year was a little over the top from Santa. It's always pretty obvious when I am involved in the shopping for the kids and when Caleb is left to run to the store. He has a tendency to go a little overboard.

Anyway, the kids always pass the tree on the way to our bedroom so I always try and wake up before they do so we can all have the surprise together. This year I heard Calvin coming upstairs because he walks so loudly that it's hard to miss. We waited for Shelby to wake up and then let the big kids open their Santa gift. And then Ronin came up and wanted nothing to do with his. Pretty funny, but he wakes up like Caleb, slow and cranky!

After we shared gifts and breakfast we just played together and relaxed. Christmas evening we went to my sisters and got to talk to my nephew Logan who is serving a mission in Nicaragua. The call was relatively short, but we had a good connection and could see him clearly on the TV. He comes home this summer and we always love getting to hear missionary stories from him.

Feeling blessed this Christmas for our beautiful family and healthy kids. It's challenging not to think about our baby we just lost. We won't ever forget him. The kids wanted to get him a stocking and still named a couple of decorations after him. So sweet. We love our little man Slater and can't wait to see him again.

Finally scored some Seahawks gear!

Santa spoiled the youngest

Calvin loves to sort gifts for everyone

Shelby got her Boo puppy

Ronin is finally waking up and happy to open a present

Everyone talking to Logan and laughing

Dec 30, 2017

Ronin turns 3

Ronin had his birthday party two days after Christmas on his actual birthday. Each year I feel like I should do a half birthday, or maybe do it a week late. But the big kids always spoil it and this year they got Ronin so excited about it, that we couldn't wait. So I ripped Christmas down the day after again, cleaned my house, and then immediately decorated for Ronin's Paw Patrol party. We had family over, ate some cake, and had a great time. This boy loves his Paw Patrol, and all his cousins.

Ronin talks all day long, every day. He says more words at 3 than any of my other kids. We have full conversations and he knows what he wants. He's obsessed with all construction vehicles just like Calvin was. He always points out trucks and trailers to me when we drive. He loves to watch Batman and Paw Patrol. He wants to read the same construction books every night, over and over. And he loves to snuggle. Every single morning he climbs into my bed and asks to "nuggle" me. It's the best way to wake up, as long as it's not before 7 am!

Chalk art by Shelby

Dec 24, 2017

Christmas surprise

We went over to my sisters house for our party with our family the day before Christmas. I secretly bought Taylor Swift tickets for my sister and her girls, Shelby and myself. I wrapped up clues inside a box, one for each girl. They honestly had no idea! The last clue was tickets for each of them that I made with their names on it. The girls were laughing, crying, and completely shocked. Maybe one of the best Christmas memories I have ever had.

Dec 22, 2017

Christmas time 2017

We got our Christmas tree early, the weekend of Thanksgiving as usual. It's enormous and we could not even get it into our house. Caleb and I both were pushing and pulling has hard as we could. We even took off more branches and it still wouldn't get inside. After adding tie down pull straps, blankets, and rope, we managed to get it in the house. We were sweating like crazy and scratched up our door, and the tree takes up half the room. It's so crazy and awesome!

This year we had such a fun Christmas with the kids. We went to the Zoo lights for the first time with the kiddos. We've tried before but it was closed or too packed to even get in. This year it was also packed, but it did not rain on us.

We visited Santa and the kids both asked for Kindles and Ronin wanted a motorcycle. Hope they aren't disappointed with what the big guy brings them!

We had our gingerbread house making party. I wish I had a huge house so that I could invite more families over for this. It's always so much fun and we just run out of room. We had four families come over and each kid makes something unique and adorable.

 Shelby and Calvin are in love with Harry Potter, and so is our good friend Jen. She made Hagrid's hut for the kids and let them keep it. Shelby will NEVER let me throw this away!

Getting to go to church on Christmas is the best. I always love the programs and getting to share the true reason for the season with our kids. It's easy to get caught up in the other activities, but THIS is what we really need in our lives.

Dec 1, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

We went to my parents for Thanksgiving. It was pretty fun because my Grandma Walker was turning 80 so all her kids came to town. They threw her a party in Sweet Home and I haven't been there for years. It was great to see everyone and not as awkward as I thought it would be. I have social anxiety right now really bad so I get very nervous to go places. I love talking about Slater but only with people that I'm close to. It's very hard for me when I barely know the person and they don't know anything about the situation. Someday it will be easier but for now, I just don't want all the back story and details. It's pretty personal and  a lot of information. But my mother must have told everyone not to ask me, because nobody did at all. Which was honestly kid of weird too, but whatever. I guess I don't know what's better at this point. Here is the whole family standing in the rain to get a picture:

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is not the food. I can't stand most of it. Not a fan of pot luck, foods at all the wrong temperatures, turkey is mostly gross, and I can do without most of the other stuff too. I'm typically there for the desserts. I can put down some homemade apple pie, but there wasn't any. So it made that part easy too.

And here is my grandma's 80th birthday party. She was all dressed up, got a new outfit, and had her hair done. She looks pretty amazing and was smiling all night long.

Nov 3, 2017

Halloween 2017

It was hard to get costumes or motivation to get out and go trick or treating this year, but we made it happen. Luckily our friends invited us over for a low key pizza dinner and we went to their neighborhood to walk around. We went out for about an hour and the kids had a blast. I love how excited Ronin was this year to get out and get his own candy.

Calvin and Shelby were dying to be Pokemon characters. They picked out the costumes online, they showed up the day before and luckily they fit!

Shelby was Bulbasur. It has a cute skirt and shell on the back. We had fun putting on face paint. She wanted me to do it exactly like the character, but I am terrible at the paint so we washed most of it off and went to the shapes that the character has. She was happy, so it worked.

Calvin was Pikachu, his favorite Pokemon. He had red paint on his cheeks and he kept wiping his face on his costume all night. By the time we got home, his costume was covered in red paint. Luckily it came off in the wash. I used my red Mac lipstick on his cheeks which he was not happy about, but I told him nobody would know.

Ronin rocked his Paw Patrol Chase sweater and hat, and refused to wear any actual costume. He hasn't liked to wear costumes his whole life and I sure hope that changes some day. Calvin didn't like it for a long time either.