Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Taos 2017

Two weeks ago we took a family ski trip for the first time!  Living in Amarillo has a few perks because it's just four hours to the mountains.  We drove to Taos, NM and geared up for the unexpected...would our kids like skiing or not??

Here we go...headed up the mountain!  This is Sydney showing us just how big that mountain looked to her!
They were excited about getting fitted for their skis.
Getting fitted.  
Now, let me insert a little something here...I had NO idea how much work it would take to get little ones all geared up to ski.  I mean by the time we got boots, gloves, helmets and skis on...I was literally sweating in my ski gear.  Oh and just when you get them all ready to go outside, the inevitable happens..."Mommy, I have to go potty".  Lord have mercy!! ;)
Ready to take on the mountain!
On the bunny slope...Sydney was wanting to melt down here but she held it together.
They had private lessons for two days and their instructor Scott was amazing!!  He had the patience of Job and was just wonderful with them.
Heck ya!!  This is me on the lift right after we dropped them off!
A whole day just the two of us by ourselves was a treat to say the least.  We haven't skied together in years!
We met them for lunch and refueled for round two that afternoon.
God's beauty!
We met up with them at the end of the day to see what they learned and I was so impressed!  Just look at those tiny skis!

Me and my boy on the lift!  Parker was awesome, he picked it up so quickly and had no fear going down the slopes.
Goofing around at lunch our second day.
This is the "zipper".  Sydney was so proud to show me how she could do it all by herself.

She was so brave and even wanted to do the lift to go up higher!
At the end of our last day the kids wanted to go tubing!  They had a blast even though it was dumping snow and frigid!
 Saying goodbye to Taos!

As we drove away we spotted a beautiful site in the sky!!
Overall it was a huge success and we can't wait to do it again next year!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Starting off strong!

I can't believe January is half over!  We've packed a lot into these first few weeks of the year.  It's been so cold but we've had some "warm" days thrown in to make it seem not so bad and for this warm weather lovin' mama, it helps!!

For Christmas James and I gave each other a Pelaton bike.  Y'all, I'm obsessed!  You have to find what motivates you to keep working out and for me it's cycling!  I love having the option to workout at home when I can't make it to the gym.  When we built our house we finished out the attic (future media room or something) so that's where we put it.  There are windows for natural light and I can lock myself up there away from everyone and get my sweat on! ;)
James was a runner until a knee injury last year so now he cycles.  If you're thinking about getting one, do it!  So.much.fun.
We've had a few cousin sleep overs here and there.  This particular Friday night the boys were upstairs and stayed up LATE.  They started off in their own beds but ended up under their fort sharing the trundle.
On really cold weekends we find ourselves at the movies just to change it up!  Our theaters here in town finally got those comfy reclining chairs!
And when you can't go outside, you put on your princess dress just because.
I bought this Cinderella dress at Target right after Halloween.  It was major on sale and it was the best $12 I've spent!  
I spy a pouting 3 year old.  She went to visit our neighbors and they weren't home so she pouted.  I guess she thinks everyone should be home when she comes to visit!  ;)
It's not everyday you're in Dillards and you walk past a sign with your and your husband's name on it. It's some brand in the junior department, made me laugh!  Things tend to arrive a little late in Amarillo so who knows, this might be a brand that's been around a while...or not. ;)
I mean baking in your princess dress just makes everything taste better!
Upwards basketball has started!  These two buds play a lot of ball together, I love to watch them grow up!
Two words...hot mess.
Hot mess ready for a Nerf gun fight.
Lunch after church with these two is always entertaining!
We woke up last Monday morning to this beautiful sight as the sun rose.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Christmas 2016

I can't move forward with my blog until I post about Christmas...better late than never right?  We had a wonderful Christmas.  I will let the pictures do the talking!  I have to get this post accomplished so I can print my blog book for 2016!!  We love going through these books each year, it's like a scrapbook without all that work! ;)

2nd grade class Christmas party!
I love this boy so much and love being his room mom!
Christmas morning at the top of the stairs waiting to go down to see what Santa brought!!
New "make-up"!  
Stockings by the fire!
Roller skates...oh Santa, what were you thinking??
It's a tradition that our awesome neighbor across the street does something wild for the kids.  Last year he had goats in his backyard that they chased around.  This year it was pony rides in a little carriage!  Oh what fun!!
Dec. 26th we were off to Dallas to celebrate with my family!
And oh what fun we had!
Lots of shopping, eating, family time, bowling, the list goes on!  Dallas never disappoints when your whole family lives there and the town you are visiting from is a bit smaller! ;)
It was perfectly warm for days outside!!
My kiddos got to meet their second cousins while we were there.  Those cutie pie twins were adorable!
Hanging out at the bowling alley!  Anytime we are in Dallas, Parker wants to bowl.  It's his favorite, go figure...it involves a ball and this kid is just about as competitive as they come.  When you play with P you have to bring your A game!
Being silly with Uncle Ryan!
About to ice skate with this one...I was nervous for the both of us.
Success, it was so much fun!
Our whole group in front of that awesome tree at the Galleria!
We came home to a big snow!  The kids were still out of school so it was a bonus snow day!
That's a wrap 2016, cheers to 2017!
We are already half way through January, whoo hoo!!  Almost one month closer to summer y'all!!