Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Merry Merry, Part 2

Before leaving for Kansas, we had a family gift exchange at home.  ~lots (and lots) of homemade gifts for Ryan and I ~ a big boy bike for William who has been training-wheel-free for a few months   ~ and a craft "file cabinet" for Lily, filled with new papers/pens/pencils/scissors/hole punch/electric pencil sharpener/etc.  Both were thrilled with their gifts!

Then we were off to Kansas for the holiday weekend.  

First, the most wonderful night spent in Kansas City.  Uncle John met us at the airport with Luke and Reece, packed up our suitcases plus Lily and William, and were off to Nanny's house.  Ryan and I took an uber to Auntie and Uncle Casey's house (who were in TX visiting his family) and spent an afternoon exploring our old neighborhood in Prairie Village.  To have one entire afternoon/overnight to ourselves was priceless and we are so thankful to family who offered (and without us even asking!!) to give us a night off.  It was truly the best gift!

But the best part of our overnight stay...finally meeting Wyatt Michael.  This boy has a special place in our hearts.  His mama, Kelly, is one of my dearest college friends.  We bonded at the beginning of our junior year over broken hearts.  We remained friends post college due to our strong, assertive personalities, our love for books, wine, 'real' talks, travel, and true friendship, with all it's ups and downs.  She is better with words and would write something more eloquent, but let's just say, we are the best of friends.  And the fact that Ryan and Adam seem to have a fun bromance going on makes life ever better for us!  Wyatt Michael - we are thrilled to meet you and are looking forward to years of spoiling you rotten.

Grandma and Grandpa O took the kiddos over to Aunt Mary's for a family breakfast and lots of playtime with Seattle cousins Elise and Gabriel, and Kansas City cousin Barrett.  Lily and William had a blast and wish these kiddos would make another trek to AZ for a visit.  

Saylor Christmas Eve/Christmas morning. After not bringing my camera home last year, I promised myself I would do a better job photographing the family, especially with Mema who is 89 years young!  Nanny hosted a delicious meal which was enjoyed at leisure around the dining room table.  My favorite night of the year - telling family stories, catching up with cousins we don't see often enough, just enjoying each other's company while eating delicious food and drinking amazing wine!

grand and great grand children (minus Matt's family!)

Osterhaus Christmas entailed another amazing meal - thankful that Grandma made a traditional holiday meal with ham, green bean casserole, potatoes, etc.  We spent an afternoon enjoying the cousins and catching up.  

The Osterhaus grandchildren - Liam (7), Elijah (4), Aynslee (11), Lily (7), William (4)

(Unpictured was the FUN visit from my oldest friend Bryn and her family.  We loved meeting Jovie, chatting about Star Wars with Abram, and just catching up with Bryn and Tony.  How generous that they gave up an afternoon just to see us!  It was such a treat to spend time with this incredible family. We love you guys!)

As always, it's a fast and furious weekend, and we wish we could spend more time with those we love.  But beyond thankful that we are able to make the trip each year and keep up with our family traditions.  

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Merry, part 1

Happy Holidays!  The craziest time of year, but packed full of fun!

[Thanksgiving 2016}

Lily participated in a dance/cheerleading class after school once a week.  It was her idea, and we signed her up after lots of begging.  She looked forward to each Wednesday and had a blast in her performance.  

 William in his second appearance in his preschool Christmas program.  Cutest little shepherd!!  He did great...he sang along and did all the actions!

A quick visit to Santa - however, William said "Mom, that wasn't the real Santa!  No way!"  So we had a good conversation about how Santa sometimes needs to ask a cousin to help out during busy season.  

Our favorite tradition!  Opening one Christmas book each night in our new Christmas PJ's.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

First ER visit

After a fun morning playing with our buddy James at the train park, William took a spill jumping off flower boxes.  I tried two different urgent cares who wouldn't see him for various reasons before just driving to the Emergency Room.  A little glue and two hours later, he was all patched up and ready to go back to the life of crazy, ornery four year old boy.  

William told his sister all about his day, going on and on about how brave he was and how the nurse rewarded him with a new hot wheel car because he was so good.  However, he failed to mention the part when he gagged on his tears and threw up all over me.  Guess that slipped his mind!  :)  

A month later, it's healed nicely and he is very proud of his scar!  

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

October fun

Lots of October fun this year.  I felt like Halloween dragged on forever!  :) 

Decorating sugar cookies to share with friends and neighbors

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree.

Pumpkin carving with Daddy

Lily's class party 

And of course, trick or treating our neighborhood with our favorite neighbors! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Del Mar

Lily and William have a week off in October for fall break.  Mom and I decided we'd take the kids to San Diego for the week to enjoy the beach and the gorgeous weather.  Once our trip was booked, Ryan and Dad quickly cleared their schedule for a few days to join...shortly followed by Mallory and Casey.  Our family likes to travel together and never wants to be left out of a fun vacation!  

We had the kids to ourselves for the first half of the week and just bummed around town.  Lots of time at the beach, a quick trip to La Jolla to see the seals, and exploring our home base of Del Mar (scoping out and trying all the restaurants is Nanny and I's favorite thing to do!).  But the real fun started for Lily and William once the boys arrived.  Beach baseball, Papa hopping and chasing the waves, evening sunsets playing in the water (after baths!!), and all the fun that comes with a week at the beach.  We loved Del Mar and can't wait to go back!