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Mother’s Day ’14

We went to Oklahoma for Mother’s Day this year.  It was short and sweet…but I enjoyed getting to be with my mom and mamma.  I LOVE being mommy to these three precious kiddos!

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SILLY GIRL!!

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In May we made a last minute plan to go camping.  We were supposed to go with some friends (the EXPERT campers)…but one of their daughters got sick at the last minute.  Our kids had totally been looking forward to it…so we HAD to go.  We have never gone camping as a family…like real camping where we stay in tents.  This was going to be an adventure!  So we borrowed tents…packed up the ice chest…threw in some blankets and headed out.  We arrived at the campsite around 3 in the afternoon and drove around and let the kids pick out the best spot to set up our tent.  We gathered some fire wood…and then took off exploring.  We had the best time!  We walked all around the water’s edge on some LARGE boulders.  Later that evening we roasted hot dogs…and SMORES of course!  When all of the stars came out we went back to the boulders and laid on our backs to look at the stars…and told scary stories.  We finally went back to our tents and slept…on the HARD ground….with no blow up mattress.  When we woke up the next morning I hurt EVERYWHERE.  I surely had rock indentations all over my back, shoulders, and hips. I could seriously hardly walk.  Back to the FUN family time… Carter and Ben started the morning off by fishing…then we all went hiking…and then swam the rest of the day.  The kids had a blast…I loved being away from technology…and we will definitely go again….better prepared:).

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Easter 2014

Easter was laid back and quiet this year.  We stayed here in Texas and celebrated with Mimi/Grandad and all the cousins.  The night before Easter we colored eggs…hands down one of their favorite things to do!  I don’t know how I missed getting a picture of Carter…but he was there as well.

 

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Sunday morning after church we had lunch and egg hunt at Mimi and Grandad’s house.  Dee Dee and Jonathan and their boys came to hunt eggs with us…they are stinkin’ adorable!!

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The kids with all of their loot…

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We surprised the kids with a spring break trip to Sea World this year.  They were so excited to head off on an adventure and stay in a hotel!  We drove down on Wednesday, checked in to our hotel, and went to explore the river walk and Alamo.

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The following day we woke up early and headed to Sea World.  We had fantastic weather…and surprisingly it wasn’t too crowded.  We watched all of the animal shows…played in the HUGE net playground area…ate a lot of junk food…and rode all the rides!  We had a blast!

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Precious Leighton had BEGGED to play in the water all day.  I promised her on the way OUT of the park she could.  She was the only one in the water…but had a BALL!  It was freezing cold!

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The following day we went to the Natural Bridge Caverns.  The kids favorite part was mining for precious stones.  After mining we went on the tour through the caverns.  They were so stunning.

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What a fun trip!

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s afternoon I got to attend all of the kids school parties.  They are always a lot of fun!   Of course I keep thinking how Carter is closing in on the last couple of years of having “parties” at school.  Leighton always enjoys going to the “big kids” school for their parties.  Caroline is so sweet to include Leighton in her activities.

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Keeping with tradition that I started a few years ago, we had a Valentine scavenger hunt when we all got home from school.  On your mark….get set…GO!

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You have to follow…

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That evening we had lasagna dinner by candlelight and special cupcakes  and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert.  Ben brought me home roses and a gift certificate for a massage.  Fun Family Valentine’s Day!

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Christmas with Family

Christmas is always a fun and crazy time filled with LOTS of family!  We are blessed with a lot of cousins…which makes life so much better.  Cousins make the BEST friends!  We started our Christmas vacation by heading up to Oklahoma on the 22nd.  We arrived just in time to volunteer for Dinner with Love.  This is a foundation that delivers Christmas dinner to individual families in need.  We really enjoyed this and hope to make this a yearly tradition.

On the 23rd we celebrated with Nanna and Poppi.  Just as we had finished dinner in walked a BIG surprise…

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Santa Claus…the kids faces were priceless!  He sang songs with them and gave each kid a present.

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Nanna and Poppi and their 10 grandchildren!

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Time to open presents!  They got several presents, but some of their favorites were…Carter got an air hockey table…Caroline loved her easy bake oven…and Leighton was excited to open her cash register.

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Christmas Eve we spent the entire day with my mom’s side of the family.  8 more cousins were added to the mix and there was a lot of noise and laughter in the house.  A few presents were opened…but Mamma’s was my favorite.  She received an iPhone 4 from everyone.  She was so shocked when she opened it.  She said, “Well, I learned how to use a DVR last week, so I guess I can learn how to use an iPhone this week!”

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Christmas morning!  We all woke up to see what Santa Claus brought.  The kids each got a scooter.  Carter loved his castle leggos!

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Leighton and Hayes loved the bubble gun!

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We spent Christmas day playing with toys and going to the movies.  It sure was fun getting to see Hayes this Christmas!

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The day after Christmas we drove back to Texas to celebrate with Ben’s side of the family.  The Spivey’s had flown in from California and the kids couldn’t wait to see each other.  We spent the next 6 days eating…playing games…seeing movies…playing laser tag and just hanging out.  The kids had a ball!

Carter and Anna

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Olivia and Caroline

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MiMi and the girls

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Olivia, Norah, Anna, Leighton, and Caroline

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What a fun Christmas was had by everyone.  This little guy stayed with MiMi and Grandad.  We couldn’t wait to get home to see Bandit.  I think he is the most precious little dog EVER…I may be a little biased!?!

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Iced In!

Back at the beginning of December we were iced in for 4 DAYS!  It was great for the first 2 days…by day 3 we were getting restless…by day 4 we were going CRAZY!!  There wasn’t any snow….just ICE!! We did take Bandit on a lot of ice walks.  The kids went sledding…we watched a lot of movies…ate a lot…and played games.  The first few days were a nice little break before the craziness of Christmas began.

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Snow ball fight…Cousins vs. Ben

Carter and Canon

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Kellan

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Ben was a trooper:)

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