Thanks to LaNell and Erica and Becca we hiked to Battle Creek Falls on our day of no school. I ran into my old roommate Brittani King (Oliver)! Then the kids hot tubbed the afternoon away. Until wrestling practice anyway.
On Thursday before Christmas we hung out with the Hancocks all day!
We started with Christmas cookies
We played all afternoon
We hot tubbed
We ordered Panda Express for dinner
We played BINGO with prizes
and we learned a new game: secret hitler!
Still weird to have my childhood friends close and now to watch our kids be real friends – Super Fun!
The little kids were so excited to play in the snow! I was not excited to find all of the snow clothes BUT we did it and they actually played out there for an hour or two!
Our weekends seem to fly by these days but we are packing them with fun and family!
On Friday we sent Benji off to Goblin Valley with the Scouts. Then I took the kids to Erica who took them to their piano recital and kept them until late. I went and met up with Ben at Sundance where he had been for the last 2 days on a leadership work retreat. We had a fun evening with a bunch of his work “family”. Then we stayed the night and had Kelsey pick up the kids and take them home for the night.
On Saturday, Ben and I got to sleep in! and we went wrestling shoe shopping and then home. Kelsey and Tiago were waiting for us and the rest of the kids were at Primary Program Practice. Tiago and I went with Kelsey to Provo. We had lunch with Shaelyn and her fiance Tyler. Then we visited Grandma Johnson and played Skipbo.
We dropped Shae off and then went to Raymond’s wrestling tournament at Orem High. Benji was still on his camp out and Pack decided to do primary practice instead of wrestling this week so we just watched Ray. He had 4 different guys he had to wrestle and HE BEAT ALL OF THEM! He beat the 1st guy 10-0, then pinned the 2nd guy – which happened to be the kid that beat him and made him cry last week!, 3rd guy he pinned! and then he barely beat the last guy to get the 1st place medal.
So we had to go out to ice cream for the first PIN of the season!
Saturday night we got a few things done and prepped for Sunday, Benji got home from his camp out, Christian hung out with us and we all fell asleep to Star Wars #3 on the big screen. On Sunday our kids had the primary program at church. Kelsey came and watched. Benji thought it was fun to watch rather than be in it for the 1st time. All 5 of the primary kids did great! After church and meetings we had the Browns (LaNell, Dan, Sam and Amanda, Emerson and Andrew, Anthony and Caleb) and the Hancocks (Than, Erica, kids, Becca, Kyle, Eliza, Henry) and some Robertsons (Joel, Megan, Gus, Dagny, and Kel) and Kelsey Avila over for dinner! Everyone pitched in for Tacos, played arcades, taught them 7 Wonders and the kids PLAYED.
and then I had to get a high score on Dr. Mario to prove to Than that he still has a lot of room for improvement 🙂
I was busy pushing 1-5 kids in the double stroller so I didn’t get many pictures. Everyone had FUN.
For Nathaniel’s Birthday we went out to Rockwell’s Ice Cream and then to an escape room! We had never done one and we had a blast. We solved it with 5 seconds to spare! Than, Erica, Kyle, Becca and us. There were 2 times that we had it figured out but just had problems actually opening the lock – otherwise we would have dominated 🙂
In other words, I had ANOTHER Birthday! I am grateful that I was born but Birthdays are still not my favorite. I don’t love the attention but I love being with all the people I love.
My Kids (husband) showered me with gifts in the morning! It was a Friday so we got up early for school and presents:
I smoked the kids in some soccer with my new indoors and then sent them off to school 🙂
Then we opened the puzzle and got started! This year was a Disney movie collage with PLASTIC PIECES and had almost a stain glass look to it!
The littles helped me find edge pieces. Then Erica came over around 9:30 and Abbie came a little after that. Michelle came after lunch. I loved having puzzle helpers and good conversation. I just love spending my birthday at the kitchen table with lots of fam and friends 🙂
I continued to be spoiled throughout the day: queso, cookies, flowers, cupcake, a Nap from Tiago and PHONE CALLS from family! …
The big kids came home from school and helped a little. Then Ben came home and made us a fajita dinner that was delicious. After dinner we went to the Hancocks to hang out and watch BYU football.
Then LaNell and I had a soccer game at 9:55! and then we came home and finished the puzzle at 1:00am. It ended up being a pretty perfect day.
Erica took the 3 littles to ride the horses while I went to the Temple! pretty sure she had 6 kids there that she was watching 🙂 AMAZING
These kids were ready to Run!
I pushed Millie and Tiago and ran with Erica and Michelle.
Ray went with Matt and Ellie.
Rose and Ben went ahead of us.
Cali was with her friends.
Benji was up ahead.
And Packer was our fastest finisher up by himself.
This year they added chalk at the finish line. Our kids loved it. After the race we hung out and visited with friends and cousins and debated what food trucks to try. Our kids look forward to this every year.
Ellie and ray are pretty cool together!