Day 06 | Disney on Ice

Today, Zach had to work, so I bought tickets to Disney on Ice for me and the boys. Andrea came along and brought her niece. The boys enjoyed it. Even Coda, after throwing a massive fit about going, said that he liked it. I knew he would love it. I was glad we got tickets. We had good seats, and they were only $23 each. I probably wouldn’t do it again, it’s more of a one time thing, for me. But, really fun and a definite “you should go at least once” sort of thing.

I asked them what their favorite parts were. Here is what they said:

“My favorite thing was all of it. But my favorite favorite thing was the beginning part with the dancing (skating).” – Holden

Oliver – The end part with the fireworks.
Coda – Watching the skating. They did really good skating.

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Dec 05 | Parade of Lights

Tonight, we went to the Parade of Lights with Holden and Oliver. Coda went to Kids Nite Out with his friend, Stepheno. It’s such a different dynamic when it’s the four of us. I imagine there’s going to be more and more times like this as Coda gets older. It’s crazy that he’s ten. Holden and Oliver had so much fun at the parade. I misread the start time and we ended up rushing there to show up an hour before the parade started. Which was fine, we just walked around, hit up the little petting zoo, grabbed some chai and hot chocolate, a dinosaur ate their heads, and they gave a minotaur a hug. It was such a great night for it. After the parade we had some pizza at Lucky Pie and of course had to stop for ice-cream at Sweet Cow. By the time we got home the boys were exhausted and went to sleep super quick. I picked up Coda and Stepheno and they seemed to have a blast too. Fun night!

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Tori Anderson - I adore your pictures! So perfectly taken!

Dec 03 | Wednesday Routine

Inspired again by Ali’s Daily Story Stamp set.

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Wednesdays are busy around here after school. Here’s our routine:

- Walk home. (2:30)

- Snack. Today was mint cookie crunch ice cream. Most of the time they grab an apple, but today, Oliver and I went to the store for ice cream.

- Holden and Oliver go to Wacky Wednesday where they do crafts, bible time, and sing worship songs. (3:30-5:30)

- Coda goes to swim team. (3:40-4:30)

- We walk to pick up Coda and he gets some Minecraft/ iPod time if he’s done with his homework and Awana. I cook dinner. Sometimes we make sandwiches for the boys and we go out while they are at Awana. Tonight, I made green chili cheese egg puffs (<— this wasn’t the exact recipe I used, but close) the same ones Kenzie made for Thanksgiving breakfast. They are so yummy. I even froze a batch for easy morning breakfast.

- Coda, Holden, and Oliver go to Awana. (6:15-7:40) We have date night. Sometimes we do dinner, sometimes we run errands, sometimes we just wander around Home Depot. Tonight, we grabbed Starbucks holiday drinks and did some returns at Kohls and Best Buy.

- Home by 8. Boys get ready for bed. Jammies, teeth brushed, potty, story. Tonight we read How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? form the literacy bag that Oliver brought home from school. He was so excited about getting the bag today. It came with the story (English and Spanish versions) and a dino stuffed animal. He took the dino with him everywhere today. He even named him Thorn.

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- Wednesday nights typically take longer then normal to go to bed. Or maybe the same amount of time, it’s just a later start. Holden and Oliver like to sing and talk for a little too long. And Holden has been doing the “I’m scared.” thing every night lately. But, eventually they will go to sleep.

Overheard tonight… Oliver, “When Holden is scared, he has to remember God is always with him.”

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WOW! That’s a messy room.;)

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Dec 02 | Tuesday Observation

I’m planning on using Ali’s Story Stamps from November for this spread.

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Tuesday Observation

Monday’s are hard for Oliver. No school means he’s home all day. Holden is gone from 8am to 4:40pm. Oliver just doesn’t know what to do with himself. He gets so bored. Especially weeks that Zach and I are both busy with work.

Poor Ollie.

He gets so moody, throwing tantrums over everything. Its not as bad if Ali is around to play with. But this week, Ali was sick. So, today, after preschool, Ali couldn’t play. He was at home for the rest of the afternoon with no one to play with. Oliver was so bored. So moody. He was a wreck. We couldn’t even get him to walk up to the school to pickup Coda and Holden. But, once Holden got home, he was a completely different person. They went outside and jumped on the trampoline and just laughed and laughed. I love watching them together. They are truly the bestest of friends.

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Dec 01 | Rules for Living #019

I was inspired by Ali Edwards Hello Story class that she offered awhile back. When I think of it, I add things to my “Rules for Living” list, but have yet to make a page or document any of them. When I decided to use this photo of Ollie dropping a dollar into the red bucket, I knew this would be the perfect time to make a Hello Story “Rules for Living” inspired page.

Documenting December | Hello Story | Day 01

Rules for Living #019 | Never pass up an opportunity to give

Never pass a red bucket without dropping even just a few coins in. Always say, “Yes” when a cashier asks you to round up and donate. Support your friends, family, and even all those social media friends you don’t really know when they are out fundraising for a cause they believe in.

You three boys have some of the most giving and kind hearts a boy could have. You get this from your dad. One of my favorite things about him is his desire to give and serve. I see this daily in you too. Holden and Oliver, a couple weeks ago, you made Thanksgiving bags for the homeless at church and were insistent on finding a homeless person to give them too. Oliver, you were so brave when you handed the bag and a couple dollars out the window to a homeless Vet on the side of the road. You made his day. I remember when Coda’s class was collecting money to buy food for a food bank. Coda went out and shoveled for Pa and took family photos for a few families to earn money to contribute to the class. Anytime your school or church or you see others collecting canned goods, you always want to help.

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