Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Old Time Rock and Roll

The oldie in me will forever call this place "Roller Towne"...
Macy corrects me every time with an excessive eye-roll and a clarifying tone to say, "It's CAL SKATE MOOOOM."

I will still probably call it Roller Towne.

Again we brought the mountain down to town to hang out over our Thanksgiving break.
I'm always so excited to see these faces.
Doing life alongside people that help raise up your kids, keep them accountable, and literally pick them up when they fall down is a blessing indeed.

It bears repeating, I am thankful.

If you didn't already know, there is a 7-11 next door.
They have THE Slurpee there.
It was freezing outside.
We still drank them and got brain freeze.
Oh, and Vito found THE pink donuts and shared.
He's a keeper.
And last but not least, I had the banana flavored Slurpee. 
You knew I would.

I am and I like banana flavored just about anything.

Peanuts and crackerjack kids...

I love our community of families.
We have some great friends who are like family to us!
Some friends decided to get together for a viewing of the Peanuts new movie.
We took up quite a bit of the theatre! 

The kids visited with Santa for a bit.

After soccer practice the boys and I decided we needed to make this: Butterfinger Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lush

photo courtesy of Spicy Southern Kitchen

This is how ours turned out...
It was verrrry sweet.
The boys did a good job.

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's not even Thanksgiving yet...

We are expecting a storm in the next few days, so while the weather was nice and Steve was able to help unpack the shed to get Christmas decorations out I decided to take advantage.  I've NEVER decorated for Christmas before holiday at a time for me...but every now and then I like to be a little less predictable and change it up.  Hence, Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. Gasp, I know!

Decorating is his favorite, can't you tell.
(insert sarcasm to the max)
To top off our day, we met with our small group families to fellowship over some amazing "Firehouse Chili" and ended with some amazing homemade cheesecake.  
I would say, another great day!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kinda like a Turtles Song

Some days make me feel like I'm in an episode of the Wonder Years, or living out a my own version of a music video.  Most of you already know I'm a weirdo so I don't have any issues confessing through my blog that my brain works that way.

Yesterday felt very Turtles to me.  More specifically, it felt very "So Happy Together."

"Me and you and you and me
No matter how they tossed the dice
It had to be
The only one for me is you
And you for me
So happy together

I can't see me lovin' nobody but you for all my life
When you're with me, baby, the skies will be blue for all my life"

We spent the entire day together as a family and it felt wonderful.
It wasn't without its time-outs, redirection of behavior, or snappy little attitudes...
but we were all together for the entire day and it was so what we needed.

Steve planned for us to start our morning out near his office handing out turkeys with the kids to some grateful fourth grade families at a local school.

 When the passing out of the turkeys slowed down, they resorted to playing a homemade version of soccer and volleyball using the box wrap and a plastic bag. 
 From there we journeyed to West Hills College to watch our SHS Volleyball girls compete for the Valley Championship.
They won!

 What's not pictured here is a two hour layover at the Hobby Lobby in Hanford.
I didn't have time for my camera.
If you've been there.
You know what I mean.

Our last stop of the night was at Matt & Sara's new casa!
So much fun to see them getting settled in their new home...and so much closer to us!
(I'm pretty sure this is their Christmas gift to me...the fact that they are a hop, skip, and a jump away!)

I amand I would say that day one of our THANKSgiving break has been chock full of things we are truly grateful for. Each other!