I love holiday mornings.
The excitement from the kids is better than any gift I could ever get.
The big kids ran straight to their baskets (which had bubbles, dark chocolate and cotton candy) and Riv lagged behind emptying the candy from the eggs.
Lo filled up her basket with all the eggs she could and Foster shook each egg and if their wasn’t something in it he put it back down.
River just ate the candy.
The sweetest thing happened. Foster found and egg that Lo loves, the diamond egg. Without any prompting or Lo asking, he walks over and hands her the egg and they give each other the biggest hug. Riv didn’t want to be left out so they yelled, “cuddle family” and did a big group hug.
We wish Bryson could’ve been home but we thought about him and face-timed him.
Such an awesome and relaxing morning with the family.
Easter! We got together with the family, poor Bryson was at work (AGAIN!) The day before we went to my grandparents house with the family. We did two easter egg hunts, 4 and under and 5 and up. the little kids were slow, the closer to four year olds would shake the eggs to see if there was something in them and if there wasn’t they would just leave them on the ground haha
The bigger kids were a free for all. They were waiting in the garage while they eggs were being hid and when we opened the door it was like a stampede.
I love getting the cousins together and watching them build these memories. Some of my favorite memories growing up were our big, family get togethers.
We got messy and had fun! River ate the water dye, Foster painted his arms and Claira and Lo had fun decorating their eggs the right way haha
This year we bought 100% recyclable plastic eggs (they felt like cardboard) from Walmart. I couldn’t find the link but they were under $2/ dozen. They didn’t do well in the cups because they floated, however the dye it came with worked really well and dried quickly.
We loved having cousin Claira over to decorate eggs and then hang out with us!
We love all these cousin memories <3
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Before I even start this post I am going to say there is going to be wayyyy too many pictures.
We just had so much fun walking and exploring.
We climbed up a fallen tree and Foster only fell off once. I consider that a win for this adventurous dude.
He’s so full of exploration and life right now that I wanted to take a second to focus just on the middle child.
Right now he’s stripped down to his underwear jumping on the bed. He has so much energy, is so loving and has that hint of naughtiness that just makes him, him!
Any time he gets into trouble he gives you a cute, dimpled smile that can get him out of just about anything!
Life Lately in pictures <3
When we visit Denver we ALWAYS stop by the children’s museum! It’s an awesome facility with fun for all of our kids. Which is now getting to be a little more difficult since their ages differences and they all have opinions now.
If you have kids this is a must and worth the money.
We were going up to Estes Park to shoot a wedding and went up a day early just to bring the kids to the children’s museum and the aquarium, but they were so exhausted after the museum they fell asleep in the car and we just drove to Estes Park instead.
I LOVE snow days! Foster and I both had one (poor Lo still had to go to school much to her dismay) so when dad went to the gym the boys and I bundled up and went outside!
Riv was a little apprehensive so he kept licking it and Foster LOVED it. He kept throwing himself down and rolling all over.
Christmas time is always so magical at the Ballard house.
The older the kids get the more and more fun it gets.
Lo was a flurry of passing out gifts and this is the first year Riv was interested in presents, he didn’t actually open any, but he loved when the other kids did and the big kids helped him.
This spider costume is super easy, albeit messy and a bit time consuming, to make. Here are some simple instructions on how to make this easy and cheap costume.
Halloween 2016! We were walking by the costumes and Riv had to have this ice-cream cone costume, I thought it was the cutest thing EVER so I set about trying to convince Foster to be pizza and Lo to be a donut. I had Lo convinced but Foster was dead set on being a spider this year. I couldn’t find many online that he liked so we started looking on pinterest to find some inspiration pics and he loved the orange boa spider. So that’s what I made for him!