The pumpkin patch!!!!
One of my very favorite things to do with the kids every year and this time not only did we (Riv, Bryson and I) get to go twice but im also 99% sure this was the first time we all were able to make it as a family.
The first time Bryson and I went with River’s class and it was so cold but River LOVED it. His very favorite was the corn maze. He RAN us through the maize maze pointing us which way to go and yelling, “C’mon guys!”. A few days later the whole fam and Claira went and it was so hot. I have been loving all the family time we’ve been spending together and how we’ve been making it a point to hang out as a family more.
When we got back from the pumpkin patch we went home and carved pumpkins and watched Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus. As much as I love summer and hate the cold I love chill fall days with the family.
You may be a little confused by the title.
Let me explain.
For years, as long as I can remember, I have wanted to go to the balloon fiesta. We only live three hours away and I have NEVER gone.
This year Bryson and I decided no matter what it was happening….but my patience was tested instead.
We bought park and ride tickets to avoid traffic, we arrived before the sun came up for said ride….. and this was the FIRST year they oversold tickets by THOUSANDS and we were one bus ride away from getting to the balloon fiesta. While we were all pretty bummed and tired from getting up so early, instead of letting it ruin time with cousins we went to Santa Fe to Meow Wolf with the kids for the first time. Bryson and I had been before to see a concert in MW but because of the concert half of it was closed so we got to explore parts we hadn’t seen too! Like I said, because we got up so early to go to the balloon fiesta and had to drive the 3 hours home we were all exhausted.
After emailing and calling about 6? weeks later they finally reached out to give us comped tickets for next year. So I guess we’ll try again next year!
Well, Lo is 9!
and this year she wanted to go big.
We are about half way through renovations and were able to get her the big birthday party she’s always wanted….and never wants to do again. *insert laughing and crying emoji here*
She had so many friends come and we are so thankful for all the sweet girls in Lo’s life but the fun ended and tears started around 11pm when 9 girls were supposed to be sleeping. Anyone who has ever gone to a birthday party with a lot of girls who don’t all know each other know the story.
The next day Lo told us she had fun but she never wants a huge sleep over again. Even though the party was bigger and we did more decorations we still kept it easy with cupcakes/cakes, pizza and ice-cream and nail painting/face-masks afterwards.
I say this all the time but I’m so proud of Lo and the girl she has become. She’s so kind and sweet and always stands up for others.
All three kids started school this year! Lo 3rd, Foster Kinder and River start Pre-k a week after them! It’s weird not having any kids in the house a few times a week! This year and next year River is going to school twice a week for a half day.
It took River about a month to not cry when we dropped him off but then he had a week off and was wondering when we he would get to go back to school and no more tears after that!
I was nervous about Foster starting Kinder because he wasn’t a huge fan of preschool but dude loves it! He made good friends and is excited more days than not to go! He also joined the running club and is really doing amazing with his reading.
Lo had a rocky start with friends in the class but really bonded with her teacher and now, a few months in, she has made friends and is back to loving school.
This year Bryson and I were lucky enough to bring the kids to Disneyland, California Adventure and Universal Studios. This fulfilled mine and Bryson’s dream of going to Harry Potter World too and it was freaking amazing. We got lots of beach time, rode ALL the rides (and barely waited in line) and had such a good time as a family. The kids were the perfect ages to go and it was even more magical going with the kids and seeing them be so happy then what I remember when I was a kid.
Foster and Lo got to be in a Jedi performance but of course they were as far away from each other as could be so we could barely see Lo. They got to fight Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. Foster went on his first big ride (splash mountain) twice and then decided it maybe wasn’t for him. We all loved Space Mountain though! We had no idea what the Mummy Returns ride was and Lo was absolutely mortified (mom fail) and she was sure to let everyone know. We also got to go on the Jurassic Park ride right before it was closed to be turned into a Jurassic World ride.
This year Foster’s birthday party fell right when we were moving. The house was in the middle of renovations, and just getting it safe to have lots of kids over took the full day. There were no decorations, no homemade food and Foster was still so appreciative and had such a fun party.
My sister and I ran to get pizza, capri suns and cupcakes right before. While we were getting the cupcakes the man who helps bag groceries tried to put the cupcakes in a bag by turning them sideways and shaking them to try and make them fit. My sister just offered to hold them and off we went, scrunched cupcakes and all.
That night we also had family coming over to stay with us for Bryson’s sisters wedding, so one of Bryson’s sisters and her two boys drove down from WY and the kids had an awesome time. They don’t get to see each other often so they had a blast. Bryson also got to meet one of his sisters for the first time ever that weekend! All in all it was a pretty crazy but fun filled weekend!
This is past week 13 of us loaded up on rafts and made an 85 mile river trip down Desolation Canyon.
Not going to lie, it was definitely a little ambitious for the kids first overnight(s) river trip. That, along with selling out house and moving, had poor River stressed to the max every. single. time it was time to load up the campsite and move it. He’s been struggling with us selling our house and being in this limbo position while we renovate the new house. (But that’s for another day)
The day we stayed two nights on a sandy beach was all of our favorites. Bryson made a kick ass fort for the kids (along with a “deck” for our tent. My dad flipped over one of our rafts and made a slide into the river for all of the kids and we all had a nice relaxing day…
…until the second day when all of the kids, my younger siblings and I decided to go on a hike to see a little kiln or oven that Bryson and I had seen early and all in one small, easy hike Lo stepped on a wasp and we were one tiny creek away from a bear.👌🏽
Today was River Boats third birthday party we had some friends and family over and kept it easy again this year.
The kids jumped on the trampoline, played in the backyard, drew with chalk and just did their own thing! He loved opening gifts this year and was so excited with everything.
This weekend the boys and I made a solo trip to Albuquerque for their cousins 2nd birthday party. It was a spur of the moment trip and I am SO glad we went.
I didn’t get too many pictures of all of the cousins together as they were on go the whole weekend.
We had so much fun at the birthday party, the kids stayed up late playing and woke up early ready to go to the zoo.
At the zoo they fed the giraffe rolled down grass hills and had ice-cream. And got SUPER excited over seeing the animals. Foster was 100% all about it. We saw baby elephants, giraffes and monkeys (so cute). Foster loved seeing the big cats and the snakes. River on the other hand was NOT about the snakes. I showed him one up close and he screamed and from then on I would ask him if he wanted to see the animals closer and he would say, “No, thank you”.
The winter that didn’t feel like winter.
Seriously, we were able to wear t-shirts on christmas and only be a little cold. We are well into January now and it rained a little bit this morning but is now a bright. warm day.
Of course it’s the first year we bought season passes to the mountain for the family…
Overall it was a good Christmas season!
We had loads of family time, ate lots of good food and the kids were SUPER into it this year! I didn’t take too many pictures on Christmas day because I wanted to be present and enjoy the family.