Last year, my brother’s family moved to the far off lands of New Mexico. If you know me, you’ve heard me lament my nephews being abducted… by their parents…because they were moving, lol. Long and short of it – we miss them! In fact, we missed them so much, that we decided last minute to up and visit them. After looking at the calendar, and between both Joel and my schedules – we didn’t have four days in a row that were gonna work.
Unless we left that day.
Six hours later.
And drove all night.
And we tend to get carsick.
But we survived. (Barely.) And had 43 hours of fun together, before packing back in for another 15 hours home.
The boys took off to go fishing at the world-famous San Juan River (and nearly died of hypothermia) and us girls played in the yard of our Airbnb. Can you believe this view from the porch? Those cottonwood trees were magical! Ever spent hours playing fetch with the dogs, and sitting next to the cat, as you can imagine, this was as close to heaven as she could get!
This little guy is the most smily kid out there. I don’t know HOW they got two sweet babies in a row, but they did! They moved before he was born, so we have only seen him a couple times, but he’s so much fun to be around – and he’s got the hang of FaceTime now, so he finally “knows” who we are… I think, haha!
The boys would like to make another trip out to fish and do outdoorsy stuff. So long as I get more baby-holding time in at a fancy Airbnb, I can handle it, haha!
(Ever wearing Alice + Ames)
It’s been over 15 years since I was last at Knott’s Berry Farm! But that all changed this weekend, when our entire family was invited to the opening weekend of Knott’s Spooky Farm (the non-scary Halloween themed event). I had forgotten how beautiful the all the old time western buildings are, and how many amazing shops they have! We spent a long time looking around and just taking it all in. We brought Ever’s costume with us, and after we all took a ride on Bigfoot Rapids (we were all completely drenched) she dawned her new attire and went trick-or-treating around the park. Knott’s Spooky Farm runs every weekend in October, don’t miss it if you have little ones who love holiday fun!
January is always such a tough month for us to get back on track after holiday after holiday, and birthday after birthday. There’s always company, Joel’s school’s graduation, and all those incredible Christmas parties and services to attend. Is it any wonder that we usually gyp Ever from having a party? I feel completely justified. I also feel terrible. This year we decided that we had to make a real effort to give her a special party she’d love, and of course she wanted Harry Potter! I didn’t know how I was going to pull off some of her requests, like when she told me she wanted a Snitch cake with 3 tiers and “chickens with lettuce under them” on the dinner table as decorations (just like in the movie in the Great Hall!) Seriously?! We did our best and it was pretty delightful, I basically ran out time to do anything else because we came up with so many ideas that we wanted to try.
All the printables were free on pinterest, shame on me for not saving the links for this post.. it’s literally been 6 months, but I will try to find some of them and update with those if anyone wants.
Party supplies: death eater tattoos, Hedwig, horcrux, chocolate frog mold, brick wall backdrop, Bertie Bott’s Beans, Harry Potter glasses, Harry Potter wand, snitch, & Slytherin robe.