Birthdays and Holidays–Playing Catch Up!

In November, Adam turned 8! He celebrated with a family dinner at Red Lobster. Then he had a party with his friends at AirMaxx!

I decorated his room for his birthday

I decorated his room for his birthday

Adam is 8!

Adam is 8!

Adam's birthday breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes and cinnamon rolls

Adam’s birthday breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes and cinnamon rolls

Ready to go to Red Lobster for Adam's birthday. Allison had to wear a dress for the occasion

Ready to go to Red Lobster for Adam’s birthday. Allison had to wear a dress for the occasion

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Singing Happy Birthday

Singing Happy Birthday

Christmas was low key, but nice. We spent Christmas Eve in Hutchinson and we hosted some family and friends at our house on Christmas Day. The kids were so thrilled with what Santa brought and had a great time seeing friends and family.

The kids had fun decorating the tree

The kids had fun decorating the tree

Our crazy tall (10 feet!), fat tree with 1800 LED lights! It was awesome!

Our crazy tall (10 feet!), fat tree with 1800 LED lights! It was awesome!

We always visit Grandpa Gary on Christmas Eve and put out some lights for him

We always visit Grandpa Gary on Christmas Eve and put out some lights for him

Homemade goodies for Santa!

Homemade goodies for Santa!

Santa came! They were so excited! Adam got Pokemon cards and Allison got a shopping cart

Santa came! They were so excited! Adam got Pokemon cards and Allison got a shopping cart

Opening gifts Christmas morning

Opening gifts Christmas morning

Allison (Elsa) playing with her new kitchen on Christmas morning

Allison (Elsa) playing with her new kitchen on Christmas morning

Adam, Allison, Emma, & Linus on Christmas. We waited too long to try for a pic. They weren't interested!

Adam, Allison, Emma, & Linus on Christmas. We waited too long to try for a pic. They weren’t interested!

Allyson and I! Her baby girl is due in June!

Allyson and I! Her baby girl is due in June!

We spent New Year’s Eve at home and it was so nice. We had a fun dinner that included cheese fondue and chocolate fondue for dessert. We let Adam stay up with us to ring in the New Year! We played Rummikub until midnight. :)

Cheese fondue!

Cheese fondue!

Rummikub with the boys

Rummikub with the boys

Brian had a birthday on the 2nd. He decided on an ice cream cake from Cold Stone. It was amazing! He picked out all the flavors and decided what to write on it! :)

That says "Happy Birthday" in Spanish!

That says “Happy Birthday” in Spanish!

On Valentine’s Day, we decided to do a family date night to check out the Ice Castles here in Eden Prairie. We had never been. It was pretty cool!!

Family date night at the Ice Castles!

Family date night at the Ice Castles!

Found Olaf at the Ice Castles!

Found Olaf at the Ice Castles!

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Allison turned 3 in February. She was fully potty trained before her birthday and it has been awesome being a diaper free house!

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I made the cake!

I made the cake!

Family photo at Allison's party

Family photo at Allison’s party

We gave Allison a Jeep! Luckily it was a beautiful 60+ degree day the day of her party so she was able to try it out!

We gave Allison a Jeep! Luckily it was a beautiful 60+ degree day the day of her party so she was able to try it out!

It was a pretty wimpy winter in the weather department, so the boys didn’t get in much ice fishing. However, they started taking snowboarding lessons and both really like it! I’m impressed with how well they are both doing!

My snowboarding dudes

My snowboarding dudes

Adam is impressive!

Adam is impressive!

Easter was another delicious feast at Dora & Fred’s. And there were bunny cakes!!

Dyeing eggs!

Dyeing eggs!

Egg hunt at home Easter morning

Egg hunt at home Easter morning

Bunny was able to get up pretty high!

Bunny was able to get up pretty high!

Kiddos with their loot

Kiddos with their loot

Another egg hunt at Gransma's!

Another egg hunt at Gransma’s!

Bunny cakes!!! Carrot with cream cheese frosting on the left and white on the right

Bunny cakes!!! Carrot with cream cheese frosting on the left and white on the right

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