This week we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. It was great to be able to get out of the house after being stuck at home with sick kids for three weeks and just enjoy some great time together. I of course forced him into taking a pic with me:
I couldn't decide which pic to post this week, so I am going with two! This one of the girls dressed up for church and looking all cute is what I wish that most of our weeks could be summed up by:
but this picture is a more accurate picture of how our week really went. We stayed in our jammies and were really lazy most mornings. This picture is both girls snuggled in our bed, playing on their "phones" (itouch):
The focus of the second week of this year would definitely be Rachel's transition from crib to Big Girl Bed! It was an exciting transition, but it did not go as smoothly as when we moved Hannah. I think we have finally found our groove, but I am scared to say so because usually that's when it all falls apart...
When the party was over, we decided to take a walk around the park to burn off some more energy and enjoy the weather. There is a creek that runs by the park and I grew up playing on the rocks in the shallow area and my girls were finally big enough to play on them too!
Uncle Thor and GiGi supervising while I photograph:
Then we went up to a different playground and played. Rachel pretended to swim in the gravel:
Hannah was talking to her dad through the pipes:
Since the boys had been hunting before the party, Clay had Cami Jo with him so she got to play at the park:
I think Parker had a great time at the park too!
Even PaPa played on the equipment!
It was a great way to spend time with my family before we had to leave.
We love getting the chance to celebrate the girls with our families while we are there. We picked the park knowing it would be a little chilly when we got there, but up to 68 before it was time to leave. Hannah made the cake all by herself (with supervision and measuring help from me).
Uncle Brett and Aunt Beverli with cousin Kennedy:
Michael's parents (I love Johnny's hair hat) with Parker aka Lil' P and Uncle Thor in the back:
Rachel in her cute pigtails:
Uncle Clay with Lil' P:
The birthday girl with her presents! She chose to have a pink party so it was nice all the presents followed along too!
She got this scooter from Michael's parents and she loves it! We have left it in the house and she and Rachel take turns on it all over the house. I love that she has to have her tongue out when she is concentrating:
PaPa pushing cousin Peyton in the swing:
And Rachel in the swing next to it. Rachel stayed in this swing as much as we would let her. I think everyone took a turn pushing her:
Aunt KK swinging with Lil'P:
We had a great time enjoying our last day in town celebrating our Hannah with the families and enjoying the beautiful warm weather (that we really miss here in Utah!).
The date on these pics is wrong, but on Dec 30 we decided to go to Wylie, TX and visit In-Sync Exotics. It is a wild cat rescue and they have over 60 large cats including tigers, lions, cheetahs, cougars, panthers, and bobcats. They are all rescued cats, so some of them had minor heath issues like a sore leg or scars. The kids waited patiently while we bought the tickets:
Since the facility is relatively small, you were able to get really close to the animals. There were double fences, but you were only 3-4 feet from the animals. It was pretty cool to watch a few of the cats stalk Rachel like prey.
And anyone that knows Hannah knows she is obsessed with cheetahs! She loved getting to see one up close and personal. She would "talk" to it and it would talk back. She would also run along the fence and it would run along with her. It was definitely the highlight of the trip for her and for me! :)
There were lots of tigers in this cage that we were looking at. One of them got upset that we were there and roared really loud, I think we all jumped!
If you look to the left of the kids sitting on a bench, you can see a female lion just watching them. She was one of the ones that stalked Rachel and Garrett!
I gave up on getting good pics of the animals because my camera kept focusing in on the fences rather than the animals, but I did get one where you could see this tiger really well!
We were blessed to be able to go and spend six weeks in Oklahoma for the holidays again this year. I love getting to share the traditions I grew up with Hannah and Rachel. The girls love helping GiGi in the kitchen playing "little chef."
The guys always go hunting and the "girls" stay home and watch parades, eat ice cream from the carton, crumble biscuits and cornbread for dressing, make pecan pie and paint our toenails to match! We hang out in our jammies and just enjoy the day together before getting ready to go eat dinner with my mom's side of the family. Since G-man is to little to hunt, he gets to hang out with the girls too. Here is Hannah playing with Parker:
All the kids sat and watched a movie on the little tv together:
Our matching toes- Kristen and Parker, Hannah, GiGi, Rachel, Carla and me: