Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kylie and the violin

January 10, 2015
For almost two years our little Kylie has been wanting to play violin. With so much going on and how hard it was for Lily to do the piano I have been hesitate to let her play until she was old enough to do it on her own. Well the asking has gotten more frequent and finally we decided for Christmas we would let her start to learn in January. Now that we have gotten back in school she is going to start this Thursday so yesterday we went to get sized for the one we would rent. As the guy brought the violins in out of the case her eyes lit up. She had been waiting since Christmas to come and do this. Unfortunately they didn't have the right size and we had to go somewhere else. We walked out and she said, "don't I get one?" Then we headed to the next place. As they fit her she glowed with an excitement that only I can recognize from Kylie. She doesn't tend to be loud with it, but I can see it all over her. She insisted on carrying the case out, then she buckled the violin in to the seat belt next to her. The whole way home she asked if she could get it out and I told her she had to wait. As soon as we got home she wanted to hold and look at it and even try to play a little. She did this three different times throughout the night. Today she even asked to practice! This kid is so excited and I am glad that she is looking forward to learning something new! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Other Christmas Break Activities

December 30, 2014
Dave walked around the corner at the Dinosaur Museum and found us like this....

Now you might be wondering....why are they leaning up against a railing looking at the wall? Well the Dino Museum has Gnomes hide throughout the museum. Some our actually little ones (like smaller then the size of Oakleys pinkie finger) and some are painted into the wall murals. So ever time we go we search for them. Kylie thought she saw one so we were trying to confirm it. Sadly we didn't find one there. We did find 4 that day out of 13. They are really hard to find, but hopefully one day we will find them! 

January 3, 2015
We took the kids sledding over by the hill at Kmart. Grandma Tatum offered to watch Tate which was really nice so we could just enjoy being with the girls. They all loved sledding. Oakley was fearless and went down with anyone that would take her! We only had a few injuries towards the very end, but all and all it was a great time. I will say I ended up being very sore going over all those bumps and helping kids up and down the hill. Guess I'm not that young anymore! 

We had a great time over the break doing different things with the kids. Sadly its time to go back to school and normal life. My goal is to try and focus on family and although we have things that need to be done to find time to relax and be a family. Hopefully that will happen! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Years Eve

December 31, 2014
For New Years Eve we stayed at home. We had friends come over later that night, but until they arrived we entertained the kids with some games. We started by teaching them Yahtzee...

Dad and Oakley were on a team...she was so funny when she rolled the dice

Lily took it all very seriously....

Then we did some minute to win it games...first get a cookie from your forehead to mouth without hands..

 I was the closest

Then we tried to balance a plate on our head while loading blocks without letting them fall

Dave killed us all! 

We also played so Just Dance and then when Jared and Amanda arrived with the kids we eat yummy food, chatted, and hung out until midnight. Oakley made it until 11pm and the older three girls all rang in the New Year at midnight! We had a blast and our all looking forward to a New Year with new adventures! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Tate Update

I don't think I have blogged about this amazing little guys since we had him so I thought I would put up a fun pictures and update you all on his progress.

We love dressing him! So nice to pick out "boy" clothes

First smile: Oct 8...hasn't stopped smiling since! 

Handsome boy clothes

Loves being sisters, me or dad. So he plays games with Daddy a lot :)

He is our little thumb sucker.....refused to take the binkie! 

First tie! 

Tate is truly so happy. He is sleeping through the night, eats great, and most the time is truly content about life. At is four month appointment he was in the 89 percentile for height and 44 for weight. He seems to be growing like a weed. He also started rolling over on Dec 20 and we find him in the bed often on his belly. He loves when people sing to him and has already started to have the cutest belly laugh! This little guy is a joy in our family! 

Christmas Day

December 25, 2014
Christmas morning the kids slept in until 8:30. In fact I had to go in and wake them up myself!!!We lucked out with a beautiful layer of white snow. It was the perfect Christmas morning. They loved there gifts and had a great time playing with them all day.

Takes First Christmas 

Dave wanted money so I made it creative...

For Gammie and Potts and Grandma and Grandpa Tatum I made these birthday boards

Spending the day enjoying toys and family. Grandma and Grandpa hung out all day and Gammie and Potts came over mid afternoon to hang out for awhile. 

They enjoyed playing in the snow

And our basement looked like a present exploded! 

Dave sat helping Kylie with her new bracelet loom while also helping Paisley play Guess Who against Lily. I loved all the fun family time we had! 


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2014
Christmas Eve was a little different this year. We hosted it at our house and Grandma and Grandpa Tatum joined us. It was sort of stressful having it here, but ended up being a lot of fun and it was nice to not have to drive anywhere. 

Making cookies for Santa

Started a new tradition: Luminaries leading the way for the Christ child (an old Spanish Tradition)

Christmas Jammies 

Our fondue spread 

Everyone enjoyed the fondue, Oakley by far the most

It was a great night of food, family, and movies. Hope everyone else had a great Christmas eve!