A couple of weeks ago I found a groupon for 6 for ice skating at Winterfest in Downtown Tulsa. So we went on a Tuesday night cause I thought maybe it wouldn't be that crowded. I might have underestimated how hard figure skating would be for the kids, but they still had so much fun. I'm sure it would've been easier if we didn't take Drew but it was a last minute outing!
The that weekend the kiddos got a big surprise when I super nice and generous friend did this to our house!
We've never put lights on our house so they were pretty excited when we came home to it! Made for a fun week of Christmas-time activities!
After trying to figure out how to squeeze visits in during a 3 day time span I decided maybe it was best to stay home at Thanksgiving. We both invited our families over for the Holiday and I offered to cook; neither of them choose to come so we enjoyed a super fast week at home! Porter is out of school for the entire week, however basketball only takes a 3 day break. Cooper kicked off his break with a birthday party at Main Event. Since Jeremy was scrimmaging all day a girl from church came with me and I let the other kids play games while Cooper enjoyed the party!
We did some picking up....or trying on jewelry....
And these girls thought they'd try out being hairdressers. On the bright side Drew got the worst of it so he got a buzz cut...
Instantly aging him to a toddler out of his baby stage! We made a trip to see Santa. I was excited the kids wanted to go cause they didn't last year!
I made Maddie's wish for a pink tree come true! The boys have a green one in their room, didn't want them to be jealous!
On Thursday Kellyn was throughly disappointed we weren't attending the NYC Parade. (She's a girl after my own heart!) I set out to make a Thanksgiving feast to make up for Maddie's unpleasant school feast experience! My kids might be spoiled by taking their lunch everyday! It all turned out delicious!
(Kellyn now wants to use the fancy plates all the time!)
Friday we visited Jayna at the nail salon to catch up with her!
We closed out the break with our Frozen sugar cookie castle! Our gingerbread village but the dust before it even got started, those tiny houses weren't going to stay together! (Yes I know Kellyn doesn't have a shirt on, she rarely does at home!)
Cooper ate all the pumpkin pie....then put the pan back under the cake stand, I laughed every time I saw it!
Although we didn't see family....here is my calendar for this week! So my proof why we needed some downtime at home!
For my birthday my parents gave me tickets to see Norah Jones, she's been a longtime favorite of mine. Spent several study sessions listening to her music, so relaxing and soothing! So we are at Smoke. On Cherry Street before. They've got bacon jam....so yeah go there, it's worth the trip!
That's a jalapeño bernaise sauce for my steak....need I say more? It was all so delicious! You always know if there aren't salt and pepper shakers on the table, it's going to be good! Norah Jones didn't disappoint either. Her concerts are so nice and laid back, where you just sit and listen like you're at a piano bar on a larger scale. Her voice is that good! I saw her several years ago in NYC, and she was just as good then as she is now!
I haven't blogged in a while....just not to much going on. I know there is always a lot going on with 4 kids and basketball has started for the younger kids, but not to many blog worthy happenings. Porter doesn't do Halloween at school (which I loved!) So we played it down this year, no costumes, no trick-or-treating. We invited a few families from church over and I did a scavenger hunt for the kids around the yard they did with flashlights. It was a nice laid back, fun party! Our kids didn't even miss the costumes, other parties, or trick-or-treating! So I figure to get caught up I'll just post some recent photos!
I forgot Jeremy and I did manage a blog worthy date night....so I'll dedicate a post to that later!
A couple of weeks ago Colby came to visit us in Porter! (She beat Granddad to Porter!) It was a great weekend for her to come. The girls cheered at the football game, because they had clinic all week. Luckily Colby caught it on video for me! I barely got any good pictures of Maddie cause she was on the back row, the camera just wanted to put Kellyn in focus! They were so cute! Kellyn thought the clinic was really boring, and Monday I thought Maddie was going to cry cause she didn't have cheer practice anymore!
On Saturday after resting up we went to the Pumpkin Patch at Livesay Orchard. Which is right around the corner from us. For $4 a person you can play all sorts of games and go on a hayride to one of the pumpkin patches. It wasn't real crowded cause we went later on in the day. Which is perfect since we only could stay about 1.5 hours since they closed at 5. The kids had been asking to go because we drive by it all the time. Now it's so busy there, everytime I drive by they're directing me to turn in. I try to avoid it, especially during the weekdays, in the mornings when the schools are there. So crazy! We are so glad Colby came to visit. We topped off her visit to treating her to a Mexican Lunch at Los Cabos, which I highly recommend!
When the Oklahoma State Fair announced Frozen on Ice would be coming I bought presale tickets. Feeling very on top of my game I purchased these tickets months ago.... When we lived in Newkirk, when we were staying in Newkirk....which is equal distance to OKC and Tulsa. When we moved to Porter there weren't many tickets left. So we made a little trip for our "surprise" for the kids after Cooper's soccer game. Since we get Tulsa local channels there wasn't a lot of Frozen on Ice commercials which allowed us to keep it a surprise. We got to meet up with David, Leslie, and Charlie for dinner at the fair! I had some yummy chicken and waffles, and fried banana pudding!
Then on to Frozen on Ice, which I think everyone was excited about (even Cooper had a good time, but you'd never get him to admit it!)
That last picture was taken after we left the gates to use the closest porta potty....and right before my phone died. Luckily Jeremy was in line to pick up our stroller and I was able to text him where we were. He may have got the text, but he also may have forgotten which gate we came in. (The one closest to the arena!) So here are some valuable lessons to learn, and hopefully when you go to the fair you won't be waiting by the car for an hour! 1. Don't forget where you park. 2. Make sure both phones are fully charged. 3. At the fair gates your ticket can be scanned and it'll tell you where you came in. 4. Strangers in OK will be kind enough to let you borrow a phone....of course this is only helpful when the other phone is charged as well! 5. Bring 2 sets of keys to your car. 6. Stay together! 7. Don't forget where you parked. (I know I already said that, but it's probably most important!)
The best line of the night goes to Cooper, who was wearing his Batman shirt "Mom, if your phone was charged you could just shine the flashlight on my shirt and it would reflect up in the sky....then Dad would know where to come!" If only it was that simple!!!