Spring Break!

So I got hit by the travel bug, which happens to me all the time, because I LOVE to travel! So we decided we'd do a little Spring Break getaway! So we went to....

If you guessed CHICAGO....you are right! So maybe it wasn't a little trip, because it is a nice drive there. But we decided it was doable in a day, and packed lots of snacks and stuff for the kids to do in the car and headed off on Sunday morning. Since Jeremy and the kids have never been out that way, I thought stopping in St. Louis to see the arch would be a nice afternoon car break. Not sure anyone was all that impressed and a lot of construction made it a little longer of a stop, but Jeremy and I enjoyed getting out of the car!
I booked the embassy suites outside of Chicago next to Woodfield Mall, which is huge by the way (the mall), to save on money and nightly parking, cause it's $$! We also enjoyed the mall on St. Patrick's evening, I was worried maybe things would get a little crazy for the kiddos that night. I planned everything out, but didn't want to pack our schedule so we'd just have some time to enjoy the big city. After doing some online research, I bought a Go Chicago Card where you can pick your admissions and buy everything online on one pass. It was so great, cause you saved money and we saved a lot of time in lines. So first up we went to the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier. It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed a lot of walking that afternoon. The museum is awesome, I highly recommend it. I loved that in each room they had a small place for Drew to crawl (cause that kid is still not walking) around in. The kids really enjoyed it. They have a lot of different rooms and we even went back for about an hour after lunch cause you can go in and out all day and they are very nursing mom friendly!

So after our lunch we went on the Farris Wheel. Which was pretty high, but it was a nice slow ride around. Since we could all go together it was worth it. The kids loved it, Jeremy, probably not so much! (He's not a fan of heights.)

That evening I made us reservations at RPM Italian, because I like Giuliana and Bill Ranic, and that is the restaurant they own in Chicago. It's a well priced nicer restaurant, and they always talk about it on their show so I really wanted to try it. The kids were excited cause they had to dress up for dinner. They were so well behaved; we were so proud of them. The people sitting next to us came to our booth and told us they thought it was great were brought them here, that they needed to learn how to eat out nice, and that they behaved so well. I'm sure being seated next to a family with 4 kids on a night out isn't ideal, but it was a Monday, the kids loved the food and I had the best steak ever. Seriously so good. Jeremy and I decided to get several items and split them to try a few things. Everything we had was amazing, I highly recommend this place! It's totally worth the money!

The next day we visited Shedd Aquarium, which I choose because I thought the kids would enjoy seeing all the animals. It was nice, wasn't too crowded and the kids enjoyed it. All of their exhibits are continent based, so it was fun to see the fish from around the world. That's the only other museum we went to, I know I know, there are a ton more, but again, we wanted time to hang out, and I didn't want to overload the museum tour, we will go back!
The last thing I bought on our Go Chicago cards was entry to the sky deck, because I wanted to go there. It was great because a really nice lady skipped us through the line so we didn't have to watch the movie (probably a perk of having a very small child, who was a little fussy!) Obviously the height didn't bother Drew at all, everything thought it was funny he was crawling around. Jeremy and Kellyn didn't want to step out on the deck, but the entire floor offers some really great views!

Tuesday night we went back to our hotel, rested, then walked around Woodfield Mall and did a little shopping! Wednesday we headed into Chicago a little later to shop the Michigan Mile! The kids were major troopers and walked a ton, then Drew was nice enough to share his stroller with Maddie. We went to the bean, and attempted to take a few pics, but the kids were cold, tired, and hungry by that time.
(American Girl Store, the girls favorite!)
You can't go to Chicago without having Chicago Style Pizza, so we enjoyed Geno's East for dinner. We got there about 5, and didn't have to wait to be seated, but it takes about an hour to get your food cause the pizza takes that long to bake. Luckily the kids pizza's didn't take that long. The kids made their mark on the wall and we headed back for one last swim at the hotel!

Last, but not least on Thursday as we headed out of town we had to stop by this iconic statue to get a quick pic.....
cause a visit isn't complete without seeing Jordan. Overall it was a great trip, and we made it there and back safely. It did inspire me to travel a little more, so what if the drive is long, the kids are great, it gives Jeremy and I time to talk, that we don't get a whole lot, and we can see things we wouldn't see otherwise! So take a road trip with your family, you'll be glad you did!


Kellyn turned 3 on Friday....3! I can't believe how much she's changed this year. She is pretty much 3 going on 18. She likes to do everything herself, often wears her clothes backwards, inside out, or no clothes at all. She is talking way more then Maddie ever talked at this age, loves to be the little mama to Drew. She calls him "buddy" and it's pretty cute. Kellyn is my no fear child, who rarely wakes up real happy (cause I'm pretty sure she gets woken up), but is also so loving! She might look almost exactly like I did at her age, but she loves her Daddy, she misses him all day! We met up with Brittany and her girls to see Cinderella and then had dinner and cake at Mama Jo and Papa Staff's cause she and Papa's bdays are 1 day apart! She got pretty much all things Sofia so she was a happy camper!


Last week Cooper turned 7.....I can't believe it's been 7 years since we had our first sweet baby boy! No big party this year, but we did meet up with my parents in Stillwater for dinner at his choice, Olive Garden! He also took lego cupcakes to school!

So I think he still had a great day! During all the snow we've had he's enjoyed his new wii and video game!

Basketball season came to a close when we ran into a much taller opponent Friday. It's always sad to end such a fun stretch in our year (otherwise known as mom gets to see other adults) but we had some good and bad times this season. Probably our toughest season yet. But we ended on a high note with some of the girls team and most of the boys enjoying dinner at my parents house Friday evening. (They played at Heritage Hall) So it'll be interesting to see what God holds for our future in the coming weeks! Overall, I think the kids are loving having their Dad's full attention!

Valentine's Day!

It's been a while since we've celebrated Valentine's day on the actual day. So Jeremy planned a nice evening for us in OKC. Which meant after a great Senior night in Newkirk we all headed to Edmond.
My parents took Cooper to Arlington to a Motor Cross race to watch a guy from church, Trey Canard. Now of course Cooper wants to be a motocross racer. They got to go down to the pit before and after the race, and Cooper got to meet him! In the racing world he's a big deal!

So they had fun! Meanwhile, Jeremy came to ballet to watch our little Student of the Month do her thing!

She was really excited for Jeremy to come watch, it was his first time. Then I actually went and had my hair done for our night out! I supplied Colby with some vday treats for herself, and some heart pizza and Pinkitzel Cupcakes for the girls and Drew to enjoy. Jeremy took me to Juniors, which might be an old school place, but the steak is yummy! And don't be jealous but in good bachelor form he set a lone rose on the table....

He thinks he is so funny. I'm sure people around us were like what in the world? Then we went downtown to Starbucks and saw the Wedding Ringer.

So overall a great night out! Here are the kids Valentine's the kids gave out at school and Maddie's box!

Hope everyone else had a fantastic Love day!

The 1st Birthday Party

Last weekend we finally got to celebrate Drew's first birthday with some family and friends. We did a milk and cookies party, and it turned out just how I pictured it! I think everyone had a good time. We did a little photo shoot when it was randomly 70 degrees in January at my parents house, so everything came together perfect! So here are a few of the hundreds of super cute pics and some from the party. He was well practiced for his cake at his party from the photos and his actual birthday! A big thanks to Josh Bailey for whipping out my milk bottle cake pops and Beth Bakes for the sugar cookies! Also to my sister from another mother Brittany for coming early to make sure everything was perfect and to my mom for the awesome chalkboard I had her do when she walked in the door!


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