always grateful for wood. it's what keeps us warm. and it makes for a good workout too. it's good to be outside, i'd rather do outside chores than be stuck in the routine of daily inside chores, it kills me! dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, laundry, ahhh, but i do it. anthony loves pulling his wagon, he's such a good helper. it was warm today about 38 degrees, which means no coat for me!
they love building snow caves for their cars. and jeremy LOVES eating snow. any chance he gets, he'll run out and grab a handful, clothed or not!
it was nice for us to stay in "the apartment" so we didn't have any early risers for christmas morning! i made them all shower and get dressed, and kept the suspense up until we walked over to my mom's! the boys got lots of hot wheels cars, jeremy was so excited and content on the first one he opened, he yelled out "team HOT WHEELS!" the boys got legos, and the girls got what they asked for: art journals, crayons (the big box with lots of crayons and a sharpener!) and gulianna really wanted a pack of magnets for her crafts ♥ santa brought gulianna an "owl beanie boo" isabella an "ariel doll" anthony planes movie "airplane, bronco" and jeremy a firetruck! star wars everything from grandma, puzzles, and new clothes too. and i can't forget to add all of their snow clothes and new snow boots, that was a small fortune in itself! they were in an out all day sledding, not minding the cold, but jeremy came in screaming and crying a few times for losing his gloves, and his hands were frozen! and the best present, we went tubing at targhee! i'll have to post those separately.
we had lunch with cherry in driggs, (i forgot to take pictures!)and then hung out until my mom got off work... the kids took over for a bit! i did some errands, picked up last minute gifts at corner drug, which ended up being what i wanted, thanks sally for carrying unique gifts! then we quickly changed into church clothes at rhonda's house, and visited with cherry until we went to christmas eve mass. the highlight: jeremy yelling " but my poop is coming out now!" if only the cry room wasn't full, ha ha! then both anthony and jeremy fell asleep for the rest of the time.
isabella forgot to grab her church coat...but still a cute picture.
then we came home and had tamales and attempted to build a gingerbread house! #traditions
gingerbread houses in the making.
but then they didn't go so well, so anthony just started eating it!
but he was determined to make his own, since he already made one at school!
where to begin! we left wednesday the 28th, and tried to hit the road before it started snowing. we had good dry roads the whole way, except between our stretch, and then again on malad pass. we made it to idaho falls by 4:30. of course we had a few stops in lehi, had to pick up some of heidi's words! the kids got to open up their gifts from grandma cherrie, between those and coloring books kept them occupied. they really are good travelers, no tv or electronics. just some good music and looking out the window!
we came home super late, levi had just picked up his paycheck on our way out, so we did our shopping in idaho falls! we met my parents too, my mom had planned on us driving through to see the christmas lights, however the line was so ridiculously long, we skipped it all together. my kids will be waking up to uncle anthony's marine dressed mannequin, sweet dreams!
after being home for thanksgiving...we felt like we needed to get out! thought about st george but then realized it was unrealistic, so we went to salt lake instead! i got orders out, came home from the post office and packed within 40 minutes and we were out! checked into our hotel, went to costco and filled up with gas under $2 a gallon, YES! jeremy and amy met us at the front runner station and we were off to salt lake. it only took a year for us to finally ride. everytime we go up, i forget that they don't run on sunday's. we checked out the new church history museum, went to city creek, with hopes of leaving our kids to shop for a minute ;) ya right! and best of all the lights. it was freezing! but yay for TRADITIONS! i love when cousins can get together, we need them back here! we made it back on the train with all 12 kids and big strollers, be proud, no one was left behind. we tried, ha ha! a few lost gloves and scarves along the way, but got lucky and found them all. a quick stop at hobby lobby, for levi, i stayed in the parking lot, i had 10 min in ross and got lucky and found a coat. we had a late dinner at red robin and went back home. short, but definetly packed in a lot of fun and chaos. they don't call it hustle and bustle for nothing!
these rust colored orange shorts from the gap were my favorite! i bought them for anthony, and they lasted up until now for jeremy. he has completely worn them out. he is so hard on everything! i will miss both of them wearing these ♥
so independant, and alway on counters and in the fridge and cupboards searching for food!
and me sitting for once getting over this sickness that i caught from everyone, (now that they are better)and enjoying a clean house that only lasts a few minutes. i'm glad soccer was cancelled friday night, i may not have recovered so quickly!
can you believe thanksgiving is here! i'm ready to stay home!
but first i have to share some great deals for Disneyland with Getaway Today, they are celebrating Black Friday sales early, starting on Monday November 23rd, 2015!
BLACK FRIDAY deal:
$75 off any 4-night or longer Southern California package (2 ticket minimum) for travel January – March 1, 2016. The package must be booked by Sunday, November 29.
The promo code is: BlackFriday15
CYBER MONDAY deal:
Monday, November 30, and will be good for $50 off the same package requirements: 4-night Southern California vacations w/a minimum of 2 tickets for travel January 1 – March 1, 2016. This will need to be booked by Saturday, December 5, 2015.
The promo code is: CyberMonday15
be sure to mention my blog "The Simple Life" when booking ♥
and, both of these specials can be used with any of these specials:
Free Night Specials
Extra Day Free Disneyland Tickets
Save up to 20% at the Disneyland Resort Hotels
Layaway Plans starting at $125 down
have any of you visited Disneyland during the holidays? it's over the top amazing and EXTRA magical!
i mean look at main street USA with all the Christmas lights!
GETAWAY TODAY also has a $100 off promo code: GATT1115 good for any 3-night or longer vacation package to Hawaii, Mexico or Orlando. This promo code can be combined with any of our current specials, must be booked by 11/29/15 and requires a $1,000 minimum with blackout dates: 11/19-25, 12/15-31/15 and 3/5-26/16. It can be used on their site or over the phone 855-GET-AWAY.
i know it's been ages. trying to get on a schedule? i hate schedules! ok more like i'm trying to be accountable for workouts. and i like crossing things off! so i made this simple free workout schedule printable for me AND i saved the file for YOU! of course i had to use my old school heidi swapp brushes, love her ♥ and her handwriting. seriously best handwriting ever!