Sunday, January 10, 2010

Water Park Hotel

The day after Christmas, we stayed at a water park hotel. All my siblings and their kids, my mom and Steve, my grandma, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and their kids were also there.

It was a lot of fun. The kids played in the kiddy area, while the adults could go down several scary water slides, play basketball in the pool, or float down the lazy river. We all really enjoyed spending time together!

Christmas Day

We spent Christmas Day at Mike's mom and dad's house. All his siblings and grandparents were there. It was a really fun day, and we had a wonderful time spending the holiday with them.

Christmas Eve

We started Christmas Eve at Emily and Zach's house. We let the kids open up some presents there. We then went to my mom's house and had dinner and opened more presents. Later that night, we stopped by Mike's brother's house. Busy, busy night, but overall very fun!

Chuck E Cheese

Emily and I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese for Natalie's official birthday on December 21st. The kids had so much fun playing the games and collecting tickets. After Chuck E Cheese, we went and saw The Princess and the Frog movie. It was a very fun day! We were glad to be able to share Natalie's 5th birthday with her.

Twas the Night Before Christmas Children's Play

For Christmas, my mom bought us all tickets to a children's play. So on Sunday, December 20th, we all went to see Twas the Night Before Christmas. I had read the book a handful or more times, so Drew and Kyra knew the play well. They really enjoyed it. Here is a picture of Kyra, Drew, Cole, and Cody at my mom's before we left.

Celebrating Natalie's 5th Bday

We helped Natalie celebrate her 5th birthday. The kids played BINGO and won prizes. Drew and Kyra's cousins, Cody and Cole, were also there. Here is a picture of Cole, Natalie, Aunt Carrie, Cody, and Drew playing Tinkerbell BINGO.

Drew and Kyra watching Natalie open her presents.

Cole and Cody (My brother Luke's boys)

Singing Happy Birthday ~ Natalie, Drew, my mom's husband Steve, Zach's sister Kristen, Zach (Emily's husband)

Kyra and Aunt Carrie (Mike's sister) being silly

Staying Busy

It's always busy when we go to MN. On Thursday, December 17th, we went to Natalie's preschool Christmas program. Drew and Kyra enjoyed singing along and watching Natalie.

On Saturday December 19th, Natalie had her Christmas dance recital that we went to. There was cookies and juice afterwards which all kids love! Natalie did a great job dancing!

The playing begins

The kids and I didn't get to MN until late, so the next morning Drew and Kyra were so excited to play with their MN cousins. Natalie, Emily, and Ava came over early.
Drew, Kyra, and Natalie had so much fun. Here's a couple of pictures after they made reindeer crowns.

Drew's Preschool Christmas Program

Because Drew would be missing his preschool Christmas program, Mrs. Hering, Drew's preschool teacher, gave us a sneak peak before we went to MN. They sang a couple of songs and said a verse. Here is a picture of Drew's class. Ryan, Nicholas, Drew, Brychan, Amelia