Fourth of July

Our neighborhood has a cute 4th of July parade every year. It’s one of my favorite events.

My dad is “coaching” Mason and Cole during the tug-o-war but he looks a little high-pressure.

We also had Charlie’s first birthday party and a BBQ for friends and family on the 4th.


Easter Bunnies

Easter Egg Hunt #1 (the Oliver’s):


Easter Egg Coloring:


Easter Vigil Church Service:


Easter Egg Hunt #2 (BPIC):


Easter Egg Hunt #3 (home):


Easter Egg Hunt #4 (Nonna’s house):

Charlie is wearing one of Matt’s baby outfits.

And now for the official “grown ups” egg hunt at Nonna’s:

It’s very serious.

I was pretty proud of myself for finding 11 eggs but only 1 had a prize in it. Boo.

Even if you’re dressed nice, you have to suit up.  The grown-up egg hunt involves rocks and hills and mud.


Tinsel everywhere!

Mason’s *live* tree in his bedroom.  It’s only 2 feet tall or so but it’s adorable and he decorated it himself.

Making gingerbread cookies.  And we got the advent calendar I made a couple years ago back up just in time (although I swear he’s going to lose the last few days of treats … he’s starting to get picky about what he gets each morning (aka spoiled), which means it’s a good thing we’re about done with presents for a while).

Mason is so helpful.

The tree is finally decorated.  This year’s tree theme is “Every Ornament We Own.”  It’s for those who like sparkle but don’t want to stress about how it looks.  I’m kidding, I like the tree.  Mason was so excited to hang ornaments that I didn’t overthink it and we just put everything on the tree.  Literally.



The Williams family spent Thanksgiving together at Lake Entiat, near Chelan/Leavenworth.  The entire family!  10 adults and 5 kids (4 months, 1 year, 3 years, 4.5 years & 5 years).  Plus we prepared a delicious from-scratch Thanksgiving dinner and somehow corralled all 5 kids and 2 grandparents to take a grandkid/grandparent family photo.  Amazing.

The boys wrote letters to Santa with their wishlists.

… and delivered them to Santa & Mrs. Claus in Chelan.

Beer in Leavenworth.

More beer in Leavenworth.

and face-painting…

Game night.

Probably the 342nd viewing of Charlie Brown Thanksgiving & Christmas that weekend (no cable + 1 DVD = lots of repeats).

Practice photo session.

These cousins crafted like crazy.

Prepping turkey dinner.  One oven.  We got creative.


Happy Valentine’s!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Any day is good if it involves presents!


Mason had his preschool Valentine’s party yesterday and came home with a ton of candy.  These moms are amazing — homemade sugar cookies, cake pops, candy bags.  He loved it and I let him eat as much as he wanted (I learned my lesson after Halloween — westillhave Halloween candy in the pantry).

We’re having heart-shaped pancakes this morning and heart-shaped peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for lunch.  How sweet!

images: 1, 2 (mine – I need to clean my phone camera lens!), 3, 5