Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas Time!

This picture of Jaylie is one of my favorites. This was the last place(my parent's house) that we opened presents and she was done!

We had such a wonderful Christmas. I combined pictures from Jason's parents, my parents, and our house. We love getting to spend time with all the family. Our problem now is finding a place to put all the new toys.

Some of Skyler's favorite things: Diamond earrings(from Grammy and Papa), the Wii(from Nana and Papa), and the trip to Mexico.

Some of Jay's favorite toys: Dora's Talking House(from Grammy and Papa), Coconut the dog (from Nana and Papa), lots of pet shops, and the trip to Mexico.

Jason's favorite presents: As always $$$$ and the trip to Mexico!

Niki favorite presents: New purse, Wii Fit, $$$, and my watch. Of course, the trip to Mexico was great too! On Christmas day, at my parents, they get us each 5 Scratchers. We all sit around and scratch to see who wins the most money. Every year, Jason and I always get lucky. We win $20-$30. This year, I was the BIG winner. My last Scratcher was $100! Merry Christmas to me!! And no I am not sharing, so quite asking(you know who you are)!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Trip to Mexico

We decided to take the girls to Mexico as part of their Christmas this year. It was so nice getting away from this cold weather. We all had a great time. We stayed at an all inclusive resort that was designed for kids. It had water slides and everything else that you can think of. It was perfect for them. I would highly recommend the place we stayed to anyone thinking of taking their kids on a trip to Cancun. The place we stayed was called Crown Club Paradise. I couldn't resist putting this picture up. Jason left our table(I thought to go to the bathroom) next thing I know I hear them saying his name. I look over the balcony that we were eating on and he is sitting on this mechanical bull. The girls thought it was hilarious. I was more impressed with his time of 12 seconds. Who knew?
Jason and Skyler went on a zip lining adventure. I was not there. This is one of the downfalls of having kids spread out in age, someone has to stay back with the little one. I was so jealous. They both said it was the best time - except for the hour long drive to get there on some bus with a driver going 100mph.

Aren't they cute?

The many faces of Jaylie!

Jaylie was so excited. At night they did shows for the kids. This night, there were so many characters she didn't know what to think. The pics just show a few of the friends.

The girls love the beach and the ocean. However, in case you don't know, sand ruins cameras. Our camera got ruined while we were at the beach. of our Christmas presents was a new camera. We had to buy a disposable for the rest of our trip after this day on the beach.

Your really can't tell where they are in the picture, but this is Skyler and Jason playing water basketball.

Skyler and Jaylie enjoying their evening cocktails!

Skyler standing in a street in Mexico.

Skyler zip lining at the resort.

Jason and the girls in the pool that overlooked the ocean.

We went and looked at the Mayan Ruins and I was walking along and this is what was in front of me. It scared me to death. There were so many that we compared them to seeing squirrels in Missouri. I'm sure the locals thought we were crazy taking a bunch of pics of these things. But, hey, you don't see an iguana everyday around here.

Skyler and I at the top of one of the ruins.

The girls on some crazy thing that looked like a statue, but was really a man dressed up to look like a statue and scare people. Skyler and I were some of those people. At least we gave the people sitting outside of the Starbucks some entertainment. Jaylie is really not sure what is going on here.

The trip was a great time. Like I said, some of our pictures are on a disposable. Our favorite part of the trip was taking the fairy over to the island Isla Mujeres. We rented a golf cart and drove around the whole island. It was absolutely beautiful. The island is not overly commercialized, which is nice. We got to sit on the ocean and eat some authentic seafood and Skyler and I went snorkeling, which was amazing.

Skyler's Girls on the Run

Skyler and I did a 5K together in November. Skyler has been training for the last 12 weeks with some friends. It was so much fun! The girls did great! Skyler's time was 35 minutes. Her are some pics of the big day. Oh, yeah did I mention that it was freezing that day.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fall Festivities

Jaylie this year for Halloween. If you look at last Halloween's post you will see that she was this dog last year too! We are all about saving money(or should I say Jason).
Skyler was Nastia Liukin. She came up with this idea all on her own. I was very proud of her.

We went to a Halloween party and this is Jaylie with some of her friends. I couldn't get Skyler and her friends to stay still long enough to get a picture.

Jaylie and Bella at their school parade.

Jaylie and her friend Autumn at the library. Autumn was Gabriella from High School Musical. Her wig was hilarious.
This is a picture of Skyler and her friend Kaelyn. I took it because they were both wearing Barbie and Dora PJS. They thought this was so funny. They freaked out when I told them that I was going to save this picture and put it in their yearbook this year. They were so embarassed.

Jaylie trying to get the pony's attention at the Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch

Random Pictures

Skyler and some of her friends before their game.
Kennedy and Skyler

Jason went with Skyler and her girl scout troop to ride horses. Skyler really enjoyed it. Next time I am going. That is the one bad thing about having your kids so spread out in ages. One of us has to stay back with the little one.

Skyler and her horse

Just wait until your kids get older, this is what a Friday night looks like at our house. Skyler and her friends putting on karaoke shows at our house.

This is Owen as a boy!
And this Owen as a girl. Tricia(his mom)and I got really bored when the kids were playing and decided to dress him up. I will say he was a willing participant. I've always said he would make a pretty girl and now we know. Jaylie also enjoyed getting having a little girl friend to play with that day.
We took Jaylie to Chuckie Cheese on her actual birthday. For those of you that live around here, there is nobody there on a week night. This would be the reason that Chuckie is laying in the floor with my daughter. He also rode some of the rides with her, but I don't have pictures of that. Jaylie's was thrilled and it was a great birthday for her.

Jaylie playing putt putt. I think her favorite part was getting a hot pink ball and playing on the decorations.

Jaylie on her "little" pony.