Christmas Train

We FINALLY got to go to The Christmas Train at Dry Gulch this year!  I have tried for 2 years to get tickets but this is the first year I was successful!  We went on opening night, the Friday of Thanksgiving, November 28th.  The weather was perfect!   We got there right when the park opened and headed straight for the food!  Here is the entire crew, minus Mommy, eating BBQ!

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This Western Sheriff stopped to talk to our table and my Mom wanted a picture with him. :)

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Silly kiddos…

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After dinner we went shopping in some of the stores- they were so cute!  Here is a cute picture of Nana and Emma in one of the stores. 

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After shopping we put our name on the waiting list to see Santa and then we went to ride the carousel…

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After the carousel our pager buzzed and it was time to go see Santa!  Before going in the kids took a quick picture with Mrs. Claus.  

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Waiting to see Santa… Everyone was calm and happy, until we saw Santa 2 minutes later!

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Poor Cash-man.  He is always so happy.  I think Santa’s beard threw him off a bit.  I just love how the other 2 kiddos are smiling so perfectly. 

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After seeing Santa we decided we better get in line for the train.  By that time it was 9:00 and the line for the train was much shorter!  

Judy, Robin and Brandon:

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We got our boarding passes, ready to board!

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I didn’t take any pictures on the train, but the train ride was great!  Very powerful.  The kids really enjoyed it. 

 

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We had a great evening.  I think it was the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season!  I look forward to going back in the future!
 

Thanksgiving 2014

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

We had Thanksgiving Eve at our house on Wednesday like we have done for the past several years.  My Uncle Danny and cousin Dillon drove from Kansas that day and we were so excited to see them!  

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We fixed our traditional Hobo Stew and cornbread and it was yummy!

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For dessert we had a little cookie cake to celebrate our Thanksgiving Birthdays.  Danny and Foster’s Birthdays are both within a week of Thanksgiving.  

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The next day we went to my Mom’s house for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!  She and Judy always do such a great job with everything!  We were also lucky to have Robin’s parents and Grandmom drive in from Texas for Thanksgiving- it was so great to have everyone together! 

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Foster and Dillon at the “kids’ table.” 

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Me and my Bro. 

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Cash was kind of the center of attention at dinner…

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Cash and Great-GrandMom really bonded while she was here.  He followed her around everywhere and kept saying “C’Mon Ganmah!”  She loved it. :)

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Emma’s Pilgrim Program

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Emma’s 2nd grade class had their Pilgram Program on November 25th.  The kids each had pilgrim costumes that they made or purchased and they had worked very hard on their speaking lines.  We were so impressed!  We were especially impressed with our Emma… who spoke her lines clearly and confidently! 

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Silly Emma (with her hat on backwards) and her good friend Marissa.

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This is a very tight-knit class.  They have been together for 3 years now and I love the bond that they share with one another.  It is very special! 

Foster’s Thanksgiving Pow Wow

On November 21st Foster had his Thanksgiving Program at school… it was so cute!  The kiddos had adorable turkey hats on when we walked in the room and Foster had the cutest little grin on his face. :)  I didn’t get video during the program but it was very cute- they sang 3 songs with motions.  

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Foster standing next to his buddy, Corbin.

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Mrs. Bradshaw had each child come up to the front of the room as she announced their Indian name, given by their parents.  This was a homework assignment that Foster brought home the week before.  We were told to give them a name associated with the day they were born and to try to incorporate nature since that is where most Indian names came from.  We named Foster “Chief Bald Eagle” since he was completely bald the day he was born! 

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This was hanging in the hallway… I loved seeing what Foster is thankful for… his little brother Cash! :)

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Foster’s Soccer Party!

We had Foster’s 5th Birthday Party on Saturday, November 22nd.  He has been so into soccer this year so we had his party at Soccer City!

Here is Foster’s Birthday cake…

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Foster had a blast playing on the field before his guests arrived!

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Cash even got to participate…

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Our soccer coach for the party, Devin, was so awesome- the kids loved him!

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The parents even got to “participate” in some of the games- I’m sure they were thrilled about that!

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After playing some games on the field we went to the party room where we had cake!

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Next it was time for gifts!

I always love it when kiddos make their own cards- this one was so thoughtful!

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Love this picture… my Uncle Ron on the far left was listening to the OU game in his earbuds- YES, he is “that kind of fan!”

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The look on Foster’s face here pretty well sums up the party- he had such a great day and felt so loved. He is blessed by some pretty awesome friends and family. 

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Foster’s “School Birthday Party”

We had Foster’s school Birthday party on Wednesday, November 19th.  His teacher celebrates monthly Birthdays on one date each month.  November just happens to be the most popular Birthday month in their class- they have FIVE November Birthdays, out of 20 students! 

He has such a sweet little class, they were all so excited to celebrate with cupcakes and snacks.  

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We absolutely love Mrs. Bradshaw.

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Foster’s “real” Birthday

Foster’s 5th Birthday fell on a Monday.  It was mostly a typical day.  Foster and Emma both went to school and we did our normal daily activities.  I asked Foster where he would like to eat for dinner and he begged to go to Chuck E. Cheese so that is just what we did. :) 

I called Robin to meet us there and we picked up some cupcakes on the way.  

Chuck E. Cheese has remodeled a bit since the last time we were there- the kids loved this funhouse.  

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This completely cracked me up… Emma and Foster are normally very scared of the Chuck E. Cheese mouse- especially Emma.  Not this time though- she just went right up to him and gave him a high five and was on the front row to do the Hokey Pokey with him!  Our kids always surprise us!  

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The highlight of Foster’s day was that he got to bring the classroom “Clifford Birthday dog” home with him.  Clifford came to dinner with us!

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Uncle Brandon met us at Chuck E. Cheese.  Cash had a great time hanging out with Boom. 

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When we got home we opened some gifts.  

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Yes, we got Foster Nerf dart gun.  We may regret that decision later!

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Here is our big 5 year old boy in his new Spiderman P.J’s ready to go to bed… with Clifford in a baby crib next to his bed! 

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Best Birthday Ever!

This year my Birthday just happened to fall on a Saturday, which also happened to fall on the Baylor-OU game which also happened to be in Norman.  There was no question- we were GOING to be at that game!  I have been looking forward to it for months!  

We are forever grateful to my Mom and Aunt Judy for watching our kiddos all day long so we could enjoy a road trip.

Here we are before we left- and yes, our outfits are bold- I was a little worried that we might get beat up by Sooner fans. 

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The tickets… my B-day present. :)

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I thought it was so cool that the Baylor football players all ran to the end zone to kneel to pray before the game. 

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The final score of the game was 48-14, BAYLOR whooped up!  It was pretty amazing.  

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Although I am a Baylor fan, I will always have Sooner blood…. you have to admit this is a pretty cute little mascot.  

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After the game we went to eat at The Mont… it was an hour wait but was totally worth it!  We pretty much ordered the most unhealthy stuff on the menu… hey, it was my Birthday!

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I took this picture on our walk to the car- my Dad LOVED Barry Switzer.  My dad would have loved to have gone to that game with us, but he sure wouldn’t have liked the outcome! :)

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Soccer Banquet

We celebrated a great first season for the Little Strikers at Mazzio’s on a Monday night… it was CRAZY but we had a great time!  

Here are the boys eating their yummy green cupcakes!

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Coach Paul passed out trophies to each of the boys.  Foster LOVES his trophy!

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It was a great first season for the boys…can’t wait until next season!

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Great-Granddad’s Funeral

At the very end of October Robin’s Granddad went to be with Jesus.  We knew that the time was coming soon but it was still very sad.  We left Tulsa on Thursday the October 30th and traveled to Lubbock to be with family for the service. 

Here is Cash after a very looooong car ride.  He did great in the car! 

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All of the cousins in the hotel breakfast room…

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This picture was taken during the graveside service.  Robin’s Dad officiated the service and all of the Grandsons and Grandsons-in-law served as pall bearers.  

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After the funeral the Great-Grandkids were a little bit wound up while all of the family was trying to visit.  We were able to occupy them once we found an iPad. :) 

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Pops even joined in on the fun!

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Here are a couple of group family pictures taken after the funeral… it was great to see several cousins that we rarely get to see!

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The funeral was on Halloween Day.  We made the most of the situation and got to have Halloween with cousins!  

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The kids got to Trick-or-Treat at Maw Maw’s retirement home.  It was so fun!  The kids got so much candy!

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Our little skunk… I can’t believe I didn’t get more pictures of Cash in his costume.  Isn’t he just the cutest little skunk you’ve ever seen? 

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Tired baby boys… all FOUR of them. :)

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