Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ashlyn's 7th Birthday

Ashlyn is 7 years old!!  Just a week or 2 before Ashlyn's birthday, she lost 2 teeth!!  She had been wiggling one top tooth for weeks and finally got up the courage to let me pull it out for her:
Just a day or 2 later, she came home from school saying she lost a tooth.  I joked with her the whole way home, really thinking she was just kidding.  When we got home she showed me the hole in her mouth where a bottom tooth used to be.  We had no clue this tooth was loose because she had been so focused on her top tooth.  Apparently when she was eating the special birthday treat she had taken to share with her class, her bottom tooth kept bleeding.  Her teacher just pulled it out for her.
Ashlyn had the day of her birthday completely planned out.  I decorated the house the night before because the kids really look forward to that every year.  When we woke up, we enjoyed the donuts she had picked for breakfast.  She was adamant that she wanted her candles in a donut this year (sounds like her mommy who was determined to have donuts as one of our wedding cakes 12 years ago).  :)
This picture turned out blurry but I still love how it shows Bryson's excitement for his sister:
Ashlyn had one more loose tooth that she had been trying to keep in her mouth until her birthday.  She succeeded and let Zane pull it out when she was having trouble eating her donut.  So, that makes 3 teeth lost in a matter of a few weeks:
The fun activity Ashlyn chose for her birthday was bowling.  We weren't sure how Brayden would do but he watched for a little while and then fell asleep (despite all the noise):
We played a few games, traded in our tickets for prizes, and then went to eat lunch at the Chinese Buffet that the birthday girl picked:
Finally, we were home and the present opening began!:
We were very excited that instead of cake, Ashlyn chose to go get frozen yogurt.  We packed up into the van and headed to the yogurt shop, only to find out they were closed.  Luckily, we were able to run into the grocery store and grab an ice cream cake.  Despite no frozen yogurt, Ashlyn had a fun day and we all had a great time celebrating her!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Christmas Vacation - Myrtle Beach - Part 3 (Christmas Day)

Our kids got their new pajamas on Christmas Eve and were happy to put them on and get in bed.  Bryson and Daddy picked out Despicable Me pajamas for Ashlyn while Ashlyn and I got Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for both Bryson and Brayden:
 
These kids fell asleep quickly:
Christmas day was definitely my favorite day of our Myrtle Beach trip!  It was a day filled with yummy food, excitement for the kids, lots of playing with new toys, spending time as a family, and amazing weather!  We started out the morning with festive Krispy Kreme donuts!
The kids quickly got ready to open gifts:
This was Brayden's first Christmas and just like most babies, he loved the boxes and wrapping paper the most.
Time to play with new toys!  This snap circuit board was one of the last gifts I bought and I'm so glad I got it.  It's definitely one of Ashlyn's favorites...plus it's educational:
Time for floor hockey and wrestling while Mommy makes lunch:
Christmas day was the best weather!  The kids were finally able to put on swimsuits and enjoy the beach:
Brayden and I even got to stay down by the pool for his naptime instead of heading up to our room like we usually did:
This sweet boy was so happy but so tired all at the same time:
These pictures of Brayden pretty much summed up our vacation.  We had a blast and loved every minute, but we were also exhausted by the end of the week.  It was another great Christmas week at Myrtle Beach for us!