Saturday, December 31, 2011

We know how to PARTY!

We definitely know how to have fun in this family! We had a great New Years Eve today. We started it out by taking the kiddos to the children's museum here in Milwaukee. And we ended the day by having a dance party and banging some pots and pans. Drake definitely thought it was pretty awesome that we got to hit mom's cooking stuff like drums! Oh, and we brought in the New Year at 7:00, Drake would definitely not have lasted till midnight. I would not change a thing about how we are bringing in the New Year. I just love my little family and have had some much fun with them this year. I can't wait to see what 2012 has to bring for us. I hope you all had a great New Years Eve as well.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Well, we definitely had a great Christmas! It was definitely a little different since we were out here all alone. But it was kind of nice to just stay home and let Drake play all day! I have to say I am so lucky to have such a fun little family. But we definitely missed everyone back in Utah! Drake had a blast though! It was so fun to watch him open every present because he was just so excited! He definitely got a little overwhelmed at times though. Drake also helped Sonja open her presents and would show her the toys and stuff that she got. This was definitely a memorable Christmas for us, just hanging out with our little family.

Drake was very interested to see if Santa, the reindeer and Canta (our elf) ate all their food.

Sonja's Santa stuff.

And Drake's Santa stuff.

Here is Drake being silly in one of the costumes he got for Christmas.

Look at all that stuff. Our kids were definitely spoiled! Our families gave them some super fun things. We are definitely lucky and very grateful!
Thank You!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Eve

We had a fun Christmas Eve this year. It was kind of weird not being in Utah with our families but we made the most of it. I have to say it was kind of relaxing, but kind of lonely also. We decided to go to church on Christmas Eve so that on Christmas we could just stay home and play with all our new stuff. Here are some pics of the kiddos being oh so cute!

After church we went to the Wheatley's for dinner. We also decided to do a small ugly sweater party so that was kind of fun.

Sonja was kind of sad when we were doing these pics and this was the only way she would calm down so sorry that all you can see is the back of her head.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa and Jingle Bus!

Now that Chris is finally off work for a few days we are trying to squeeze in as much fun family time as possible. We finally took the kids to see Santa. Drake wasn't so sure about sitting with Santa at first but as soon as it was our turn Drake did awesome. He told Santa what he wants and what Sonja wants. He is such a good big brother. Last night we went downtown to the Jingle Bus. It is a charter bus that takes you around to see all the Christmas lights, and it is only a dollar! It was pretty fun but Drake was mostly excited about being on a bus.

Waiting in line to see Santa!
Sorry the pictures aren't the greatest. Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Drakey is 3!

My baby boy is 3! I just can't believe it. He is so much fun and full of so much energy. I don't know where I would be without him. He is the craziest, funniest, sweetest boy. We just decided to do a small birthday party for him this year (which worked out great since I had strep). Drake asked to have his best friend Oliver and his family over so we had them come for lunch. Drake requested PB and J for lunch. Actually, he had special requests for all the meals. For breakfast he asked for coffee cake, lunch was PB and J, chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, lightning crackers for snacks, and shrimp and noodles for dinner. He is so funny!

Here are some fun facts about Drakey:
-He loves music and is always singing or humming
-He is obsessed with letters and makes letters out of everything, he has informed me that a candy cane is a J, a slice of a green pepper looks like a C, his PB & J looks like a A when he eats the middle out of it, he makes sticks look like T's, etc.
- He is learning how to write his letters, right now he can draw a O, T, sometimes D, P, & A.
- He can count to 15 and with a little coaching can get to 20.
-He loves cars, still, and is always carrying one around (usually Lightning McQueen).
- He also loves animals.
- He has a cute imagination and is always pretending to be a tiger, lion, Curious George, etc.
- He is the sweetest big brother!
- His favorite color is red.
- He definitely is trying to push the limits lately.
- He is into the "why" stage. "Why you doing that?", "But why?", "What does that do?", etc.
- And he has so much energy! He literally does not stop all day. But he is so much fun!

Here is the cake we made for him. Actually Chris was nice and did it all himself since I wasn't feeling well.

Chris and I gave Drake the CARS Wii game and steering wheels. Drake is a little young for it still but he still was excited to try to play it.

Sonja all dressed up for her brothers party.

Man, I just love these three!

Happy Birthday Drakey Boy!
I Love You!

Friday, December 9, 2011

What do you think?

So everyone is asking me if Drake and Sonja look alike. I am the worst at determining who babies look like and all of that so I thought I would post these pics next to each other so I can see it a little better. I think they look alike but I can definitely see who is who. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's Christmas!!!

It is Christmas time! I love, love, love this time of year. It is a busy one for us though. Drake's birthday is a week before Christmas, so it makes it a little hectic, but so fun! The day after Thanksgiving we set up our tree and put up our few decorations. Drake loved helping and he was actually pretty good at putting the ornaments on.
Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Yummy food, great friends, and fun family time - now that is a great Thanksgiving! The Wheatley's were nice enough to invite us over again. This was our third Thanksgiving with them and so much fun! We are so lucky to have such great friends. I don't know what we would do without them, our families have so much fun together!

Drake has his grumpy face here, but he was having a great time with his BFF Oliver.

I just love those cheeks!

Rosanna and I with our sweet girls - who match!

The Wheatleys

We hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving! Now on to Christmas! (I already have my tree up - hehehe)

Monday, November 14, 2011

My Bestie!

My best friend came to visit me this past week! We had so much fun. We have been friends since high school, and I truly don't know what I would do without her. She is such a good friend and is always there for me. I know that we are going to be life long friends and that makes me so happy. She currently lives in Oregon so we don't get to see each other very much. She was nice enough to come out here to meet Sonja and play with Drake. Drake was literally bawling when we dropped her off at the airport (and I felt like bawling!).

Minda - you are such a good friend to me and I am so lucky to have you in my life. I hope you know how amazing you are. Thank you so much for coming out here. We had so much fun having you here. Hopefully I will see you soonish!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Anderson's!

We are so lucky to be in the families we are in.
To have all these people want to come out to meet Sonja and spend time with us is amazing!
After my family left, Chris's parents were the next to come see us.
Unfortunately I was a total slacker and only got this picture of them.
But we had so much fun while they were here.
Drake would not let Doug have a break,
and Sonja loved being held by Lani!

Next up was Chris's siblings.
He is one of six kids and three of his siblings were available to come see us.
Heather had been here before but it was Heidi and Daniel's first time.
Chris was lucky to have the weekend off while they were here so we were able to do some fun stuff.
We went to the lakefront and stumbled upon Discovery World's free day!
We also went to Lapham Peak, had some good food, and got Kopps Custard 3 out of the 4 days they were here. Yummy!

Thank you so much for coming out to see us!
Our kids love you all so much and love getting to spend time with you.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wow Moments

Becoming a parent brings many "wow" moments.
Drake has continually "wow"ed me for the past 2+ years,
and now Sonja is just as amazing.
But I have to say,
the most amazing wow moment I have had so far is seeing the two of them together.
Drake is so sweet to her.
He loves her so much and is already taking care of her and protecting her.
He talks to her all the time.
He gives her about a million kisses a day.
When Sonja is crying, he says "don't worry sweet pea, I will be right there".
At the store, every time we pass by someone he will tell them he has a baby sister and that she is "sooooo tiny".
When Sonja is having tummy time, Drake will lie right by her and talk to her.
And I am pretty sure Sonja loves him just as much.
She is going to learn so much from him (good and bad).
I know that she is just going to follow him around everywhere.
It just makes me so happy to see them together.
I love them so much and am so blessed to be able to watch them grow and learn.
Motherhood is hard, but it is definitely worth it!
And I am looking forward to many more "wow" moments.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We are kicking off trick or treating early!
Our zoo had their Boo at the Zoo this weekend and we definitely had to go.
It was a beautiful day today too, so we lucked out!
Drake was so excited to be a tiger and he loved that Sonja was a ladybug.
We had a blast at the zoo, enjoy the pics!

Drake of course couldn't wait to see the tigers.
He kept copying what the tiger was doing,
crawling like the tiger,
wagging his tail like the tiger,
it was so cute!

Craft time!Thankfully Chris was able to help out with all these crafts
because of course Sonja wanted to eat right in the middle of them.
Drake loved painting the pumpkins, but it took him a minute to warm up to carving them.
He was a little weirded out by the inside of the pumpkin,
but after a few minutes he was loving putting his hand in there and getting the seeds out.
He started pretending he was a crane grabbing the seeds and dumping them in the garbage.

We are going trick or treating at Chris's school on Monday
so I am sure I will have more pics of that too.
Happy Halloween!