Wednesday, January 17, 2018

snow day

snow day
We finally got another decent snowfall this winter and the kids were SOOOO excited, especially since it was still snowing when they woke up!  They quickly got bundled up in their snow gear and headed outside to play.

snow on her head
Poor Ellie, her daddy thinks it's funny to dump snow on her head!  She got back at him by throwing a snowball at Nicholas, LOLOL!!

sweet ellie
- sweet girl -

ellie sledding
Ellie loves sledding down our street as long as someone pulls her up the hill and then makes sure that she doesn't fall off.

lexie in the snow
I love Lexie's bright pink pants-- they make her so easy to see in the snow!

more sledding
When one kid gets tired of pulling her around, she just switches siblings-- it's a good thing she has so many!

snow angels
Sweet snow angels!

sledding from the porch
Ellie figured out that she could sled down the hill from our front porch and wanted to do it over and over and over.

- sledding down the hill -

rolling down the hill
Lexie decided to roll down the hill instead of using a sled so Ellie switched to copy her big sis.  Both thought it was totally hilarious!

- rolling down the hill -

post-snow warmth and snack
After warming up by the fire, the girls took a bath and then enjoyed the new Yoplait Girl Scout Cookie yogurts for a snack.

Ellie's sledding video clip aired on NBC Nightly News!!

snow day two
The next morning the kids got bundled up and played in the snow for a few hours before it started to melt.  Snow days are always a favorite in our house, especially because we only have one or two a year!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

january randoms

happy new year
Happy New Year!!  We celebrated NYE with our neighbors and then after sleeping in, we spent the day watching movies and made homemade pizza for dinner.

girls on the run
Lexie participated in Girls on the Run with her school in the fall and was excited to run her 2nd 5k this month.  She finished in just under 40 minutes, shaving about 15 minutes off of her first 5k time!!

sweet girl
Ellie loves snuggling with her babies and now that her hair is getting longer and thicker, she likes having it styled differently every day!  She's also a fan of getting lunch at Tenders after church and especially likes dipping her fries in ranch.

Ben played Mooresville Rec basketball this season and had a blast.  While his team didn't do very well overall, he gave it his all and had a great season!

checkers game
The Charlotte Checkers hosted a 1950s throwback game with $2 tickets, $1 hotdogs and 50¢ sodas and popcorn, so we just HAAAAD to go cheer on the home team against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

So excited to be at the hockey game!

Let's Go, Checkers!!

More dancing!

The girls covered their ears every time a team scored!

Air guitar fun!

late night dunkin' run
A new Dunkin' Donuts opened by us and the night before their grand opening, they were offering a free dozen donuts with any purchase.  We didn't find out about it until around bedtime so we loaded up Nick and Ellie and made a late night Dunkin' run!

meeting spiderman
We met Spiderman at our local Kickback Jack's-- they have different characters/princesses come in a few times a month-- and the kids thought it was awesome!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

end of the year

christmas with the gaubs
My sister and her family weren't able to be here on Christmas, but they came out a couple of days later to do Christmas with us.  The kids were excited to see Miss Hannah and for more presents and it was so fun being able to watch Hannah enjoy the fun of a big family Christmas!

hannah and ellie
While they were here, the girls had their very first slumber party-- they did surprisingly well!!  And we obviously went to Target.

lunch at chick-fil-a
We had lunch at Chick-fil-A before they headed back home so that we could see Christopher in action and have a delicious lunch.  The little girls were excited to play in the play area after they finished their lunch.

sleepover with nick
Ellie often has sleepovers with Chris but really wanted to have one with Nick, too.  He did a great job and let her pick out a movie to watch but as soon as it was over, she ditched him and slept in her own room.  At least Nick was a good sport about it!

i've got a blanket.mp4
Her favorite song from her school's Christmas program.

we the people.mp4
Her all-time favorite song, the Preamble.

Monday, December 25, 2017

christmas fun

christmas morning
On Christmas morning, the kids all have to stay upstairs until everyone is awake and ready which means that we don't usually make it downstairs until a little after 8am.  I love seeing the look of excitement on their faces when they finally come down the stairs!

We always go through our stockings first...

santa and breakfast
... and then open the presents from Santa.  This year he used the most delicious sugar cookies to label the packages!  After stockings and Santa presents, we take a break for breakfast-- our traditional Eggs Benedict casserole and orange juice.

christmas presents one
And then it's time for presents!!  We always go one at a time, youngest to oldest, that way everyone can see each gift and enjoy the surprises.

secret santa
Every year, the kids do Secret Santa and draw names and then get to pick out something for their sibling.
This year, Christopher picked out a Sofia doll for Ellie, Nick got Christopher a new band for his Apple watch, Ellie got Nick a Google Home Mini and Ben and Lexie picked out Lego sets for each other.  Nick also got Ellie some silly putty (with his own money!) and she was so excited!

new jewelry box
Ellie was really excited about her new Belle jewelry box and necklace from Grandma and Grandpa!

We surprised Christopher with a PS4 this year and boy, was he surprised!!  And excited!!

christmas presents two
Since there are so many of us, it usually takes several hours to get through all of the presents.  Ben had quite the Lego tower built by the time we were done!

One of Ellie's favorite gifts was her Luvabella baby-- she played with her all afternoon!

Such a good little mommy!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

christmas eve

girls before christmas eve service
Since Christmas Eve fell on a Sunday this year, our church decided to do a morning Christmas Eve service which worked perfectly with our plans for the day!

donuts before church
We stopped at Dunkin Donuts for breakfast before church...

christmas eve movies
...And went to see The Star at the movie theater after church.  That evening, we enjoyed our traditional pizza for dinner while watching classic Christmas cartoons.  Poor Ellie fell asleep after dinner-- our busy day wore her out!

reindeer food
We made reindeer food to sprinkle all over the front yard so that Santa didn't miss our house. 

albaeck sweethearts
- the Albaeck sweethearts -

the littlest sweetheart
- the littlest sweetheart -

christmas eve presents
Right before bed, the kids each opened one present (they each got a new book!) from under the tree.

the stockings were hung
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there...

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