We created some lasting family, memories this weekend. Maybe the start to some traditions?
Last year, we visited the Wonderland Express when Cole was only a week old. This year was much more fun with two, interested littles.
The Chicago Botanical Gardens create natural displays of prominent venues in the Chicago area complete with model trains. Jada was in love!
It even “snows” inside (a mix of water and oil) to create a fun, wintery experience for everyone. We are currently getting plenty of real snow. So, I’m good.
I think this might be a holiday tradition for us. Model trains and holiday lights? Sounds about perfect to me.
Highly recommend this activity if you are in the Chicago area.
Cole Turns ONE!
Cole turned one on December 10th (update coming soon!), sharing his birthday with dad! We had a small get together, definitely not a Pinterest worthy party, but fun nonetheless!
First of all, my little dude was not into the frosting. What?! Umm, Cole. That’s mommy’s favorite!
We used the baseball clubhouse which was the perfect size, plus it has three televisions, so the dads could watch football.
I brought a gingerbread house (pre-assembled at Costco, get on that people!) for the older kids. Jada was all over it…or the candy at least.
We kept the gathering small, especially with the impending snow. But, we enjoyed all our guests so much!
Jess’s little guy (above) turns one next week. We do weekly mommy and me workouts…it’s our therapy.
Josie (below) is a fellow coach’s wife and illustrating balance quite literally.
Cole and “M” are long time buddies. Baseball families stick together.
I think Cole enjoyed his party…
Ha! He didn’t fall asleep, just a rest and was rearing to go.
We haven’t seen Santa yet for the picture opportunity. Maybe we will? I still need to complete some shopping and wrap gifts, but we are trying to keep it minimal around here and keep looking to create experiences for the kids.
Do you stress during the holidays? How do you keep perspective on what is truly important?
P.S. The winner of the Jillian Michael’s Giveaway has been emailed. Thank you to all who entered!