Mom: "Faith, your nose needs help."
Faith: "I know. He keeps saying 'Help! Someone help me!"
Before December is done, I need to do a November recap. Mostly so I can talk about Faith’s birthday, so here goes:
Faith turned the dumb age of 3 on November 1st and since she basically had been talking about a party for months, I was forced into having one for her on her birthday. We had a million 3 year olds. I made Ryan come home from work and help. It was a total 5th Child Birthday Party: very loose theme, cheapo store-bought invites, a during-the-party-realization that it was lunch and I should feed the 3 year olds, etc.
It was kind of a Dora party and so they made Dora bracelets:
and they played a kind of Backpack game, and I did a musical chairs to Dora music, and I fed them quesadillas because it’s a Spanish word and I had a kind-of treasure hunt with a Dora thing stuck on cupcakes as the treasure.
Whatever…she got lots of presents:
and I fed her McDonalds for her dinner/family party.
…where we couldn’t even light a candle so we had a lame birthday song and pretend-blowing-out-of-candles. At least I homemade the cake. Being the 5th child does have it’s advantages (siblings who dote on you, parents who slightly know what they’re doing), but awesome birthday parties aren’t one of them. Sorry, F. I promise if you keep only turning 3, I’ll do a better one next year.
But I was a good mom, when, on Veteran’s Day, I heard, last minute, about a REALLY cheap entry fee into a ski resort’s water park, I decided just to bag everything and take the kids. We had a super fun day:
They have a surfing ride that had a line 45 minutes long, but when the worker saw Faith and I watching, he asked if she wanted to jump the line and he’d take her on a ride. It was really cool:
Seth also lost his first tooth…2 months into First grade is very late to lose a tooth, in case you’re wondering. It’s the best when you lose it at school, because then you get a cool carrying case and a sticker. Except then you lose it in the pebbles when you’re tossing it around on your walk home and you have to write a sad little note to the tooth fairy, begging her to pay you anyway.
And we had a cool Family Home Evening where Ryan had everyone illustrate the Tree of Life story from the Book of Mormon:
And then the whole rest of November is 400 pictures of our trip and you’ve already been privileged with those beauties. I’m sure more stuff happened in November but by December 18th, I can’t remember them.
Yay! November summary done.
Wait! Seth was also in the paper for winning the No Cavity Club at our awesome local pediatric dentist. He got a $25 gift card and his own photo shoot:
Okay, now I’m done.
Odemeter at start of trip:
176, 725 (Go little blue van, go!)
Odometer at end of trip:
Mileage Grand total:
Hours spent traveling:
Books (audio, children) completed by Jessica:
Pages read in Jessica’s paperback book:
Books brought on road trip:
6 (sorry, Ryan, I thought I would have time to read!)
Times pulled over by a cop:
2 (once for failing to switch lanes when cop on side of road, once for speeding)
1 (for speeding)
Meals eaten in a restaurant in 15 days:
1 (Thanks fun family and friends)
Different states’ license plates we saw:
States we drove through:
And now for some non-iphone pictures…
The whole family and the presidents:
Giving proper respect to the home state:
Our Kansas City hosts (Mark and Carie) and the incredible Chocolate Bag dessert:
Faith and her cousin, Luke (Nate’s little boy):
Nate’s twin girls:
Everyone was soooo happy to see Grandma Dorrie:
Cute Sam and Stephanie, hung out with us in both Dallas and San Antonio:
The Alamo…oh! that weather is looking so lovely right now:
Me, Adrianne, my kids, her kids, her brother’s kids and my uncle’s kids: