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|I knew exactly what I wanted over the window but couldn't find it so Wesley built this perfect window treatment. Kate used her creative talent to make the Elizabeth canvas which is the perfect touch!|
|Wesley put so much time into building Elizabeth's crib into the closet. It is the perfect nook. We needed a little more storage space so he also built the pink drawer underneath (with the help of KD).|
|Nothing says "feminine, girly" nursery like a tub full of boy toys - See Buzz Lightyear!!! Philip has enjoyed filling her tub with all of his toys!|
|My mom made the dress for Elizabeth on the left. The other four were dresses I wore as a baby. I can't wait to put Elizabeth in them.|
|This is the first time I have witnessed this - Philip was asleep with his eyes open.|
|He didn't stay asleep for long once he heard Wesley's voice.|
Now, Jackson didn't budge EVEN when Philip attempted to pick him up and move him off the couch!
|Edith and Philip|
Larry and Jackson
The outfit was a little large on Philip and the red "pants" part looked hysterical on him. He looked like he had REALLY big underwear on - especially when you saw him from behind!
|Jack, Red PowerRanger Jackson, Yellow PowerRanger Shepherd, Alayna, and Superman Philip|
|After the manicure, we stopped by Harry's to pick up dinner for Edith and Larry and she|
|After Wesley sanded the desk, I painted it with a diluted brown paint. (50% paint/50% water)|
|After the brown coat was dry, I lightly painted over the brown with diluted (again 50/50) blue.|
|All that's missing is the hardware. Finding the perfect knobs/handle took a few trips to the store|
|Yay! I love the way it turned out!|
|We had more food than ever!|
|My favorite item this year - strawberry pretzel salad!|
This year, we were one couple down. Priscilla and Todd moved to North Carolina last December so they were not able to join us. Usually, we split up the men and women but since there were only 8 adults, Kate set one table for us all! It was so nice to sit together and celebrate this annual tradition.
|With the adults all together in the dining room, the kids had run of the kitchen. Kate had butcher paper on the table and crayons. The kids loved it!|
(Tucker, Jackson, Philip, Addie, Alayna, Sam, Isabelle, and Jack)
|I really wanted a family shot of us but the boys were playing so well, we didn't bother them.|
I am glad it worked out that way because I love this picture of Wesley, Elizabeth and me!
|Todd thought we needed a "prom shot" to show best show off our bundle.|
|I love these girls!|
|Thanks to Tucker, we got our first group shot!|
Ashley & Todd
Katey & Waylon
Leanne & Wesley
Kate & Ben & Jack
|Philip had a hard time remembering to roll the skee ball underhanded!|
|Jackson was really good at this game. He made it in several high-value slots multiple times,|
|Jackson loved playing the Guitar Hero game.|
|Philip enjoyed dancing....until|
|He saw Chuck E. Cheese! He is not a fan and was ready to go after seeing him on stage.|
|We were able to distract him with the Star Wars pod racing game. It was a hit.|
|As was the "Ticket Taker" machine!|
|After Chuck E. Cheese, we went to the mall for lunch and to run a few errands. We had to stop at the Apple store where the boys played with the new IPad minis - I think it was the highlight of their day!|