Monday, January 26, 2015

Sweeties in the Smokies

Our friends Derek and Jessica invited us to their family's Gatlinburg cabin again this year and we were so excited to go! The Smoky Mountains are beautiful and the cabin had perfect mountain views.

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We started a day off at the best local pancake restaurant, The Pantry. We then went to the Ripley's Aquarium...it ended in one of Anna's tantrums of all tantrums, but before that happened, we all had a great time.

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Anna asked me to take a picture of the turtle.

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Touching a horseshoe crab.

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Jess and her daughter Bristol and her son Forrest

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Pretty gals!

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Playing at the arcade

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The weekend was rounded out with some shopping, miniature golf, and lots of fun with friends!

Snow Bunnies!

One of my main Christmas gifts this year were annual passes to Stone Mountain park for my family. We have been so excited to take the girls to Snow Mountain, and it certainly didn't disappoint. We are already figuring out another weekend to go before it closes!

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After last year's Snowpocalypse and with Snow Mountain on our calendar, I vowed to get the girls some legitimate snow gear. I had to order it all online since the local Atlanta retailers seem reluctant to stock anything but it all came in time and the girls were so tickled with their new boots and "poofy pants".

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Steve gave me such a hard time about decking them out in full snow suits but it was perfect for Snow Mountain - the girls stayed warm and dry the whole time we were there, and outlasted countless kids leaving with soaking wet jeans and shoes. So high five, Macy's and Amazon.

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Snow Mountain has a whole area dedicated to younger children and it was perfect. They had a line of small ramps that the kids could tube down. I was worried that Maddie would be scared but she loved it. She and Anna went down at least half a dozen times!

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Popcorn break!

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Making snow angels!

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Maddie looks like SUCH a baby here - I love capturing little baby moments like this with my girl who's growing all too quickly!


Picture Post!

This picture post is a short one but I had some super cute photos that I didn't want to fall through the Flickr cracks!

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I thought I already blogged this so sorry if it's a repeat - the girls were excited to open new books from their (my) friend Kara!

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We had a week in December that lined up with several baby visits. The girls, especially Anna, got a massive kick out of having babies in the house and begged to hold them and play with them. This one above is baby Matthew, the cutie pie son of our friends Kathryn and Chris. Even several weeks later Anna still asks when Baby Matthew is coming back to play.

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Playing at the dentist's office

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Anna helping Daddy with the Christmas train set-up.

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The kiddos eating a yummy breakfast at our Christmas brunch with Allyson and her family. Look how cute my nephew Danny is!

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I think Daniel likes his minion hat! If you haven't seen Despicable Me, you should - it's a fun movie.

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I took about a dozen pictures of the kids and this seriously was the best one of the bunch. It's hard enough getting two kids to look and smile at the same time but three?? Good luck with that!

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I think these sunglasses are Aunt Kristy's but Maddie has confiscated them.

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Trying to fly a kite at the park.

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This is still her favorite thing to do at the park - such a monkey!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!

We had such a wonderful Christmas this year with the rest of the Forbes family and Anna is already asking when everybody is going to come back. We're visiting my sister and her family tomorrow for a Christmas brunch so our holiday isn't over yet!

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These glasses were some of the Advent calendar favorites. I had to move them up in the calendar because Maddie kept trying to take them out early!

This year Steve and I organized the Tinsel Tournament - a now-annual team battle for a trophy with events spread out over the three days. The main events ended up being a ticket race at Chuck E. Cheese, cosmic bowling, and beer pong. The third event was supposed to be a Minute to Win It championship but we ended up getting a late start to the night after dinner and shelved it for next year.

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Anna helped Maddie climb up into the maze and she was having a ball!

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All set up and ready for Christmas morning!

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The girls surprisingly slept in until everybody got to the house at 7 a.m., so we were able to get our cameras ready for them to come in and see what Santa brought!

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They were actually running to Mommy in this picture - it was so sweet! I think they got a little overwhelmed with everything and I love that their response is to come get a big hug.

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The girls love their new princess tent - it's been the popular hangout and new story time spot.

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Poppy and SuSu got Elsa and Anna costumes for the girls and of course they were a massive hit. They wasted no time shedding their pajamas and getting their pretty dresses on! Maddie also loves Aurora right now so this picture is like double joy.

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Oh, and Tinkerbell! Their costume closet is very full and colorful now, and the girls are ecstatic.

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It was hard-going this morning convincing the girls that they shouldn't wear their Elsa dresses to the YMCA.

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The other major favorite this year was this Step2 roller coaster. It's set up in the corner of our living room and the girls love zooming down the ramp and all the way across the room. We had to set up pillows along the edge of the wall so they could have something soft to bump into!

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Maddie putting on a puppet performance.

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Testing out Daddy's new Bonnaroo hammock.

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We shot off rockets and held wand wars.

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Steve and Brad got these awesomely fun little remote controlled toys that could drive on the ground like a car or fly in the air like an airplane. They were hilarious and so easy to use that Anna could steer it!

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Poppy was on rocket duty.

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Congratulations to Brad and Kristy for winning the 2014 Tinsel Cup Trophy (a.k.a. "The Stocking Stuffer".)!

Christmas went by so quickly after a delightful month, and I am glad we have some fun events over the course of the next week while Steve is off of work to help prolong the Christmas spirit and excitement for the new year!