Thursday, February 18, 2016

Be Mine, Valentine!

Valentine's Day is a popular day around the Forbes household - pink, hearts, and chocolate? Sign us up!

Untitled
I was able to volunteer for Maddie's class party - they decorated Rice Krispy treats with frosting and sprinkles, and rounded out their snack with strawberries and pretzels.

Untitled
Delivering valentines to the class card monsters.

Untitled
Anna has a crazy resemblance in this picture to my sister when she was a little girl. I sent her the picture and told her sorry for taking her kid!

Untitled
We took the girls out for dinner at Hop Alley, one of our favorite restaurants.

Untitled
The girls tried frog legs (blech) and actually liked them! Weirdos.

Untitled

Untitled
Our waitress surprised the girls with valentines, which they loved.

Untitled
After dinner, we ended the day with our now-annual tradition of chocolate fondue.

Untitled
I hope everybody had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Holiday Fun at Six Flags!

Every year, we purchase an annual membership for the family, and this year we opted for Six Flags. The girls are tall enough to ride a bunch of rides there, and Anna's even tall enough to ride a couple of the roller coasters (although I have veto-ed the bigger ones for now!).

Steve and I hadn't been to Six Flags since high school, but I had had my eye on their special holiday "season" that they started for the month of December, and we did get the chance to scope it out with Steve's family. We definitely weren't disappointed and the kids were thrilled - there are Christmas lights EVERYWHERE, snow flakes, s'mores pits, carolers, and lots of festive holiday music. And roller coasters, of course!!

IMG_5648

IMG_5649

IMG_5663

IMG_5682

IMG_5691

IMG_5702

IMG_5710

IMG_5720
My favorite picture of the night! Maddie was so entranced with that lights fountain!

IMG_5749

IMG_5751

And what better way to end a chilly night than with a big mug of hot chocolate?

IMG_5755

Six Flags doesn't open again until the Spring, but you'd better believe that the girls are already ready to go back!!

A Weekend Getaway

Our friends Derek and Jess invited us up to Gatlinburg TN again this year and I'm so glad we got the chance to go. The weather was the perfect amount of chilly and sunny, and fun was had by all.

Untitled
Pancakes are a big thing in Gatlinburg and are always a hit with the kiddos.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled
A movie star even joined us for breakfast!

Untitled
Jessica and Forrest

Untitled
Watching the fountain at Ober Gatlinburg

Untitled
Ice skating for the first time!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled
Bristol was my buddy this trip!

Untitled
Mmmm, s'mores

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled
Maddie got her finger chomped!

Untitled
My girls enjoyed showing Bristol and Forrest all of their favorite apps. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox was the crowd favorite!

Untitled

Thanks for a fun weekend, Thompson family!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Pinto Family Christmas Brunch!

We invited my sister and Tulio and Danny over for our annual Christmas brunch and gift exchange. It was a good idea to do it after Christmas, because it was a fun thing to look forward to, after the rush of the holidays. And of course we all love getting to see Allyson and her family!

IMG_5525
Danny stepped in as the role of Santa and passed out all of the presents. Or opened them himself, depending on how he felt!

IMG_5528

IMG_5541
Anna was thrilled with her new bow and arrows!

IMG_5553
This is Danny opening one of Allyson's presents, haha. What a helper!

IMG_5558

IMG_5566

IMG_5576
Cutie cousins!

IMG_5584
Anna ran up to change into her Merida costume, to go along with her new bow.

IMG_5596

IMG_5602
The Anki race cars got put through their paces.

IMG_5618
The Incredible Hulk even made an appearance!

IMG_5616

IMG_5620
I've discovered that selfies are pretty much the only way to get 3 year olds to look at the camera and smile.

IMG_5625

IMG_5628
What better way to end a fun morning than with a good old-fashioned dog pile??