Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Trip to Branson

We were getting a little cabin fever.  We hadn't spent the night in a hotel since October when we went to Big Cedar.  The trip just fell into place.  First, our open house got canceled which opened up our weekend (besides missing Rian's birthday that we are sad we had to miss), than my mom ironically had to take some stuff back to the outlet stores there (we could do this for her) than we realized Mike's favorite store Banana Republic outlet was having a 60% off sale!  (my main bait for getting Mike to agree to go on the trip). I immediately started searching for hotels becuase this was Wednesday - and we planned on leaving on that Friday!  Last minute trip....  I found this place called Castlerock that was having a 2 day special that included admission to an indoor waterpark all for $80 total.  I was so excited (our vacation fund could afford that :) )  so we booked the trip!  We left as soon as Mike got off work and we were in Branson at the hotel by 6pm.  We got some quick McDonalds and ate it in the room, changed into our swimsuits and headed to the water park.  It was a lot of fun.  I grabbed a few pictures but as you can imagin - it's not easy to take a lot of pictures at a waterpark with a 3 year old and 1 year old that both can't swim.  I'm glad I took a few.  Our favorite part was the lazy river.  Max was big enough for his own raft, and me and Mike took turns putting Alex on our laps.  We went round and around.  It was so relaxing and the boys LOVED it.  Me and Mike took turns on the big slides, we also spent some time in the big pools with Max in a life jacket and the 1 foot pool with the slides.  AFter the waterpark we got the boys dressed and cruised the strip.  Max loved pointing out all of the cool stuff he saw.  The next day we went outlet shopping with the boys which actually went easier that expected.  After we grabbed some lunch we headed back to the waterpark for more fun, than home we went.  It was a short trip but much needed and a lot of fun just to get away and spend fun time together as a family. Enjoy some pictures of the trip.
The boys excited to start the trip

Our room, we were impressed with the room, the beds were great

The boys favorite section of the waterpark

I turned my head for one minute and Alex got stuck in the luggage rack!!!

The boys snacking in bed after cruising the strip

We had to block the door with our heavy icechest.  The joys of traveling with a 16 month old

We let the boys pick out a toy from the Branson $1 shop.  Alex picked out a golf club

Max picked out a pow pow

Our tub had jets!!  The boys loved it.

Our best cute matching picture

mmmmm breakfast in the car before shopping

shopping wore this boy out!

both boys on the way home

my view on the way home :)

Little stinker woke up :)

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Property Type: Single Family
Sale Type: For Sale
Baths:2 Full Baths
Lot Size:0.31 Acre(s)
Year Built:1999
Area:Springdale, AR
MLS/Web ID:670749
Very sharp Full Brick home in desirable neighborhood. Open Kitchen with 3CM granite. Large Living Room with Fireplace and Built Ins. Huge privacy fenced backyard with plenty of room to lounge on 2 separate decks. Updated throughout and new roof in 2011.
Room Information
Bonus Room10x7
Living Room24x14
Master Bedroom14x13
Utility Room7x5
Exterior Features
  • Concrete Driveway
  • Deck
  • Double Paned Windows
  • Vinyl Windows
  • Back Yard
  • Block
  • Concrete
  • 1-15 Spaces
  • Attached
  • Garage(s)
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  • Subdivision
Road Frontage
  • Public Road
  • Architectural Shingle
  • Brick
Interior Features
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Range
  • Smoke Detector
  • Vent Fan
  • Washer/Dryer Hook Up
Cooling System
  • Central Air
  • Electric Cooling
  • 1 Fireplace
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  • Carpet(s)
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Friday, January 18, 2013

The 50th Van Es!!!!

Yesterday my cousin, Bryan Van Es and his wife Katie welcome their 4th kid, Adam James. Isn't he adorable? I can't wait to travel to Russellville and meet the little guy. I can't believe that makes our Van Es family total 50!!

Lets see if I can those lucky Van Es family members Adam is joining!!

Disclaimer: I am on my iPhone with Alex in my lap please ignore all typos!!

Joyce (Nana)

Larry and Charlottle
David Tracy Tristan Sawyer
Angela Frank Izzy Caleb
Sherrie Michael Blaine Ethan

Ron and Virginia
Kelley and Gran
Todd Jennie Mary Frannie Mabry laney
Ashley Mike Max Alex

Wendell and Katy
Drew and Natalie

Jeff and Polly
Bryan Katie Annie Alec Allie Adam
Amanda Nathan Mason

Kevin and Kellie
Jessie and AJ

Lora and Chris

That's 50 folks !!!! Feel so blessed to have such a big happy family.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nap time

  An appropriate post for a rainy day spent at home...


I love watching my boys sleep, especially when I get to rock them. There is something just so peaceful about it.  The picture below was so sweet.  They literally fell asleep right up next to each other, together (rare), so I had to snap a picture.  Our two boys have so much energy ALL of the time.  They are ALWAYS getting into something.  When they are sleeping it is just so peaceful and calming :) in more ways than one :)  When looking back at pictures on my phone I realize I always take a lot of pictures of them sleeping, I just can't help it - they look so cute and happy.

Making snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary

 As many of you I'm sure can relate, The news of Sandy Hook elementary school has weighed heavy on our hearts these past few weeks.  It could be that we have 2 kids of our own, or just that heartbreaking feeling for the families that lost a child or that were affected. The weekend after that Friday,  me and Mike - as well as the rest of the nation - talked about the tragedy.  I remember one of the things we talked about is that we felt so far away and we just wished we could help more. Mike read that Sandy Hook PTA wanted to make a winter wonderland for the students returning to school in January and they were requesting help in making snowflakes for this cause.  We decided to have the boys help us decorate some snowflakes to mail.  We of course didn't explain to the kids what they were for, just that some other kids were going back to school in January and we were helping them decorate and doing something nice for someone we don't know.  The kids had fun coloring the snowflakes, and I think it made me and Mike feel atleast a little more connected that we were trying to help in some way.  Below are some pictures of us making the snowflakes and an update from Sandy Hook Elementary on the winter wonderland and other things you can do yourself to help.

A Message from the PTA of Sandy Hook Elementary School
On behalf of the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA, we would like to thank everyone for their contributions of snowflakes. These wonderfully artistic and heartfelt creations will be used to decorate the halls of Sandy Hook School at Chalk Hill, as well as other community locations around Newtown.

For those of you who would like to do more to honor the memory of our students and staff, we encourage schools to consider adopting Sandy Hook Elementary School's Project Eagle community service effort and adapting it locally.

Project Eagle is a group that was formed in 2011 under the direction of Principal Dawn Hochsprung. The intent was, and continues to be, finding ways for our elementary school students to engage in service efforts that help those in need, especially children.
Together, this group of students and parents has embraced initiatives including a book drive to replenish classroom shelves, the creation of original works of art for the children's wing of a local hospital, Earth Day recycling drives, a Lego collection for a family counseling center, a concert for residents of a senior center, holiday gifts for a local women's shelter, and a pajama drive for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
You can read more about Project Eagle on the Sandy Hook Elementary School web site.

New Years Even with the boys

We had a fun New Year's Eve celebration at our house.  We had gone to a friends Christmas party the Friday before and had my parents watch the boys over night, so we wanted to spend this fun night with them.  It's hard for us to be away from them.  Mike found an awesome New Years Eve Party pack at the associate store this summer.  We've been staring at it in the garage for Months and finally got to open it!!  The boys had fun looking through all of the fun stuff.  Max loved the idea that we were having a "big" party that night with the 4 of us.  We all went to the Fresh Market and picked out fun new things to try.  We got some new fancy sodas in glass jars, some cheese, bacon and chedder stuffed hamburgers, a fun spin on a chicken cord on bleu, some good bread, fetichine - just all sorts fun new stuff.  We came home and ate all night.  We played some kinect too.  We didn't quite make it to midnight (Mike woke me up to see the fake 11pm ball drop in New York than we all went bakc to bed) but we had fun spending time with the boys and the next day Mike had the day off so we got to all be together the next day as well.  Defiantely had a fun New YEar's Eve.  Here's to hoping we have a fun and blessed 2013.  Something tells me with these 2 boys we sure will!!