Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New year 2015 from our family to yours. Wishing you all the best this coming year.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas festivities 2014

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. We had an awesome celebration with our family. Christmas festivities are my favorite. This is always the holiday I looked forward to the most.This year was awesome since it was Bean's first Christmas. Tman enjoyed himself a lot and Jbird was not very impressed but overall everyone had a great time.

Christmas cards are one of my favorite things to get each year. I actually display them all year long to enjoy them as long as I can :). I put them on the door that leads to the garage so that I see those lovely pics everyday. We've hosted Christmas every year for the past 4 years and each year we take a family picture. My sister always gets me this awesome picture frame with the year and I display them as part of my Christmas decorations.

Our house on Christmas eve
 And a close up of the tree
We usually start celebrating in the morning and are later joined by my siblings in the afternoon for a family celebration. My mom usually spends the night with us since we have the kids. Hubby's parents didn't spend the night but they came in the morning to open presents with us.

Happy 1st Christmas to my Bean who has taken a few steps already by the way
 With my mom and the kids
  Our family pic, these are my favorite pajamas to date
 Me and my personal santa :)
 With hubby's parents. I love the chaos of Christmas morning
After the pictures, we opened a few gifts, the boys were so happy 
Helping grandad put stuff together
The boys all got bikes and let me tell you they were a hit, here they are uncovering their bikes :)
Testing the bikes out
Bean loving his trike
Hubby helping Tman with his bike
We even took them outside for a test drive since it was not too cold
We came back inside and got ready for the afternoon. One of Tman's favorite gifts was a magic wand. He has been into magic stuff for a while and he recntly started watching the Harry Potter series with hubby. Well. I found this magic wand at home depot that could turn the Christmas tree on and off and it was a total hit
Well magic wand turn this tree on :). Tman was really into it for about an hour then he broke the wand.
Opening presents is a tiring job. Tman and grandad passed out on the couch
Cooking with hubby's mom
My mom and brother with my niece
Opening presents with Bean
Everyone was busy opening gifts

My brother was excited about his gifts
My sisters posing by the tree
My family loves pictures
And of course a picture of all of us that celebrated together. Can't wait to put this in my 2014 frame :)
Hubby's sister surprised us all when she showed up later that evening. She didn't tell us that she was coming. Tman was so excited to see his auntie K.
And I of course made them take a family pic because that's how I roll
And call me crazy but I had to clean up before going to bed. My mom passed out with Bean in a clean space, now I can go to bed peacefully :)
Our Christmas celebration was awesome this year. 5th annual hosting and looking forward to many more. I hope you had a great time celebrating with your family too.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas is so close I can taste it

You guys, I can't believe that Christmas is so close. Crazy talk. I am so not ready but I should be just in time for the celebration. We are hosting this year as usual and I am excited to celebrate Bean's first Christmas.

In the spirit of Christmas traditions, I took the boys to see Santa. After a failed attempt over the weekend, we tried again during the week. I didn't have high expectation of ending up with something but somehow the boys cooperated, Tman wanted some alone time with Santa, Jbird was so happy to see Santa, and poor Bean just cried.

I give you my sons with Santa this year, I am so in love with this picture. How cool is our Santa by the way, always has a smile on his face. Merry Christmas everyone :)
My BFF Melissa was in town for the day last week. She stopped by to visit us on the way to spend Christmas with her family. While she was here, we took the boys to see Santa first thing in the morning and it was the best idea ever. We were the only people in line and we even got to talk to Santa without feeling rushed. It was awesome

Tman and his aunt Melissa, these two are so adorable

I love this picture a lot, the adoring eyes between Bean and Melissa and of course Jbird trying to escape so he can run around everywhere like Tman
After our visit with Santa, we had lunch then came home and hung out. Melissa bought the boys some sweet gifts. She is such an awesome auntie to my boys.

The foot piano was a hit

After we put the boys down for a nap, aunt Melissa got to cuddle with Bean. She is a natural at this baby thing.
After we put the boys to bed for the night, we went out for drinks. It was nice to talk without the distraction of 3 boys running around. We enjoyed a few drinks and some desert. Long gone are the days of us getting drunk until the wee hours of the night but I treasure these few hours of peace spent enjoying each others company.
The next day she was gone. I miss her so much already, I wished she lived closer. A trip to Texas has to be planned soon.

The rest of the week was super busy catching up on life and things. I got a smartphone a few weeks ago you guys, my first ever smart phone. It is so nice because I now take pictures of random moments (as if I didn't take enough pictures already)

Tman was super sweet giving away kisses like candy. I was able to capture this moment thanks to my smartphone :)
 I got my hair done and had to take Tman with me. Check him out mimicking me under the dryer
 Check out my big boy getting a haircut. Gosh, when did he get so big
 Me and my Bean who is wondering why I am taking pics in the bathroom mirror
I also got an Instagram account, I finally joined the 21st century :). I am loving the filters that you can add to the pictures, so cool. I have enjoyed playing with those of course.

Hubby getting the boys ready in the morning. He started a new job this month and he now leaves at the same time I do in the morning. It's awesome because I now have help in the morning
Hanging out at hubby's parents house with the boys, their beautiful Christmas tree is up
Hanging out at my parents house and enjoying the Christmas tree there too
Hubby and I got to hang out like grown ups this past weekend. His parents were kind enough to watch the boys so that we could catch a movie and eat dinner out without the kids. It was grand, we definitely indulged. We saw "Horrible Bosses 2" and it was so funny. I laughed the entire time. Hubby didn't want to smile for my picture but whatever
After the movie we went to an early dinner and were able to eat in peace without chasing any kids.
We came home, put the kids to bed then went out again. My mom took over babysitting duties at this point. I know we are so blessed to have such an amazing support system. Because of it we are able to have balanced life and not be stressed out in the process.

We went to a local bar with some friends. Since it was the weekend before Christmas, everyone was dressed in some sort of Christmas related outfit. We were lame and just put on Christmas hats but hey it's better than nothing.

Our crew for the night
We even made it to two bars before we had to call it a night
Phew, what a crazy busy week and weekend it has been. Now it's time to go enjoy the most wonderful time of the year :). I am just giddy with excitement right now. Merry Christmas to you all, I hope you have an awesome time celebrating with your families.