Well what an incredible Christmas season we have had so far. David, Shannon, Lily and Noah in from Boston; Gramma G, Grampa G and Great Gramma E in from Bismarck; Great Gramma G over from Issaquah and Great Aunt Julie in from Montana! Christmas Eve was filled with warm traditions – eating homemade lefse, swedish meatballs and potatoes, music-filled candle lit service at Saint Mark’s Episcopal, family delivery to the Ballard food bank, and of course the Christmas Eve kids program before opening presents.
Christmas 2014 Kids program: http://youtu.be/SkT8WJj_Ugk
Christmas Day brought a visit from Santa and an absurd amount of toys!
Merry Christmas everyone; we are all so blessed.
Mommy and Oliver Christmas donut date.
Uncle David celebrating his 29th birthday for the 9th time.
Swimming at the hotel!
They received these Norwegian sweaters from Sheila Schafer when they were born and finally able to wear them!
Lots of Gilbertsons right there.
Delivering holiday popcorn balls to Fire Station 35. Thank you for all you do!
So begins Christmas 2014! Shannon, Dave, Noah and Lily arrived and everyone is having a blast!
Hey grammas and grampas, it’s preschool picture day!
Hello all! Yup. It’s that magical time of year where I get a year older. What better way to celebrate than with my boys, parents, and Lisa.
On Saturday we went to go see Planes 2. The boys really enjoyed it and we found out that both William and Grandpa love popcorn. :)
Today we got up and opened my gifts. The boys gave me two airplanes to fly, Lisa gave me an iPad mini, and my parents got me a great case. How lucky am I?
We then headed to Portage Bay for breakfast. The guys got to choose their own toppings. :)
We then headed to Discovery Park to try out the airplanes. They flew great!
Back at Lisa’s we had dinner and cheesecake. The boys wanted to make a star ship Discovery cake for me (our story we tell at night) and grandma gave us the tools to deliver on that goal.
Thank you to everyone who made this birthday memorable.
What a big week. The boys have been working hard on helping around the house. Two days in a row Oliver did the laundry while William made their lunches from school (I helped a tiny bit only).
Oliver drew a bunny for me one night:
This weekend Mike is in town for our yearly Nerdfest. Lots of great movies and games have been played. On Saturday we met up with Lisa and the boys for donuts!
Their weekend has been awesome as mell. Most of their outdoor activities have kept them barely dressed but all happy. :)
The guys also learned that doing your chores is a way to make money. Lisa sat them down and taught them about saving money.
They also had a play date with Oliver’s best buddy at school, Conley. Lots of playing together. Really great fun. :)
And finally, haircut time again.
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This week William got a follow up eye check up, he did a masterful job. :)
They also had a field trip to the locks in the rain. Better come prepared!
This weekend the boys and I went to Discovery Park to try out more random trails in an effort to navigate the whole place some day. We had maps and compasses. They were excellent at saying, “good morning,” to everyone we passed. :) They even came up with names for two places we found, “grasshopper field” and “the mouth” (of the trail).
Today, after the park, we went to their first comic book store!!! So much fun!
After more playing, we went to a really great birthday party. They had the best time!
Finally, we had dinner in Lisa’s back yard, which was filled with more shenanigans. :)
Literally a very regular week!
At school the boys had a Doctor Seuss week. They read his books, made artwork about the stories, and even went to a library on a bus! I heard all about that adventure. :) Apparently they both got the coveted “window seats”.
On Thursday it was still pretty warm out so Lisa set up the sprinkler and let the boys cool off the old school way.
As for Saturday, they went to get a tire changed first before getting donuts at Top Pot!
Later they met up with Bridget, AJ, Ruby, and Harper at Remlinger farms! An obvious blast was had. :)
Obviously, a fun and busy weekend. Turtle needed a nap after all of that: