Friday, January 8, 2016

Legoland | The Great Adventure

We are not an adventurous family. We talk about adventures. We start to plan and get a little bit excited. Then we talk ourselves out of it before it gets too far.

We got a weekend off from our church commitments (because of the Children's Christmas Program) and we started to get a little giddy about the possibility of doing something... away. As we dreamed we knew there was one thing we really, really wanted to do before Daniel, our oldest, was too old to genuinely enjoy it... LEGOLAND.

We bought the tickets to force our commitment to going. And we went.

We drove. That's 2400 miles round trip. Crazy decision? Absolutely. But I would so do it again. There is something pretty awesome about being in the last 200 mile stretch and hearing your kids singing Lauren Daigle's Trust in You with the radio. That probably wouldn't have gone over so well on a flight. It was also pretty awesome to FINALLY get to the hotel. (We adore Hampton Inn & Suites and thoroughly enjoyed even the super short last night on the way home.)

More selfies on this trip than I have ever taken in my whole life. It's true. I had so much fun I almost wish I took more.

I remember having my picture done at Disney World as a kid. I told Eric it was the one thing I wanted to pay extra for and he gladly agreed. It was only $10 a kid. So worth it!

Day two (free because we bought the tickets online ahead) it rained. That did NOT bother this PNW family one bit. The shut down a lot of the rides, but we still found plenty to do.

Yep, we tried the famous apple fries. Yum!

A cleared out park (thank you drizzly-rainy-PNW-kind of day) meant it was a little easier to get posed pictures without someone photo bombing.

Daniel and Eric took a MindStorms class together that was pretty awesome. Their getting in had everything to do with the rainy weather. Thank you rain!

Everything was awesome!

If you have a chance to give your kids a gift like this... go for it. We are not a huge amusement park family. Don't go expecting Disneyland or Six Flags. This is awesome for non-thrill seekers wanting something for even the youngest to participate in too. Loved it!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December Daily 2015 | Day Eight {Our DYI Fence Board Feature Wall}

Oh how I love this man. He does so much for me. Almost always it's without complaint. Usually even several hours into a project I can get him to smile.

Our children's spaces at our church haven't been updated in years. Sometimes it seems we have more bulletin boards downstairs than kids in each classroom. Though that's exaggerated, the need to update the spaces to give them a less cluttered, more contemporary vibe is very real. Eric and I were tasked to start in one classroom because it needed to transition to a large group meeting room, which meant that the need for clutter removal had more to do with the need for space and less to do with aesthetic tastes. But while we were clearing the clutter and freeing up floor space, we decided to update it as well.

When we were prepping the room last week the kids were a tremendous help carrying load after load to a storage building (until we can decide what stays and what goes away). Their reward? This time around they got to have a HUGE chunk of tablet time.

Our very orange canvas needed breaking up. To add interest to the room I got these six foot fence boards, layering them to give both interest and texture to the room.

I love how it turned out.

Did I mention how much I love this man?

Did I happen to mention the wall cost about $25 in supplies? And no, we aren't planning to leave that silly power cord running down the wall and across the floor like that. An electrician we know is going to take care of making it all kid-friendly and safe.