Just a trim

The boys (all three!) got haircuts today. It was about time! Although since I was out getting gas while it was actually happening, the girl didn’t cut Eli’s as short as I’d like. Exacerbated by the fact that Eli probably protested loudly that he didn’t want his hair cut! So it’s still a little too long and shaggy for me, but he likes it, so I’m okay with that. And yes, that is the “after” picture and not the before, ha!

West, of course, got a “rock star” hair cut and was totally fine with it, gel and all! They’re both adorable, in my opinion.



Ridin’ nerdy

Santa spoiled the boys this year for Christmas and they both got bikes! (Bike helmets and all!)

We put the order in with the big guy because it had long been on our minds that Eli needed to learn and it was a great time for West to start as well. Can you believe the kids have never had bikes before?! Slacker parents. Plus, E was just never that coordinated so it seemed more prudent to put him on a scooter than on a bike. But now that he’s got the itch to master his bike, he is working really hard at it!





(I didn’t have any pictures of West on his because he didn’t want to come out with us on the day I brought my camera. I’ll get him soon, though.)

The boys and I have been on almost-daily bike rides since Christmas. While you’d think it would be great exercise, it’s mostly slow going with the boys. I’m totally fine with that, however, since I will usually go out on a solo trip once they’ve pooped out. And since I discovered my bike actually has 21 speeds instead of only 3 (yeah, don’t ask, I’m not a very observant individual…), it has been much easier to tackle the hills in our neighborhood. Winking smile

Next on the list is getting Nathan a bike of his own! And then we can venture out on family bike rides. I would love that.


Happy 2014!

For New Year’s Eve this year we were invited to hang out with some good friends and boy, did we have fun! We spent the night playing games, eating food and having a great time. The kids, of course, were a little crazy, but they had fun. We played Tsuro, Nathan’s new game he got for Christmas. It was a big hit, and we hadn’t played it with 8 people before, so it went quick and was lots of fun. We also played Ticket to Ride, which is always a good time, and then charades with the kids! They were adorable and loved the intensity, ha!


Then, once it hit midnight (EST, lol!) we celebrated in the street! Even though my camera had a hard time focusing in the blackness, so they’re pretty out of focus, I’m still glad I got some fun shots, ha.

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As far as resolutions go, I plan on blogging a little more, releasing some fun products over at Scrap Girls, and riding my brand new bike at least a couple of times a week. I don’t really like doing the whole resolutions thing, but I think these goals are attainable and I won’t beat myself up too badly if I can’t get them all done perfectly, which tends to be the case most years. But this time I’m just going to go with the flow and do my best. Can’t ask for more than that, right?

Here’s to a wonderful new year!


Christmas Eve

This year was a Lakey family year, so we stayed in California and had everyone from Nathan’s side of the family come on over for Christmas Eve. It was fun to get to see people we hadn’t seen in a while and to have some fun playing together.






We played the traditional White Elephant game and had a lot of fun with it. Of course, playing with the Lakey family, you never know what you’re going to get! West made out like a bandit with a big M&M dispenser filled with those chocolate candies he loves so well! Eli got a cool set of books, Nathan scored a 20 Questions handheld game, and I got a little bullet blender! I felt a little bad after that, what with our contributions of a pair of CD’s (Phineas & Ferb and Manheim Steamroller), a giant poster of Ron Burgundy’s mustache (that said “CLASSY” underneath it), the 20 Questions game (that we stole), and the piece de resistance:












Oh yes, that’s the fertility statue that made it’s debut two years ago at the last family white elephant gift exchange, courtesy of Janae. This year it was Renee’s turn to bask in its glory. And to think, they almost left it at our house by accident! Luckily we got it to them just in time as they were driving away. Crisis averted!

The rest of the night was spent opening other gifts to and from those that were there, including the family name exchange we do every year. It was a lot of fun!

The boys opened their Christmas Eve pajamas, and we found Eli’s shirt and pants were too big. That’s what happens when Mom goes shopping without her boys there for comparison!


Then it was time for cousin pictures! We’re so glad we now have more cousins on the Lakey side and we’re starting to even out a bit. My boys were spoiled by Grandma and Papa alone for far too long, ha!







Then we snuck in a little family picture for these guys, complete with photo bomber!




We can’t wait to do it all again next Lakey Christmas!


Preschool Christmas performance


Today West had his preschool Christmas program. As always, it was just adorable! And sadly, he missed last year’s program because we skipped town early to get to Dallas. So it was extra-special to get to see him perform this year. He loved it, too, and was practicing his songs for weeks beforehand.








He said that he was super nervous about the other parents being there, so he just sat and watched me the whole time and didn’t look at any other parents! That made me smile, because I was wondering why he was staring me down the whole time, ha!

They sang “Feliz Navidad”, “Christmas Cookies”, a song about being special (I forget how it went) and “Up on the Housetop”.

He did a really great job, and we’re so happy that he got to be in Miss Heather’s class again this year. I can’t believe that by this time next year, he’ll be a kindergartener!