Celine’s 4th birthday party

Today we headed down to the Perot museum for Celine’s space-themed fourth birthday party! When we asked her a couple of months ago what theme she wanted for her birthday, she floated “space” and “Trolls.” I decided to heavily influence her in the space direction.

I didn’t want to go too crazy with party preparations because I don’t really have the time these days, but I did want to make something. I found a cute and easy jet pack idea and went for it. I used the cheapest water bottles I could find ($0.69, Whole Foods) and made 18 jet packs…which meant Mike and I have been drinking a lot of water!img_2153img_2176

I stuck with the space theme. The pom poms are planets.img_2167img_2172img_2170-2

I did bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes (I like individual desserts better than cake because a room full of 3 and 4 year olds can get rowdy if it takes too long to cut a cake) which the girls decorated with edible metallic stars, and ordered space-themed cookies from Etsy. img_2174img_2163img_2154

The Perot has activities that are related to the theme. They colored space shuttles, we had a “rocket” blast off (that was super loud), they read a space book, and then they did stomp rockets which was the clear winner but of course I got zero photos.img_2175img_2188img_2192img_2178

And then it was time for food and bundtinis!img_2199img_2197img_2194

Love this girl!img_2202img_2201

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Winter Break

Friends of ours who we met through Louise’s daycare moved to Denver last year, which was such a bummer for us because we were just starting to develop our friendship. Fortunately, we decided that we should vacation together, starting with a ski trip. Last week we headed to Breckenridge for a few days of fun in the snow.

Mike had a conference for work leading up to the vacation so he met us in the Denver airport. The girls were great on the flight and after an easy rental car pickup and a trip to Costco, we were on our way!img_1876

I had a minor freak-out when we arrived in Breckenridge because there was a communication mix-up with where we were supposed to get our keys to the condo. Luckily things worked out and we made it in – not without an explosion of the world’s biggest bag of popcorn due to the change in air pressure. The popcorn in the pic below is about 15% of the entire bag. It was the size of Celine.img_1985

We spent the rest of the day situating everything in our condo and picking up our ski rentals. Lots of bonding with the kids!img_1886

We grabbed dinner at a pub downstairs which was a little bit of a mistake as they were crazy busy and our waitress was frazzled. Louise fell asleep halfway through dinner, but Celine was busy putting mustard on potato chips and eating them up.img_1889

Afterward we headed back to our condo to get ready for our big day.

Monday morning we woke up ready to shred. The girls dressed appropriately in long johns, gaiters, and the like.img_1892img_1900img_1894

We threw our helmets on and were ready to hit the mountain!img_1909img_1905img_1908img_1914img_1915

Celine didn’t hesitate once we arrived at ski school, but Louise was a little apprehensive. Both ended up having a great time learning how to “pizza” and making crafts!img_1918img_1917img_1937img_1932img_1941img_1940

The parents had a good time on the mountain as well! The whole ski setup is a pretty nice family vacation…the kids are in ski school until 3:30 which gives us parents time to do our own thing!img_0006-1img_1922img_0004img_0008img_0007

We kept it low-key that night, eating dinner in the condo. It started snowing so Celine caught some snowflakes on her tongue…and her eyelashes…and her hair.img_1950

The next day Louise was a little less enthusiastic about ski school (especially since her buddy was sick and couldn’t join her), but she went anyway. It was a mixed bag for her: she did a GREAT job and even went up to a real green via the chair lift, but I think she was kind of cold (the high was 12 degrees), and tired (mama gets it). img_1976img_1964

Celine had another stellar day. Her teacher said she was a “daredevil,” lol. She’s not afraid of the mountain like a lot of three year olds, but she isn’t interested in learning how to do things like “stop.” I was like…tell me about it.img_1977

I was SO proud of these two girls for sticking through ski school for two days!img_2074

Mike, Jackie, and I skied in the morning and then I pooped out. Mike continued into the afternoon along with our friend (they took turns since their daughter was sick).

We had dinner at an excellent restaurant called Mi Casa, and then had another laid back night at home. The girls threw on their matching nightgowns and danced the night away to Havana and Despacito.img_1953img_1956

Mike was the only brave soul to attempt to get on the mountain on the third day. The rest of us had a laid back morning, shopping for souvenirs and lounging around the condo.img_1974img_1978

We heard of an ice castle in Dillon and decided to check it out. We hit up a park for a few minutes before heading in which the girls LOVED.img_1997img_1998img_2014img_2001

The ice castle wasn’t quite a hit. It was super duper cold and the little ones were complaining a ton, so we took the express route through and out.img_2018img_2024img_2032img_2043img_2049img_2053

Celine warmed up, chomped a few Cheetos, and was out.img_2059

The next day we packed up and headed back to Denver…but not before we took a trip in the gondola. It might have been the favorite part of the trip for Celine.img_2067

We hung out at our friend’s house for a couple of hours, then said our goodbyes and flew back home.img_2072

 

Celine 3.11

One more month until the big 4!

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We had a parent-teacher conference and they said she’s doing a great job and she is excited about participating during French circle time. They also mentioned that she “knows what she wants and goes for it” which is a super nice way of saying stubborn. 🙂DSC_0717

Looking forward to her birthday party and her ACTUAL birthday!

X Games

This past weekend, Michael and I had the awesome opportunity to go to the Winter X Games in Aspen. We were super pumped!

One of the best parts of the trip was that there is a direct DFW-Aspen flight, which shaves half of a day off of driving from the Denver airport. It was a tiny little plane – only 23 rows of seats – but we’ll take it.img_1635img_1637

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and breathed in that mountain air.img_1639

After collecting our luggage, we headed to the St Regis to check in and get our X Games badges. Not bad accommodations, I must say.img_2170Then we headed downstairs for the welcome reception.img_1640-1

We called it an early night. We thought we’d get great sleep, but we didn’t realize we had a humidifier in our room so it was super dry!

The next day we woke up to beautiful snowfall…and altitude-related headaches! Mike took some Excedrin and slept it off while I worked a bit.img_1645img_1652-1

Once we felt better, we headed out to the X Games to see what it was about.img_1665img_1655img_1669img_1675

We got a tour of the grounds which was really interesting…except to get to the top, we had to ride in a cage tacked on the back of a snowcat. Safe?img_1681img_1683

Just a casual ski down…img_1697img_1698Our tour guide told us he was great at taking a ‘gram-worthy photo so we let him work his magic…which continued at the bottom of the mountain in front of the half pipe.img_1715img_1118-1img_1120img_1716

We headed back to the hotel in the late afternoon and changed to get ready for dinner. I took zero pictures but we went to Aspen Kitchen which was delicious!

The next morning we headed to the spa for massages and a round at the oxygen bar. As you can imagine, the spa at the St Regis was pretty swank. Feeling refreshed, we headed back to the X Games for lunch and some games watching.img_1719

We took a short break back at the hotel before heading back for the evening for dinner, a couple of concerts – Method Man/Redman and LCD Soundsystem – and some sweet halfpipe action.img_1722img_1724img_1725

Between my frequent bathroom breaks and selfies, I lost my gloves. Small price to pay.img_1737img_1727img_1729

Sunday morning we peeled ourselves out of bed and had brunch before heading to the airport. Mike took the leisurely direct flight back to Dallas while I took a puddle jumper to Denver to spend a few days in Boulder for work.

If only we could live like that every weekend! It was amazing and we’re so grateful to our parents (Mike’s came in to watch the girls over the weekend) to be super babysitters while we were living the high life.

CES

Last week, my coworker and I traveled to my favorite city, Las Vegas (sarcasm) to attend CES. I was skeptical that the conference would be helpful and relevant to my day-to-day job, but I was pleasantly surprised. Plus all of our partners were there so we got quality face time with them.

We jumped right in on Wednesday once we arrived with a working lunch and then a guided tour of the conference grounds. And look who we ran into…my amazing former boss!img_1515

The tour was super interesting, although Jordan and I were more interested in the machines that washed, dried, and folded laundry than the drones or electric cars.img_1519img_1521

These are all TVs. If anything, the conference confirmed that I want a new OLED TV. Maybe the 8k one? It’s only $20,000+…img_1518

This is a robot playing tennis with a person. Spoiler alert: the robot always won.img_1524

It was kind of hard to capture in a photo (didn’t stop everyone from trying), but these were holograms and they were AWESOME.img_1527

One of my old clients (Casio G’zOne)!! Happy to see that they’re still going strong.img_1522

Our tour guides.img_1528

Following the tour, Jordan and I headed to a work happy hour and then dinner with our new media agency. Then we hit up the Twitter party.img_1529

Our sweet photo encouraged others to join us.img_1532img_1537

The next day we had five rep meetings and a luxurious dinner at Beauty and Essex. Let’s all just pretend that whatever’s happening with my face is normal here.img_0067

We called it an early night and were ready to head back to Dallas in the morning. I tried to take pics of the landscape because it was so pretty. Is it the Grand Canyon? Who knows. Peace out Nevada.img_1545img_1548

Celine: 3.10

Oh, Celine!

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She’s still sneaking a toy in to school every day. It’s become a whole production where she tries to slip a toy in her backpack (sometimes even the night before), we find it and take it out, she tries to get in the car with a toy on her person, we take that away, she cries, she finds a toy in the car to take in, etc. Once she even slipped a full-size Ariel doll in her dress to get by Mike’s patdown.

We’ve adjusted how we parent her since she doesn’t respond to the same types of things as Louise. She likes pushing the envelope but crumbles when caught or confronted. We have to try to distract her while reprimanding her. Quite the feat 🙂

Winter break

The girls get three weeks off from school around Christmas, and the first week flies by with holiday activities and lots of family time. Then we have two extra weeks to fill.

We did a lot of exercising in the frigid weather with the Coco soundtrack on repeat…img_2081img_1497

…frequenting indoor play areas like Play Street Museum and SOAR!…img_1393img_1391img_1420img_1411

…not fully understanding the concept of Hide and Seek but enjoying it anyway…img_1494

…warming our backs by the fire…img_1490

…oh: and getting Strep throat.img_1395img_1398

The girls are back at school today and we’re all happy about it!