Saturday, March 25, 2017

Quick Ski Getaway...

I heard about this incredible little mountain getaway in Sipapu, New Mexico where if you purchase two adult lift tickets, you get a night free. Therefore, we loaded up this ham bone and went on a college style ski trip!
 You maybe wondering what that means, well...we left Sunday after church (drove 10 hours), skied Monday and Tuesday morning, then drove back Tuesday evening for school the next day...eeek!
 Like father like son, this little fella is an adrenaline junky too!
 I may not be very good and a certain someone may have already passed me up, but I love hitting the slopes with Kason!
 Another fun tidbit, this sweet couple Whitney and Andrew joined us on a little getaway...
it was so much fun having them there! You maybe wondering about our other two littles and they were in good hands hanging out at Mimi and Doc's house. In fact, Zoe was supposed to come skiing with us, I even had all her gear ready but she got so upset that Max was "getting to spend the weekend with Mimi & Doc and she wasn't" :). So on a whim, we let her stay too and she loved every minute...thanks for the help!

Love Day Express...

The Clayton Cuties woke up to our annual breakfast before school...
 Then I was off on an adventure taking the Love Day Express! First stop, little lady...
 Stop two, Kason...
 Final stop, Mr. Max...
 That evening, I let these guys off the hook...
Zoe and I chose to hit up our favorite pizza joint for family dinner. What a joy to share in love with this precious family of mine!

Heart Day Preparations...

Valentine's is always a fun holiday for us because of all the homemade heart day preparations! We decided to make thumbprint heart magnets for all the grandparents, aunts/uncles, and teachers along with homemade glitter cards...
 We usually do homemade valentines for our friends too, but Walmart of all places had the cutest ones  and they were excited to pick them out!
 Of course for Max, my Mickey Mouse loving kid, I just did a generic ones with stickers...
 The munchkins were excited to get a few special treats in the mail from grandparents themselves!
 Our mom to mom group also had a Valentine's themed play date that we had a fabulous time at. So much so, that I talked the whole time and didn't take very many pics :)!
Of course for this momma, it's a busy time of year baking for all the parties! I made cupcakes for Max...
 Cupid's arrow for Kason...
 heart cookies for decorating for Zoe...
and homemade peanut butter crackers dipped in chocolate for Daniel's staff meeting :)... 
I couldn't leave him out! I'm such a dork because I love, love holiday preparations with my little tribe!

When Dad's Away...We Play!

The winter months after the holidays are usually so peaceful and calm around our house...but this year they ended up being a couple of crazy fun months for this Clayton Crew! Friends, I'm so far behind on this blog because we have been living it up :). So let's play a little catch up shall we.

Daniel ended up going out of town a couple times back to back which left me with these little rascals all by myself. No worries though because when dad is away, we play! Thanks to community night, we played at the Thinkery for free...
 We had a sleepover together...
 One Friday after school, I picked up a friend for Kason and Zoe...
 It was a wild ruckus of a good time at the park and then Rosa's!
 We enjoyed a couple late night movie nights together...
followed by lazy mornings playing around the house...
 One Saturday it was just too gorgeous to be indoors, so I loaded everyone up and we went hiking a trail!
We found this great little creek where I sat down with Max and let the other two roam and explore...
After our hike, we went to eat at a food truck park and to play some more...
followed by one of our favorite downtown spots in the ATX...
Amy's ice cream...yum!
On one of Daniel's trips, he got to go skiing with some of his good buddies...
 They had a blast and I'm so thankful for Daniel to be surrounded by a great group of Godly men. So while we missed our favorite person a lot, we still had a fun time anyway!