Friday, January 6, 2012

Welcome 2012

We spent New years eve at home and after dinner the girls went to their friends Jolee and Vienna's house. We had made a chocolate pie for them to bring over and share. They stayed there until 11pm when I picked them up so they could ring in the new year with Michael and me at home. It was a nice and quiet night.

On New years day we went to Erwin park and Lily brough her friend Barb. We grilled hot dogs for lunch and then we went geocaching. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices (in our case our iPhones) and then share their experiences online.It's a fun thing to do for the whole family.

Found a geocach.

Barb took this picture of us.

I really like the feeling of beginning a new year, it's a fresh start of things. I haven't made any new years resolutions per se but I did receive a book for Christmas called "The healthy home" and I'm excited about implementing some of the things they suggest in the book to make our environment at home a healthier one. Another thing we will be working on is getting financially independent and secure. We started this last year and I'm pretty proud to say that we have made significant progress in paying off debt as well as saving up some emergency cash. We still have a long way to go but we really worked hard at this last year and will continue what we've started.

We have lot's of big things to look forward to this year, the two biggest being Maddie starting middle school and the boys starting preschool in the fall. Big milestones!

Here's to hoping that 2012 will be a great year for all of us!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Oklahoma City visit

Between Christmas and New Years we made a road trip to Oklahoma City. For 3 days and 2 nights we stayed at the Skirvin Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City. This is the city's oldest hotel and listed on the National register of historic places. Also rumored to be haunted.
We didn't tell the girls that the hotel is rumored to be haunted until the day of our departure. They thought it was pretty cool.
We didn't experience any supernatural things per se but there were a couple of things that made Michael and I wonder. The first evening when we came back to our room after dinner the room smelled like someone had just been burning candles. We got changed into bathing suits to go down to the pool but when we left the rooms the doors would not lock. You know how hotel room doors usually lock themselves when you close them. Maddie and Lily had their own room and me, Michael and the boys had a suite. The girls room connected to our living room. Both doors would not lock and we had to get security come reset the locks. The security guard said that sometimes the locks loose their memory. A little odd that both rooms would have the same issue. That night we didn't sleep very well, the room was too hot and the boys were crowded in their bed so they kept moving around. Then in the middle of the night Lucas sits up and says "Är det ghost?" (is that a ghost) followed by answering his own question "Nej, det bara flickan i hissen" (No, it's just a girl in the elevator). Creeped me out a little for sure because there's no way he had heard Michael and I talking. And the story about the haunting involves a female that is said to have had an affair with W.B Skirvin (the man who built and established the hotel) and that committed suicide by jumping to her death in the thirties.
Maddie and Lily have on occasion played ghost with the boys and they have a swedish kids movie about a friendly ghost (Laban) so he does know what it is but it's still odd that this would happen just that night while at this hotel.

The hotel.

The living room.

The boys in the hot tub.

At Abuelos restaurant in Bricktown.

The Dallas Mavericks were staying at the hotel at the same time. The last day we were walking around the hotel and we ran into some of the players in the lobby. Since I had my camera in hand I snapped a picture as they got into the elevator. The tallest guy is Dirk Nowitzki but the others I'm not sure of.

The 10th floor where most haunting have been claimed to occur. We were staying on the 9th.

Jakie on the phone.

The second day we went to the Science museum Oklahoma. It was so much fun and we ended up staying the whole day, about 6 hours. We saw a live science show that was really fun, we went to the planetarium and the museum was full of different hands on experiments.


In the planetarium. When the lights were dimmed and they started playing music the boys started crying. The music sounded sad to them and they have a thing about sad music ;). We tried to distract them but as the room got all dark they got scared on top of being sad so Michael had to take them outside. Maddie and Lily really enjoyed the show though.

Maddie and Lily creating flying objects to fly in the wind tunnel.

Segway ride.

Lucas enjoyed the segway. He was so proud for going by himself. Jakie wouldn't go without Michael by his side.

This was one of the boys favorite areas.

Bricktown at night. Bricktown is an arts and entertainment district in downtown Oklahoma city.


The last day we visited the Oklahoma City National memorial. The memorial honors the victims and survivors of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

After visiting the memorial we took a boat tour through Bricktown.

On the boat tour.

On the boat tour.

Pictures from the 1995 bombing at the memorial site.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas recap

Here's a little recap of our Christmas. I'll keep it short and post mainly pictures.
Michael had vacation over the holidays this year and we spent Christmas at home.

I love this picture of my 3 boys on Christmas morning. Jacob and Lucas are opening their gifts that were in the stockings. They were so excited!

The stockings on Christmas eve morning.

The boys were thrilled with these finger flashlights. They each got a set of 4 and it kept them occupied most of the morning.

Opening a couple more gifts. Another favorite (of the boy's) was the package of Duplo people. The boys love playing with their lego's and the people are favorites, we added another 18 of them and they were so happy.

They boys got a toolbench.

Busy opening gifts.

Clothes from Justice for the girls.

Lucas with his straw-glasses, a gift from daddy's uncle Mark and Lisa and cousins Matt, Tyler and Megan. So fun!

This was a gift for Michael this year. He kept talking about getting one of these during baking in preparation for the holidays so I decided I had to get one for him. I think he has used it every day we've been home since. We love all the home made bread, saffron buns and cinnamon buns he's been making.

Our traditional Christmas dinner.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New project

I've decided to start a 365 project, documenting a year by taking one photo a day. Clicking on the photo below will take you to my project site.

Friends geocaching at the park. on 365 Project

This week I will try to catch up on blogging, posting some pictures from our holiday and our road trip to Oklahoma City. As I'm not blogging as often anymore the 365 project will be a fun way to document the simpler things in life.