We always see the Von Maur Santa. He is the best and the lines usually aren't very long! I guess they are getting too big for laps. Sniff, sniff.
A family pic from when we picked out our Christmas tree. It was the coldest day of the year and all of the trees were full of ice. We found a good one and have been enjoying it so much - and it still smells good!
I turned 36 big ones this month...officially on my way to a bigger birthday in a few years. I feel good about it. In my head, I still feel 25, and my 30's have been my greatest years to date, so I can't complain! I dragged my needle fearing hubby out to donate blood on my birthday. It's an important cause for me because I received blood transfusions after Kate was born. He was a first-timer and it was comical to say the least (see second photo)! He survived, and I think I might have even convinced him to start going more consistently. Let's jus say he needed ice packs, sprite, and lots and lots of encouragement. :)
We were able to sneak away for a little overnight date night with our best friends down on the Plaza for a little birthday/holiday celebration. We ate at Gram & Dun (outside by the fire!), strolled the streets, and enjoyed kid free time. Ever thankful for grandparents who watch our kids overnight.
We had never been to Union Station at the holidays and it did not disappoint in the beauty department. Union Station is one of the places that just puts off good vibes. I just love it.
That same night, we saw the Governor's tree at Crown Center. Our kids love busting out of the suburbs, especially this time year.
The boys in my life went to opening night of the new Star Wars movie. They both loved it! It is so fun for Steve to have a son who is just as into it as he was as a kid. I don't get it, but I love seeing them so excited. :)
And while the boys were at Star Wars, the girls made and served food at a local women/children's shelter. The shelter was hosting a Christmas party for their residents and we were lucky enough to share in their excitement by serving. Kate was a rockstar and is already asking when we can help again. This was my favorite thing we did this December. Our hearts are full.
And lastly, Kate was part of a trio/solo group at church this past Sunday. Here is just a small snippet. Another favorite moment for me. For the record, I cried. :)
We also decided this month that we would be taking a 10-day road trip to California over Christmas break!! Our beloved Iowa Hawkeyes are heading to the Rose Bowl and we are heading there too!
My parents were already planning on it, so we decided to just make it a family adventure! I haven't been on a road trip with my parents in over 20 years! I am sure there is going to be lots of fun and exhaustion along with way, but I can think of no better way to make memories with our kids! I would love for you to follow along on our adventures on Instagram! xo