Monday, January 18, 2016

Charlotte Discovery Center

I have been wanting to take Nixon to the Discover Center here, especially since we've been cooped up with the colder winter. Ethan's sisters and I decided to make it a playdate for all the cousins here.

The first exhibit we went to was mainly for younger kids, and they had a blast.
 They had everything from gears, to blocks, to a life-size Lite-Brite.
Nixon could have stayed there entire day, and I'm thinking if we go back, that's what I'll do. I was trying to get him to experience all the different things, and he got ornery being taken away from all the different stations. Next time, if he wants to play with the gears for 2-3 hours, more power to him!

Because we had a couple bigger kids too, we moved on to more exhibits. Watching these boys go down the hall together made me feel so grateful that Nixon has so many cousins here to play with and become best friends with. I just wish we could have had Jared and Shannon's little boy Colton, to finish off the train!
We spent the rest of our time looking at jellyfish, walking through rope tunnels, and watching a show on fire! We're looking forward to our next trip because this will definitely not be our last!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hornets vs. Hawks

Part of my Christmas was a gift to a Hornets basketball game. I'm not a avid Hornets fan, but I'm a fan of basketball!
One of my favorite things about professional sports is the Dip N' Dots. They are my absolute favorite!
I've never watched the Hornets play before, but I have heard of one of their star players. Jeremy Lin, or known better by "Linsanity." He was pretty incredible. Some of the shots he put up were kind, well, insane!
We ended up winning 107-84. It was a great game and the perfect Christmas gift! (I really need a new phone, the picture quality of the iPhone 4 is terrible)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

Our New Year's Day started off with a bang! 
Dwayne and Sarah picked up enough silly string for everyone to get in on the action! It's pretty clear that it was a hit.
Grammy and Pa saved Christmas for the ones that were out of town.
 Mason is such a good big cousin to all the little boys.
Finished off the night with a delicious dinner, tree burning, and fireworks!

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Eve

I love New Year's Eve. I love that it's the culminating day of an entire year that we just went through. We're usually looking back fondly (because a lot of the not-so-great stuff we tried to forget) and are looking forward to a brand new year, a new slate, and a new opportunity for growth and development. 

We didn't do anything overly exciting. We went to Carrabbas with the Esselman's; delicious bread, subpar food and service. But we talked about the future, what we wanted, and what things were coming up for everyone. We went back to their house for games and to watch the ball drop. Every year I watch the ball drop I think, I would love to be there with everyone, celebrating, soaking up the energy that's there. The things people don't talk about, is how you are literally there ALL DAY! Not being able to use the rest rooms, some people using the road to relieve themselves.. Maybe watching from the comfort of my couch isn't all that bad. Happy New Year!