Meet the Sullivans

December 28, 2018

Christmas 2018

Happy Christmas! We're days out from the holiday and we're all in that weird place between Christmas and New Years where we don't quite know what to do with ourselves. We've been keeping busy though, with all the boys new toys and lots of cleaning, and of course beginning to pack up the Christmas decorations. Before we move on to 2019, here is a little bit of our Christmas 2018 memories...

This Christmas was one of the best ones I've ever had. The boys were so into all the magic and fun, and now that Luke is starting to understand it all a bit he's enjoying himself more.

On Christmas Eve we hung out at home and did a little more baking. Luke "helped" me make sugar cookies (this is the recipe I always use) and we finished up the Cracker Toffee Bars (also known as Christmas Crack).

These were 100% amazing and I will totally make them again for Christmas!

Our Christmas card this year! I slacked on getting family photos taken this year, but still wanted to send a card, so I took the pictures myself. I wish I had tried to get pictures of the boys outside, because it was hard to get anything good inside. I think the card still turned out pretty adorable though! Oh, and our cards were from Costco and only cost around $34 for 50. What a deal!

We made it to church this year but only lasted until the gospel because Luke wanted to climb over the pew in front of us. Hoping next year we'll make it a little longer, but thankful we got to be there at all this year. We had a nice dinner at Keith's mom's house with all his brothers and sisters and all our nieces and nephews!

On Christmas morning Owen woke up first and Keith and I tried for a while to stall him with a game of Monopoly until Luke woke up. When Luke came down we finished up the game and moved on the gifts.

Owen ripped through his gifts pretty quickly and seemed to be really excited about his new black series storm troopers, but the harmonica from Santa has proved to be his real favorite, as he takes it everywhere and loves to play it all day long. Luke is dying to get his hands on it too.

Luke took his time with opening his gifts. It can be really overwhelming for little kids to open everything all at once. He really really loves his new car garage from Santa! They got so many new cool toys, and we're just enjoying working our way through all of them!

We had a nice slow morning with gifts, breakfast and coffee and mimosas! Keith and I gave the boys scooters this year so we headed out to the park for a bit before nap time.

After nap time we headed over to my grandpa's house for Christmas with my side of the family. Honestly, both sides of our family are "my/our family" but it's easier to describe it this way. You get it.

Lukey was pleased to see all the gifts under the tree! In the days leading up to Christmas, as I put more and more wrapped gifts under the tree, Luke became totally in love with the presents. He loves talking about them, looking at them and discussing them with anyone he could get to sit with him by the tree. He didn't try to open them, but asked again and again when he could. 

 I tried to get more photos this year than I have in the last few years and I just love this one of my grandpa (can you believe he's 92, almost 93?) and the boys together. Sometimes I barely take any pictures because I get caught up in them looking just right, but then I feel bummed later when I look back and only have one or two. Next year (just a few days away!) I'm focusing on taking, and probably sharing, more photos even if they aren't the prettiest.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with the people you love!

Christmases past: | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 |

July 6, 2018

Goodbye, Kindergarten!

Well, that went by quickly. I know it's cliche, but this school year went by so fast for us. There we a few end-of-the-year activities keeping us busy in the last few weeks and then BAM it was promotion day. Even Owen was surprised and a little sad to leave kindergarten!

You can't tell by these pictures, but Owen has grown SO much this school year. The shirt and sweatshirt he wore on the first day of school are too short and a little snug now. Clothes and shoes seem to be the best indicator of growth these days since he is growing right before my eyes.

The truest of all Owen's loves / likes on his chalkboard is definitely his love of playing tag! He probably played tag at school 3x a day including recess and after school etc. and then usually with Keith and I at the park after dinner. He loves tag!

The kindergartners entertained the parents and families with a few cute songs and a dance to Dynamite by Taio Cruz. We caught Owen requesting the song on our Alexa a few times to practice his moves, but he always asked us to forget we saw anything. He was so proud to finally show off his moves on the special day!

I can't believe that in a few years I'll have both my kiddos at the same school! I'm sure Luke will feel like an old pro making his way around the campus by then.

Owen insisted on bringing a little end of the year gift to his classmates. He knew exactly what he wanted to give them (bouncy balls) and what the tags should day "have a BOUNCY summer". I tried to convince him to use "have a BALL this summer" but he was set on his idea, and it was his gift so I let him roll with it. 

I think he's really going to miss them this summer! I love the bond the kids make each year! 

The day before graduation we put together a little field day / party for all the kindergartners at school. They played games (dance party, potato sack, parachute, water balloons etc.), decorated their caps for their graduation and had a snack. They all seemed to have a LOT of fun!

How cute are these caps? I love the hand print and how colorful they all looked. Such a cute keepsake! 

We're already a few weeks into summer and since we're on a semi- year round schedule our summer is only 7 weeks long, so we go back to school mid-August.  First grade is truly right around the corner!