Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mall Scavenger Hunt

You know my new years resolution to "Make it happen?" That includes getting a firmer grip on my finances so I don't have to stress every month. So I got this fun and FREE idea from a friend: I took the kids on a scavenger hunt throughout the mall. We had to find certain things and take pictures with them.

At the beginning of the excursion Chase was convinced this was going to be booorrriiiinnngg (heaven forbid we turn off the XBOX!)... which may be the reason he cropped me out of the first couple of pictures!  I'm just going to share a few of my favorites, but if you want to see them all (they are super fun!), they are in our family Photo Album.

"Take a picture with a small animal:"

Yes, they actually got me to pose with birds.  

I hate birds.

"Walk through the mall holding hands:"


"Take a picture in a mirror:"

The lovely smudge over my eye was Chase's doing.

"Cover yourself in bling," combined with "Wear large sunglasses:"

That photo makes me laugh.  Chase's expression is priceless!

And lastly, "Hide in a clothing rack:"

(Chloe did a much better job of hiding!)

It was a fun time.  It ended up costing me about $7.00 for a snack in the food court (our "prize") but that's it!  Can't beat it!  I was thinking it would have made a fun play date, if I had thought to invite other parents with their kids....  We could have had a race and prizes at the end!  Maybe next time.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Well this year's new years eve was much more low-key than last year's!  My friend Katie and I decided we should still go out in style this year, but we were much lower-key this time and went out in San Antonio the weekend before New Year's Eve.  We had a great time (like we always do together)!

This year Chase stayed up with me to watch the ball drop New Years Eve.  To keep ourselves entertained before midnight we watched a movie...

...and played on the new XBOX (thank you, Santa)!  We made an awesome discovery: It includes a demo version of Dance Revolution!  So we spent a lot of time shaking our booties, and it was fun.  I think I will be buying the whole game.

After you do the dance you can watch a sped-up video of your "freestyle" portion and that was hysterical (click this thumbnail to see it):

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Here is a video I took this morning of Chase trying the dance again.  Gotta love it (again, click the thumbnail):

Uploaded from the Photobucket Android App

Chase was all fired up to watch the ball drop.

He didn't understand why we couldn't go to New York last night to see it live.  I had flashbacks of when I was in New York with my family on vacation one New Years (I must have been in middle school?) and my brother and I were begging our parents to take us.  We did not understand why they were so mean to not let us go!  Ha!  I get it now.

Last year I decided not to do my typical new year's "resolutions," but come up with sort of a "mantra" instead... something general enough that I could apply it to many facets of my life.  It worked out awesomely and it's something that stuck with me all year.  Last year's mantra was "Take more risks."  This year my mantra is...

"Make it happen."

Have a wonderful 2013!  I certainly plan to!


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