Holden Eloise is Six!

Holden turned six on Saturday and we had the very best weekend celebrating her. The only thing I would have changed if I could, was the fact that she really wasn't feeling well. She has had a horrible cough and sore throat all of this past week and we just can't seem to shake it. I have had the same problem, and I am about a week ahead of her. It is lingering for so long. Anyway- we had a great time in spite of it.

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Saturday morning we opened presents- the biggest hit was the guitar my mom got her- and the lava lamp Nikki sent her. She is so excited about both of them. Little Davis gave her a lego kit and we gave her a horse for her American Girl Doll, Kit. Likely her very most special gift is the plate my grandmother gave her for her birthday. It is adorable- and has such special meaning. She loves it.

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After the boys left for jiu jitsu, we picked Elsa up and went for donuts. After donuts, we went to "Paint your Plate" and the girls each painted a mermaid jewelry box and a small kitten. I painted a bowl and I can't wait to see how they all turn out. It was really fun and I would love to go again...but I will say, it was surprisingly expensive. So, it won't be my new hobby by any means.

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Then later that day, we went and checked in to Great Wolf Lodge- the newly renovated waterpark hotel by Mall of America. The Ohmes were going to meet us there for pizza and cake and some swimming- but then they surprised us and booked a room and stayed over. The kids were beyond thrilled. 

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Sunday was pretty normal- just ran some errands and got ready for Monday...only to realize Sunday night that there was no kids club coverage for Martin Luther King Day the next day. WHOOPS. So, since Bennett had some big all day work meetings today- I took a last minute day off and had a really fun extra day off with the kids today. We stayed in our pajamas and made a family band in the morning, played legos, snuggled in bed, and the kids even got into sorting out stuff in their closets for Goodwill. It was a really cozy morning together, with no rush and no agenda. Then this afternoon we went to see "The Greatest Showman on Earth". And OH MY GOSH I have no words for how beautiful and magical that movie is. I'm not a big movie person, but I couldn't look away. And I left feeling so inspired. The kids loved it too- so we sang and danced to the music at the top of our lungs when we got home. 

It was a really great weekend. I'm having so much fun right now.

Back to work tomorrow- big meeting at 8:00 am. And then Thursday I am headed to Vancouver for work- for a two hour meeting within a less than 24 hour trip. I have to be home by 3:00 on Friday because Bennett is going ice fishing and I have to pick up the kids. So, I booked the latest non-stop to get me in before 3:00 and it leaves at 6:15 that morning, so I'll have to get there at 4:15. Which means I will get up at 3:30. ZOINKS. 

I'll nap later. ;-)