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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

End of December Shenanigans

Here is what we were up to during our last week off for the holidays...

I got to grab coffee with Todd and the work crew while he was in town! And I wore my "I drink coffee like a Gilmore girl" shirt because it was only fitting! Haha





We played with our new basketball goal!


And played games! Yeti in my spaghetti is a new favorite...


Grady transitioned to a toddler bed- which went way better than I expected! He has fallen off several times, but put himself back in bed quickly. Haha!





Had coffee and sushi with some cute dates one morning haha!


We got to go to Drew's birthday party at Jump Air Zone, and my boys had such a blast!

















And there was lots and lots of playing at home!

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New Year's Eve!




This year we spent New Year's Eve at the Bunton's. The past several years we have had someone sick or recovering from surgery, so it was nice to have everyone in good health this year, haha!

We played games, ate lots of yummy food and hung out with some of our favorite people. We ended up with 8 kids 5 & under, and 4 of those were under a year! We like babies in our tribe :-)











We left pretty early, because I didn't want the kids up late and didn't want to be driving late with the crazies out. But it was a great time, and I tried to make Mr.Pate stay up and ring in the new year once we got home... he made it to the ball dropping on Eastern Time. Haha! That's something I guess :-)

Happy New Years!

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Happy Pate Day!

If you know our family well, then you know that Mr.Pate is a twin. But, not only does he share a birthday with his twin, he shares it with his dad AND little brother too!! So it's always a fun time to celebrate because we get to have a good ol time with all the Pate Men! :-)

We had a great time in Louisville. We played some hilarious games, ate some great food, and even played in Papaw's new Total Gym :-), haha!


































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Monday, January 16, 2017

Christmas 2016: Opryland with the Broadys

This year we did our annual trip to Opryland with the Broady's the day after Christmas. It was still way busier than I expected! We went to the Rainforest Cafe first, which the little ones ate up. The tigers even had cute Santa hats on!








After dinner we "rolled out" to the hotel... haha! We opted to walk thru the mall this year and stay parked on the Rainforrest Cafe side. I think it went well and we got more steps! (Well except for poor Bro whose fitbit didn't pick up all his steps because he was pushing the stroller! Haha)


First things first, we hit up the big ol tree for some family photo opps. Then we just meandered through. This is our fourth or fifth year, but we still never know where we are going exactly. Ha!

















We headed out to see the nativity and big tree. Several of the trees had whole sides of lights out, which we said must mean they are on strike after Christmas. Ha.





Poor Justin headed in to play under the tree with the kids and the rest of us just didn't follow, so he had to keep up with all three. Oops.


Porter was snug as a bug in the stroller, and Grady isn't smiling, but other than that I thought the group pic turned out excellent!











An example of a whole side of lights being out:











Oh the annual elevator race... the boys walked right over and got on.... while we waited on our side....





And this is them continuing to wait at the bottom for us....


It took FOREVER and then when we finally got an elevator we pushed the wrong floor! Geez we lost bad this year.








And here is a look at all the themed trees this year...


We ended the night watching the fountain show...

















And lest you think it was all rainbows... haha! Grady got pretty grumpy towards the end of the night. Being 2 is hard.

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