January 20, 2015

A Real Ugly Family 2015

Though unpacking and settling into a new home and city has taken up nearly every second of my spare time, I couldn't let January slip by without posting our annual "Uglies".  
2014 was a year full of ups and downs, but for the most part a fantastic year for our family.  We are so excited about our new life in Colorado and are thrilled with how well the kids are settling in.  I can't wait to post about EVERYTHING going on, but first...

A Real Ugly Family 2014
(For the story behind the McCoy Family Uglies go HERE or HERE.)

Each of our children have their own unique face they pull when they see a camera, when they want to be funny, or just at random times when I'm speaking to them.
  This year Macie's special face made plenty of appearances in our family photo album...
Thankfully the boys have outgrown the immature habit of ruining a perfectly lovely photo by pulling a ridiculous face...totally lying.
They continue to torment me whenever a camera is in hand, even my grown husband has a problem with this as well.  So yes, some of their special faces are included in this yearly wrap-up, but for the most part, the following photos are simply a few of our ugliest moments, in other words, real life. 
Story: One lovely Sunday morning I decided I would be super adventurous and straighten my treacherous locks.  To say my family was horrified is an understatement.  Straight hair, don't care? Um no.  When your children can't stand to look at you and your husband cringes when your eyes meet, you most certainly DO care.  The point, my straight hair is apparently worthy of this post as well... 
Besides hair-do's gone wrong, holidays in general tend to bring about a plethora of ugliness in our family.  Easter was especially interesting...
Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patty's Day...they all were QUITE interesting...
2014 took us on the road for a few family getaways, some great, some not so much.  Either way, they made for some great additions to the Ugly File on this here laptop...

Bonding time with Dad was amazingly ugly, yet so very beautiful...
Pretty sure I've never laughed harder.  Ever.  There's video evidence of  John's coming out as a full fledged WWF superstar...unfortunately, I deemed it a tad inappropriate for the good ol' family blog.  Macie's outfit however, makes the cut...
One of the oddest, ugliest moments of the year is hard to explain, it was just so very weird and looked a bit like this...
The play put on by our children left us speechless and slightly alarmed.
Moving on.
There's bound to be some fantastic ugliness whenever food is involved...
And there you have it.  My weirdly immature favorite post of the year.  
May the new year be filled with love and joy and the ability to laugh when things aren't all that pretty. 
 Happy 2015! 

January 4, 2015

My Absolute Favorite

And we're back.  
After picking up our entire lives and moving to another state just days before Christmas (not recommended) we are finally getting somewhat settled in.  Now that our internet is set up and there are only a few random boxes in each bedroom, I'm back to playing catch up on the blog.  Before I get to the recent holidays, John's new job, and our big move, I've got one more oldie post I started working on weeks ago...

One October day when the kids were out of school, we headed on over to Gardner Village to see the witches.  I think I've mentioned my love affair with Gardener Village before and was surprised/shocked to discover some big changes...

The witches were forgotten the moment the kids spotted the new addition.  Like any carnival or fair, the festive amusement park was ridiculously over priced...but with 4 masterful beggars, we were on our way in no time at all.
The kids had a blast rolling around in corn (I'm seriously questioning how any sane person would pay for this!?)...
Despite finding kernels in a variety of unwelcome places for the next few days, the kids loved every bit of the witchy-wonderland...
Even if mom made them stop for a pose or two along the way...
Why are my children so scantily clad in October?  After an unseasonably warm Fall (and Winter I might add) we were scorching while climbing through tunnels and rolling around in hay.
Their most favorite part of all was the giant bouncy candy corn thingy...
Tessa on the other hand, wasn't a fan of really anything they had to offer.
Though we did have some great mother-daughter bonding...
The witch hunt was short lived...
,,,as the kids quickly moved on to bigger and better things, like pony-riding...
Which quickly became their VERY most favorite thing.
That is until we found the crazy-madly-skilled face-painting wonder of a witch...
Now THAT was their absolute favorite.
Oh wait, then their was the mad dash through the candy store, to once again spend all their hard earned lawnmowing/reportcard money.
We all know ponies, playgrounds, and paintings do not even come close to the joy of sugar.  
Especially for our sweet little Tess, who thoroughly enjoyed her first go round with pure unadulterated sugar on a stick...
Though my wallet was incredibly annoyed by this new addition to a longtime favorite place, I'll admit it was a fun day out and about.
I was convinced once more that these four little amazing human beings are absoluetly MY FAVORITE things.  Like ever.
Ahh! Just for fun I scrounged up last years pic at the good 'ole village...
...sniff sniff. Stop growing up.  Please.  Just stop.