The first half of our Dallas trip was spent mostly with family. Tim's crew came down from Idaho and we had four fun days to spend with them before they had to go home. While they were in town we went to Crayola Experience, the trampoline park and swimming at Greg's. We also did a morning of service together, played lots of games, and enjoyed a pre-Christmas big family dinner.
After the Christmas we got together with friends a few times for games, food and to let the kids all play together. Our biggest event was the New Year's Eve party that is always so much fun .
We bought an annual pass to Crayola last time we were in Dallas, so this was our second time back. The kids had fun doing all their favorite activities from last time, and discovering new areas, like the melt-it-down wax coloring station.
Our service project was assembling meal kits for Feed My Starving Children. Volunteers have to be over 5, so Dave and Tim stayed home with the little while the rest of us put on our hairnets and got to work!
Sophie worked hard for 1.5 hours at the scooping station loading vitamins and veggies, and at the bagging station with Liam loading and weighing the completed kits.
Greg's family was nice enough to warm up their pool for a cousin swim party. It barely got to 70 degrees, which was warm enough for the kids, but not the adults. The dads got to be on kid duty in the pool while the moms watched from the side.
On Christmas Eve we took the kids to the Heard Wildlife Center. It was a beautiful day and nice to spend some time outside. Grandpa didn't work that day so he was able to join us!
Sophie got this fun pet shop puzzle from Grandma for Christmas.
We also spent a morning at the Frisco Discovery Center. It's not on our museum pass, but since admission was cheap we decided to pay and go anyway. The kids had a great time, especially once we discovered the giant bubble station! It was in a back room and we almost missed it completely!
Davey loved the take apart toy building station
This arch took us a few tries to build thanks to our little boy wrecking crew
Sophie inside a bubble!
Dave was the master of big bubbles, but Sophie started to get the hang of it too towards the end
I got this donut puzzle for Christmas. It was so fun, but it also made me sooo hungry!
Grandma found this fun mermaid jello kit and Sophie had a great time making these with her
All the fun wore these two boys out
The kids celebrated New Year's Eve around 8:30 and then we put them to bed so the adults could play
Watching a countdown on Netflix
Each year it gets a little harder to make it to midnight, but we made it - Happy New Year!
Our awesome group of friends + a few babies who decided they wanted to party too :)