Christmas in Colorado

We have been Colorado residents for 5 months, and within that time, we have travelled all over the place (not complaining-- Colorado is a great hub for traveling, and we love to travel!) But we decided to slow down and enjoy a quiet Christmas in our new home this year with our small family of four. Our community is amazing with throwing together events, so the kids got to enjoy a pancake breakfast withSanta Claus: 

Riley helped me bake some pistachio cream cheese cookies, which are an Oberly family tradition that we are trying to pass along:

We left some out for Santa and used him as leverage to get the kids to sleep. They woke up the next morning and unwrapped presents in 5 minutes that took me 3 days to wrap. On that note, I'd like to publicly thank all of our family and friends who so generously spoiled these guys this Christmas. They were off of school for the week and we had enough books and toys to entertain them the entire time (and then some!) It touches my heart to know that they are so loved and I am so completely thankful. 

Hope your Christmas was just as toasty and full of joy as ours was!


Connor's 2nd Birthday

I don't know how it is possible that Connor is now 2 years old!
This year we celebrated his birthday a little early. Grandma Jinx came into town and we just threw a little party to celebrate our little big guy.

Of course, football themed

blowing out his candles
On the day of his actual birthday, the Pacers were in town to play the Nuggets, so Eric took Connor to his very first basketball game. And I kid you not, he continues to [baby] talk about that frequently!

Forced them to take a photo before heading to the game

There is so much to be said about my Connor. He is still as athletic as ever. He now has opinions about his clothing (will only wear Colts or Pacers shirts). He is as stubborn as he is sweet. He loves his family. He has great manners (always saying "please", "thank you" and "excuse me"). He loves to copy his big sister. He loves to pester his big sister. He can still eat more than all of us. He is obsessed with swords. He has a smile and a laugh that turns me into complete goo. He is silly. He is loving. He is a such a special kid and I am so thankful for him and the way he has grown our family and my heart personally.

Here are Connor's 2 year wellness numbers:

Height: 35.5 in @ 78%tile
Weight 26.25 lbs @ 50%tile
HeadL 49.9cm @ 89%tile


Riley's Christmas Recital

Riley recently moved up into the preschool class at her school. She is among the youngest in her class, and as always, I worried about her transition as she is my introverted child. I have no idea why it worried me to wonder if she would sing in front of a crowd with her class though. This girl has loved to sing from very early on in her life. It was awesome for me to see her so happy and genuinely enjoying something that she loves to do. And Grandma Jinx was in town to support Riley too, which was a big bonus!

The impressive set list

This photo cracks me up because its clear she is embarassed

Got congratulatory flowers from Dad

Riley so happy Grandma is there to support her
It truly was an impressive show for kids so young. Here is a clip of my favorite song from the recital: