Saturday, January 6, 2018

It's Winter... Already?


The past couple months have flown by, probably because there was so much stuff going on.


I'm Andrew's Hand!


First up, Thanksgiving. My mom came into town and the kids loved playing with her.  Jonathan did a great job with Thanksgiving dinner and we were lucky to have some dear friends join us for dinner as well.  Andrew enjoyed making forts and hiding from all the food.  


We jumped from Thanksgiving straight into Christmas preparations.  Grandma was really good at setting up the show village.


And the tree.


The kids promptly started their extensive Christmas gift list.


We had work Christmas parties...

 


Andrew requested a bat, aka a black butterfly. 
Grandma Bets came out for Allison's Grandparents Day at school. This was the look on Allison's face when we told her Grandma Bets booked tickets.  (We were on the way to my work's kids Christmas party.)


Next was Jonathan's birthday.


And ice skating.


Girl Scout cookie season began...


Batman followed us around the mall...


And the kids celebrated several snowfalls!


Andrew went to a gym birthday party and, for the first time, he didn't hate it. 


Allison had her first piano recital.  She did such a good job getting up in front of everyone and playing.


Jonathan and I discovered an indoor play space that has a bar. The genius of this has blown me away.


Christmas was fantastic.  The kids got lots of amazing gifts and we hosted dinner with friends.


A couple days later, Gama and Papa came.  The kids rejoiced.





Then came my birthday, with Andrew stealing all the Oreos off my cake.


We celebrated New Years at some friends' house.  We almost made it to 10pm before Andrew started begging to go home.

The kids went back to school only to have a cold snap and snow fall cancel school.  They weren't too sad about it.




Andrew broke a personal record and slept until 9am this morning.


 
For now, we are huddling indoors and planning our summer plans.  I'm sure that will be here before we know it.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hello Fall


Our fall is flying by!  Allison's soccer season came and went.  She really enjoyed the whole experience and can't wait for the spring season to start.



Andrew's favorite thing about soccer was the selfies.


Andrew and Jonathan went to Diggerland for a friends birthday.  They got to operate heavy machinery and, really, what could be better?


Andrew had his first ever school field trip to the pumpkin patch.  The hay ride and sandbox filled with corn were particularly fun.






At home, Allison found out where we keep the candy...


we've been fighting off various illnesses...





 and we've been trying to take it easy, whenever possible.


 




Even Maisie the cat has been upping her relaxation game.


Allison and I went camping with her girl scout troop and had a great time hiking and playing with everyone.


The biggest adventure so far this fall was driving over 10 hours each way to Georgia for the wedding of Allison and Andrew's cousin Erika.  It was a long drive but the kids did great.



We put together a prize box and the kids could pick out a toy for each hour they were good.  It really helped break up the hour as they waited to chant "PRIZE BOX! PRIZE BOX! YEAH YEAH YEAH!"

Spending so much time with family was very nice.


And Allison loved being the flower girl.



We got back just in time for Halloween.  Andrew was still a little concerned about the whole thing, but he rallied and went trick or treating.




I had a nice night too.


The kids have had lots of birthday parties.




We've been catching up on our dentist appointments.



And, the kids are already compiling their Christmas wish lists. 


Hooray for Fall.