Tuesday, April 11, 2017

JANUARY 2017

Our New Year arrived without snow, but it was a bit chilly at times. We've had one good bout of snow since December and that's it. Makes me a little nervous for summer. But the nights have been chilly, so we've put our fireplace to good use. And so has Lucy. She loves settling herself right in front of it.
Caderyn likes settling himself right in front of it too with his giant little boy feet.
 Our January was fairly uneventful- which is good. We stayed close to home and enjoyed being together. 
Gibby loves building Legos now, he makes a frightful mess of everything, but he loves building  and then describing to you what he's built. He goes over every little individual piece and what it does. Sometimes my eyes glaze over, but for the most part I get what he's telling me.
More Lucy.
More Lego building.
 We ventured out and took the boys ice skating for the first time. Caderyn enjoyed it, Gabriel enjoyed whining.  
Gabriel has really come into his own as the "stubborn child," and its so tiring, but also...look at that face. Look at that adorable face. 

FLASHBACK! And now some pictures that I'd lost, but recently rediscovered from my parents' trip here in October.

And now, back to Lucy.

And now back to ice skating. We've gone a couple more times this year.   
Sometime in November we noticed Lucy was limping and her paw looked funny. We took many trips to the vet with no luck until finally I sought out another vet for a second opinion and discovered she has a torn wrist ligament. Apart from surgery, the only thing we can go is wrap it. They tried casting it, but with her stumpy legs and stubborn nature, it didn't last long. So we purchased her a brace. She wears that and it helps.
 And Gibby, oh Gibby. Day in and day out, all we hear is "When will it be my first day of school?" "When will it be my birthday?" We hear it at least five times a day. Cute little stinker.
 And back to Lucy.
 And let's not forget Caderyn.
 And back to ole' peg leg.
 We fell back into our swim schedule. Caderyn had a great January-March in swimming. He got moved up a level with his swim club--more on that later. It's been a really great year with swimming because we've been doing it for over a year now, and we have now made some good friends that help make the long morning and days of the meet pass quickly.
 And now one more of ole' peg.

Monday, March 6, 2017

CHRISTMAS CATCH UP 2016: PART QUATRE CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY

And I finally made it to Christmas Eve and Day. I mean, it's practically Spring, but I made it to posting about Christmas. Christmas Eve all the guys (except Gibby) were shooed out of the house to see the new Star Wars movie. While they were gone my mom, Gibby, and I went shopping for all our Christmas groceries. There was minimal food prep involved and before we knew it we were out the door for church. After church we went out for pizza before heading home to hunker down for Christmas.
Home from dinner, we quickly got the boys ready for bed. My family tradition is to open one gift the night before Christmas. So the boys opened their one gift and once the cookies and milk were set out they were whisked off to bed.
Once we were certain they boys were dreaming of sugarplums, the magic of Christmas that I LOVE began to come to light.
Santa came to visit!
Christmas morning Caderyn woke up at 3:30 a.m. and was shooed back to bed. They both let us sleep until just a little after 7:00 a.m. and then the excitement became too overwhelming. While everyone slowly woke up and coffee was made, the boys were allowed to open their stockings. After that the morning just took off. I love to make Christmas go on as long as possible. We open one present as a time, watching who is opening the present. It makes the day go on forever and its so much fun!
Once the presents were open and breakfast was eaten, there was napping, lots of toy playing, and just general relaxing. I think we were all in our pajamas the entire day. It was perfect.
My mom made a delicious dinner and Jeff got to have his yearly ration of crab legs.

The rest of our time with family was really just lovely. Probably one of the most relaxed I've been over a holiday. One special thing I got to do was take my mom out for brunch at The Broadmoor. That was her Christmas gift and we were sooooo stuffed. I really enjoyed that one on one time with my mom.
And just like that our Christmas was over.