Friday, May 23, 2014

Stepping into the New Year and a Surgical Sandal

Right after Christmas, I had a major foot surgery scheduled, so there was a flurry of busyness as we tossed decorations and gifts alike into heaps in the guestroom and prepared for life after bunions. The day we packed the kiddos off to grandparents, we managed to squeeze in a tradition though: The Gingerbread Bash. : )
The next three days looked like this, only drowsier as (I think) Adam ferried ice and drugs back and forth from the bedroom to the kitchen. It really wasn't too bad, the pain meds just kinda knock ya out. One bunion surgery down, one to go. (In April)

To brighten my days of immobility, we got a little parakeet chick named Blue. And we loved him.

And we finally sifted through those piles of decor and gifts and broke some of them out.

 It was crazy cold and we saw the first of many snowfalls.

A few weeks later, when I was happily able to hobble around, "Taimee" paid us a visit! Seriously, how cute are they??

Eva tried a straighter style for a day, and it looked like she'd grown 3 years!
 Valentines were crafted and sent.

School continued.

I was freed from my surgical sandal and could roam free again! And so of course....

Snow that fell almost every week! Understandably, much tea was needed to combat the chill, even on weeks it didn't snow.

 The biggest snow storm came Valentines week...

It looked to be a whopper, so I called some girlfriends and we organized a crazy snow-in! Nearly a dozen inches of snow and almost as many kids were onsite to make it memorable.
 More school was done. In fact, tho she seems less than thrilled here (she's blinking), Eva likes school, and speedily finished kindergarten this winter! First grade, here we come! (yikes.)

Did I mention I got my "boot" off?? So happy to roam. : )

Especially with this guy.

Playing hard in the snow is exhausting.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Christmas Week 2013

After a year of waiting, and a month of preparing,

Christmas week came!

All God's precious angels arrived...

 ... and the elves set to work on last minute gifties (thank you Dad and Joe for helping me finish that dollhouse!!)...

 It was time to celebrate! 
(Eva sang in the children's Christmas choir at church dressed as an angel. It was, as you'd expect, pretty magical, more so than Dre's Christmas cheer.)

 Donned we then our most festive apparel! Pup-cousin Waffles sported his yule-tide knit,

...our patriarch displayed an uncomfortable amount of swag with his sleeve tattoo,

... and Uncle Geo put on some weight....I mean Kevlar, he put on some Kevlar. Because he is a really cool cop that is not to be messed with. Seriously, don't.  

And it was Christmas! (this is T's "Chrissmiss yeeah!" face)

Some more happy faces. : )

The occasion was made perfect by everyone's favorite: feasting!

Well, almost everyone's...


December Days

As you may have noted, I'm more behind on blogging than I've EVER been, and nobody's interested in Christmas when summer is just around the corner, but nevertheless, I'm sharing. : ) Here are some windows from way back as we colorfully prepared for the happy holiday.

Reading and discovering the surprises during Advent is the kids favorite.

Another favorite (and one that Dre got to participate in this year) was decorating the gingerbread house with Mama Patti!

Early presents!

I began (late) a little project for a little girl...

We gathered  the evergreens...

and decking of the halls commenced.

Treats were made...

... and others consumed.
 As well as many mugs of cocoa. 
 Why not, it's Christmas.
 It even snowed a little! Well, slushed more like, but still!

And naturally (get it) we explored weekly, like we love to do.