Remember, I write the blog a year in the past. This is about New Year's Eve 2015. :)
Sweet Daughter continues to love running. She wanted the chance to run back to back 5Ks with me. We did a 5K on NYE and another 5K on NYD. It was cold, but so much fun. Here are the photos from NYE.
P.S. I love races that give free photos!
Thursday, December 29, 2016
I don't know that I have ever posted these photos before. These were from Sweet Son's physical therapy when he was younger. He was 3 when these photos were taken.
This ladder swings - side to side and around in circles. Those wooden dowels also move up. This is much harder to climb than it looks. (He was not cold, he just loved his hat.)
Here he is near the top! You can see how it spins and swings based on the construction.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Christmas morning with just the four of us! I love having a small family Christmas. Yes, the big celebrations with family out of town is exciting, but this helps us focus on each other and the things that are important. We don't give many gifts, but we really try to find things we will all love.
They each started with their biggest boxes, of course.
She got a doll that can walk. He finally got the accordion he had been asking for since our trip to Poland over the summer. Within just a couple of hours he was playing songs for extended family over Skype.
She had asked for a garden to grow food and help people. We went with this herb kit that works in the window. It is still there, though everything has been dead for a long time!
Monday, December 26, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wonderful Husband's work offered a chance to take photos with various characters. Then line for Santa was hours long, so we skipped that one, but here are the others.
Elsa and Olaf were both real and talked and walked, etc. They were having camera problems so we had plenty of time to pick out the perfect props - Wonderful Husband and I went with hats while both kids picked a penguin.
The Grinch! The kids picked out their own hats here.
A gingerbread man!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Another fun activity in our town square is the snow! Every weekend they have snow machines that go on at the top and bottom of the hour. They play Christmas music from speakers you can hear throughout the area. The lights are also synchronized to the music.
In case the attire of the people confuses you, it is about 60F or 15C outside.
Snow is always exciting. Especially when it doesn't cause any safety or traffic issues!
Monday, December 19, 2016
We tried getting photos of everyone together and failed repeatedly. We will keep trying!
Pictured: Me, Sweet Son, Sweet Daughter, Uncle B., Uncle B's friend, Dancing Great Grandma, Oma, and Papa T.
Missing: Wonderful Husband, Oma's kids and their spouses
Pictured:Grandma, Sweet Daughter, Gentle Great Grandma, Sweet Son, Great Uncle R, Great Aunt K, Me
Missing: Wonderful Husband, Uncle B
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
We always love getting to celebrate Christmas over many days. Here is just one day of the celebration. We were with Papa T's side of the family.
They have this thing about stealing hats...
We go around the room opening one gift at a time. She is waiting patiently in her new chair.
He got a Lego set!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
These are more photos from the Christmas celebration at the local fire station.
Walking home they decided to hold hands. Every time they do this I take a photo. I know one day it will stop and I will miss it.
Emailing Santa. They neither one asked for anything, haha.
Cool light fixtures
In front of a firetruck
Monday, December 12, 2016
Our local fire station does a Christmas event every year and this is the first time we have been able to go. It was awesome!
Sitting in a firetruck
They were trying to pretend it is cold.
More fun backdrops to pose with
Friday, December 9, 2016
Every year our town hosts Santa and an elf as they parachute into the town square. This is the story of 2015 or How Inconsiderate People Ruin Everything. (*Note, this is a dramatic title. It wasn't ruined, but it could have been better.)
Here he comes!
The Elf lands first
You can see the crowds surrounding the landing field. We were held back by ropes and a sense of community - at least in theory.
The elf lands!
Shortly after this, people rushed the field. I'm not kidding. It was no longer safe for Santa to land here. Santa ended up landing in another field, out of our sight, where he wouldn't hurt anyone. It was a great decision based on the safety of everyone, but needless to say we were less than thrilled that we didn't get to see Santa land.
There he goes
Thursday, December 8, 2016
December really does seem to be a month full of crafting! Here are just two of the many projects the kids worked on this month.
Decorating their own foam gingerbread houses
This was a really cool project. The tree it self is a wooden dowel with silver pipe cleaners wrapped around it. The tiny ornaments are Shrinky Dinks! In case you don't know what that is. There are outlines of pictures on plastic. You color in the pictures then place them in the oven. They curl up, flatten out, and are now tiny hard plastic ornaments. So much fun!