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This is me...a happy wife, mom to three awesome boys, teacher to two of the aforementioned boys (we homeschool), chauffeur to karate, archery and all sorts of other activities, former scrapbooker and founder of the 
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Not last week but the week before...

Blarg! Got behind there, didn't I? ;) Here's a quick catching up from the week between Christmas and New Years...

1. Remember how I've been trying to get the boys shirts at Christmas each year (instead of pajamas)? Here were this year's shirts:

Asher's says "My Patronus is a Donut"...Noah's has the Batman equation...and Micah's is a purple dragon.

2. Between Christmas and now, we've been really enjoying our many new games. On New Year's Eve, we learned Ticket To Ride: Europe and had such a good time we almost missed midnight. :) 

3. Speaking of New Year's Eve, that was our 21st anniversary. As usual, we didn't celebrate that specific day. Nathan and I did, though, enjoy a lovely dinner out earlier that week...and neglected to take a single photo. 

4. Once upon a time, I mentioned that we replaced our master bathroom sinks and faucets and promised pictures. Unfortunately, I didn't take a good before picture. Here's one from 2014 (when we were redoing our whole bedroom and bathroom but didn't actually redo the sinks and faucets):

It's a poor picture...but they're beige sinks with ugly chrome faucets. Here's what they look like now:

The sinks are white now and the bronze faucets now finally go with the other fixtures that we changed out back in 2014. Yay!

5. Relatedly, as part of our anniversary stuff, we finally put stuff up on the bathroom wall...

6. And, I can't figure out why it took me so long but I finally started displaying the holiday cards we receive and am thrilled with the results:

And that's some of what happened between Christmas and New Years. Whew.


Just a few other things...

- We managed to replace our car the Friday before Christmas! Her name is Audrey the Audi. She's a 2008 Audi A4 Quattro in excellent condition. Given the holidays, obviously, we haven't gotten to know her well yet but are feeling good about her. She's all wheel drive and checked out marvelously at the inspection we had done. Yesterday, Nathan managed to get all the paperwork finished up with the new plates and such. Whew.

- Asher went to a trial/introductory class for parkour the Saturday before Christmas. Unsurprisingly, he LOVED it, and we'll be signing him up for weekly classes in the new year. It'll essentially take the place of gymnastics since that ended unexpectedly in October and Asher's been needing more activity. (I've known about this place for awhile now but had been holding off on telling Asher about it, lol. We're feeling like now's the right time.) Here's a quick picture of Asher climbing a wall during the intro class:

- We've been to watch Jumanji and The Greatest Showman in the theater in the past few days...great fun! The first was hilarious (Micah and I actually laughed till we cried) and the music in the second one was fabulous. :) We recommend both!

And now back to finishing up year end tasks between trying out new games...



Even though Christmas kind of snuck up on us this year, it was a pretty darn good one. :) It finally cooled off and snowed...Micah and Nathan made me lumpia for Christmas...(we generally ask the boys to either make or do something for their gifts for Nathan and me)...this is them prepping it the day before...

...we took our traditional drive to look at lights and found this house again with light shows coordinated to songs on a private radio station...

...we opened and then played lots of fun new games...(I counted eight new board/card games and three new video games)...(oh, and the boys didn't crack my present labeling code ahead of time this year either, lol)...

...and we enjoyed loads of YUMMY Christmas goodies--annual Christmas cookies from my brother Joe (always a favorite gift around here!), delicious treats from neighbors and friends, homemade chocolate dipped honeycomb that Asher made me, peppermint cake Nathan bakes most years, chocolate oranges the boys get in their stockings every year, and goodies from Italy, France and England that Santa brought along with passports for boys to celebrate the trip we're going to take next year. (Seriously, this picture is only a portion of the loot and we definitely have too much sugar here at the moment, lol.)

(Here's the chocolate dipped honeycomb Asher made me...)

Yup. Lots of fabulous, thoughtful gifts here and just feeling so incredibly blessed. Happy sigh. :) 


Merry Christmas!

Will post later with more details and stories...

In the meantime, just wanted to wish everyone a lovely holiday!


(These are the front and back of our New Year's cards. The back has a white background so looks a bit off size here.)

Okay, now I'm off again to enjoy these boys of mine... :) Hope you're similarly celebrating and loving your day!


Since the 11th...

Before potential snow rolls in and I hibernate for a bit, here's some of what's been going on since last I blogged here:

- Noah finished fall semester...and continued his straight A streak of late. :) 

- Micah had two more First Lego League practices and then their state tournament down in Denver on Saturday. Given scheduling and cars and such, I wasn't able to attend most of the competition but made it there in time for the awards ceremony. Our young Toilets of Tomorrow team didn't win any awards but their robot run put them in the top quarter of the 60 teams, and we're just so proud of their efforts (especially given that half the team was sick and feeling crummy that day). Here they were walking across the stage to receive their medals for making it to the state tournament:

- While Nathan and Micah were at the FLL state tournament, Asher and I were at Noah's JOAD tournament in a different part of Denver:

(Noah's second from the left.)

- Earlier that morning, Asher helped out at demo team auditions for karate. They added four new members!

- Speaking of karate, boys had six classes or practices since last blog post. And. The demo team (sans new members since it was planned before that) also had a fun gathering to ice skate and eat lunch and decorate cookies and play ping pong and pool:

- Asher and Micah went in for their follow up eye appointment...just to make sure the contacts were working out well and then to order contacts for the upcoming months. All good!

- We finished up our homeschooling stuff and are now officially on break! :)

- On Sunday, after our full day mostly down in Denver on Saturday, we finally finished our holiday decorations:

- Micah had his last day of Options before a rather long break. (Since they only meet on Mondays and other circumstances, they won't meet again until January 22.)

- I met up with Molly down in Denver on Monday and with Deanna here in Old Town yesterday...so awesome spending time with friends! (Wish there could have been more time!!)

- I've lost count of how many cars Nathan has test driven. We've come close a couple times (even took one to get inspected) but still haven't managed to replace our old car. Ugh. Wish us luck!

- Finally got all of our packages and cards in the mail!

Whew. And now I need to go finish up a number of other things. :) Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season and staying warm!