Thursday, January 02, 2020

Winter Happenings

When winter showed up, I'm not sure if we were ready for it to be here... It's the time of the year we tend to dread. The winter is known for it's rainy-ness, and shortened days. It's really easy to "hole" up. This year, I made the decision that regardless of whether or not it was raining, I needed to get at least 15-20 minutes "minimum" of fresh air each day. Sometimes that looked like a quick walk around the yard, sometimes it was heading out for an adventure to a local donut shop, and sometimes it looked like putting on my parka and sipping my morning coffee outside before quickly heading back in. I wanted to make the most out of this winter...

These are the things I'd like to remember: 

-  During winter break, we made our way to Zoo Lights with dear friends. We thought that the kids would be in awe of the beauty of the twinkling lights all throughout the zoo... and they enjoyed it... but they were asking where all the animals were the ENTIRE time. Being that it was a night event, we had to explain that everything was sleeping. They weren't as impressed with it all as I thought they would be, note to self... 

-  Mable didn't know the lyrics to any and all Christmas music, so she would just say the words, "Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas..." over and over again, to the tune of whatever Christmas song was on. 

-  One of the first days of winter break, I thought it would be fun to take the kids to see the "reindeer" at a local greenhouse/plant nursery... The deer were fun, but only for about 1 minute... so taking them to a donut shop totally redeemed that trip out of the house. 

-  Gig Harbor just opened up their very own donut shop. Although the donuts are a little "fancy"... they're still scrumptious. We made an outing out of it... brought some donuts to the new dock/netshed downtown, and sat by the water for some fresh air. 

-  After Christmas, my parents stopped at Seatac on their way to Hawaii for a layover. We were able to spend a few hours with them in the baggage claim area. We surprised the kids, and listening to their guesses the whole way, was hysterical. They were surprised, and we so enjoyed our picnic lunch with them, and celebrated a late Christmas. 

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Celebrating 38

We let him do "his thing" for his birthday... we know he loves to dig into a project, so we let him... We know he loves some "alone time"... so we gave him that, with just the right amount of snuggles and love... we know he loves good food, so we cooked him a yummy dinner and cake (homemade Nutella Cheesecake) and we know he enjoys a date night and spontaneous shopping, so I took him out for a new pair of hiking boots. We love you beyond measure... life is so much sweeter with you in it.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas 2019

Christmas just snuck up on us this year... and as quickly as it arrived, it departed. It's become a sweet time of rest for us in this house. Lots of hustle and bustle usually comes with this beautiful day, the day of our Savior's birth... but over the years, learning to find rest and savor this day, has been life giving.

These are the things I want to remember:

- This was the year of the "sleeping bag"... every little received one, in hopes that they'll be used for future family camping trips!

-  Finn received his VERY FIRST Lego set... EVER. Dad put most of it together.

-  Dad implemented a rule, "When you're done opening a present, put the wrapping in the cardboard box (so we could just do a quick burn outside of it)"... Jo was the only one to follow said rule.

-  Jo was into opening everyone else's presents for them...

-  Mable just wanted to play with every gift she opened, instead of opening more and more.

-  Charlotte is obsessed with dolphins, hence many dolphin "things".

-  Charlotte and Marley received a "joint" present (a mini polaroid camera) and totally used up all the film in one day.

-  Marley created a crafting box... she declared it, "The best present for her crafting heart... EVER!"

-  We went to our favorite local beach to grab some fresh air... it's become a tradition over these last few years, and it did not disappoint. No red starfish sightings this year... maybe next year.

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