Friday, January 05, 2018

Wrapping up 2017

Christmas eve was peaceful and joyful. Jake, Sasha, and Patti came for ham dinner. We watched the traditional Christmas Story movie and exchanged gifts. I didn't get much baking done this year as last year nor did we get our puzzle done, it seemed time slipped away. Savannah did make cut out cookies and they were delicious.

Christmas day was quiet. I didn't feel well most the day but ended it with some fun sledding with Savannah down our hill in the back yard. The dogs had fun chasing us too. I think that was the best part of the was really cold, but was also invigorating after a day of illness.

Savannah and her cute new top and hat. She sure looks like a snow bunny!

Sasha and Jake posing in the "White Front Room" on Christmas Eve, such a cute couple.

Cowboy got a "Naughty" cookie bone while Bear got a "Nice" cookie. However I must say once again Garfield thinking he is a dog ate a lot of the crumbs from the cookies too. 

See? Here is proof!!!

Michael got to spend Christmas with us this year too, it was an unexpected surprise and nice. Hopefully for him too. It was good for this mother to have everyone at home. 

Week after Christmas we got our family pictures done! Our very first in fact. I am somewhat ashamed I didn't pursue it sooner but it was always intimidating to me afraid they wouldn't turn out or not sure what we should wear. That and we weren't together a lot these past 10 years. But this day was great and we had a lot of fun! Later on we went to dinner and saw a movie with Jake's family. It was a perfect day! This is one of my favorites.
I am so excited to finally have these, and the memory of making them is special too. I am sending everyone some of the pictures out for Valentine's Day. Long overdue. I just love pictures though

Ryan's 7th birthday was earlier this month and it was fun to hear about how excited he was to get our card and to use the 3-D Spiderman glasses. I hope we'll get to see him soon. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Transformation Central Part 2

Okay so here is our before and after bedroom photos. Finally! We got to have our furniture delivered after three long months of spending weekends working on this room. Needless to say there was a vacation for Thanksgiving and before that the trip to Medieval Times to account for too so it has been a long process. I think if we had the option to have worked on it without interruption it would have taken a couple of weeks max. But that is life.

Next is finding curtains, wall hangings, putting in the closet shelves and rods and well...time. This stuff has beat up our checking account and put my FM in overdrive. But it was worth it. So nice to have a beautiful updated bedroom! My husband really had his work cut out for him. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Knights in Shining Armor and Thanksgiving...good times

I wanted to spend my 45th birthday weekend in Chicago and to go to Medieval Times with the FAM but we postponed it. We are trying to get foster licensed and well we had a home study to get ready for the very next week and our house a mess with all the remodel stuff going on we just didn't want to feel rushed into having fun, so we went a few weeks late. It was Jake, Sasha, and Patti's first time to experience it so we had a lot of fun with them. Sasha got a ton of cool pictures too. I didn't really take pictures this time but here is our "Family Photo" of our VIP entrance. What is it about eating with your bare hands surrounded by a bunch of horses and jousting that is fun?

Thanksgiving was so warm weather wise it felt like an Indian Summer. We flew out from Milwaukee and of course the first stop was for Mexican lunch. Oh do they have the best Mexican food out west. Green Bay is okay if you are a pure gringo, but I like the way they make it out west best thank you very much.

We stayed at mom's and watched Stranger Things, finally. I love vacation for that, you don't have to be in a rush for anything. Other than for Thanksgiving dinner to end up on time. So many dishes so many people. It turned out well. Still waiting for my sister to send her pictures of course. And I didn't pack my camera...I am just finding that I live more through that lens then I do in real life so I try to not always pack it. But I regret not getting at least one photo. Here is one Savannah took on her phone of me, mom, and Monica with her granddaughter Ella. It was such a nice day that day we walked to lunch and to the cupcake shop. It was good to see my family again. I miss having that option for holiday events. Matt and Kelly did a super job on the turkey and stuffing...I cannot say much for my potatoes and the disaster I made...but we won't get into that.

And while we were there we got to spend some much missed/needed time with Harmony. She is so bashful and I hope someday I can spend enough time with her so she knows who I am. She sure has grown. It was fun to see her open her early Christmas gift and play with it.

We also got to spend time with  Ryan and his two brothers, Paxton and Kayson. We had fun playing with them but it was hard to say goodbye. I hope to get to see them again soon and we are working on what we can do to make that happen. 

When we got home Mr. Garfield's voice was so scratchy from crying and missing us so desperately. We picked up the dogs and they were happy but all three were exhausted even more than we were. You know how vacations can be and it takes a day to recuperate. Here is Charlie and GF passed out COLD.