Thursday, January 9, 2014

What We've Been Up To

 Want to know why I haven't been posting much?  Because we've been so busy living!  Here's a bit of what we've been up to.

We (Ladybug, Froggy, and I) took a trip out to Wyoming to visit grandparents in November.


My grandpa who is 94 years old.  He is one of the main reasons why we made the trip. 
 
 
My grandmother on my mom's side is another very good reason why we went home. 
 
 
And we got to visit my grandmother on my father's side as well.  It's been so long since I've gotten to see her so this was a very nice treat.
 
 
This is my beautiful mother.  It was nice to spend time with her, and I can't wait until she gets a chance to come out here and visit everyone.
 
We also celebrated birthdays.  Fritter turned 7 if you can believe it.  I can't.  We had a little party for him at the park.  
 
Fritter loves airplanes and rockets and space and so I made these little snack rockets for the party.
 
The boys that came to the party all received airplanes, and the girls got bubbles.
 
 
The only picture of Fritter's rocket cake.
My Ladybug turned 5 at the end of November and so we decided to have a little "girl only" tea party for her.
 
Complete with pottery painting.
 
 
Her cupcake cake.
We spent time watching Fritter play soccer.  It was quite a lot of fun this year, since he's really grown to understand and enjoy the game.
 
 Fritter and Ladybug participated in our parishes Christmas play.

At practice.  Fritter was a shepherd (he's in the blue shirt on the left) and Ladybug was an angel (in the white shirt on the right).
 We tried to enjoy our Advent which was anything but quiet.  But we did what we could.


Waiting...


The kids did most of the tree decorating themselves.  We didn't have the energy to tell them to put one ornament per branch.


We made salt dough hand prints for Daddy's Christmas present (and ornaments with the left over dough).


We played with nativity sets.


St. Nicholas paid us a visit on his feast day and brought books, slippers, and chocolate.


We participated in a Jesse Tree Swap which was a lot of fun.  There were so many great ornaments it's hard to pick a favorite.


My contribution to the swap (Adam and Eve).  I call this picture "The Snow Ball".



We managed to get a decent family picture taken and Christmas cards mailed out to arrive after Christmas Day.  I'm very thankful Christmas lasts longer than one day!



Froggy celebrated his first Christmas!


Sunflower got a new quilt made by Mommy. (So did Froggy, but of course no pictures.  Maybe in a future post.)


Sunflower also got her first haircut!
 
 
We went to Zoo Lights on New Years Day.
 
And we visited dangerous places with signs that told us to KEEP OUT!
 
 
Froggy explored his inner Daniel Boone.



Merry Christmas Everyone!

2 comments:

Jennie C. said...

I love that photo of all those toes!

Amanda Mann said...

Enjoyed your visit so much!!!
Loved the blanket that you made for Gemma. Missing you as always!