January 8, 2019

{Christmas 2018}

Christmas 2018 ... "the halls are decked" ...
Once again, we celebrated Christmas at our house a few days early... and while, the tween no longer "believes" he still gets a stocking ... because that's part of the fun of the holiday.

This year, Caden finally got the gift he's been wanting for a couple years.  A Steam HTC Vive headset {a virtual reality headset}.  Dan and I  have refrained because they are pricey and we worry about the long term effects of the the screen being so close to his eyes. ... but when the kid has everything, and he continually wants it ... you give in.

... and it was worth it. He truly was surprised and beamed with happiness ... something we don't see much at 11 years old, because he always has to be "cool".
{well loved :spoiled: child}
...cute boys ...
"the gift"
The VR headset in action ... seriously the funniest thing to watch.  He's definitely in his own world.  Myself personally, I can't have a screen that close to my face, it makes me dizzy.
Whoopie Pies, from the Magnolia cookbook {love!}. We had my parents and Dan's parents over for dinner a couple days prior to Christmas ... and a spoiled kid, received more gifts. 
Two peas in a pod ... these shirts are a perfect fit for their personalities.
The annual Schmidt Christmas Eve gathering ... and you can't leave until you give Aunt Deborah a hug goodbye, which meant, being tackled to the ground. Ornery kid!
Since my parents are now living on our side of the mountains, this year we spoiled ourselves with two nights at Willows Lodge.  Upon arrival to our room we were greeted with cookies and a kind welcome back card.
Quite the conversation at breakfast ... this kid sure has some Italian in him. That hand :-)
My husband. He tolerates my sillyness.  The middle pic is the exact spot we said "I do" 15 years ago. .. another reminder I'm no longer 29 :-)
It was a relaxing Christmas Day!
Back home! The holiday behind us ... and I finally found time to watch The Grinch.  
The VR headset turned out to be more expensive then we had hoped.  His {three year old} computer ended up needing a new video card, which then resulted in needing a new power supply.  Technology is changing so fast!
Our family gift this year was Ancestry DNA. This was Caden's wish.  I didn't really want to spend the money on it, but the boys convinced me otherwise.  We spit in a tube and mailed it away ... I'll let you know in 6-8 weeks what our heritage is.  Caden was worried that he may not have "any Dan in him" ... lets hope he does. Otherwise we have a huge problem {ha!}
That wraps up our Christmas Holiday!  The weather has been unseasonably warm.   A huge gift from mother nature. We have been savoring the blue skies and zero snow ... although, as I type this, snow is falling {yuck!}

December 25, 2018

December 23, 2018


We're hunkered down and anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring!  Thankfully, we haven't had much snow yet!  It's been pretty mild ....
Caden's Creation ....
 ... complete with his "jammies like when he was two" that he requested I buy him.
 .... our winter Lego village ...
Snowfall number two of the year .... thankfully this one didn't last long either ... and was gone by the next day. 
Caden had his first band concert.  Apparently he is a little stage shy ... he didn't want an audience and didn't want me to take pictures of him performing ... so this was all I got.  Ornery!
 ... playing bartender at the golf course ...
Caden had his checkup at Seattle Childrens with the Skeletal Dysplasia team last week.  His last checkup with this team was two years ago!  The days of having to go every 6 months are long gone!  It was a good checkup. No huge concerns ... Caden has pain at least once a week, either in his wrists, low back, knees or ankles .. but at this point ibuprofen takes care of it.  ... for now, no surgery is needed.  ... they will see us back in two years, unless he becomes extremely symptomatic! Love it!  Caden enjoys seeing this team of doctors, as we've seen them since he was a year old.  As we drove away he said, "I like them because you know they care about dwarves" ;-)
Waiting for the dr's to come in is always comical ... I feel like we're waiting for a bus, and the great part, we get to watch our selves in the mirror {ha!}
We also saw the audiologist later that afternoon. Caden isn't choosing to wear his hearing aides.  He says he doesn't want to be different {love it!} ... Without his hearing aides his retell is 83% and with his hearing aides his retell is 99%. So he is missing about 16% of what he "hears" ... is it a battle worth fighting?! I haven't decided yet ... and since he is doing well academically in school, I don't have much to stand on.
The awful Seattle rain actually decided to chill out for a bit, so we spent a few hours at University Village.
{always a clown}
While in Seattle, we were able to attend the LPA meet up at Snowflake Lane in Bellevue!  After his appointments, Caden wanted to head back over the mountains home ... but I didn't give that as an option ... which was the right choice, because within five minutes of being with his buddies, he was having a blast.
Our outdoor kitchen is finally usable!  ... so we broke it in with a dinner party of steak on the grill and salmon on the traeger. So fun!  In the spring, Dan will brick the posts, hang the lights, put the faucet on the sink and paint it. {love it!}
Their newest toy ... a golf simulator ... Dan's buddy gave him a great deal on it ... and if it helps them get through the dark winter, I guess I couldn't argue.
Hooray!  ... a week off of school and I finally had time to get caught up on our "life" :-)