January 8, 2017

::Happy New Year::

Our week between Christmas and New Years was heavenly. We hung out at home and kept it low key. Dan even took the week off of work {say what?!} ... and everyone was healthy!
... we had a few gorgeous sunny afternoons ...
...and the side walk was clear enough to get the scooter out ...
... Lego fun ... and making slime ...
We kept New Years Eve low key. Caden popped poppers in the garage, entertained us with his little guitar and made it to midnight {he was determined}.  We watched the fireworks on TV, but also had fun watching them around our valley, out the upstairs window.
We headed back to work and school last week {yuck!}.  While we had many gorgeous days {from inside}, it didn't get above 20 degrees all week, a couple of the days it didn't get above 10 degrees.
It has been snowing all day today.  I miss our sunny warm weather, and eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring! Mother nature is not my BFF right now!

2016 was a good year for us!  Not much illness, not much debt, happiness in our new home and business is good ... hopefully 2017 continues on the same path!

Happy New Year! 

{I'm finally caught up on this 'lil old blog .. if you haven't been around for a couple weeks, scroll back, to get caught up from fall on}

{Christmas 2016}

Our Christmas this year was a little more relaxed then previous years, which the three of us each commented on at different times, proof we each enjoyed our time.  For various reasons it wasn't as rushed as usual.. Santa came a couple nights early, since we weren't sleeping in our own beds Christmas Eve night.

Prior to Christmas, I told C we needed to text Santa our Christmas schedule and list.  He stopped what he was doing and said, "you know Mom, I'm not so sure about this Santa thing. I know what you tell me ... but seriously, no sleigh flies and if you ate that many cookies you would be dead" {while cracking up inside} I tell him, "you, know, he's magic and it's what you choose to believe." .. the kid kills me.  Evidently, I shushed him up, because he didn't bring up the topic of Santa again {ha!}.
... leaving cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer ...
I'm officially old.  I had no clue what "Cozmo" was ... but apparently Santa did ...
... stocking fun ...
... too too many presents ...
... nerf guns galore ...
... spoiled ...
Caden wanted to get Dan Minecraft for Dan's computer for Christmas. ... really, Caden wanted Dan to have it so they could link up their computers and they could play together. He always has an underlying reason with his agenda's ;-)  He also had the idea to wrap the Minecraft game within several big boxes. Mr. Comedian. He is cracking up below, while Dan is opening box within box. .. and the aftermath!
Seriously. Cozmo turned out to be super cute. I kind of fell in love with him.  He has facial recognition and will call you by name, once you tell him your name.  He picks up blocks and stacks them, can drive around on his own or you can control him. So much technology ... and the crazy thing, Caden understands it all!
... he's so fun! ...
Christmas Eve Day we headed to my Grandma's.  We had our annual festivities earlier in the day.
Silly Santa on Great Grandma's porch and checking out the "trees" that Grammy and all the Great Aunts made when they were kids, some 50 years ago.
the Schmidt Cousins ... two generations
... and with Grandma ...
... our goofy crew ...
After Grandma's we headed to my parents.  Mark & Deborah were heading to Deborah's family's Christmas Day which meant we exchanged gifts Christmas Eve.  More spoiling for the kid, and since we did gifts Christmas Eve night, it made for a more relaxing Christmas morning.
Grammy & Papa bought C an electric razor scooter. When Pa-Pa brought it in the house, Caden's reply was something of, "please tell me that's for me' {not sure who else it would be for - ha}. He picked it up in no time, and was able to get hours on it, since there is no snow on that side of the mountains.
video
After spending the morning with my parents, we headed north to Willows Lodge. Upon arrival, we were lazy for a few hours. I took a nap {what on Christmas?! Unheard of!}, Dan watched football, and C played on his iPad. It was so nice!  Since Dan's parents are on our side of the mountains now we didn't have the Wise gathering as we have in past years.
We had dinner at the Barking Frog, and Dan's brother Chris joined us. It was a wonderful, lengthy dinner. By the time we were done, Caden was over it, and really should of went to bed. ... Dan's friend Scot, came up to meet us, we spent the evening in the Fireside lounge, and had desert. After a while I took C to the room for bed and Dan, Chris and Scot continued their "social" time.
... but of course, he had to take a bath before bed ... spoiled!
We went back to the Barking Frog for breakfast, then headed home.
I love that we have the tradition of staying at Willows on Christmas.  It's my favorite home away from home.

December 31, 2016

... and into {December}

There are pros and cons of working at the same school Caden attends.  I heard something behind me one day, while school was in session, I turn around, and he is in my purse helping himself to ibuprofen.  His leg was hurting him, and he took it upon himself to feel better. He's definitely independent, confident and considers school his home just as much as his real home. ... and during the school week, he's there 40+ hours with me.
Bonnie & David {Dan's parents} moved over to our side of the mountains, the week after Thanksgiving.  They purchased a house on the other side of the golf course.  I did have to give my father in law a hard time ... in all of our valley and they choose four minutes from us ... I guess that just means we live in a good area and they wanted to follow our lead {ha!}
Dan and Caden helped unload the U-Haul ... while I departed for a girls night.  The girls night was already planned, when they found out when they received their keys ... I lucked out ;-)
{the halls were decked}
I learned to like {not love} my fake tree
love where I call home
... goodies ready, for a girls "Bad Mom's" movie night.  If you haven't seen Bad Mom's yet, it's a must see! ... one of my favorites.
We received our first snow of the year on December 5th ... I think it's going to be a very long winter.
... but this kid doesn't mind.  We scored an awesome deal on this snow blower.  It was a much needed tool since we have the never ending corner lot of sidewalk.  Our old neighbors were downsizing into a condo, and offered this to Dan for a great price. We couldn't say no ... Caden has been chomping at the bits since late summer to use it.
The monster had his first strings concert. It was so funny listening to him weeks before the performance. Of course he is still learning, and doesn't sound the best.  He's keenly aware he needs improvement, so he told us that during the performance he was going to move his bow, but not make it touch his strings, then he wouldn't make sound {ha}. I think he really played ... and they sounded as first year students would sound. I'm looking forward to their spring concert to hear the improvement.
Mid December was the Puget Sound LPA Christmas party.  The holidays are such a busy time of year, there was tons of snow in the passes, it was a gorgeous sunny weekend at home, and I was really dreading heading to Seattle for the weekend. ... but when I opened up his planner, and saw this "Crimmas {aka Christmas} Party" I knew we had to go.  Again, I know C doesn't question why he is small because we've always let him know he isn't the only one. ... so we ventured out ...
Dan gave the driveway a quick plow and we loaded up the car ...
The drive was awful!  The worst I've seen the passes in several years.  Both over and back ... cars spun off the road everywhere ... but we made it.
I only have one picture of him at the party ...  he's too cool to stop for pics.
We got in a little retail therapy while over there, stayed at the Westin and then began the journey home ...  {yikes}
... always a clown ...
Pajama day at school ... one of his favorites!  He woke up at 5:00 {an hour and a half too early}the morning of, and excitedly came in to tell me it was "pajama day" ... how could I have forgot, he has only been asking when such day was since the first day of school.
... elf made a short, four day visit this year ...
... more fresh snow ... told you it was going to be a long winter ...
... although I don't love winter ... I love the colors of the season ...
... a few more elf visits ...
 ... our yearly Leavenworth adventure {to see the lights} ...
... and that wraps up the first part of December, we sure are enjoying Winter Break this year ... up next, Christmas.