December 31, 2017

::Christmas 2017::

As in past years, we celebrated our Christmas, with the three of us, on the 23rd.  Caden was well taken care of this year.  His wrapped gifts were more "practical" as his big gift was waiting for him in the garage.
Our friends, Jim & Tanya, still had their sons quad sitting in their garage collecting cob webs.  Their son, had outgrown it ... with a little prying from Dan and hesitation from Tanya, they agreed to sell it to us.  It was a good size for Caden, well taken care of and in excellent shape.
.. let the chaos begin ...
we wrapped the quad key in a little box, which we hid in the tree
.. then we headed to the garage
One Excited Kiddo
... listening to Dad explain that this is not a normal Christmas, and to not expect a huge gift like this again next year.
We headed to the motorycle store to buy a helmet, neck protector, and goggles. ... and he was good to go.
... listening to the rules from Dad.
Like with everything else Caden does, he hopped right on and rode! No one would have known it was his first time.
One cold kiddo. This was the morning before we left to head to Seattle, it was 12 degrees out. So cold! ... but he is determined!
I drove to Seattle, since Dan is still recovering from his surgery. Thankfully both passes were in excellent condition. 
I'm not sure why, but I only have two silly pictures from the Schmidt Christmas Eve Celebration. Caden was well taken care of by our family {thank you!}.
We spent Christmas Eve night at my parents.  Grammy & Pa-Pa bought Caden his very own bb gun.  He still has a ways to go to figure it out, but it won't take long. We just need better weather.
... this shirt sums up the ornery guy perfectly :-)
Christmas afternoon we headed to Willows Lodge.  Uncle Chris joined us for a wonderful dinner at Barking Frog. I love this new tradition we have started {truly a gift for me ... spoiled!} 
... one silly kid with big eyes and Mom's scarf.
{lucky girl} ... and we were gifted with a sunny day after Christmas, with traces of snow {weird for Seattle}!
I scheduled an ENT appointment for Caden the day after Christmas. Not much fun I know, but it made sense rather then to miss a day of work and school and make another trip over to Seattle. Unfortunately, Caden's hearing has decreased a little since last year.  It looks like we may be trying hearing aids.
Since we had the appointment in the middle of the afternoon, we stayed two nights at Willows. We headed up to the Lego store at Alderwood, then back to Willows for a relaxing evening.
We've spent the last few days unpacking, organizing, and resting ... and yesterday, we had a spectacular sunny day!  Natures best medicine!

December

December began with the welcoming of good friends baby girl, Mackinlee.  A precious little bundle, who Caden built up the courage to hold for all of 30 seconds.

... decorating Grandma Wise's tree.
... he loves power tools.
After 18 years with Dan I can FINALLY park my car in the garage!  We built a 900 square foot garage with the promise of being able to park in this garage ... finally, after two years of living here, I can park in the garage! No more scraping windows in zero degree temps! Hooray!  I feel so spoiled!
... oh Christmas tree ...
We ventured to Seattle for the LPA Puget Sound Christmas gathering.  Neither Dan nor I felt like heading out of town, but as always, I'm glad we did.  Caden had a good time!
Afterwards we headed to Bellevue, enjoyed a good dinner, stayed at the Westin and watched Snowflake Lane from the balcony.
... morning thoughts, with a lake view ...
... being silly with the hotel photo booth ... 
... always a clown.
This year Caden is participating in choir, he practices before school a couple of mornings a week.  Their Christmas concert was very cute.
The day before winter break is always pajama day at school ... Caden's last one {crazy} ... with no other then his best buddy, our principal.
... and a look back at his first pj day in kinder {time flies!}
We were excited to welcome a much needed winter break!  I spent three weeks battling a ridiculous cold and it was nice to be able to stop to rest up!  
Creating his gingerbread house ...
{snow}
... does everyone make cookies like this?!
... and more snow
Dan had hernia surgery five days before Christmas.  Thankfully the surgery went well and now he is recovering. 
... that quickly wraps up the first half of December.