Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Winter Fun

Winter fun?  You mean more sports, right?  So this is the year that the boys actually tried out snowboarding.  Sam took to it quickly, Joseph said he liked it, but not on that mountain and Max said, "no thank you!" after ramming into a post of some sort.  I don't know, because I had to work.  You can tell how broken up about that I am, right?  Cold and I don't get along.

Sam, thankfully, chose not to do wrestling again this year.  He said it was just way too gross in this state.  He battled impetigo and ringworm all last winter and was done with it.  Instead he chose to work on track by doing a track winter season.  There were only a few meets in winter season, because it isn't even a real thing at our school.  Our head coach just told us about meets and we signed up and went as independents.  
 One of the meets we attended was the Chandler Invite.  It was in Chandler Arizona, so we got to stay with Karl and Terrie.  Karl and David came and watched.  The first part was rather boring, but it did have a first cousin once removed running in it.  His Dad- our cousin and our uncle, his Grandpa also came to watch.  Karl stayed until Sam biffed it bad in the 110 hurdles.  Someone threw a hurdle into his lane.  It was very sad.  And then got 5th in the 300's.  Karl came back that night to watch the elite runners.  We only had a couple running with the elites.  They were amazing to watch.  They were jumping 17 feet in pole vault!  Jerry- our coaches son- won the mile and one other race.  Our others didn't advance in their heats.  

It was a long but fun night.  All these kids that went are seriously amazing.  So glad I got to spend time with them and their Mama's and our amazing coaching staff and my brother!
We also went up to the Air Force Academy a couple times.  Sam was hopeful he would be running here for real, soon.

 Maxwell played basketball, again.  He loves basketball.   It was a pretty short team.  Max was one of the tallest.  They put him in the first game to tip the ball.  They never did that again.  Poor Max.  He will learn to jump one day!
Max loved his Macaroni shoes! 

You can't have winter without a useless holiday called Valentine's Day.  We rarely do anything on it.  But this year I was feeling creative and made cinnamon roll hearts from scratch.

As the winter came to a close and spring began we got ready for MORE SPORTS! Graduation, college acceptance, and warmer weather.  Angus even got all spruced up for it.
He looks like an entirely different puppy!

Essentials of Christmas

Essential parts of our Christmas season:

1. Two trees- one with Mom and Dad's wedding ornaments and carefully picked out ornaments that match and another with homemade, silly and fun gifted ornaments.  Can you tell which one this is?
 2.  Celebration of St. Nicholas day.  He comes on the night of the 5th and fills your shoe with wonderful stuff.  
3.  Yummy treats- super essential!
 This one was made by a nurse in my ED.  Super cute and yummy

 This one was made by me!  This was my first year of success with old fashioned fudge.  I got some awesome pointers from our fabulous cook, Carolyn, and it finally worked out.  Who knew the secret was to not stir it?

4.  Cuteness in all it's many forms.  Poor puppy!

5. The reading of and acting out of the First Nativity.  Emma is usually Mary and Joseph is usually Joseph, but it has varied.  Our sheep has run off at this point.

6. Christmas morning round up.  They must all sit on the stairs and look pretty in the morning until I get a picture and start the video camera.  Yes it is always me, so you will never see me in the Christmas morning round up.  Aren't they so cute, even as big as they are?