Whoops.. another 4½ months goes by…

I always promise constant updates, and I’m terrible at it. Sorry about that. Once again, I’m going to try and get better about it. It’ll last for a few months until things get silly busy again.

So what’s been going on?

There was Christmas, which was a blast. A big one this year too – Brenna was very aware of Santa and all the fun involved in gifts, and Parker was just barely old enough to really enjoy it. We spent time with my family for one of our biggest Christmas gatherings ever (or maybe it was just the most hectic with all the kids), and then traveled to High Point to see Meg’s family. Rather than linking individual photos here, I’ll post to the giant Flickr set of photos that ranges from us setting up our Christmas Tree to the last day in High Point.


New Years
We kept New Years small this year. Just Meg, the girls, and me hanging out, cooking sausage balls and pigs in a blanket and shooting fireworks. Our across the street neighbors came over once they saw us outside and we shared a drink or two, and our kids all got to play together. It was quite honestly one of the most simple and yet most rewarding new years I’ve experienced. While there is much to be said for the giant party with 300 mortars firing, people getting hit with them and burned, setting trees on fire, stomping out brush fires in ditches, and hiding behind cars while all hell breaks loose (this was 3 years ago), just sitting at home and going to bed at midnight was sort of great. A handful of photos below:

Excited about a party

Excited about a party

A simple spread (pigs in a blanket were in the oven)

A simple spread (pigs in a blanket were in the oven)

My hat's too big

My hat’s too big



Impressed toddlers

Impressed toddlers

Brenna’s Birthday
This was a big day. Meg and I took the day off work and kept Brenna out of school. I created a card with various activities and things Brenna should look for during the day, laminated it, and gave her a set of stickers to put on each photo as we found the item. It was kind of like a scavenger hunt. We started out at EdVenture for their winter wonderland set up they call Snowville. It’s awesome. But first we played with some regular stuff there – firetrucks, cars, their little kids shopping play area, tunnels, a big tree house, etc… it’s a really, really cool place. But the Snowville exhibit is just awesome. We marked off finding a polar bear, a slide and a few other things and played for a few hours in the museum. Then it was off to lunch and a nap. Immediately after Brenna’s nap we went to the zoo and found a few more items on her scavenger hunt. We picked up Parker from school, had cupcakes and presents. It was a big day! One again, because there are simply so many photos and too many good ones to share, here’s a link to the Flickr set:


There’s been lots of other events going on. Mom’s birthday in February, Easter, Dad’s 70th birthday party, little festivals like Tartan Day, and this weekend is the Crawfish Festival. Plus just normal days sitting around the house or playing in the yard, or doing a puzzle or playing board games with the kids. (Speaking of which, Mom, if you’re reading this and were stuck playing Candy Land with me when I was a child, I’m so sorry. I had no idea it was as bad a game as it is. Haha… but kids love it, so we play it. A lot.)

Parker is a little more than 18 months old now, and is starting to talk a lot more. She nods and shakes her head no a lot, and points out Diego on the TV and on her sippy cups. She loves “Melmo” (Elmo), and dances, claps and sings along to Sesame Street. She got tubes in her ears about a month ago and the difference has been night and day. Within a day of the procedure she was a significantly happier little girl, and I swear it’s when her talking really began in earnest. I loved our Doctor, and she even let me look in the otoscope to see into Parker’s ears and view the tubes. It sounds silly, but that fulfilled a bucket list item for me. I’ve always wanted to do that and she totally read my body language and let me without my asking. Parker has had her follow up visit and her hearing test came back “perfect.” We couldn’t be happier.

Ok, I’ve gone on long enough. See you soon. I hope.

Seriously, if I don’t post again soon, somebody email me and make me feel bad or something. 😉



1 Comment

  1. barrylide said,

    May 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I loved the update–and seriously, I still play candyland with the 5 still little ones. They get a kick out of playing-as they do Go Fish, Crazy 8’s and Old Maids. I love being a kid with them again–makes me feel young. Keep up the posts. Love and Hugs to you and your family.:)

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