Sunday, January 15, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
However, our week didn't go as planned at all. My dad got very very sick while we were there. He ended up spending some time in the hospital, which was hard for me to see. I was happy to be home though. Even though I didn't necessarily do anything, or help in any way, I felt like I could. I was there. I was part of the conversations. I could give him hugs and be there. I would have been devastated to be states away if this had happened at another time. Living away from family is hard. I want to be there when my parents need me. So while his illness totally changed our holiday, I was just happy to be there. It makes you enjoy all the simple moments much more.
We still made it out to the lake house where everyone relaxes. It's good for all of us! My dad was still able to be the boys. Reading books, playing games, even tossing around a football. The temperatures were freezing during our stay, but we still made it outside each day. The lake was frozen over, perfect for morning walks & sleds. And the massive snow banks allowed for fort building. Liam called all the birds over in the mornings, and we nibbled the best maple bars in all the land.
My dad is on the mend now and should be totally fine! We already miss him like crazy, as well as the rest of the family. The boys can never have enough cousin time, and this trip we were lucky to have the Montana cousins join us for a night at the lake! I'm itching to be back and feel like we need a re-do visit. I will be jetting home as soon as Conor's next work trip is planned.
Monday, December 26, 2016
The favorite gift for both boys was their Legos. Finn is always trying to swipe Liam's Lego creations, so we finally bought him some Duplos. He had a little extra swagger in his step as he realized he now too can build cars, trucks, trains, airplanes just like big brother. And Liam was gifted with two new Lego sets of his own. With more pieces than ever. He will build & rebuild for days, and Finn will still try to get his hands on all the little pieces. The Duplos are perfect for him, but he still knows that are not quite the real deal!
We spent most of our morning opening presents and watching the snow fall, hoping it would let up at some point so we could get out and shovel before nap time. It snowed all night Christmas Eve and well into Christmas Day, so we had 8 inches of freshly fallen snow. One of the most beautiful white Christmases I have ever had. It always adds an extra layer of magic to the morning. And it's the perfect motivation to get outside. It was Finn's first time experiencing the snow blower, and he was quite skeptical. First he stared, then he started calling for Conor to be "done! done!" Everything comes in twos right now. Liam wanted to shovel right next to the snow blower, so he took a fair about of snow to the face.
Naps were had all around, and then I found myself scrambling to help Conor finish preparing our Christmas feast. Our neighbors arrived while I was still in pajamas! I did manage a wardrobe change during appetizers. Occasionally throughout the day, I missed our extended families. Missed a bit of the bustling around. But staying home all day for the first time ever was something pretty special too. And finishing off the night with our "Utah family" (neighbors) was such a lovely way to end the holiday. Finn went to bed early, so Conor & I had time with just Liam to play a new game and hear all his thoughts on his 4th Christmas. The best Christmas!
While often those post holiday blues hit the day after Christmas, it was not the case this year! Once again, the morning was filled with all the new toys. Again, we had nowhere to rush to. We had talked about skiing but knew that the mountain would just be packed. Instead, we opted to take the boys sledding. Apparently everyone else had decided to sled too, because I have never seen the hill quite so crowded. Still, the sun was shining, our cheeks & noses were bright pink, and we were soaking in all that fresh air & snow. It nearly felt like Christmas Part 2. And I know the boys just love having Conor home for so many days in a row! Lucky for them, Christmas is not even close to over, nor is this time with Daddy. He's taking a week long vacation, and we are heading up to Washington to visit my family and celebrate with them. More delicious food, more thoughtful gifts. But best of all, more family time!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
We took our annual trip to zoo lights, where Liam exclaimed "This is amazing!" Lights everywhere while Christmas carols played softly as we strolled. It was mighty chilly, even though we chose the warmest night of the week. And Liam has informed me that the only way he can ever warm up is with hot cocoa. Well played little boy!
And happy Winter Solstice everyone! We woke up to a surprise snowfall, which just had to shoveled immediately even though we had morning plans and were in quite the hurry. I love celebrating this day with the boys in some small way; how exciting that our days will begin to get longer again! We are not fans of having to head inside by 5pm each night.
In the spirit of giving, we passed out our neighbor gifts tonight. I love this Utah tradition of always sharing Christmas cards and homemade goods with your neighbors. I realize many people make goodies for their friends & family, but neighbor gifts are for your actual neighbors here! We walked the neighborhood as a family, Finn carrying a speaker blaring Christmas music (and trying to run into every single house) while Liam had Christmas card duties. He only fowled up the names & envelopes once! Again this year, we shared our home-brew ginger beer with everyone! And because I'm not a fan of change, I made tags nearly identical to last year.