December 31, 2012

2012 - A Year in Review

In January, we threw some snowballs. Because really, what else is there to do in a cold winter January?

In February, I took a work trip to Winchester, VA, and learned some Civil War history from the losing side's perspective.

We also went to a circus at C-man's urging. I felt about it kind of like this clown looks. But we did it and don't need to go again.

In March, we got ourselves a 7 year old. It is amazing to me how young he looks just these few months later.

And in April, we welcomed the Easter bunny to the house. He brought a new bike, which got loads of use all summer and fall.

We also took a spring break trip to Mall of America, and had fun hanging out with some cousins.

In April, I celebrated my birthday a bit early with some family and friends at a Brewers game. The Brewers lost, but that wasn't our fault. And I had a great time anyway.

In May, I had my real birthday, and turned 36.

It was also the opening weekend of Yankees baseball season.

Then there was Mothers Day. We spent it by having a great day picnicking and geocaching at Lion's Gorge.

And then I spent our 11th anniversary running the school plant sale. We also took C-man with us to see the Avengers. 11 wasn't as momentous as 10, but still lovely.

In June, C-man gladly ended first grade.

And we enjoyed the amazingly nice weather frog catching at the local nature preserve.

We also celebrated Fathers Day with some low-key fun at a local park.

And of course, there was lots and lots more baseball. 

In the theme of baseball, July brought us an undefeated Yankees championship team.

And I took a trip to Boston for work and had a nice chat with a homeless man who was concerned for my health.

I also finally got my new car, which we then dubbed the Brewberry. I have new Brewers plates to prove it.

August started with a long weekend trip to St. Louis. We saw the Brewers lose again. And again, it wasn't our fault. But it was a really fun weekend going to see caves and to City Museum and riding up the arch.

Back at home, we found the local festivals, Irish Fest this time.

And then we went to Phillips, Wisconsin for a week in the woods on Wilson lake. We ate s'mores, fished, caught frogs, kayaked, gathered eggs from the chickens, and had an overall lovely time.

In September, C-man went to second grade. And then we celebrated another successful Fall Fest at the house, complete with about 40 people playing Capture the Flag, eating flaming cheese, watching Percy Jackson, and sharing lots of laughs.

In October, C-man and I took a quick afternoon trip to Chicago for fun so we could go up the John Hancock building and visit the Lego store.

We also spent a whole day at Holy Hill together. Unfortunately, it rained all day.

October was filled with fun football again. A game winning touchdown made it just that much better.

In November, we jingled around the zoo for the Arthritis Foundation.

Voted for the good guy.

And lost even more teeth.

In December, C-man made his first reconciliation with Nana and Grandpa graciously here for the event.

We trekked to Winter to Christmas with the Pelots. Kyle and I were the undefeated Polish Shuffleboard champions. (I'm still looking for our trophy. I am sure it is on its way.)

We celebrated Beerman's birthday with a nice dinner out.

And C-man discovered he really loves Judo.

We innagurated the first snowfall of the season by building "Snowy".

C-man miraculously decided to get his hair cut.

We celebrated Christmas in Chippewa.

And then, of course, we celebrated Christmas at home.

And tonight, we will ring in the new year surrounded by great friends. While not every day this year has brought us tremendous joy, as there were a few health scares I'd rather not repeat, the year as a whole definitely has been one I am tremendously thankful for.  My prayer for this coming year is that you are as blessed, healthy, and loved as we were this past year.

December 30, 2012

Me and stuff

Being home these past days has been really amazing. I have eaten too much, played XBox too much, and laughed a lot. My arthritis sucks - probably from too much wine. But other than that, life is truly great.

December 29, 2012

Four Calling Birds

A whole day of whipping wildly down a hill in a tube. Life is good.

December 28, 2012

Three French Hens

It's the third day of Christmas. Or as we're thinking of it, staycation heaven. We've gotten hair cuts and hair highlights and facials and gone to movies and sweated through Dance Central and drank nog. We've dog parked and mall shopped and gone out with friends and knitted and worn jammies most of the day. Tomorrow, we're going tubing. Ahhh, it is good.

December 26, 2012

Boxing Day Bliss

We filled up the Advent Calendar. Me with my tree bulb calendar, C-man with the assembly of a Darth Maul Santa Lego.

We made gingerbread cookies and decorated them for Santa.

I hid the pickle, and C-man found it. Undefeated still. I don't know how he does it.

Then Christmas morning came with a shout, "Get up! Get up! It's Christmas morning!"

Which brought more Legos, of course. In addition to a ton of other great stuff. So much that C-man remarked we should really give some stuff to poor people. (None of his stuff, of course, but just sayin')

And the big gift was an XBox with Kinect. Wow, is that a good time.

And then, of course, we went to Christmas mass. Or as C-man likes to think of it, social hour where he gets to see all his friends.

Last night we had a delightful time with friends over to the house. The kids had special hotdogs and then played Kinect and watched a movie while the adults ate fondue, grilled stuff on the raclette, had fun making a group shabu shabu, ate lots of cookies and cakes, drank a whole lot of wine, and had lots of great laughs.

And today we rested. Even Harry didn't get up and eat breakfast until after 9 - unheard of in his life. And we have hopes to see the Hobbit later on.

We are so very blessed.

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve

And may the pickle be ev-ah in your favor!

December 21, 2012

Vacay - Day 1

  • My child got a hair cut. We went in to the appointment with the intent of trimming it up, and cutting the back to match the sides again. And just before we got there, he said, "I think I want it cut so it's out of my eyes." And then the heavens opened, and the angels sang, and it was done.
  • He was all proud because it was a whole class conversation this morning and how "awesome he looks".
  • The trash talking about who is going to win the great pickle find on Christmas Eve has officially begun. Of all the work that goes into the holiday, it's the hiding and finding of a silly pickle ornament that has become the most special part of it all.
  • We're road tripping north later today. I am the worst car rider ever.
  • I am officially on vacation now, and don't have to go back to work until the 2nd. That is a good, good feeling.

December 20, 2012


Today is my last day of work until January 2nd. And it is my plan to be done by noon today. The teachers gifts are given, the dog walker's bonus check written, and the presents are all wrapped. We have one more road trip to make, and then it is smooth sailing. Ahhhh...