Jeff, Andrew and I headed out to a fundraiser for our church to a workout place called 9Round. It is a 30 minute boxing type of workout-all I could do is watch because I have this super annoying painful hip issue (hip impingement I think it is called? driving me crazy but getting a little better with help of PT) but they had so much fun. Jeff won a free 3 month membership which our priest announced as he was doing the final station which happened to be planks and he said "NO THANK YOU I'LL PASS!", but Abbey and Isaac have joined him and they are all loving it.
Andrew meets friends at a new local indoor soccer place near us (we call it the bubble) and Patrick and I checked it out one day when we were waiting for him to finish. I love that Andrew and his friends organize playing time all on their own.
"Does this look right?" This is life with boys/men.
Patrick's treat for his class.
A fun work event at the zoo. I thought it was so cute that Janey kept telling Isaac secrets that I had to take a pic.
We stopped in to see the "fishes" on the way to the car, only because it was below zero that night!
Janey saw Santa (but only if Abbey went also.)
Patrick and Santa.
And Patrick's party! (If you are looking for a recipe it is probably in my Parties folder in Pinterest, but ask if you can't find one!)
The night of his real birthday-he wanted DQ ice cream cake and pizza.
One of this favorite gifts was new basketball cards. He was so desperate for more he started making his own which I just loved.
His family party.
Dancing with cousins before the Pinata.
My king is in the green cape.
Our tradition is to go to Mass on Christmas Eve in the school gym (the church is too full) and then have a big meal afterwards. We had a huge turkey that Jeff's work gave him so I went with that (other years we have done all appetizers or favorite foods.) Andrew served Mass and found out right before that he was going to be the one to ring the bells and carry the cross and my heart went out to him because he was so nervous. We had a few giggles in church watching him right before the bells had to be rung because I thought he was going to faint-it ends up he was just bending over to read the cues, thank the Lord. He did great and was thrilled that it went off without a hitch. At the end of Mass Janey started waving to him and the priest and Andrew both saw her and laughed.
And then all the kids exchange presents-some have been far planned ahead and others have been bought HOURS before, grrr. :) But it always ends up warming my heart and there are lots of laughs and everyone is surprisingly thoughtful.
Janey was so excited about giving Abbey this little stuffed penguin she had picked out? :).
Giving out her gifts.
I received candles and chocolate, the best gifts ever.
7 or was it 7:30 am?
Sometime later that morning when the sun was coming up.
The cousins at Grandma's later that day.
And the three little girls.
On to New Years's, my favorite!
I ROCKED my New Year's Resolutions last year, and I can only say that because before this year I experienced decades of resolution failure. 47 was a no nonsense year for me and it was because I was sort of rock bottom when it came to feeling good and healthy, mentally and physically and emotionally. By the time Christmas Eve hit last year I knew I had to change. I was feeling anxious about so many stupid things, I was tired all the time, I felt emotionally drained worrying about this, that and the other, and I was just plain worn out. And so out of shape and eating terribly and joint pain and blah blah blah.
So I wrote down six or seven essential specific things, which might seem so stupid to others-just basic self-care things from diet (Whole30) and exercise to yearly drs. exams which I had been neglecting for years and years)-and I had a plan in my head and I did them all! I failed on two-one was read a certain amount of books, and it was way too high I didn't even come close, and I don't even care, and the other was to really get to the know my Catholic faith-reading and seeking out some knowledge that way-and that's on my list again this year.
I have a stack of about a dozen books I have found that I want to read after doing some research. I signed up for this daily email (Catechism In a Year). I have little reminders of my resolutions where I will notice them during the day as that really helped me last year.
Today everyone but Janey and I are off skiing and we are hunkering down, cleaning up this disaster of a house, doing 20 loads of laundry and getting organized for the new year.