December 2013 Recap

December brought Christmas, of course, and so much more! We celebrated Grandpa Charlie’s birthday with Grandma and with two of his favorite sweet treats (Butter Pecan ice cream and chocolate-covered pretzels).  The girls woke up thinking it would be really special to celebrate him since we “remember him in Heaven”. The girls’ dance team had their first game – but not at CHCA.  Instead, at halftime of a UC Bearcats game! They also had their CHCA PK-Kindergarten Christmas Program, during {Read More}

November 2013 Recap

Continuing the half-hearted recap of the end of our 2013… In November, we had a lot of fun! We all went on the 5K Step Out walk with families from Kyle’s work, in honor of a staff member’s daughter with diabetes.  The girls walked the whole time!  And because apparently that didn’t wear them out enough, we also took them ice skating for the first time.  You guys, I love skating.  But skating with 5-year-olds is so much harder! 🙂 {Read More}

October 2013 Recap

See here for why all of a sudden I’m a slacker. In October, obviously the cruise trip was a big deal. I’m still going to continue writing about that, but it wasn’t the only thing that happened. Nolan continued going to Gymboree Play & Music classes.  He most enjoys the bubbles, musical instruments, and the freeze dance song!   Elise got a corneal abrasion when she stabbed herself in the eye with a silly straw.  She was fine once she {Read More}

Disney Fantasy: October 11

I was up at 3:30 ready to go – or as ready as I was going to be.  I didn’t jump out of bed, I didn’t have a playlist for the drive, and I was mortified by the amount of luggage we had.  Oh, well.  We were on vacation, and that’s all that mattered! We were Columbus-bound at about 4, with all three kids awake until just before we got to the airport.  Check-in was smooth and we were relaxing {Read More}

HallZOOween 2013

This year, we had visitors join us for HallZOOween – Aunt Kelly and Bryce! Grandma Shelly and Grandpa Mike came for a bit, too!  

Family Sleepover and Lebanon Applefest

In September, we decided to invite Elise and Avery “over” for a sleepover.  They often have them in one another’s room on the weekends, after having moved to separate rooms in this new house, but had not really had one in our room outside of move-in day (when they had no furniture, anyway). First we did pedicures while waiting for Kyle to get home. Later we had dinner together and watched a show of Nolan’s choice, and when he went {Read More}

Homecoming Extravaganza

This year, CHCA decided to try combining Homecoming activities with the Fall Festival.  It kind of remains to be seen whether it will work in future years, because this year was mostly a monsoon about halfway through the evening.  Before the floods began though, we did get to play some games! Dinner was at Abuelo’s instead of the school and we had to skip the football game, but everyone still had a great time.  Hopefully next year we’ll get to stay {Read More}

Gymboree!

In addition to the aquarium, Nolan and I have joined Gymboree for play and music classes, which I had always wanted to do with Elise and Avery.  One child is so much more affordable – imagine that 🙂 The first time he walked in, it was as if his whole world changed.  You could see it in his eyes – there are things my size, and a place just for me to play instead of tagging along with my big {Read More}

Newport Aquarium

For the first time in several years, we got an aquarium pass again.  It’s by far the worst deal of all of the local attractions, but when you have a little boy who adores fishies?  Well, sometimes you just can’t help yourself. We’ve been a couple of times already, finding it much easier to do after school than when we’d have to pack up from Liberty Township and drive 45 minutes in between the girls’ naps.  So thus far, it’s {Read More}

Fourth of July

Before we’re buried in snow, I figure I should catch up on these blogs laden with spaghetti strap dresses and summer traditions. July 4th this year was a rainy, yucky mess… so the girls actually chose, when given the choice between doing sparklers in our yard and sitting in the car for Kings Island fireworks (if they happened at all), to stay home and stay dry.  I’m pretty sure anything with the word sparkle would have been an easy sell, {Read More}