Tuesday, January 6, 2015

CHRISTmas Time 2014

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. I love the two week break to spend time with family and celebrate Jesus' birthday. 

The very first night Walter took me on a date to Tokyo while Mom kept the kids.  It was nice to have time with him to talk and think and relax.  Tokyo was yummy as usual and my date was hot.  A good night.

Saturday I woke up and headed to my Mom's house to let the kids open presents.  They were waiting on me when I got there.  David didn't feel good and was coughing some, but he played anyway.  We went home and David didn't do much.  That night he had a fever.  Sunday we arrived at Urgent Care when they opened...still 5th in line.  He tested positive for flu.  The next 5 days were lots of fun.  He hates liquid medicine.  When I say hates, I mean he acts like a 2 year old whining, gagging, covering his mouth.  Yeah, all that.  Every morning and every night we had a battle with him.  Towards the end he did get some better.  The good part is no one else in the house got it. 

We also enjoyed Christmas with Mawmaw.  Aunt Carolyn was down from North Caroline, so we got to spend time with her as well.  Dillan and Daniel loved their poot gun!  It was their favorite.  David didn't get to go since he was still sick.  He had to open his presents at home in the bed.  :( 

Christmas Eve was busy with lunch at Karla and Jim's house and supper here with my Dad.  I thought we were in a war at Karla and Jim's.  It was one of those times when the gift opening is over and you don't know what just happened.  Karla and Jim didn't even have time to start on their presents by the time everyone else was finished.  Dillan and Daniel were into everything they shouldn't be into.  All the breakables and stairs.  When Dad came over our house turned into a playhouse with the radio flyer roller coaster riding toy.  Walter put it together and all the kids played on it.  They loved it!  David was excited to get a drone that takes pictures and videos.  Now he has to practice with it.  It was a pleasant day filled with memories. 

Christmas morning David came and got in the bed with us to wake us up.  He has always been good about waking us up before he looks at his presents.  Dillan and Daniel not so much.  They were into all that Santa brought.  We had to get up quick.  They were all excited.  Santa brought a Mip robot for David and Dillan and Daniel had a race track and trains.  We finished up with opening presents to each other.  They were all happy with what they got and so was I.  Walter did good this year.  Mom, Dad, Karla, and Jim came over for brunch.  We sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and ate.  The grandparents played with the kids and their new toys.  It was great family time and not too chaotic too.  Days like that make me appreciate my family even more. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter Memories

So many times I have heard "Your kids will grow up fast, so enjoy them while you can" so that's what I try to do.  I know we stay on the go a lot, but I enjoy it and they do too.  We are busy making memories. 

This Christmas Break was a busy one!  One day we spent at Oak Mountain in Pelham.  I have never been there, but have heard a lot about it.  I researched a little online and thought the kids would enjoy the trails, birds, and petting zoo.  Desoto Caverns was our other option, but after looking, it was too expensive for a day trip.  $7 for Oak Mountain, $98 for admission to Desoto Caverns, not including the extras like the maze, archery, panning for gold, etc. We picked up my Dad and made the drive.  It was much colder than the weather man said it would be and cloudy too.  I was glad I had lots of coats and hats in the trunk.  We went to the bird rehab first and saw some of the birds.  Then we walked on the Treetop Trail.  After walking along a beautiful creek with lots of small waterfalls for a while, we saw a building in the distance.  It was a nice wooden walking trail above ground with several large cages along the way with vultures, hawks, and owls!  Very neat to see in the woods!  The trip back to the car was uphill!  We were all tired, thirsty, and hungry when we got to the top.  We sat in the car and had a snack.  Our next stop was the petting zoo.  The goats, donkey, and peacocks were so calm when we got there so we went and bought some food.  We were ambushed immediately!  Animals came from everywhere.  I was trying to keep them off of me, Dillan, and Daniel.  I look and see David pinned against the building with hungry goats!  I sent Dad to rescue him!  The hungry animals were doing everything but attacking us.  It was quite humorous!  I've never been so happy to see an empty feed sack!

Another day David and I met with Tina and Quinn and went ice skating.  I always enjoy talking with Tina so it was nice to have 2 hours of adult conversation while the boys skated.  The cookie from the Cookie Company wasn't bad either.

On New Year's Eve we went down the road to the Clark's house for supper, a bon fire, and fireworks.  The fireworks were massive!  We had such a good time, we didn't leave until 11...with the kids. 

On New Year's Day, we met mom at Ft. Toulouse and went on a little hike.  David found something interesting and immediately knew what it was.  Us adults didn't.  See if you can figure it out.