Sunday, February 18, 2018

December 2017 catch-up -- activities

So much fun in December!  And some not-so fun moments as well....

horse lesson continued through the winter (brrr)
Bunny on Porter
We took care of the neighbor's ducks while
she was on vacation.
A favorite holiday tradition is "Christmas Fairy
Box" where the lovely and talented Christmas
Fairy leaves treats for the kids each evening.
I always try to carve out time for coffee
with a good friend!!!  :o) :o)
lots of cookie least until the flu
hit our home in mid-December
We were all sick to varying degrees.  Poor little
Celeste had a febrile seizure during Christmas
Play practice at the church, and she had a nice
little ambulance ride to the ER....
(She is fine and luckily did not have another seizure.)
We were all mostly healthy again for Mariposa's
end-of-December birthday (11 years old!).

Friday, February 16, 2018

Much to be Thankful for!

Thanksgiving Day is such a wonderful holiday.  Just thinking of it gives me warm and cozy feelings of being together and being grateful for all our blessings.  :o)  

Marcus usually has a light work day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which was particularly great this year since he was traveling earlier that week.  On Wednesday we make our food contributions to bring to grammae and papa's house for Thanksgiving dinner.

On Thanksgiving Day we usually attend Mass in the morning, but this year we opted to stay home, making it a wonderful, lazy morning.  :o)  Then we went "over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house" for the big feast.

We don't care too much for Black Friday sales but Marcus and I do have a tradition of doing SOME shopping on the Thanksgiving weekend.  We like going out late on Friday (with a stop at Decarli's first!) to do some shopping while the kids watch a movie and Bunny puts them to bed.  (It is SO great to have a live-in babysitter!  Luv you, Bun!)

The rest of the weekend is usually spent doing chores and preparing for Advent/Christmas, and this year was the same.  It is a wonderful transition into the "hustle and bustle" of the Christmas season.

Here are some pics from our Thanksgiving weekend 2017:

Thanksgiving is a time for acknowledging what is most
important in life...apparently for Marcus, it is the car.  ;o) :o)
time with cousins at grammae and papa's

twinsies (I don't think Aidan was thrilled at
the thought of matching with Gemma....) :oP
pre-dinner craft projects
lots of washi tape

let the feasting begin!
my contribution to the dinner
kids' table
We also celebrated two birthday boys,
Uncle Shane and Aidan.
Annual post-dinner weigh-in

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

November catch-up -- kids' activities

I know, I know...long time no post!  Schooling takes up most of my time now-a-days, and activities take up the rest.  :o)  Here are some photos of what we were up to in November 2017:

James' Trail Life meetings
James' soccer shoot-out
(he took 1st in his age division)
Turkey Trot at Hare Field
--an annual event, the kids love it!
Turkey Trot
Lots of library trips
(Mariposa is returning books)
Lots of school!!!
Bunny is doing great in her on-line classes
always craft projects going on
Seddy's preschool program
(they still have "Pilgrims & Indians," how cute!)
Latest hobby: catching backyard birds
Mariposa started this activity with a little Pine Siskin.
Pretty soon, each of the 4 oldest kids
were successful at catching birds.

Friday, December 29, 2017

travels downstate (Michigan)

After our TOO SHORT time in Alpena, we traveled downstate to Kalamazoo for my cousin's wedding.  I wanted to stop at some locations from my childhood -- my hometowns and also MSU.  Being farthest north, MSU was first!

On the banks of the Red Cedar... feeding
the ducks near the stadium
My boys had the worst of the Norovirus
at this time...they couldn't even walk 100 yards.
The able-bodied were rewarded with a trip
to the dairy store! 

Celeste was fading fast -- too much activity
Next stop was Leslie, Michigan.  I lived in this house from about age 2 to 4th grade.  It's got to be over 150 years old by now. (Wait, no, it's not that I'M that old! The house was already over 100 when I was there!)  It was a beautiful old farmhouse in the country, but now it's looking a little worse for the wear.  :o(  It's so sad to see the house like that.  I remember the landscaping, and picking flowers from a little bush when Erica was born, and I remember galavanting all around the property.

Walker Road house
This house is just down the road, and we lived there until I was a junior in high school.  The old barn in the background was where we kept our dog, Pepsi.  This was an older house, too, but it was completely remodeled so it seemed very large and luxurious.  There was once a huge weeping willow up front, to the left.

Baseline Road house
On the road again, to Albion next.
 I didn't spend a lot of time in Albion--senior year of high school, and all 4 years of college...and for each of those years I went to school away from home.  But Marcus and I did get married there!
The church where we got married
(decommissioned now -- part of Albion College)

 It was a long trip but I am very glad we were able to visit all these places and that the kids were able to see some of my history.  :o) 

We arrived in Kalamazoo by dinnertime and got settled in our Residence Inn suite.  We were all doing "OK" and we thought we were on the mend, until Gemma finally got sick:

Friday, December 22, 2017

Fun times in Alpena, Michigan

So after our weekend in South Bend, we drove up Michigan to spend time in Alpena with grandma and grandpa and the CCs (my sister Mary and her family)!!  This is always so much fun to be in this wonderful little town in such a beautiful area of the state.  My parents have a great little house that somehow fits all of us PERFECTLY! be honest...our time in Alpena was pretty much a blur to me.  Because...we all got the stomach flu!  Actually, we think it was Norovirus.  Whatever you call it, it was not fun.  Bunny started feeling bad the second night, then by the next day more of us got it.  Hence, I didn't really take a ton of photos and I don't remember a lot of what happened!!  But if there ever was a good time to all be sick, it was then.  My parents could keep the healthy kids entertained and fed, which was SO NICE not to worry about that!!

Next visit, we'll try really hard not to get sick.  Alpena is usually a really fun place.  :o)

Hazel and Celeste -- cousin fun
Lots of dog-walking
Rockport (my rock-hounds LOVED this)
Lake Huron
dinner at the brewery
"Coffee's House"
typical for Northern Michigan....


The kids had fun in the lake.  I skipped one lake trip, and I
just slept on the beach for the second.  :oP
Walking in a park (Rotary Park? all a blur....)

We all love Beau!!
Somehow we were healthy enough to eat
ice cream.  (Celeste had rainbow sherbet.
We can tell you that it looks the same
coming back out....)  :oP :oP
**we called it "unicorn barf" **  :oP
Auntie Mary and Uncle Justin helped put up
this mural!!
We love our cousins!!