Ack!! I cannot believe it has been sooo long since my last post!! A friend sent me a gentle reminder that I have not written in a while...laughing at how I'm still procrastinating!!! It's time I get back at it!!!
I may not have written anything on here since Nov.17th, but I have written several Blog posts in my mind. It's crazy how hard it is to find time to write..let alone write anything of any quality!! I figure if I wait until I can write a quality, entertaining piece, I will never write, so here I am. I'm back..or at least I am going to try to by!!
It pains me to have to write just a quick version of Christmas. I wish I would have written then, but now it just seems like a far away memory...an awesome, happy, far away memory!!
Before Christmas there was the adventure to see Santa. Something Payton and Ryder were both pumped about! Payton knew alot about Santa, thanks to Ryder, but I dont' think she knew that he was actually a real person, because once she laid eyes on the human being Santa, as opposed to the decoration Santa, she wigged out!!!!
I'm happy to report that she still loves Santa and she talks about him and points him out with a big smile on her face, but if you ask her if she wants to "sit on Santa's knee?" Her smile, turns immediately to a frown and she shakes her head NO!!!!
There was decorating on December 1st with our annual "everyone must wear a Santa hat" rule and Kenny and Dolly Country Christmas blaring on the stereo.
There were Christmas gifts from Students:
I was sooo touched that one of my little boys, gave both Ryder and Payton a really thoughtful gift each with these tags! My heart melted! Obviously, I talk about my kids a lot!! My students have never actually met Ryder or Payton in person, but they have heard countless stories and seen several pics!!
Finally, it was Christmas Holidays!!!!! We loaded up our van and headed North to spend Christmas with my Family this year.
We went to Mom's for Christmas. Nothing is like Christmas on the Farm and nothing is like Christmas with both my sisters with me!!!!
There was New Years, but our plans fell through when our friends were still not healthy enough to host the big get together we had been planning. We will have an "Un New Years" once everyone is back to feeling good. Instead of partying, we stayed in,just the four of us, five if you count Scout, ate a huge steak dinner, wore festive hats, said, "Happy New Year" alot and just soaked up another night of being together as a family!!!
And through it all, we cheered for Canada's World Junior Hockey team, who eventually won the gold medal in the big tournament!!!! Ryder has become quite a hockey fan! For the first evening game, I told him, "if you have a quick bath before the game starts, you can stay up to watch the first period and maybe part of the second!" Fastest tub ever, then while I was drying Payton off, getting her into her jammies, Ryder put on his own jammies, topped with his Canada jersey, his Canada Day headband, his soccer medal and he found his hockey picture frame (with no photo in it, his canada flag and some random light) and plopped himself on the coffee table. He came up with this get up and the supersticious good luck charms all on his own!!!! ADORABLE!!!!! He then insisted that even though Payton didn't have a Canada jersey of her own, she should just wear her Canuks jersey (a hand me down from him that is actually too small.) The kid knows how to be a fan and to get everyone rallied!!!!
Now the holidays are over. We are all back into routine. It is the first Saturday night since School started back up and I am exhausted, but happy!!!