We wanted to take the boys down to Chicago for a day since we hadn’t done that as a family. It was uncharacteristically warm the day we went and it was absolutely lovely. It’s such a cool city! We were all glad we snuck away for the day and night – enjoyed yummy food, sight-seeing (Micah and Mike went to the top of the Sears – yes, in my head it’s still called that – tower), and playing color tag in the park.
Mikey and I went to the top of the Sears Tower back in our dating days in 2003. Such little babies we were! =D
After our long weekend in Michigan (Monday), we headed back to Wisconsin for a quieter week with my parents. (By Friday, the whole family spent the remainder of our time together – that will be in a separate post)
On Monday night, we all decorated cookies.
We celebrated Christmas Eve with another Shepherd’s Meal outside by the fire.
On Christmas morning, Ethan played the prelude at church with Grandma and then played the postlude solo. Then we had a yummy lunch with Brad and Sal. The Misner crew surprised us with an earlier arrival that day, so we were excited to spend the day with them, too! We decorated even more cookies with Aunt Sal. These ones were very tasty. =)
Other activities from that week included playing games, playing with Uncle Ger’s game pieces, and practicing piano.
^ Uncle David sent some awesome Legos to my parents house for Christmas, which also kept the boys very busy all week! ^
Here are some more things that happened throughout December, besides the big trip to see family in the midwest.
Mikey and I went to a Hanson Wintery Mix concert and it was awesome! =D
The boys and I worked at our church’s Global Bazaar selling Jennie’s products again. Hard to imagine that 8 years ago I was helping Jennie set up while having contractions with Micah! Time flies. The boys were big helps!
Ethan played a prelude in church.
We went to the Museum of Nature and Science for a field trip with a bunch of our CC buddies. I was struck by how much growth we’ve seen in the boys’ lives while there. Micah roamed exhibits with his friends, never once asking where I would be or even looking around to find me. It brought me to tears to think of how much the Lord has healed his little heart.
Random pictures from around our home:
And pictures from the evening we opened our gifts as a family. Each boy got a camera and a couple books, as well as some gifts from the Global Bazaar from each other. Ethan bought a gift for Mike and Micah bought a gift for me. Mikey and I also exchanged a couple gifts…and Mike wrapped them in style…which meant I was very confused about what on earth I was actually receiving from him. =D I always use a code when putting gifts under the tree, so that first picture is of my guys trying to figure out who each present is for based on my code. =)
My dear friend and I got to sneak away yet again for our refreshing semi-annual retreat. This is something we both cherish oh-so-much and is encouraging for our souls. We retreated to Lake Dillon this time and enjoyed lots of time chatting and hiking and eating good food. One of the biggest highlights for me was having delicious tea and watching the sunset behind the mountains and chatting the whole time. As you know we don’t take a lot of pictures, but here’s what I got:
Meanwhile at home, Mike knows how to spoil these boys: