We had some friends stay in our home while we were gone and were blessed with sweet notes and lots of treats. Micah stayed up with Mike and I to ring in the New Year. Ethan stayed up for a while, but was ready to turn in by 10:30 (he was still living on WI time, so he almost made it!).
Getting back home meant getting back into our rhythms. We started praying for specific people at dinner and then talking about a question (both the name of a person and a question to ask is on these popsicle sticks). Ethan got back to his piano as soon as he woke up. We took down Christmas decorations, started reading some books together, played our new game, and spent some time outside.
We also got back into the swing of things for school and CC.
Mike and his co-worker/buddy took the boys to Casa Bonita for their first time. The food was not impressive, as you might guess, but they had a good time watching the entertainment.
And we’ve had two Packer picnics. One ended with a victory; the other with defeat. The boys watched both games all the way through, which is something new for them. What a fun season!
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! ^
Micah turned 8 in early December and loved every minute of all that attention. =D We celebrated early with a Skype call with Grandma Cleve to open his present and then just kept right on celebrating. We had waffles in the morning for breakfast, opened presents (he’s a total ham and appreciated all of the cards, gifts, and videos he received throughout the day), had a friend over for cake and playing and then finished the night with dinner out at the Melting Pot. He was pretty jazzed all.day.long.
Here was the final picture we took of Micah as a 7 year old! How is this happening so fast?!
This will be the remaining pictures I have for November, excluding Thanksgiving as that will have its own post!
Here are some pictures from life at CC:
And some pictures from a field trip to the orchestra:
Life around our house:
Side note about the above pic of Ethan doing math – GRAPH PAPER CHANGED OUR LIFE. =)
Enjoying the snow on “our” hill. We invited friends to join us for one afternoon, too.
Micah loves to try new fruit. And he prefers to be the one to cut it for us, too. Eek.
Also, Ethan got injured while wrestling at our friends’ house. We had the neat experience of Ethan getting stitches at our own home because our friends’ dad is a doctor! I’m also happy to report that I didn’t pass out, despite being the only parent home! Thanking the Lord for this whole experience!