Over our Spring Break we opted for a 5 day trip to drive the Pacific Coast Highway – starting in Santa Cruz and ending in LA. I had no idea what to expect as Mike is our trip advisor, planner, and researcher and I do very little prep for these excursions other than to pack everyone. =). Anyway, he did a wonderful job organizing another fun trip for us. We will want to do more of this drive someday – the sights were unreal!
Day One: early morning flight, a stop at Apple (where Micah lost another tooth) and Google and then a late night swim with Daddio
Day Two: we took a walk to the beach in Santa Cruz and explored that pier and saw seals before heading onward to Monterey where we played at the beach and then had the very best clam chowder ever for dinner. We also saw otters at dinner!
Day Three: Monterey Aquarium, 17 Mile Drive and Pebble Beach
I’ll do the final two days in a separate post. There are a lot of beautiful pictures of this coastline. =)
This year we had one of the talented mamas in our CC community take pictures of each kiddo for our year book. She also took class pictures. These pictures were taken a while ago, but I just noticed them in our shared folder recently.
I also found this gem of the boys in Essentials (the afternoon part of our CC day):
On MLK day, we went downtown to see our first hockey game. This was a Christmas gift from Grandpa Russ – thank you, again!!
Here are some pictures from schooling at home. It’s tough to get back into the swing of things after a long break, but we padded the month with lots of good books and plenty o’ breaks. =) Mike joined us for an art class one morning – Micah was the teacher.
We also had a few snowstorms, so that meant some recesses were spent sledding. One of those days Mike drove by on his way somewhere and snapped a picture – that’s why you see me featured in the one. =). Also, Ethan lost another tooth on the hill!
Other happenings include enjoying Christmas gifts – puzzles and 3D puzzles – and the purchase of Micah’s new favorite hat that will be featured in many pictures from now on it appears.
The next stop on our tour was Michigan, where we met up with the extended family (even from as far away as New Zealand!). This was our first year staying at cabins on Lake Michigan and I think we all loved it! It was wonderful to see everyone and spend time hiking, eating, playing games and opening gifts together. Lots of fun memories were made, as usual.
My Dad took some lovely family portraits:
Hiking the sand dunes by Lake Michigan:
General Michigan merriment:
Photo cred for all of the nicest shots goes to my Dad, as usual. =)
We drove to Minnesota in two days, stopping over night in Nebraska. You know it’s not a road trip without mentioning our audiobooks! We enjoyed listening to “The Last Battle” all together on that drive and also finished a Magic Tree House book. We started a fantastic series called, “The Wilderking Series” – in fact, it was probably my favorite read of the year!
The boys and I spent only a couple days there before continuing on to Wisconsin and then to Michigan on our own. Mike stayed in Minnesota for work until Friday when he met us in Michigan. We spent our time exploring the “tubes”, coloring at Mike’s office, playing games and working out at the hotel.
We celebrated Advent again this year by doing various activities each day. We didn’t get a chance to do a few of my favorites and I definitely didn’t snap a picture of everything we did. But here’s a glimpse into the festivities for Advent 2018. Activities included, but were not limited to: watching a Christmas movie, enjoying ice cream ‘sundaes’ for a meal, red and green meal, making Christmas snacks, Christmas art class online, decorating gingerbread houses, and painting Christmas canvases.
We definitely enjoyed the anticipatory season of Advent. Meanwhile, we also read Ann Voscamp’s “Greatest Gift” Advent book. We really enjoyed that. And I read a book called, “Keeping Holiday” which I liked a whole lot and will read to the boys in the coming years.
We really enjoyed celebrating Micah’s 7th birthday. He is probably the most generous (and the most stubborn) kid I’ve ever known. But because of his generosity, he’s pretty fun to spoil! He was ecstatic to get to go out for dinner at The Melting Pot – something we did a couple nights before his actual birthday because of scheduling.
This was the final picture of our 6 year old!
We had cousin Matthew over for his actual birthday, which also happened to be a school day. We opened presents throughout the day and had waffles for dinner. He also invited a couple friends (all brothers) over to play at the park during the afternoon. He wanted purple decorations (for royalty) and seven 7s around the house.
He had the joy of spreading his birthday cheer a little longer, too, with gifts and cards coming in after his special day. He LOVED it!
He was spoiled by and oh-so-grateful to SO many of you. Thanks for loving on this little spitfire of a guy. He prays very specifically (especially for people who are sad, mad or homeless) and has an uncanny read on others’ emotions. He’s going to be a great leader someday and he is certainly not going to be following the crowd since he’s not a people-pleaser. 😉 We love him something fierce and are eager to see how the Lord uses him in his life.
These pictures don’t really fit into a category but were taken over the past month. They give a glimpse into every day life around here.
Some of us were really hoping that a Packer picnic would help revitalize the Packer’s season this year. One of us just likes to be contrary…
Micah wanted to try split pea soup in honor of one of his favorite book series, George and Martha. He asked to take a picture for Grandma since she read some many of those stories to him the last time she was here.
Sometimes when we FaceTime with Daddio while he’s away, things get a little bit silly…