Other happenings from the past months include our very first opportunity to provide respite care. I can’t give details here or show any pictures of our sweetie pie’s face, but suffice it to say, we had a wonderful time. I’m including some pictures from what we did that weekend (we had him with us for four days), as a reminder to myself. As soon as he left our home, Micah commented on how much he missed him and how our home didn’t feel normal anymore. Having three boys was lovely and we were thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to more to come in the future!
Here are some other pictures from various adventures over the months of April and May. My friend and I were discussing diagramming sentences after church and Mike thought it was hilarious. The boys are VERY into all things related to coins these days. We’ve been intentional to make sure the boys have quality time with Daddio during his time at home, so we had an adventure at Top Golf and also have been going for walks and playing at the park.
Before I post about specific events like Micah’s 7th birthday, how we celebrated Advent and our Christmas travels, I wanted to try to wrap up some pictures from around town at the end of November and beginning of December. My apologies if these pictures have already been posted.
We enjoyed a field trip with a bunch of kiddos from our CC group to see “Drums of the World” at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. It was lots of fun!
The boys and I sold Jennie’s products at our church’s Global Bazaar – something we’ve been doing with (and without) Jennie since before Micah was born. We sure enjoy helping her in this way!
Other happenings included Micah getting a bloody nose during the night and wanting to take a picture of how fierce he looked with blood on his face…
We’ve continued to trade date nights with Ashley and Zach. So here are a few pictures from various times we watched Caleb, including the night I got to have a little sleep over at his house. =)
Two quick pictures of family to begin the month – 1) we sent our beloved Packers helmet onward and got a picture of Abe enjoying it! and 2) we celebrated Caleb’s 2nd birthday!
Mike was in India for work for a good chunk of November. He had a great trip and really enjoyed being there. We were so thankful that, while he came back feeling exhausted, he did not get sick! He and one of the founders of phData had a layover in Paris for a day while waiting for their Visas to come through, so they enjoyed walking the city a bit! Also, Mike bowled really well at their team-building activity and everyone was pretty proud of him for getting on the leader board for the month. =)
Meanwhile, at home…I did get sick for a couple days while he was gone. The boys handled things incredibly well. We had a little church service at home and even had Chipotle delivered to the house for the boys. Ha! Ethan still was able to go to see cousin Matthew’s play that day, but Micah wanted to stay home to make sure I’d be okay.
Thankfully whatever that sickness was didn’t last long! We had a play date, went out for dinner with Reggie, and I did some painting. We also re-instituted rest time for weeks when Mike is out of town and that really saved my sanity. I just need little breaks so that I can be patient and joyful and not irritable and annoyed. The boys have been rocking these rest times with paint by stickers, listening to story of the world, doing sudoku, etc..
Other updates for the month include both boys still enjoying their instruments:
Sometimes the boys want to “play school” and I always find it very humorous. Micah loves to be the teacher and Ethan absolutely LOVES spelling tests and asks for lots of words.
Hanson’s new CD came out and it’s great. 😉 And we continue to enjoy family night at church – Ethan does Cadets and I teach the kids club for the younger kiddos. Micah has opted to stay in there with me and is my little helper. And the guys love doing battles.
When Daddio comes back home from a trip, we often put pictures from our weeks up on the TV and tell stories to each other.
…the boys get to play! But before I get to my bi-annual trip to Atlanta to help my sister with her trade show, I wanted to show a couple pictures from our pseudo one-on-one we squeezed in between our arrival back home and my trip to ATL. Mike and Ethan went to the dentist and then joined up with some of Mike’s friends for golf league. E kept score and hit a few balls here and there, too. He had a great time and we were reminded, again, how sweet our friends are and what a blessing they are to our whole family.
While they were out, Micah and I enjoyed playing Legos and played a bunch of games.
The following day, I headed to Atlanta. It’s always such a pleasure to go there and help Jennie. I’m super proud of her and her company and the work she does in Kenya, so it’s a “cause” I like to support. But it’s also fun just to spend time with her and interact with her friends. AND, I get the added bonus of seeing some of my friends, too, although this time I only was able to get together with my former neighbor and didn’t even take a picture. =/ Check out that de-licious veggie plate I ordered…it was incredible and I’m pretty sure corn is the main ingredient in fritos. Also, there was chili on top of my fritos because AWESOME!!!
I compiled this from all of the previous trade shows I’ve attended with Jen:
Meanwhile, the boys had a lot of fun at home with Daddio. Milestone alert: they had their first sleepover at cousins’ house! They had a great time over there and were definitely tired when they were back home again. It was excellent timing – super helpful for Mike to get good days of work in without disruption! They also went to a Rockies game with Reggie and his grandson and then to the Rapids game (discounted tickets due to the reading program at the library) the following evening. AND, they managed to get Micah a new hat (recall that his former hat is at the bottom of Lake Tahoe), a new/used bike for him (recall the bike accident that ruined his previous bike), and new/used clubs for Ethan. Whew! What a week!
We’re going back in time by about a month now…last month Ethan participated in Eagle Lake Camp for a week in the neighborhood by our church. It’s a Christian day camp our church sponsors with a couple other churches in that neighborhood. Micah had no interest in attending, but E had a great time (aside from the final day of camp which he did not attend and I am “over” talking about it by now…suffice it to say that he has a whole lotta his mama in him and can be quite intimidated by new experiences and is also very stubborn)! He did lots of activities throughout the week, but his favorite was probably playing ga-ga ball a whole bunch. =)
We walked by cousin, James, every day and said hey to him. =) Famous!
Meanwhile, Micah and I enjoyed our week flying solo. We had a couple playdates scheduled, but also spent some time at home playing and running errands. He grabbed my phone and snuck a picture of his friend and also one of me and one of my friend talking while we were holding babies and it just makes my heart happy to see my life through his eyes.
Cadets is a boys’ program Ethan has been participating in all year through our church. It’s for guys in 1st grade through 8th grade, so next year Micah will participate, too. Anyway, every summer they have a campout with the dads. My uncle is one of the leaders, so he played a huge part in organizing the event and two of our cousins were there participating this year, too. I heard nothing but wonderful things about it! One of the traditions of the Cadet Campout is to do some sort of mission project at Long Scraggy. This year they put up a playground. Mike took a pic of E by it knowing that we’ll have a few years to keep snapping this same shot of him (and his bro).
After the car was all packed up and they were about 5 minutes away from their departure, Ethan fell backwards when playing with his buddy. A picnic table corner broke his fall and he ended up with a pretty sizable gash in the back of his head. They cleaned him up and bandaged his head and Mike drove out of the mountains to the closest Urgent Care facility. Our brave guy got two staples in his head there and will hopefully have them out already this Sunday. We are all super thankful that I wasn’t a part of this campout. Mike had to warn me via text about it before they arrived and I still had to sit down just to hear about it! Eek.
This was the first medical issue we faced with this boy! We’re pretty impressed to have made it until he was 9 before he had anything serious happen!
Ethan and our cousin, Matthew, take piano lessons together and have so much fun doing it! They both played beautifully at their final recital of the year. Ethan played a duet with Miss Viss and Hurry Scurry on his own. Matthew played one jazzy song and also a song he had made up on his own. Very impressive!!
After their recital, the guys played for fun together:
That weekend my Auntie hosted a Pentecost party. For those not familiar, Pentecost is when we, as believers, celebrate when the Holy Spirit was first given to the disciples of Jesus after He returned to heaven. The Holy Spirit was described as coming like tongues of fire on the disciples’ heads, so it only made sense to have lots of red, orange, and yellow foods and decorations. Mostly, we were just having fun with the theme and thanking the Lord for the encouragement and direction the Holy Spirit provides in our lives on a regular basis. =)
And right before my parents headed back home, we stopped by their house to meet their new puppy: Bailey! She’s absolutely darling.
We sure love having family in town nearby! And we absolutely loved having my parents in town for a visit! Thanks for spending time with us again!
Last weekend I flew to Atlanta to help my sister at her trade show. I’ve been helping at this bi-annual show since we lived in Atlanta. It’s always a lot of work and a whole lotta fun. I enjoy getting to know Jennie’s friends and learning more about her business. I also enjoy the chance to see my dear friends (no pictures this year) in the evenings for dinner. This year I saw Patricia and Katie! It’s such a pleasure to help Jennie and her company, Venture Imports. We’re holding her hearts that say “sister” and “friend”! =)
While I’m away, the boys definitely play! But first, they completed all of the tasks I assigned them for homeschool. I’m pretty impressed with their ability to remain self-motivated and get things done. Mike said they did a good job all Friday getting their work done so that they could play on Saturday and Monday.
Daddio is the braver parent and opted to take the boys skiing *twice* while I was gone. They have now officially exceeded my skill level and the amount of times I’ve gone. They had a great time skiing!
Saturday at Loveland:
Monday at Keystone (I believe!) with friends from church:
And here are some other highlights:
Milestones included Ethan going down a green all.by.himself and each boy winning Risk Legacy. I imagine there are other milestones on the mountain, but I don’t know the stories well enough to re-tell them here. =)
On our way back to Wisconsin, we made our annual stop in Illinois. We stop there for dinner most years and to celebrate Lauren’s birthday!! Jennie had just moved her warehouse to a location closer to her home, so we all wanted to stop in and see that before heading to their home for pizza and dessert.
Thanks for hosting another fun evening at your home, Jen and J!
Day 11: Christmas craft & Christmas cookies. We put two together on this day because I had hopes of doing a special advent activity with Aunt Ashley the following day. Unfortunately, their family was sick so we had to postpone. So, my day 12 activity was kind of made up on the fly. =) Thanks, Grandma Cleve, for the train ornaments!
Oh, also, I forgot this trick…if the boys refuse to smile or can’t handle not smiling with huge eyes…tell them to look at each other. So much cuter!
Day 12: drink hot chocolate and read “A Christmas Carol”. We read a children’s version of the story to prep for day 14….
Day 13: This was supposed to be banket-making with Auntie Mel, but there was sickness in their house, too. So, sadly, this was postponed, also. It ended up being a really rough and exhausting day for me. I had pretty much cancelled Advent Activities and reached my very own milestone – calling my mom in tears over parenting. =/ BUT, the Lord gave me a wonderful idea that night…to pour grace upon grace on them so that they would have a tangible example of God’s grace and love towards us. I sent them to bed early because oh.my.word. the day was too long! But before they fell asleep, I got them out of bed for a late-night drive to see Christmas lights. The message was loud and clear: you don’t deserve this, but grace wins! It was a great lesson for me, too…I had to ask myself, how do I respond to His grace and goodness in my life? Do I obey willingly and thank Him? Or do I do my own thing and forget to be still and rest in His goodness?
Day 14: Watch “A Christmas Carol” downtown! We had excellent seats for this fairly scary performance and saw lots of our CC friends there. Afterwards we got to chat with some of the actors/stage crew people about their roles. It was really neat! Also…smiling is hard for us right now. =/