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!
This past weekend we enjoyed some time in the mountains with our friends. Mike and I went to college with Nate and Libby and have remained friends ever since. Our boys are near the same age as theirs, but they have one additional boy. We had a fantastic time up in Breck. Thankfully the boys all get along really well and we adults enjoy spending time together, too!
Saturday was spent on the mountain skiing. E and M both reached a milestone – they did part of a blue run! E later did a full blue run while the snow was falling and conditions were a little more dicey – Mike was pretty impressed!
On Sunday before heading home, we spent a good chunk of the day sledding.
We were so thankful for the timing of this trip. The Lord orchestrated it all back in the summer, knowing that it would be a sweet reprieve for us all.
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. =)
Our final destination of Christmas 2017 was Missouri. We always look forward to spending some time with Grandpa Russ on our way back home. We spent a few days together there, spending much of the time playing games, playing with the dogs and playing darts. Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures, but I did catch a couple of each of our favorite pastimes with Grandpa Russ. =)
Thank you for hosting us again! We sure love our time with you and Duke and Calvin! =)
Here are some shots of the guys on the final leg of our trip back home:
p.s. Mikey wasn’t actually angry. He doesn’t believe me that his confused look often looks angry. ;D
Every year we go back to Wisconsin for Christmas we make sure to find time to spend with Cass and Adam and their family. We usually do something with the whole family during the day and then we go on a double date that evening. This year, the only shift in that plan was that Mike ended up being swamped with work and needed to opt out of the day date. So, I took the boys to their home and we enjoyed a few hours of playing and eating dinner together.
The kids have a lovely friendship. They played and played as if this was something they do all the time. There was very little hesitancy this time around and it was such a treat for us to see their home and to play with their toys.
Later that evening, Mike joined us (after we got the kiddos in bed) and we enjoyed our annual double date. This was our third year in a row going to the same restaurant/bar – why mess with something so fun?? We SO enjoy their company!
Thanks for maintaining such a great friendship over the years, guys! We are blessed by your friendship and look forward to many more years of meeting up for dinner and late-night laughing!
After Michigan and our brief stop in Illinois, we settled down in Wisconsin again. Here we celebrated Christmas with opening presents, ate lots of good food, played games and read books and rung in the New Year. (We also spent time with Cass and Adam and their family, but I’ll do a separate post on that!)
Working on Grandpa’s new shirt:
Playing games, putting together presents, reading books, etc:
Lunch at Gerrit and Lauren’s home:
New Year’s Eve (the boys made it until 11 and then fell asleep watching home videos):
Obviously, we had a fantastic time in Wisconsin with our family! Thanks for hosting, Mom and Dad, even without a working kitchen! =)
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!