20 January 2017
Storm finally got to retire the cone -- with supervision. It's a good thing because the dude is like a bull in a china shop. I don't have enough duct tape to keep up with the repairs.
C has the opportunity to go to Spain in March with his soccer team. He is doing his own fundraiser to help him on his road to Spain. All proceeds go directly towards his travel to Spain. Cole's Road to Spain.
Two peas in a pod. Today, it was Gretel's turn to go under the knife -- CCL surgery. We get to pick her up tomorrow, and I cannot wait. It's going to be a long recovery, but I miss our crazy little girl.
13 January 2017
The place to be on a super cold Saturday night.
For some reason, we were all very attached to this Christmas tree and didn't want to see it go. I waited until Sunday to take it down, but realized, it probably was time for it to go.
Gretel snuggling seems to be a theme this week. She's the best at it.
It was Parent Night at one of H's swim meets. Unfortunately, Brian was in NYC for work so couldn't make it. Super proud of this guy. Swimming is a no joke sport. It requires a huge commitment and lots of dedication. He's still playing club soccer too, so has had to balance a lot. Not to mention school work. He's doing it though, and somehow making it all work.
Burned the last of my absolute favorite candle ever. Brian's been trying to get rid of it for awhile, but I made it last quite awhile longer. I'm going to miss you, Malin+Goetz Dark Rum candle.
Storm had to have eye surgery on Wednesday to get a huge tumor that was bothering his eye removed from the eye lid. Poor guy. They are anticipating everything to be fine, but he looks like someone punched his eye. Plus he has to wear the cone-of-shame for a week. The first day home, he could barely stand up and was walking around like a drunken sailor. He's back to being himself now -- just plowing into everything where ever he goes.
Nowhere for Storm and his cone to go thanks to his snuggling sister.
06 January 2017
Ringing in the New Year with the Elsmo Four. <3 <3
Had to take both (BOTH!) dogs to vet specialists this week. Storm had a gross eye growth that needs to get removed. Gretel has had an issue with her leg (which she's had since her puppy days) that is going to require CCL surgery. Not looking forward to either. The dogs and I had a log day at the vet. Fortunately, Gretel had a comfortable spot to rest her weary head.
It's been brutal cold outside. We are talking 0-degrees-during-the-day cold. At least the sun is shining.
01 January 2017
Our favorite New Year's Eves are those spent with dear friends. We were absolutely thrilled with the Elsmo Four (and Fitz) said they would be ringing in the new year with us this year! We miss these guys like crazy, and getting to see them was more awesome than I can even say. The evening flew by -- thanks in part to risotto that took forever -- and it was midnight before we even knew it. I can't say 2016 was terrible for us, but it seemed to be for a lot of people. There's always something refreshing to me about a new year. If last night was any indication of how 2017 will be, it's going to be a pretty great one.
30 December 2016
Christmas Eve. was spent at Scott & Ali's. We've been alternating years hosting with them, and it's always such a great way to start the holiday.
Our crazy family all together.
The 2nd annual Boxing Day soccer game at In-Bounds. Got to see some old friends, including Jesse and the kids. Always a great day when we get to see them. Our kids can't get enough of each other either.
We haven't been able to take advantage of Winter Break much. H has had swimming every morning, and C has Wisconsin Fire soccer training every night. But we did have an afternoon free and decided to go rock climbing. Oh my gosh, what a blast! I'm hooked.
25 December 2016
Christmas Day 2016. The boys woke up around 7:00 am. We had a relaxing morning opening gifts and prepping for our families to come over. It is always so great getting everyone together. Lots of laughter and good times. This year was no different. It was a very merry holiday season. Hope yours was too!
23 December 2016
Last Friday was Brian's company party, which is always a great time. Here's a scene from the night.
We spent the afternoon on Sunday baking cookies at my sister's house. Yum.
Great Grandma Helen's olive cheese puffs -- always need to have a batch of these on hand during the holidays.
Thankful for a clean house before the holidays -- and for my partner in crime, H. He's such a hard worker, and was a huge help.
18 December 2016
We spent a great afternoon at my sister's house baking Christmas cookies. We've been doing this several years now, and it's a great way to crank out a bunch of holiday goodies. We may have overdone it this year though. I seriously came home with a million pounds of cookies. My niece had to work most of the afternoon, so couldn't join us until the end. The crazy thing is, next year she'll be in college! Insane. Anyhow, feels good to get those done. Plus, it was a fun day.
16 December 2016
Brian, the boys and I went to see the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra play the songs of David Bowie. Tony Vincent was the lead singer -- the entire night was amazing.
The next morning, we had three bucks and a doe in our yard. Once the doe laid down, we knew they would be there awhile. Sure enough, they hung out in our area until dusk. Some was in our neighbors yard. And then they were back again in ours. I've never seen anything like it.
They came pretty close the second visit! Such stunning creatures. The dogs were going nuts though.
Gretel headbutted C. Gretel = 1. C = 0. He's lucky he has his teeth!
Sunday brought a bunch of snow. Brian & H spent most of the day shoveling. Sundays are a good day to get a bunch of snow.
The boys decorated a gingerbread house. Gretel loves it. All of the candy and frosting has now been licked off the front of the house. I should have taken a photo as soon as they finished, because Gretel got to it no more than one hour later. Such a stinker!
Just chillin'. She never sits like this -- she looks like a person. Too funny.
It was so cold this week! I'm talking, January weather. Regardless, H had a swim meet and C had soccer practice. My mom even made it to H's meet! They are really fun to watch. Glad she made it.
09 December 2016
These two -- up to no good since 2014.
St. Nick came and paid the boys a visit. They got their usual holiday pajamas, and also some socks, holiday trinkets and chocolates. Even the dogs got a little something.
Reflections of an absolutely gorgeous sunrise.
Powered sugar face. Couldn't resist. She was trying to catch it like it was snowflakes.