02 December 2016
The tree is trimmed and the stockings are hung. Time for the holidays!
I didn't hang the advent calendars early this year, so C was getting really nervous I didn't make them this year. He was so excited when he saw it up when he came home from school. Our kids may be 14 and 12, but I love that they still love this.
25 November 2016
This summer, C was invited to try out for the Wisconsin Fire -- a program affiliated with the Chicago Fire. After two tryouts, he was thrilled to make the team. Seriously, I've never seen him more excited about something. As part of the program, they get to spend a morning at Toyota Park. They had sessions about soccer tactics, health and played a game against another one of the Fire teams which ended in a tie (0-0). He loved it.
Thanksgiving morning, C & Brian headed over to the soccer club for a little pick-up soccer action. H opted to stay home. He's on the high school swim team, and between that and club soccer, he's wiped out. Anyhow, C & Brian had a blast. Even if Brian is a little bit (ok, a lot) sore.
I started my Thanksgiving at CrossFit with a partner WOD. Typically, there were four people on a team, and one got to rest a bit. I somehow ended up on a team of three, which meant no rest for me. It was fun though, and a great way to start the day. I'm thankful for so many things, but one is definitely this community of people who push me every day in so many ways.
Thanksgiving was spent in Racine at my mother-in-law's house. It was so good, and so relaxing. Our nephew is home for the holiday and brought five of his soccer teammates home with him. We had Scotland, England, the Netherlands and New Zealand represented. Texas too. It was a great day.
Per tradition, on Friday we went and picked out our Christmas tree. Before we did that though, we had to say hello to the chickens that live on the farm. This place is so magical. We went over to my mom & dad's for lunch, then my cousin and his family who are in town from Texas stopped by for a quick visit before we had to part ways. H had a swim meet and C had a soccer game. The soccer boys came and cheered him for that, which kind of made his day. Needless to say, the tree hasn't made it even into the house yet. Thankfully, we have all weekend.
H's very first event at his very first swim meet -- the 50m freestyle. It was an alumni swim meet, so nothing serious and great way to get a feel of what the meets are all about. There were only two people in this particular race (and he came in first). He also raced the 50m butterfly and got disqualified for his kick. He did it though! Not bad for never even attempting that stroke until this past week. Lastly, he raced the 400m freestyle relay. Good stuff. For the past two weeks, he's been swimming 2.5 hours after school every day, and 3 hours starting at 8am on Saturdays. It's grueling, and he's never swam competitively in his life. We are so proud of him.
18 November 2016
Staying warm on our first frosty morning last weekend.
C, Brian and I went to the soccer club to kick the ball around a little bit, so I got to break in my Mother's Day gift from the boys. Unfortunately, H was sick all weekend so laid low.
This handsome devil turned 10 years old.
After 6 months without a haircut, I decided it was about time. Got a trim and even some highlights. Starting to see a little silver shine through. Loved seeing my friend Matty at his own salon, which he opened a few months ago.
11 November 2016
Last weekend, while Brian and H were at the Packer game, C and I raked leaves. His job was to take them out to the street, and every time, he'd come running around with this tarp flowing in the wind as a giant cape. Everything is an adventure with this one.
Even the dogs joined in the fun. They love playing in the leaves.
This one. Every morning she has about a 30 minute spurt of running around the house, breaking into our bedrooms (she rams into the door), and gathering whatever she can. It's usually stuffed animals, shoes and bras. But once in awhile, she goes nuts over hangers. She may be two years old, but she is still such a puppy.
04 November 2016
Brian and I went to our friend Matt's 40th birthday party. It was a costume party (obviously) at Three Lions Pub. We were camp counselors. So much fun.
Trick-or-treating around here is always the Sunday before Halloween. Lame. I still can't get used to it. C met up with a few of his friends and hit the streets. He went as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. H wasn't going to go, but ended up running into a bunch of his friends and quickly went home, put something on and met up with them.
Sorting. What you don't see is the three other boys laying around his room with their piles of candy. It smelled like sweat and sugar in there.
This is my favorite time of year! I went for a run the other day, then took the dogs out for a walk. Came across these amazing colors. I can't get enough of it.
Post-walk picture with my guy. He's starting to wobble more as he walks, and is getting lumpier and bumpier. I want him to stop getting old -- he's the greatest. Even though he still hates getting his picture taken.
01 November 2016
28 October 2016
Last weekend was the Lapham Peak Fright Hike. It was a blast! H absolutely loved it. C was terrified - but I think had fun nevertheless. Brian may have been one of the few adults in costume, but it sure was a hit.
From what I understand, the local drama clubs put on the various "skits" as you walk about 2 miles through the forest. They did such a great job. There was even a headless horseman on a horse, which was totally eerie.
Wednesday was rainy all day. The dogs wanted nothing to do with it.
I however, don't even mind rainy days. Fall is my favorite! So pretty and I feel so great.
Blisters, broken pumpkin bits, knives that are not electric (someone watched YouTube), taking too long.... You should have heard the drama while carving pumpkins the other night. Thankfully, they still had fun.
He wasn't thrilled with his school photos this year, but this one made him very happy.
For extra credit in Spanish class, H had to make a Day of the Dead ofrenda. He chose Grandpa Pat, and ended up winning a $10 prize for coming in 3rd place. Plus, it was fun telling him stories about his grandfather so he could pick objects to include. It was a good project.
27 October 2016
21 October 2016
This is my absolute favorite! Crisp, sunny days surrounded by beautiful colors. It feels incredible.
We went to the Kletsch Waterfall to watch the salmon run. Watching those huge fish try to jump up these falls always amazes to me. Truthfully, I cheer for them instead of the fishermen. But we did get to watch one person catch a 15 pound salmon, and that was kind of cool too.
Catching up on his reading.
These two. Now that it's getting cooler, there are lots of snuggles. Storm may put up with it, but it's always Gretel pushing her way next to the big guy.
Thursday's harvest. The garden still has a few plants that are doing pretty well. Including our surprise tomatillo plant. Brian and H thought they were planting sugar snap peas. Something must have been labelled wrong, but I'm not complaining. These are beautiful!
14 October 2016
Last week was Homecoming, and H was all about it. Friday night, he walked in the parade. C and I went to watch, then left him at the bonfire and backyard games before the big football game.
This guy wanted to go to the game too. He sat with me for a bit, then ran off with friends. Brian's been in Austin the last couple of weekends, so he unfortunately had to miss it.
H went over to one of his soccer friend's house before the Homecoming Dance, where a group of them met up, had dinner, then went over to the dance together. He had a really fun time.
They came up with a new trick.
The boys had off of school on Wednesday for the Jewish holiday. Gretel made herself comfortable -- right on H.
We also went apple picking! So glad we finally made it.
C had his last cross country meet of the season. He came in 7th for his school (45th overall). He was running slower than last year by a good 30+ seconds, but still did awesome. His school won conference for the second time in a row too. So exciting.
12 October 2016
It's been a few years since we've been apple picking. With a day off of school for the Jewish holiday, it seemed like a great opportunity to go. Besides apples, we harvested popcorn. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it. There was also Indian corn in the fields. We didn't get any, but it sure is pretty. C thought some of the kernels looked like glass. We also didn't pick out a pumpkin, but they were everywhere. We also picked out giant gourd make a birdhouse with next spring. Such a fun Fall day.