My guys. One makes me weak in the knees…the other three melt me with their cuteness. Boys my joys.
Chris’ sister lives in Colorado and he has been itching to introduce the boys to skiing. So, last week all my guys piled in the car, drove north and hit the slopes. They got to learn how to ski during the day and spend time with family in the evenings. I love that Chris is totally at ease with taking three boys skiing by himself. Not only was he at ease with it, he relished the time with his sons. As much as I would have loved to be there with them, I am so thankful they had last week together. No doubt the boys will always remember this special trip with their dad. Chris will always remember it too.
I took advantage of the week to tackle the ‘kitchen’ area of the studio. It really needed a back splash and I’ve never gotten around to it before last week. My mom and dad came over several times to help me…and, of course, I had two little ‘helpers’.
It was a very productive week. I still have some more things to finish up on it; later I’ll post more pictures of the finished area.
The guys were supposed to be home on Friday night, but an ice storm made them pull over for the night just two hours from home. Once Saturday arrived, FireCracker waited by the window. It was the saddest & cutest thing all at once.
I remember vividly the first day I was able to take a shower AND do a load of laundry all in one day after my second son was born. I had two kids and it felt like the biggest accomplishment. I stood at the dryer in our garage and was so proud that not only did we have clean clothes, but my hair was actually fixed. That moment is still so clear to me. I don’t remember walking across the stage when I graduated from college. I do remember that day 6 years ago – doing laundry with a 2 year old and a newborn. I still feel pride when I think of that day. I got a lot down this week with two kids, but my normal now is five. I only mention that to encourage those of you reading that might feel like clean hair is more than you can manage. I’ve been there. I’m in a different phase now, but I sure remember those days. Thank goodness for hats & Febreeze!
It is strange to be out of that newborn phase…to have kids old enough to ski and little girls mixing grout and helping lay tile. Very strange and very wonderful.
I am sad to say we did not do Christmas cards this year. I know not everyone is big on cards, but I really enjoy getting them from friends. December is such a fun time to go to the mailbox. I like getting cards and I like sending them. Cards with photos are my favorite; seeing the smiling (and silly faces) of my friends and their kids just makes me happy. So, thank you, to all those that send me cards. Please don’t take me off your list for next year! I’m not sure what happened this year, but I just never got around to making cards.
We did actually take a few photos. My friend Bopha of B.Gambill Photography did mini-sessions in our field, so we snuck in front of her camera for a few family shots. I took several of the kids while I had her couch available. Oddly enough, I captured one photo of all five kids looking at the camera and smiling.
And then I snapped some more of the kids.
If I get all those projects I started this week finished, I might post something on that next week. Or I might not. All my guys have been gone for the last 6 days. They’ve been on a man trip. Chris took our guys skiing for the first time and they are making unforgettable memories. But I sure miss them. The girls and I are so anxious for them to get back today. Everything just feels off when we aren’t together. Hurry home guys!!