Quick catch-up

So I didn’t do a great job of sticking with my declaration that I would post more.  My diary has been fairly quiet lately and that is a drag for me.  We did have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s season and are racing towards the most important of all holidays, Groundhog’s Day!

Anyhow, I took a bunch of pictures of stuff we have been up to lately…

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I love our fireplace area at Christmas…we still put out cookies for me Santa to eat

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We pretty much only do sugar cookies at Christmas…and I mostly eat them in dough form leaving few to actually make it to the oven.  The kids “decorate” them in interesting patterns.

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And by patterns, I mean globs and piles…which makes them perfect to eat!

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Best Christmas present ever!


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I buried my nephew under his new blocks.  I loved those kind of blocks when I was in school…We had a large, ride-able wooden train in kindergarten that we used to drive through great walls made from similar blocks.  Anyhow, we had a lot of fun “hulking” out from under these blocks!

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My brother mentioned that he always wanted the game Operation as a kid.  We obliged this year although it is a much different game now.  Still, they talked trash and left a watch or two inside the body…it was good fun!

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Sober…all of us, sober.  We do New Year’s with Emily’s folks.  It’s a great time and we made it clear until midnight!

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Somewhere during the holidays, we replaced two windows in our house.  All together, I think we have replaced 21 windows or something like that.  We have become old hands at it.  It made a huge difference in both warmth and sound control.  It’s always so striking to see a gaping hole in the house.

Well, we have had a busy few weeks lately including the crummy snow storm.  I have lots more pics to post soon.  I hope you are dug out wherever you are!

4 thoughts on “Quick catch-up

  1. It really was one of the best Christmases. We enjoyed every minute. We have been enjoying the snow, know that we really don’t have to go out in it. Ahhh Retirement!

  2. I’m pretty sure we went to the same kindergarten because I have fond memories of riding the wooden train through a wall of cardboard blocks that looked just like those red ones. It is the first time I have thought about that in many decades.

  3. Looks like a fun time for all. Sadly I have very few memories of my 3 days in kindergarten before being pushed into 1st grade. But the one room schoolhouse for grades 1-6 was well worth it. I think I learned more in that first year of school than in the rest of my elementary education in other schools.

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