Friday, January 20, 2017

Life Lately....

It has been a busy week so I thought I would give a little update on life over here in Antartica, I mean Wisconsin.

Besides freezing in car pool, Leyton started swimming lesson this past week and loves it!  However, he can not float to save his life!  Every time he leans back into the water, his legs go straight up in the air.  HAHA.  I suppose that is why we are taking lessons.

Holden was chosen to participate in the school Spelling Bee.  He did great but was eliminated in the 10th round.  The sad part about him being eliminated is that he spelled the word correctly but he paused and was suppose to start back from the beginning instead of continuing.  Oh well, he did fantastic and we were super proud of him.

Leyton had a little buddy over to play and all I can say is "Watch out World!".  These two are crazy drivers!

Rylan has been working on lots of lego projects and my dining room has turned into a mecca of legos.


Most days Leyton and I eat lunch at home but on Friday we had lunch out and he was excited to be my little lunch date for the day.

The kids were out of school on Monday for MLK but Leyton still had his sports class.  Holden and Rylan joined us as we ran around playing baseball, basketball and tumbling.  Afterwards, it was lunch and milkshakes with these three.

Tuesday morning I was scheduled to have a pin removed from my foot but as luck would have it, schools were cancelled due to ice.  Which meant I had to cancel my appointment as well.  Agh, here I am still in the boot until Monday.

Instead, once the roads were cleared we ventured out to the movies.

Well,  that is a little bit of what's been going on around here mixed in with school, homework, basketball and baseball practices.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Basketball is in full swing

Holden and Rylan are both playing basketball this winter.  Holden is playing for his school team as well as BDL.  As you can imagine, we are running from one place to another.  This past weekend, I was able to catch a few of Holden's games.  On Saturday he played for his school team.  


Leyton was in his element cheering Holden on!

This kid!  Up until Saturday, Saint John had not won a game all season until Saturday.  Everyone was super excited and it was a fun game with classmates.

Sunday, was a full day of BDL basketball games.  These are a little different, Holden's team is undefeated.  I suppose a little of both worlds keeps you humble.  This team is a little more serious and disciplined but at the same time they are all learning together.

Rylan was with Kevin at his practice/game so no pictures from his weekend, hopefully I will capture some this weekend.  I guess it is safe to say we are in basketball mode for the next couple of months.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Annual Kids Questions for the New Year

Typically our dinner conversation is all over the place.   It is always interesting to say the least.   As we were eating dinner on New Year's Day last year, Kevin and I came up with three questions to ask the kids.  We decided this would be our "Annual Kids Questions" that we would ask each boy the same questions at the beginning of each year.  We thought it would be fun to see how much each of the boys answers change from year to year depending on their age and as we move.  We also thought it would be neat to see if any of these dreams come true in the years to come.  So here we go with this years answers....

Where do you want to go to college? {We limited the list to Top 5 Colleges}

Holden {Age 11}: LSU, Clemson, Florida, Ole Miss, TCU

Rylan {Age 8}:  Kansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia

Leyton {Age 4}: Colorado

What do you want to be when you grow up?  {We limited this to Top 3}

Holden {Age 11}:  Sports Player, Accountant, Businessman

Rylan {Age 8}:  Farmer, Businessman, Builder, Army person

Leyton {Age 4}: Bigger, Baseball player (T-Cat, which is Rylan's baseball team)

Where do you want to live? {Top 3 Places}

Holden {Age 11}:  Georgia, Florida, California, Colorado

Rylan {Age 8}:  Kansas, Florida, Mississippi, Colorado

Leyton {Age 4}:  Colorado with two beds

Definitely some funny answers, especially with their selections of colleges and Rylan's obsession with Kansas since we have never been there before.  It will be fun to see where the years ahead take them and if their list holds true.  

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Christmas 2016

Our Christmas Break began with a ride on the Polar Express Train on Thursday night with Rylan and Leyton.

It was so much fun and festive, even with me on crutches.  Friday, Kevin's sister arrived and the snow began to fall.  Jennifer and the boys went ice skating at the pond before the snow really began to fall.   At one point it was a complete white out.

Sadako and I enjoyed the snow from the inside while the boys went sledding.

Kevin's dad decided to join them and thankfully, they all came home in one piece!

Christmas Eve we decorated cookies and Jennifer and Rylan worked on a gingerbread house.

Leyton and Holden decorated cookies and followed the rule of decorate one, eat one, decorate one eat one.  You know for quality control.

Leyton and Grammy ended up finishing the gingerbread house.  It turned out pretty cute.

We went to Christmas Eve service which is always a favorite of mine.

With all the Christmas excitement, these three were all dressed in their Christmas pjs.

They set out cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer before heading to bed.

Christmas morning was filled with excitement and thrills.  Leyton was so excited that he just did not know where to start!

The boys spent most of the day playing games.

Dad-daddy taught them how to play poker and now they are hooked.

The day after Christmas they boys tried out their new toys, we all went bowling.

Well, I watched and everyone else bowled.

The remainder of Christmas break we filled with movies, games, hockey and some rest.

As much as I was dreading being a little "down" this Christmas it all turned out okay,  Sure, I missed out on the snow activities outside but I am sure in a few weeks when I am all cleared, we will still have plenty of snow to play with outside.  Other than a little pain and discomfort, it was a very Merry Christmas for us all!  Now onto 2017 and all that it will bring!