Playing a bit of catch-up on posting during nap time today.
Let's see, in no particular order:
Thanksgiving was nice, I made yummy pies and some weird stuffing. Christmas was wonderful. My brother and sister and brother-in-law all came to visit us for several days, which we absolutely loved. I made the kids lots of presents, some of which turned out really well (like the dress-up box), and some of which didn't turn out so well (hallway house held up by tension rods that haven't stood up to my kids just trying to go through the doorway).
Mike and I did absolutely nothing for New Year's. 3 King's Day was pretty uneventful as well. Mike was sneaky and bought me roses for Valentine's Day. We had a weekend getaway to Tucson this past weekend, and my in-laws watched the kids for us. We ate some good food, had some good times and some bad times, and discovered astro-photography (especially moon photography) is really, really fun. Also, I desperately want a telescope now. Recommended things to do in Tucson: go to the Flandrau Science Center's free star watching nights with their 16" telescope (details can be found online), drive around Saguaro National Park, drive up towards Mt. Lemmon and admire some of the beautiful views, eat at Feast and get the Crispy Duck Salad, eat at Planet of the Crepes and get pretty much anything. Take lots of scenic photos.
Gwen is finally walking around all the time now. She goes slowly, and is still a little wobbly, but she's getting steadily better and seems to enjoy it. Chloe has begun waddle-running, which is always funny. They are starting to try to say specific words sometimes, banana, thank you, bye-bye, hi, cracker, grandma (or grandpa), go, etc. Their hair is slowly getting longer and lighter. Caleb's hair is finally thick on most of his head, though he still has a high forehead. Aiden likes his hair to be a little long and messy.
Aiden is all registered for kindergarten next year (I believe it's full-day). He's been taking a little guitar class for little kids at the rec center, which I think he's starting to enjoy. Caleb is looking forward to starting preschool this next year. It will be interesting for me to be at home with just the girls a couple of times a week.
It's been an abnormally cold winter. We got hail last week, and various places around the valley got snow. There were a lot of car accidents, because nobody here knows how to drive in the snow. I am hoping it will stay a little warmer for a while now (and hold off on getting really hot for a while too) so the kids can play outside lots, as it's their favorite thing to do, plus it wears them out! Bonus.
I am turning 30 this year. If you have any fantastic ideas of what to do to celebrate, let me know.
And...time's up. Gotta get the kids in the car and go get Aiden from preschool. More another time, I suppose.