First Week of 2015

2015 has been tons of fun so far!

We (sort of) rang in the New Year with our dear friends, Nick and Trish.  They had us over for make-your-own-pizzas and an early toast.

Yes, that's apple cider. :)  We left by 10:30 p.m. and we were all asleep by 11:15 p.m.  We watched the ball drop the next morning.  

A few days later, we celebrated my birthday.  It was the kids' first day back at school and while they were at school, Ron and I went to lunch and to run some errands.  Later that night we had pizza and cake.  It was a perfect day! 
That night, the weather forecast predicted "a dusting to 1 inch" of snow overnight.  We woke up the next morning to several inches of snow and it was still coming down.  We had a message saying Ron didn't have to go to work, but strangely enough, the schools were open.

Before Kaitlyn went to school, the kids had a blast playing in the snow.  

Ron got quite the workout that morning!
This was him just a second after that video finished. Ha!

Someone thought it would be a good idea to try out the kids' dirt bike in the snow.  Luckily, there was zero traction and it didn't work.  I was preparing for a trip to the ER...not how I wanted to start the New Year!

Shockingly, they didn't cancel afternoon kindergarten, even though we got several more inches after school started and the streets hadn't been plowed!  There were A LOT of unhappy parents!  We heard that the school buses were behind schedule and we shouldn't rely on them, so a neighbor and I walked the girls to school.  We told them that one day they could tell their children that they "had to walk a mile in the snow to get to school when I was a kid."  Ha!  It's surely something Ron and I never experiences as kids.
Luckily, the buses were fine and on time for taking them home.  

School was canceled the following two days so we had lots of hot cocoa, a trip to the library and playtime indoors.  They finally went back to school yesterday.  Phew!  I'm ready to get back to our routines!


Christmas 2014

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope 2015 has been treating you well, so far.  Now that the holidays are over, I'm trying to get back to some normalcy and hoping to move forward with some of my resolutions.  One of those resolutions being to consistently document/blog/preserve our memories.  We love to use the blog as a virtual photo album and memory book and as a way to keep family and friends updated on what we (mainly the kids) are up to.  Here's to hoping this year I'll actually follow through!

We had a great Christmas!  We were far more settled into the house than last year when we had only been here for a month and a half. That meant new ideas for decorating and lots of trial and error on where we wanted the Christmas tree.  Here are some highlights of our Christmas season:

- Decorating cookies.

-Decorating the house:

-Christmas Eve dinner with friends.

-Getting ready for Santa's arrival.

- Sprinkling reindeer food in the yard.

- The fun of Christmas morning.

- Someone was NOT happy with the gift his sister picked out for him.

- The day after Christmas, Janeysa, Frank and Valeria came for a visit.  We had a warmer than normal day and headed to a great winery to enjoy the outdoors.

- The kids LOVED having the baby here.  They laughed and laughed when she'd climb all over them.

-Kaitlyn and her Madrina (Godmother), Janeysa.

- On their last night, The Sanchez Fam treated us to a wonderful dinner at Clyde's.

Stay tuned for more posts..including some that never got blogged from last year!


2014 Year in Review

I am obviously and absolutely not a consistent blogger, despite my resolution to be better...maybe in 2015?  However, I think I can take pride in the fact that these year-in-reviews are a reliable feature here.  Once again, it's been a great year!

Early 2014 brought lots of snow!  When we moved here, everyone told us the winters were mild in Northern Virginia.  They LIED!  We did enjoy it, though.


Kaitlyn turned 5!!

I took a quick trip to Miami to attend Janeysa's baby shower.

Followed by more snow!!

Mom, Dad and Zachary came for a visit and we saw the sites in D.C.

We celebrated Easter.

Mother's Day started with a yummy brunch at Blue Ridge Grill.

We enjoyed our first hike at Shenandoah National Park.

Kaitlyn graduated from Pre-K! 

 The pool opened for the season and we took advantage of some fun in the sun.  Although, it was a little cold for our blood.  

We celebrated the best dad on Father's Day.

We had lots of fun at a local carnival.

We hosted a fun 4th of July with great friends and neighbors.

We went back to Sugar Loaf Mountain for a fun day when Lisa, Barby and the kids visited.

Ron ran the Merrell Down & Dirty obstacle race.

We enjoyed a visit from Mom and Dad T.

With the help of Dad T., we built our first piece of furniture!

Jonathan turned 4!!

Kaitlyn started kindergarten!

And Jonathan started Pre-K!

He also started playing soccer.  It was slow-going at first, but he learned to love it!

I ran/walked the Color Run 5K.

 We built our second piece of furniture.

 We saw Frozen on Ice and it was pure magic!

We had lots of fun trick-or-treating with friends.

We took a trip to Cleveland to see Ron's extended family.  The kids love PJ!

We had our first snow of the season. 

Ron re-finished a coffee table a friend gave us.  He did a great job!

Ron was a dare-devil when it came to getting the house ready for Christmas.

Christmas morning was so much fun!

We enjoyed a beautiful day at a winery when Janeysa, Frank and Valeria came for a visit.

Cheers and best wishes to you all for a 2015 filled with happiness, love and great memories.
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