Friday, January 22, 2010

heavy heart

Sometimes things don't go the right way. My heart has been heavy with the news of a friend losing her son. RIP.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A few weeks ago,

the kids and I went to visit Grandpa Jack in Pinehurst. For those of you who don't know, Pinehurst is a major golfing place.

The drive there was nice, even if over cast. The kids were watching their tvs in the back, and I could have two hours of enjoying peace and quiet!

We had lunch at Golden Corral. I like it for several reasons, first there are none around here. Two, the kids get to pick and try different things, and I can eat vegetables. Third they have an AMAZING desert bar, and of course that would make me happy. I'm trying to figure out why I'm such a sugar freak. Answers hopefully at my next dr. appt.

Yes, Jack is eating ice cream .... and he even shared some with the kids.... who of course ate it up!

Nothing to do with the visit, this was a bread I made on a Sunday morning. Loved kneading the dough. Totally made me think of my Friend Joj and made me want to do it again.

Before lunch we had done a treasure hunt in Jack's apartment. It was super cool. He had written 10 different hiding places on a piece of paper and Sydoux had to read each to find the chocolates! She would read and Bex would help find them. Great time for both.

After lunch we went to play some golf!!! It is soooo cute to see the kids try to hit those little balls. We had brought one of the kids gold clubs, so at least that was their size. Sydoux did really well. She is starting to get an idea of how the game is played. Well, at least on the putting green! Bex was just happy.

The Happy Golfers

Sis and Bro

Mr Sunshine

Then we had the obligatory golf cart ride. Can I tell you that they look forward to that all day.
Eating ... whatever .... when is the golf cart ride???
Playing golf, sure that is fun but .... when is the golf cart ride.

You get the idea.

All in all is was a great day. The kids got candy, they played outside, they rode the golf cart, they told Jack 'I love you Grandpa' I don't know how many times (even if sometimes he did not hear it). We could talk a bit while they were playing. Jack also gave the kids an electronic keyboard/piano thing. Sydoux has been playing it rather often since. Another year and I'm thinking of some piano lesson for her.

Tons of stuff going on. Thanks for reading.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Xmas pictures

Now that I got my computer back I just need time time time!!!

Here are some of the pictures of our awesome xmas time.

Zac and his family came for the week. The girls played the whole time, we barely saw them. They get along soooo well. Sydoux was really sad when Madi left.She felt sooo lonely.

First thought was Jon's Birthday. 34 I think. We did the usual chocolate pie. Everyone loves it.

Then Bex and I went to see Santa ... haha, not really but since Santa was at the mall the same time we were ... well ....

this happened:

Then Zac, Sam, Madi, Kyle and Hunter arrived. I know the pictures are not in order but it gives you a good idea of what we did.

One day we went to Monkey Joes and bounced bounced bounced.

We went to see Sydoux' favorite winter activity: the singing bears of Birkdale. Madi and Hunter loved them too, Bex and Kyle were over it pretty quickly!

Boys Night Bath

The other boys night time ritual!!!!

Girls playing dress up.

We took our tub out of the box and had the kids in the box. It was a riot. They played and played. I have to admit I was happy to see the box go. It filled the whole room.

Zac and Hunter

Dinner time

Madi (picture taken by Sydoux)

The girls reading books in Sydoux' 'bird nest'

We had a few good days of night weather and the kids biked and drove and played outside.

One lunch at chik-fil-a. Then we went to the mall to the play area. The kids were tired at the end ... yeah!

Then Zac and family left. It was not so much fun. The house just seemed too big and too empty. Five kids might have been a lot, but at least it filled the house nicely. I really like having a ton of kids over. As we type, Sydoux has a playdate and Preston the neighbor is over!!!

The kids with their t-shirts from Grandpa Jack

Bex and his big lego box

Bex and the motorcycle he asked Santa (yeah funny haha I had to go buy it after!!!)

The kids before opening presents. We had made a nice fire. And they had candy in their stockings to tie them over.

Jon putting the last present.

All in all it was one of the best xmas ever. The kids had a blast and so did we.