Monday, February 1, 2016

Dane's 6th Birthday

Sixth Birthday Questionnaire (that's some real life caught on film right there):
His 5 and 4 year old responses in parentheses:
1. What is your favorite color?  BLUE {Purple (yellow)}
2. What is your favorite toy?  THE CAR OVER THERE, THE ORANGE CAR THAT I HAVE{Husky football (McQueen)}
3. What is your favorite fruit? TOMATOES{Apples (Strawberries)}
4. What is your favorite TV show?  SUPER MARIO BROTHERS{Pokemon  (McQueen...Cars)}
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? BEANS AND RICE FROM TACO TIME{Brown Chicken Brown Cow...Chicken (That's an easy one, I just need to think about it...Strawberries...Tomatoes)}
6. What is your favorite outfit?  THE ONE I AM WEARING RIGHT NOW...CAPTAIN AMERICA SHIRT{This outfit, his striped sweater (Superman one)}
7. What is your favorite game?  TAG...FREEZE TAG{Tag  (Race Party Mario (on the Wii))}
8. What is your favorite snack?  ORANGES{Strawberries  (Graham crackers)}
9. What is your favorite animal? DOPLHIN {Fishy...salmon  (Giraffe)}
10. What is your favorite song?  OMA RACHI...FROM MUSIC CLASS{Twinkle Twinkle Little Star  (Joy to the World)}
11. What is your favorite book?  {Bible  (Miss Cheryl's McQueen book...Dinosaur book)}
12. Who is your best friend? AMERICA, I MEAN NOAH{Johnny from preschool (Anna (from his preschool class))}
13. What is your favorite cereal?  KIX!{Mini Wheats (Babies...The one with marshmallows that you gave me for breakfast today (Lucky Charms for a special birthday treat only! He only ate the marshmallows))} 
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  PLAY TAG {Play tag  (Play with Anna)}
15. What is your favorite drink? ORANGE SODA{Milk (Bubbles...Bullets...Cake...Babies...Baby milk...Big boy milk)}
16. What is your favorite holiday? CHRISTMAS, BECAUSE IT REMINDS EVERYONE OF JESUS, NOT PRESENTS!{Christmas  (Christmas...because I get presents)}
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  NEW YORK MICKY{Baby Lion and Sharky  (Cupcakes...a toy...nothing...Baby Lion and Sharky)} 
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  BACON AND EGGS{Mini Wheats (Cupcake...Sprinkles...Bubbles...Apples...Ghosts... Marshmallows...Bread)}
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  CAKE{Pizza  (Mac n Cheese..Red Robin)}
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  EMERGENCY MANAGER, BUT SOMETIMES I'LL PLAY FOR THE SEAHAWKS {A daddy, and for a job an Emergency Manager (An Emergency Manager)}

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 Was a Long Year

2015 was a long year.  One that started off very rough, but got better as the months went by.

After a six month hiatus I was asked back to my old job part-time, and saying yes was probably the best decision I could have made for myself (my sanity) and our family.  I served nine pregnant mamas as a birth doula.  I served another year on our HOA board (gosh I really do love rules).

We took vacations to Disneyland, Lake Chelan, and Colorado.

We went to two stunningly beautiful weddings.

We bought a hybrid car and started composting, yay us! ;-)  (okay, and we also bought a bigger SUV, but hello three car seats!)

The kids turned, 1, 2, and 5 years old.  Chad turned 32 and I turned 33.

Chad rocked it at his job, making us proud as always. He served on the Renton Human Services Advisory Committee and continued to volunteer with the Red Cross.

Dane started kindergarten, and is doing better than we ever could have hoped.  He absolutely loves it. Over the past four months he has learned how to read, and is well on his way to becoming a book nerd just like his mama (or at least how I used to be before I was responsible for growing little humans).  He also lost two teeth, which was way cuter than I thought it would be.

Quinley has become a little chatterbox, just like her big brother.  She is a small, powerful, vivacious creature who keeps us on our toes and fills us with awe at her perfect beauty.

Kepler has grown from a beastly infant into a full blown toddler, running and tantrums and all that.  He is probably the cutest baby we've had, but also the most difficult. Oh man can that boy scream and cry!  He is also the snuggliest of them all, and gives the best hugs and sweetest little smooches.

We spent a ton of time with family, but not much with friends.  One of my hopes for the coming year is to reignite friendships that have fizzled.

I would say 2015 was an okay year, but 2016 is going to be great!  We ended 2015 with the purchase of a new to us home.  It is ginormous, has the perfect layout, but was built in 1980 so is going to keep us very busy updating it. This will most likely be the house we stay in until we retire, so we are really looking forward to making it our own.