Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Winter Trip

The Monday before New Year's we went on our longest family road trip yet. We were headed to New Mexico but 2 hours into the drive our car broke down. We had to wait almost an hour for a tow truck to take us to a dealership in San Antonio.
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After four wasted hours we were on our way in a rented SUV, leaving our car in San Antonio to be worked on.  We purchased a used iPad for the kids and it was a big help in getting us through the long drive.
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We arrived at our first destination, a cabin in Ruidoso, around bedtime.
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A view of the RV park from our cabin:
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Deer were walking around the streets and eating.
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We got up Tuesday morning and went out to breakfast. When we came out of the restaurant it was snowing.
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The restaurant was also a bakery and they bring out bread dough for the kids to play with.
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After breakfast we bought a $5 sled and some rope, found some hills and went sledding. I received free snow gear from someone getting rid of it a few weeks before the trip.
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The next day we left Ruidoso and headed for Las Cruces. After checking in to our hotel we took the kids to a park.
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We then all got cleaned up and ready for a wedding...the whole reason behind our trip to NM.
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Just married!
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The next day, before we headed home we went to White Sands and had more sledding fun.
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Neal pulling ZJ.
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Mid-day we were on our way back to TX. As evening approached we drove straight into a TX winter storm. The roads were icy and littered with overturned 18 wheelers. We were crawling along and realized we weren't going to make it to our reserved hotel room.
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We called all the hotel rooms in the area and there were no rooms available anywhere. We had to sleep in our vehicle in a hotel parking lot. The kids slept at least. It was freezing and horribly uncomfortable.
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The next morning we helped ourselves to the complimentary hotel breakfast, called around to check on the roads and headed out. We knew we'd have some miles of ice but it would improve after a bit so we just crept along for a while.
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We got back to San Antonio that afternoon and luckily our car was just about ready. We made it home around 7 that night.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

December 2014 Pics

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IJ got his act together in December and I started getting good behavior reports daily. Here he is with his 3rd goodie basket reward - a jeweled bracelet, and a mask he got earlier in the day.
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IJ and daddy went camping with Ima and Aba.
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I took the kids shopping to pick out Hanukkah gifts for each other.
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IJ enjoyed his class holiday party and we gave each of his friends a little pot of play dough.
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As soon as school vacation began we made a trip to the zoo. They were having a special poop exhibit.
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I like this pic because IJ was completely agreeable about posing with the fake poop and ZJ said "I don't want to touch the poop!"
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

November 2014 Pics

NJ and the kids colored skulls for Dia de los Muertos. This was the first time ZJ showed us she could control her coloring. She colored in the shapes on the face and gave her skull arms, legs and other body parts.
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"Mi gato caleco se fwe al pake." It should say "Mi gato calico se fue al parque" and means "My calico cat went to the park."
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I opened a spaghetti squash and found lots of already sprouting seeds.
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ZJ and I toured what will hopefully be the preschool she attends next year. It is the only school we're applying to and is a co-op so I'll be working there as well. They have themed weeks and were currently in their construction theme which she loved.
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ZJ drew faces for the first time. Lots of creepy faces. There's a few full bodies too.
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We went to 2 festivals this month where the kids got to put cereal on pipe cleaners to make bracelets and then eat them off.
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The kids went to their first Miller Outdoor Theater show.  We saw FROGZ.
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IJ's team soccer pic.
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ZJ's team soccer pic (with several kids missing).
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ZJ's Heart Heroes cape finally came. They send custom capes to kids with CHD.
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The tag that came with her cape.
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A very happy ZJ after her first Kindermusik class. She loved it and followed directions beautifully.
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ZJ had some very cold and one very wet soccer practice.
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NJ was a mystery reader in IJ's class. The mystery reader sends in clues about their student so the kids can guess who's parent is coming. Then they show up with their kid's favorite book.
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ZJ and I were there for the mystery reading because we also spent the morning preparing IJ's class' vegetable garden for planting and then during their recess we planted seeds with the kids. They've already begun sprouting now.
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Proud IJ with his goodie basket prize. This was his 2nd time to get to visit the goodie basket for the entire school year. Both times he has brought home items I've donated and he could have used anytime at home.
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IJ had to disguise a turkey. He came up with the idea to make it a robot.
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IJ was going to camp in the backyard with NJ as his reward for having such a good week at school but he got sick with a mystery illness. His throat hurt, his stomach hurt and he threw up once. Camping was delayed and he didn't have a fun weekend.
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He recovered in time to go to school the following week and dress up for the story book parade. The kids pick a favorite book and dress up as a character. IJ decided he wanted to be the beanstalk in Jack and the Beanstalk. We made a vine of yarn with felt leaves, used a doll as jack and put a cloud on his head. He was adorable and had one of only a handful of homemade costumes.
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Before this week was out IJ developed a cough which turned out to be the beginning of the flu. Both the flu and strep and other viruses were going around his school and masses of kids were out sick. He had a rough couple of days with lots of sleeping. We did our best to keep him isolated but by Saturday it was clear I also had the flu and by Sunday ZJ had it. She did the best and seemed back to herself in 24 hours. Camping was delayed yet another weekend.
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IJ, NJ and ZJ turkeys.
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I ran the Turkey Trot still weak from the flu. I hadn't worked out in days. I had committed to running my first 10K and wanted to follow through. My pace was slower but I ran the entire thing.
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That night we went out to dinner for Thanksgiving and then took the kids and grandparents to the Zoo for Zoo Lights. Everyone seemed to enjoy it although the kids were exhausted.
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Camping! Finally! IJ and NJ camped out the weekend after Thanksgiving in our brand new tent. They watched a movie in the tent, made smores and slept in their sleeping bags (IJ's sleeping bag was actually mine from when I was a kid).
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