Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Week 50

Happy Tuesday!  It's raining here again but not as bad as last week.  It's shaping up to be a good winter and a good ski season. Hopefully we'll get a quick trip to the mountains over winter break to have some fun in the snow.  Speaking of winter break only 2 more days until it starts. WooHoo!  I'm so ready, and it's less than 10 days until Christmas.  Wow!  I just need to wrap up a major final report on our NSF grant at work, and I'm good to go.

Now for what happened last week:

Day 342- Monday, 12/8/14
We're focusing on trimming the tree this week.  Brandon and Justin started today.  Tyler is at polo practice so his help will have to wait.  It's starting to all come together.

Day 343- Tuesday, 12/9/14
Tyler had a minimum day and has nothing going on this evening so now he can add his ornaments to the tree and we'll be done.  Each kid receives a new ornament every year, and I keep them in their own special box so they can put theirs on the tree.  When they move out they can take the box of ornaments with them all except the baby's 1st Christmas which is mine to keep ;0)

Day 344- Wednesday, 12/10/14
It's Justin's turn to blow out the candle on the advent wreath after dinner tonight.  Tomorrow we can light the second candle because we'll be just 2 weeks from Christmas.

Day 345- Thursday, 12/11/14
Rain, rain, rain!  This was supposed to be a huge rainy and windy day and it did rain A LOT but there really wasn't much wind here in the valley.  Other parts of California got hit really hard, but thankfully it wasn't too bad for us.

Day 346- Friday, 12/12/14
Now that the tree is all decorated it's time to start wrapping presents and sticking them under the tree.  I hate the way a tree looks without any presents there to keep it company.  As usual Amazon has been my best friend for holiday shopping, and I love the free 3-day shipping with Prime.

Day 347- Saturday, 12/13/14
Cheers to the weekend and the holidays!  John threw a "pray for snow" party, and I think it worked.  We are most certainly getting some good snow in the mountains.  I had fun with these lovely ladies sipping on yummy holiday drinks after spending some time freezing poolside at winter polo.  The boys did great though and won their first tournament.

Day 348- Sunday, 12/14/14
Our elf recruited some friends for a fun marshmallow snowball fight.  I think he intends to take Pikachu down.  The kids got a big kick out of this one.

That's it!  I can't wait until my report is done and the week is over.  We have no real plans again, but that's ok.  I'm fine with spending the holidays at home just hanging with my family.

The Mom Creative

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Week 49

Welcome back and happy Tuesday!  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here although it's still a work in progress.  I'm afraid it will take us a few days to finish trimming the tree between all our other weekly obligations.  Thank goodness there's less than 2 weeks until our next break. I have so much to do, and work is getting in the way, but it will all get done eventually ;0)

Take a look at what happened last week:

Day 335- Monday, 12/1/14
Welcome to December! My two younger boys are so happy to be home for the holidays this year.  They truly love all our little traditions and were happy to see our elf, Scout, back to help us celebrate.

Day 336- Tuesday, 12/2/14
The rain is also back and here to stay for most of the week.  I'm so happy we are getting these early storms and hopefully building up some good snow in the mountains.  It's been too long.  This feels more like the fall and winter I'm used to.  Bring it on slow and steady.  We could really use a good ski season and a great snow pack to help with the drought.

Day 337- Wednesday, 12/3/14
We don't have our tree yet, but I did mange to get our stockings hung and our new family photo up.  It's been a very crazy and rainy day with flooding and road closures but at least during the break in systems we were blessed with this beautiful, large, double rainbow.

Day 338- Thursday, 12/4/14
The boys are happy to be working their way through an advent calendar with yummy chocolate treats.  They each have their own and then share a Lego building one.  Only 21 more days until Christmas.

Day 339- Friday, 12/5/14
The only decorating I got done today was hanging the wreath on the door.  Hopefully John can get our outside lights up this weekend so the wreath doesn't look so lonely.  Inside Brandon is drawing Scout.  He's quite enamored by the little elf who left him an extreme Christmas dot-to-dot book to work on during the holidays.

Day 340- Saturday, 12/6/14
Ahhh . . . Sunshine!  It was pouring rain just before we had to leave but then the clouds parted and the sun came out so we could actually enjoy watching some winter water polo.  The boys have been practicing in the rain this week and had their 1st scrimmage today.  Thankfully it was dry and pleasant out.  Welcome to winter polo!  The first real tournament is next weekend and guess what?  More rain is expected :0)

Day 341- Sunday, 12/7/14
We're happy to have another dry day so we could get out and hunt for a tree.  We headed to Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm in Dixon and found the perfect tall but skinny fresh-cut tree to bring home.  I love the smell of a fresh cut tree.

That's all for this week.  See you next week with more holiday fun.  I hoping to at least get the tree decorated and a couple presents wrapped before a holiday party at the end of the week.

The Mom Creative

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Week 48

Welcome back and welcome to December.  Wow! Really?!  It's another Tuesday and another month already.  I knew I would blink and November would be gone.  At least we were able to slow things down in the last week and have some fun just hanging out.  It's always nice to have a week off to chill with no real plans, and in only a short 3 weeks there will be more of the same.  Yay!

Take a look at how we spent our last week in November just relaxing and having some fun with family and friends:

Day 328- Monday, 11/24/14
This morning Brandon used his free time to finish up a Lego set he hasn't really had time for since school started.  A couple hours later we headed out to lunch and then caught an afternoon showing of the Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1.  It was a good way to start our break.

Day 329- Tuesday, 11/25/14
Tyler finished up his service project this morning, got his papers signed, and was able to tour the labs where all the blood is processed from the donation sites he's been working at.  That was pretty interesting to see.  They have a nice set up and wonderful facilities.  Then later in the evening the younger boys had karate class and testing.  They both did great, and the streak of blurred white on the mat there is Brandon practicing a roll ;0)

Day 330- Wednesday, 11/26/14
Turkey or ham?  They can't decide so we'll do both! Today was a food prep day.  We made pies, cornbread for stuffing, and brine for the turkey.  The house already smells like Thanksgiving. 

Tyler spent the day riding along on ambulance calls.  Sorry no picture, but so excited for him that he got to do that and grateful that his friend Lindsay was able to set it up for him.

Day 331- Thursday, 11/27/14
Happy Thanksgiving!  We had a great low key day feasting on a lot of delicious food and keeping to no particular schedule at all.  You gotta love low-stress, quiet holidays just chilling with the family.

Day 332- Friday, 11/28/14
Time for some Korean bbq with friends.  Oz is one of those places where you grill your own meat and the kids got a kick out of that.  It was a fun night with the Wong family and at least 2 out of my 3 boys loved the food.

Day 333- Saturday, 11/29/14
It may be raining out, but that won't stop us from meeting a college friend for a little wine tasting.  Deb and Doug were coming up or way to taste at the Old Sugar Mill and meet with another UCD alum so we joined them.  Many of the wineries there were having a "Small Business Saturday" sale so we stocked up for the holidays.

Day 334- Sunday, 11/30/13
We went to the mall early to have our annual family pictures taken and then had lunch at BJ's right after.  Once we got home John brought down the Christmas boxes from the attic and Brandon was super excited to dig into them.  He's been wearing this Santa hat on and off ever since.

Wait! One more:  

November's Family Photo

Just before sitting down at our Thanksgiving feast I convinced the group to sit for a picture.  Thankfully the fog lifted, the clouds parted, and the sun peaked out for some good natural light.  It was meant to be!

Ok, that's a wrap for November.  Let's see what December brings.  We'll be counting down the days until our next break, and we're super happy it's not that far away.  The boys are giddy with excitement in anticipation of Christmas and are grateful we'll be home for the holidays this year.  

The Mom Creative

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Week 47

Game on!  The kids and I are home all week for Thanksgiving break, and I finished shopping for the big day yesterday.  We have a couple appointments to get through today, and then Wednesday we'll start baking pies and make some cornbread for stuffing and prep the turkey for a good soak in the brine.  I still can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here and now it's less than 30 days until Christmas!  I really need to get my shopping kick started!

Here is what last week looked like:

Day 321- Monday, 11/17/14
It's a beautiful fall day with blue skies, but it won't last.  We are expecting rain the rest of the week so we must enjoy the sun while we can.  It's the perfect day to get my boy back.  Tyler flew home today and had an amazing time at the Congress in DC.  It will be something he never forgets. He was able to meet Nobel Prize winners, a former White House doctor, a doctor for the NASA astronauts, and also patients who have received ground-breaking treatments like the first ever face transplant recipient.  The highlights for him were being able watch a live surgery, seeing footage of how a clinic on the Ebola front lines in Sri Lanka operates, and watching a short film on how a low-tech emergency trauma center thrived so much better before regulations and paperwork took over.  He most certainly came home motivated and inspired.

Day 322- Tuesday, 11/18/14
We like to collect leaves, the bigger the better, on our afternoon walks and found this gem today as the clouds started to roll and the skies darkened.  Time for some rain to bring us deeper into fall.

Day 323- Wednesday, 11/19/14
The rain is here, and Justin loves the rain and even begged me to walk the dog in it.  I have a feeling he's going to want to live further north in Oregon or Washington when he gets older.

Day 324- Thursday, 11/20/14
It's another rainy day as I wait to pick up kids from school.  Tyler has had to stay after most the week to make up for the days he missed on his trip, but I think today he'll be officially all caught up.

Day 325- Friday, 11/21/14
Justin helped me make a pudding pie to take to dinner with friends tomorrow.

Day 326- Saturday, 11/22/14
Yum!  Look at this beautiful prime rib--so good.  Sharon cooked a wonderful meal as John played the tunes, and then she tried to convince him that he needed to eat her salad too and not just some meat ;0) The picture is blurry because these two would not sit still.  They were having too much fun.  It was a great way to kick off our Thanksgiving break.

Day 327- Sunday, 11/23/14
Today was a lazy day.  Bella waited patiently for her treat puzzle to be loaded by a boy who woke up later than her stomach liked, but we made it up to her later by taking her on a nice long walk in the sunshine.  It feels good to have the sun back.

That's it for now!  Have a great Thanksgiving and see you next week.

The Mom Creative