Snow, Three day Weekends and a Date night

We passed around the viruses through the house such that it wasn’t until last weekend that we really felt up to much more than a couch lounge. SX and I were really excited because our daycare holds occasional date-nights that we so far have been unable to utilize due to travel schedules. So, last Friday we were set to have some alone time for the first time in…?

On my way out the door for our dinner, I foolishly checked my email and found that our landlord is entertaining an offer from a developer which may lead to an eventual sale. So, our date night ended up being a discussion about

  1. Where should we move?
  2. Sadness about 14 acres of beautiful wooded animal habitat going away to fit 10 houses

While we did appreciate being Hagan-free to discuss such big topics, it wasn’t exactly the date-night we had in mind.

We then grabbed Hagan and proceeded to enjoy the rest of the weekend…which promptly fell apart and poor Hagan ended up on the couch again with a tummy bug.

We basically made more cookies and got Hagan hooked on puzzles when he was finally up and about.

Everything was back to normal just in time for the Tuesday work slog… ah well…. perhaps next weekend we can drum up some out of the house fun times.

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Snow and sickness makes long, slow weekends 

The snowstorm came along with a sluggish and fevery toddler. We snuggled in for three days watching loads of movies. The Treehouser came home just in time to switch places with me as Hagans nurse. We finally got him some meds for an ear infection. He is now doing great! Then I came down with a cold and was sluggish all last weekend… I can say that I am definitely tired of being stuck to the inside of that house although I did manage cookies, crafts, chocolate truffle making and a venture out back to watch Datty and Hagan sled on some construction hills next door.. So, there was some fun being had…

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The humdrum of the new year

I’ve been incredibly busy at work and SX just took off for treehousing and the Hag is going strong at PreK. It’s already as though the holiday fattening was a distant memory. I was lamenting over the fact that I was already burned out after two weeks of work and how could that be?!? When my coworker reminded me of the long weekend… Basically we spent the weekend hosting a neighborly pizza party followed by a lot of lounging. So, I’m feeling a bit more perky but am also looking forward to the upcoming snowstorm for more lounging and perhaps cookie baking and decorating…

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Seattle Christmas and New Years in New Jersey

We had a wonderful time in Seattle over the Christmas holiday. We stuffed coffee, sushi and Seattle wanderings throughout the visit- I can barely remember what order it wall went down in…We started of with CB and Mikee who were gracious enough to host a small gathering with my bestie Annie and Patti…of course, Marlene and Roger and Andrea and Charlie crashed the party for dessert! Then, we went near Bellingham overlooking Lumi Island to a rental house where we went all Loopy with family eating amazing foods, cookies, MEAT and wine. After what we decided to call ‘The Fattening’, we went the Treehouse Point Holiday party to party down with the Treehousers… and then finally made it to Vashon Island to hang with the Yunkers for a few days. It was a very relaxing time in the beautiful island setting although we did leave for an afternoon to do lunch with our lovely doula/fairy godmother, Whitney and dinner with the Baxter family. AND THEN we went back to the mainland to spend Christmas with the Barnes family which included park fun, dirty youtube videos and LOTS of cake, cookies, chocolate and laughs. (pix of handmade gifties below) We all celebrated Christmas dinner at Palomino’s with Francis. Finally, we spent the last couple days at Marlene and Rogers house (which included another Loopy celebration with MOAR food and delicious booze) even though we escaped briefly to dine with the Walters family and catch Star Wars with the Barnes Love at the Cinema- quite the holiday! We were ready but sad to go.

We arrived to a quiet house only to have Kris and Tiff arrive days later to celebrate New Years and Kris’s Birthday together. We played legos, walked through parks and generally had a nice, relaxing hang out/catch up. It’s been quite a vacation.

I am kind of, sort of ready to go back to work…

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Gettin’ Festivus in here!

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We have been prepping for the long holiday and getting overly excited for family faces! The weekend before last, we went to philly for a visit with Auntie Hayles and Seattle Tara. The philly Christmas town was in full swing even with the strangely warm temperatures. There was music, mulled wine and Indian food. The work week included two holiday parties (and interesting sweets) and not much work while the boys enjoyed a trip to the science center. The Treehouser flew out to Seattle for a one day shoot for the show that went late into the early morning. He was so pooped, he slept all the way home. This weekend I finished up some crafts while the boys went to the library for a touch of Star Wars fun and we had a surprise visit from Santa right outside our house!!! Sunday, we all went for a walk at Dukes farm and then I concluded the weekend with a trip back to philly to catch up with my girls before the holiday ramps up.

 

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Thanksgiving in Western Mass

Hagan had a thanksgiving celebration at school where everyone shared their favorite snacks and made turkey art. SX picked Hagan up shortly after and then came to grab me from work and we drove up to Western MA to join SX brother and wife for the holiday. The parents had already arrived and we all settled into a warm, sunny house for days of delicious food and family. Hagan was on fire with energy and we made enough sweets to give the healthiest person diabetes. This included one gingerbread house kit which hagan decimated hastily. The rural community was quaint and quiet. There was trampoline fun and Legos and drawing and stickering and movies and greenhouses and homemade play dough and playgrounds and petting zoo.  We left Sunday morning for a leisurely drive back home but then got a message from Auntie Francis who was traveling through and we made it out for a lovely Portuguese seafood and sangria dinner. I am back at work trying to remember all my to dos after so much fun.

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Birthday Barnes Fun!

Still in the throes of an amazing birthday weekend with sister, brother, dad and Lindsey! All helped celebrate with smores, banjos, fire pit, beach, vintage shopping, eating delicious foods everywhere. In fact, I’m fairly certain I may never be hungry again. Hagan was thrilled to have nonstop attention and entertainment. The crowd is thinning now and will conclude on weds eve. This has certainly been one amazing birthday.

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A Jersey Halloween!

The Treehouser came home and we spent the weekend with viruses! Yay! But after, I managed to finish the Moth costume and we met up with neighbors for trick/treats, pizza and fun! It was a super great time until the over sugared kiddos met the bedtime hour with fights over toys. I seriously could barely keep myself from laughing. But we recovered the next day with Lego fair and a movie.

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Kids, kids, kids!! 

We’ve had two solid weekends of kids party going on at the neughbors/our house. The first was kicked off at the neughbors, a birthday party for their youngest. They went all out with activities, pumpkin patch and bounce house!!! Hagan and I spent the entire weekend there. This last weekend we hosted a smores party for the entire preschool. Seanix put in a fire pit before he left so we’d have something to roast marshmallows over. It was a big hit! And so nice to have a huge fire As the cold temps kicked in.

We look forward to welcoming the Treehouser home this Friday! It will be a much needed reunion.

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Hangin’ tough

Hag and I are weathering the absence of the treehouser. He flitted in for our Seattle guest for four days, took off again for the World Treehouse Conference in southern Oregon and is back for a day before flying out to Missouri. We are really looking forward to a lengthy grounding this next round so we can catch up on being a family.Hag is learning many new words and especially interested in trees right now. He is such a sweet kid… Except when it comes to the rabbit. He treats Walnut like a sibling, throwing toys at him and is then shocked when Walnut claws at him. Oh, boy.

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