Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Holiday Visit

We enjoyed almost a week in Massachusetts at my parent's new home. It was so very nice to visit with them and with Lea, Ryan, and Roebin.

Mom with her Wall Street Journal, Milo with his picture puzzle.

This particular morning the temperatures were in the low twenties but that did not keep Levi inside.  He was excited to discover the iced-over koi pond.
Papa led the boys on an exploration mission.
Nana read lots of books. 
Lots of snuggles.
Roebin says, "Help!  Where did Ruby go??"
We told Levi he had to hang on tightly.  Roebin loves to pitch himself forward without warning.
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas in Boston

We've had a lovely day. It was a treat to celebrate with Roebin on his first Christmas.

Roebin is starting to crawl, though he can only do it backwards. In an effort to go forward he gets up on his hands and knees then pushes up onto his toes and balances there for several seconds. Yes, Roebin is planking. I've got to catch a picture of it before we leave!
The boys have enjoyed exploring Nana and Papa's new house.
Uncle Ryan and Papa helped Levi with his new Lego set.
Daddy and Milo played with his new tracks.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holly Jolly

Last weekend we celebrated an early Christmas with the Dickson side.  It was so nice to see everybody.  Lots of fellowship and food and fun.

Time for our annual family picture!
One with hats!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Knots and String

Levi called me from my room to the great room. I found this little surprise suspended from a string.
It was delivered by this cute kiddo.
This game went on for awhile...I kind of want to install a pulley system up there now.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

3rd Annual CousinSugarExtravaganza

We're making it a tradition to get together with Joel and Kelly's crew for some holiday sugary fun.

here's 2011
here's 2012

This year we watched KC Sporting win the championship and made sugar cookies.

Lucas took this picture then thankfully made sure Levi washed his hands before handling anything edible.   Ben and Milo were really funny about cutting out the dough.  They treated it more as a play-doh experience- wanting to make 3D objects (like a wall) instead of flat snow-flakes and whatnot.  They gave Kelly a run for her money.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Here are some Thanksgiving pictures...better late than never, I suppose.

The boys helped with potato peeling.

Milo fell asleep on the hour's drive to dinner.

Chuck and Aundrea were gracious to host.  Charlie enjoyed his first Thanksgiving.

Love her.
The boys enjoyed playing with their cousins and their cousins' toys.  All the pink toys and dollies were a departure from our usual playthings.
Everybody pitched in to make a delicious meal.
We finished things off with pies. 

Monday, December 09, 2013

Pilgrims and Indians

Last month, Milo and I got to attend Levi's kindergarten Thanksgiving performance. It was adorable to the utmost.
There were cookies.
I think Milo may have a slightly skewed view as to what kindergarten is like.  His only exposure to the classroom has been the Halloween party and now this.  I'm guessing that in his mind, SCHOOL = SUGAR.

Friday, November 22, 2013


I really enjoy watching the boys create.
This is a "race sled"
Race sledding is a fierce sport.
Milo spent an hour creating a special vehicle.
It has guns, telescopes, lights, and extraneous wheels.  Awesome!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

More Vacay Photos

How cute is this bebe?!?
I bought him this shirt while he was in utero. It's so fun to see him wearing it.
Posing with great-Grandma and great-Grandpa.
On Saturday, Uncle Don and Aunt Renee hosted the birthday party for Grandpa.  They made fried grouper and it was delicious.
Selfies with my Mom. 
There was cake.
"Uncle Luke, help me!  Auntie won't stop kissing me."
He is gnawing on his toes.
I told you there were many kisses.
Kiki is so good with babies.
Grandpa planned a campfire for the kids, complete with s'mores.
Thank-you to these two for a great trip.
Sleepy boys. 
This was my rocking horse when I was little!  Grandpa restored it.  It was fun to see Milo enjoying it, too.