Happy Hanukah

I have said this elsewhere but I loved wandering New York City during Hanukah as a kid and seeing all the menorahs in the window. I am happy to have one in my window now (though mine my be the only one in town). It is nice to see the boys starting to get into the holidays. They get a lot about Santa and the other cultural hallmarks of Christmas in their everyday life so it is nice to know some of the markings of Hanukah are also sinking in. The boys take turns helping me light the candles. Andrew’s free hand menorah did not start off so well but luckily he had just had a homework assignment on drawing shapes so I helped him with this drawing.


The semester is almost over and the winter holiday season is upon us. Today is also Sandra’s birthday. We aren’t traveling to see family this month but we are looking forward to fun family time with a couple day trips around the state. I am not a fan of cold weather in general, but I do find snow on the mountains pretty. (I find it prettier when the snow is on the mountains but not sticking in town. Less snow to shovel in my driveway and safer roads to drive on.) At this point Sandra would point out that I do have “helpers” when it comes time to shovel the driveway. I appreciate the moral support they offer though they aren’t quite to the point of making my shoveling job easier. They have fun though and that makes a difference.

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Andrew and my niece Kayla enjoying their work. 


Thomas and Friends

There is little more fun that a relaxing afternoon watching the trains. It doesn’t hurt to have a cool basement to retreat to on a hot day.

hiatus is over

Okay, so hiatus is perhaps woefully inaccurate. A hiatus is when you take a break of a known length. Considering it has been over a year, and I did not even check how long it was before that, I think it is safe to say that this post is long overdue. However, I am hoping to commit to at least one post a month and maybe Sandra can post once in a while too then this blog will come back to life.

This first picture is Andrew’s chalk art. Sandra was quick to point out the lines coming out of my face are whiskers. Evidently I need to shave more often.


The second photo is mine and I think this is awesome. Andrew is almost five and likes to help out. Here he is helping Hayden zip up his hoodie.

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Happy New Year


The boys really liked taking their power wheels or a spin.


Foam bath toys

Of all the gifts the boys got today the bath toys have proven some of the most popular. They’re playing nicely and not splashing all the water out of the tub.



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