Tuesday, April 22, 2014

celebrating grandma

My grandmother passed away in December. She was 85, but her passing was very sudden and we all miss her very much. She was clear that she did not want us to have a funeral for her. But if we wanted to have a party, that would be ok. This weekend we had that party. And she would have loved it. Family and friends. Food and champagne. Laughter and tears.

My grandmother was an incredible woman. In so many ways I hope to be more like her as I grow older. We are blessed to have had her. But the saying goodbye part is very, very hard.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

this week...

...Audrey attended an orchestra concert with friends and the boys started soccer. Busy spring in full swing!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

wintergrass 2014

It's been awhile since I've blogged. Busy. Lazy. Tired. All of the above. But then Wintergrass happened this week and I just had to share.

Wintergrass is a bluegrass festival that Patrick and I started attending back in 1995. It was one of our favorite weekends each year. For obvious reasons, our attendance has been sporadic since having kids. And when we started the adoption process two years ago we cut it out all together. Between hotel, event tickets, food and gas it quickly became a luxury we could no longer afford.

On Wednesday - Patrick found out that he won two weekend passes from a contest he had entered on facebook weeks before (a $280 value). And then we found that kids under 12 are admitted free. So woo-hoo - we can all go! But just for one day or two? The most convenient thing would be to stay at the Bellevue Hyatt where the event is held. But...it's been booked for a year for this event and it's too expensive. I decided to call anyway. On Thursday - there was nothing. On Friday - they have one room. At a reasonable price. With one king bed. Um - ok. It'll kind of be like camping, with a bathroom. We can make it work. 

On Saturday when I went to check in I asked if they perhaps had anything else. Why yes- they did. A room on the top floor, with two beds, for the same price. Yes, please!

We had a gift card from grandma and grandpa which we used for dinner. And we've perfected breakfast and lunch in the room (cereal, milk, yogurt, fruit, bagels, cream cheese). So it was very affordable.

We had such a wonderful weekend. Tons of great music and fun family time. This entire thing was such a gift. It was completely unexpected. And we are just so grateful.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday, December 20, 2013

snow day!

It's been a couple of years since we've had this much snow to play in. The kids were THRILLED!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas program

The kids all participated in the annual Christmas program at our church. They look forward to it every year and do a great job!

Audrey was a shepherd and also one of the narrators. She had lots of lines to memorize and did great. Liam was Joseph and played his part perfectly. And Ethan was an angel - a bit of a stretch for him - but he did it well. :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

crazy, busy, wonderful day

This Saturday was busy - but so much fun. Ethan had his first basketball game in the morning. Then we hurried up to meet the firetruck Santa that visits our neighborhood and collects food and toys for people in need. Then we went down to the port festival and saw some amazing gingerbread houses. Then we went to Walk Through Bethlehem, which has become a family highlight. Oh - and we did all those things in temperatures that did not get over the teens. Brrrr! But all had fun and wonderful memories were made.