I hereby warn you mothers of young children to NEVER make this mistake.
The PTA in our house now quietly stands for Pain in the you-know-what.
Anyway, I had a big event that I was working on steadily since Christmas, but now that that is behind me, hopefully I can get caught back up here.
So, imagine yourself stepping in to a time machine that will take you back to the far off date of December 2010.
This picture is totally out of order, but Blogger is not cooperating with me today. This was taken on Christmas day. Uncle Zach with all the boy cousins - Ezekiel, Benjamin, and Noah. Hello, Biblically named boys!
And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Before Christmas break, Claire's class had itself one humdinger of a party. Seriously, the parents in her class went all out, and we had chicken fingers, cupcakes, sandwiches, veggies, fruit, hot cheese dip, and more.
And then we come to Christmas morning. We stayed with mom this year, and here are the kids sitting on the stairs waiting to come down to see what Santa left for them this year.
In fact, Ben was so interested in everything toy-related, that it was difficult to restrain the kid at all. He was in Cloud 9 from the get go, and his joy and excitement was something to watch.
And, finally, my favorite of the night:
We love spending time with family while up in Ohio, but certainly one of the highlights for the kids is that they get to see their cousins.
Christmas Night was spent at my dad's house, and I just couldn't resist snapping a picture of this moment.
The day after Christmas we were able to catch up with some friends from college. We haven't seen Olivia and Andy Koch in probably 10 years, so it was so nice to spend some time with them and their sweet family.
The kids were all fast friends, and I am so regretting not having video evidence of the sweet Just Dance Wii performance that Claire and Caroline did for us. They were like 2 peas in a pod, and Ben is absolutely smitten by Sylvie. He still talks about how much he loves her.