Saturday, February 18, 2017

Warm February

Collin's original birthday party was cancelled due to the flu.  Birthday party #2 was held on Friday, and he stayed healthy for the party!

He invited a few friends to join him at Laser Flash.  Collin loved it.

This weather is AMAZING!  God is definitely smiling on our marathon training.  We're half way through our Boston Marathon training with a 17 mile run on Friday.

We even finished the run in short sleeves!

About global warming, my Grandfather said, "If this is global warming, I'll take it."


It's hard to miss winter when it's mid-February and my car windows are rolled down.  This. Weather. Is. Amazing.

I want to miss winter.  But I really, really don't.  I'm running in short sleeves.  The kids are playing outside.  My car is nice and toasty.

I thought about putting the winter boots back in storage.  Ultimately, I decided against it, as that gesture seemed a bit too optimistic.  I have a feeling winter may just be in hiding.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Spelling Bee

Another week closer to Boston.  17 1/2 miles down in 19 degrees.  It was so cold that my water froze, and my iPhone shut down!

What are the odds?  Connor participated at a spelling bee alongside Erin's daughter.  When you are in middle school, this is about as close as you stand to a girl.

Collin earned 2nd place.  His teacher was so happy that two of his students earned 1st and 2nd place in the spelling bee.

Before the spelling bee, Connor was very vocal about his disdain over participating in a spelling bee.

The Traders Point spelling bee contestants.

Second graders who placed in the top four.

Connor earned a 3rd place finish.

Because of his 3rd place finish, he earned a spot in the spell off.

I used to think being a sports mom was stressful.  Sitting court side watching my son toss a ball into the hoop or into a goal is nerve-wrecking.  But being a sports' mom seems dreamy compared to being a spelling bee mom.  I reached this conclusion while watching my sons in a spelling bee.

A spelling bee requires a team of judges and a laundry list of rules. The judges are sticklers.  They are not swayed by the tears of a losing child or the pleas from a passionate parent.

I watched the spelling bee with sweaty palms and knocking knees.  The boys stood up and bravely belted out everything from "pump" to "pontifical."

When both boys ended up the last few standing, I breathed a sigh of relief.  This proud mama un-gripped the seat and exchanged smiles with her sons.  They did g-r-e-a-t. 

Talking to the boys about money this month at:

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A round of sickness spread through the house.  Chris was the first sick one to fall.  I think we know who brought it home from the hospital!

Healthy Chris enjoyed a delight (in his mind) in a dinner out with my parents.

Running friends took me out to dinner for my birthday.

Week four of Boston Marathon training.

We celebrated a long run at the movies.

Running friends accompanied me to a birthday run!

Perfect birthday weather!

My favorite crew to celebrate with (plus Chris taking the picture!).

Birthday weekend was one of my favorites to date.  Chris was off, the boys had minimal activities, and the weather was amazing.  It hit 66 degrees with sunshine yesterday.  As I was raving about the weather, Caleb reminded up that the polar ice caps are melting.  I want to be saddened by that fact, but it's hard to be upset about walking around in shorts in January.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

For most of Christmas break, this is what my kitchen looked like...

Things get worse before they get better, right?

The first granite counter was mistakenly cut too wide for our cookstove, so our kitchen looked like this too:)

So I tried to get the boys out of the kitchen and mess as much as I could.

But the single digit temperatures didn't make it appearing to be outside.

But the end product was worth it.

There's always something.  The drawer underneath the cookstove won't fit.  Still need to get that worked out.

But, we couldn't be happier with the finished product!

The kids are back in school today.  And while I know one day the silence of having the boys out of the house will be deafening, today is not that day.  Today the silence was golden.

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On this blog, I will have more family pictures.

Back to school reality.

Thank goodness.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Warm Indiana Day

For January 2nd, the weather in Indiana was downright tropical.  Chris had the day off work, and the boys were on Christmas break.  We packed up the car and headed to southern Indiana.  First stop, McCormicks Creek Park for hiking.  With few other visitors, we had the park to ourselves.  The boys loved seeing the waterfall and climbing up the rickety (aka scary) water tower.  After a few hikes, we replenished the calories with a Jiffy Treat ice cream and (dad's favorite) barbecue dinner.  If winter stays this warm, I'll take it!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas Recap and New Blog

Apples to Apples was a crowd pleaser for the annual Wood-Maxwell Christmas Eve dinner.

On behalf of his brothers, Caleb wrote a letter to Santa.  I love that Caleb requested Santa mass produce super computers for the benefit of mankind.

 Our annal Christmas morning run tradition continues.  I love starting Christmas with these two friends.

At 7 a.m., the boys rushed down the stairs and checked out their new goods.

All smiles before diving into their presents.

Christmas stockings before presents.

 When you work late on Christmas Eve, you open presents while reclined on the couch.

Legos are always a hit.

Caleb loved his new shirt too.

Christmas morning tradition: Jesus birthday cake served with breakfast.

Collin blows out the candles.

The kids table at Christmas lunch.

Cuddle time before Chris goes back to work.

Cousins on Christmas.

When you work late hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas, this is how you spend the holidays.

Cooper snuggles with his baby cousin Amelia.

Baby cousin Amelia was loved on by many.

On the 27th, we celebrated with even more cousins.

Uncle Matt came to visit for several days.

New Year's Eve tradition: Japanese steak house with the Mantel Family.

New Year's Day: Ice Skating with the Brinkruffs.

The couple who skates together...

Christmas flew by in a flurry of food, family, and fun.  We stuck with our traditions:

-The Maxwells hosted our annual Christmas Eve dinner.

-I enjoyed an early morning Christmas run with two friends.

-We ate Jesus birthday cake on Christmas morning.

-Christmas was spent at Grandma and Grandpa Joseph's house.

These Christmas traditions are important to me.  I hope the boys continue these special memories with their families.

As part of my New Year's resolution, I started a second blog.  The blog is  I plan to blog everyday (or at least try to blog everyday) about my daily journey to intentionally parent my boys for a year.  In the blog, I'll record my thoughts along the way.  I still plan to place family photos and writing on this blog.

Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season!