Everything you never wanted to know about our family and various other subjects.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January Flu Bug

We've been sick, sick, sick here.
So this will be short and sweet, since that's about as
long as I can stay vertical!
But here's a few photos from before the flu bug hit...

 Francis' Christmas stash...
he received a bag of M&M's from Fr. John Paul
and promptly squirreled them away in his jammie drawer.  Every night he eats one
and if I ask nicely, I get one also!

 Johnny got a drone from Jeff and Debbi...

 took awhile to figure out how to use the thing...

 now nothing is safe on the main floor!

Nonnie is proud of her puzzle.

Just had to share how groceries look on Monday afternoons.

Some game fun

 Johnny's birthday...
warming himself by the fire.

 We had Timothy over to make it somewhat special.
Little did we know that the germs were mounting even then.
Here's hoping we didn't pass the plague on to him.

Cutie pies

One picture after the flu hit...
sad little guy.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Last of Christmas Vacation

As this morning's temps dip to a chilly -11,  I'll share our fun from last week...

Andrew made a "stove" for Marianna's pots and pans right after Christmas.

We had a "fruitful" visit with Sr. Judith!

Momma still gotta get some schoolwork ready, even during vacation.

Andrew's new jigsaw comes with a black light for marking wood.  The kids tried the marker out on their foreheads (Franny's says "Kick my butt" and Gabriel's said "Loser")...

might as well mark up your hands, too.  (While you're at it!)

The girls tried out a Shrink Art gift...



with a little patience required.

More homemade play dough.


There was some outdoor fun, too.  (Off in the distance there is the beginning of a snow fort.)


Some successful spearing by Joseph on New Year's Eve day...


and good old fashioned family togetherness on New Year's Day.

(And the Christmas tree survived all the action!)

Caption unnecessary for this picture.

Favorite  new recipe for this holiday season...
Cinnamon Roll Coffeecake.

Monday was the end of all the partying and yesterday it was back to the books.  Hope your holidays were awesome, too~!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Very Merry Christmas!

 Christmas Eve Dinner

Christmas Morning Mass...Fr. gives healthy Christmas presents.

Posing with Baby Jesus

Correction...posing AND eating with Baby Jesus.

Andrew's Christmas suit found at the local second-hand store.

Manning the kitchen...

and more posing by the little man.

Opening gifts...

some necessities for Dad...

a chainsaw for FranMan...

cookware for our Kitchen Maid...

and more art for the Crafty Girl.

Stephen hasn't vacuumed his apartment since he moved in three months ago...
hoping to remedy that now.

Then it was time for the games to begin...
(and, no, they don't have a clue how to play cribbage
but Francis insists Maremare was cheating.)

Trying out Johnny's vintage football game
(most popular gift this year... been played pretty much constantly since he opened it)

Andrew headed up the gingerbread creation.

Therese dug into the Spirograph
(a close 2nd in popularity)

Now I can't get the kid to stop posing!

Gingerbread Nativity

Matthew took on Maremare in knee hockey
(and the tree survived)

And just one more round of football before we go!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas tree anyone?

This year we had to take two vehicles...
this was our crew.

Francis had a little help with the snowball fight.

There were a few trees left to choose from...

and just enough snow to throw.

Miss Nonnie refused to wear mittens.

Even the girls got in on the action.

The younger guys were perpetually on the run.



The obligatory picture before we head for home.

The Decorators...

and The Supervisors