Well, as if often happens, we got so busy living life, that I forgot to document what was happening in our life. So, we’ve rolled over into a brand new year. Jude is doing great in school. He’s a strong reader and really wants to read chapter books on his own. He’s also amazing at math facts. Jude loves to play Nerf guns outside or build tents and forts inside (which unfortunately his little brother destroys). Fox loves to run and climb. He is a great observer, and we often see him mimicking behaviors we didn’t realize he was studying (holding a baby, loading a Nerf gun, typing on the computer, etc.). Both boys are going in their bond with one another, and in their ability to annoy one another.
Here are the highlights of the last quarter of 2015.
Pumpkin Patch: We went to visit the local pumpkin patch for some picture opportunities. I think we got some really great ones.
Texas Book Festival: We got to see Bob Shea, one of Jude’s favorite authors, present his new book. It was a beautiful day on the Capitol grounds and downtown, but it was a short day because sometimes festivals are a little too much. Here’s the only picture we got that day before the grand meltdowns.
Book Character Parade: Jude was supposed to have a Book Character Parade at his school (he was going to be a Wild Thing) but the weather was so terrible and severe, that we ended up sheltering in place for a few hours. There were tornadoes and flash floods. The power went out briefly. I was at Jude’s school to be a guest reader, but ended up being a guest for the morning because it was too difficult to leave. I told Jude we would never forget that day.
Halloween: This was the first year we went to Waco for Halloween. The boys were both Eggs from Boxtrolls, which was probably the cheapest costume I have ever made. Both boys got so many compliments. We went to the Art Center, for a Harry Potter themed game carnival, and then did some trick or treating with his cousins. We even got to celebrate cousin Kennedy’s 13th birthday with her on Sunday.
Thanksgiving: We really nice and relaxing, but apparently I didn’t take a single picture. I was probably too busy stuffing my face at three different Thanksgiving dinners.
Santa Sightings: We got to visit Cowboy Kringle in Gruene and also had a Breakfast with Santa at Jude’s school. Finally, during Christmas break, all the boy cousins took a group picture with Santa at Barton Creek Mall.
Jude’s class Christmas party: Jude and his classmates got to wear pajamas and make gingerbread houses. I had a fun time spending some time in Jude’s class and getting to interact with him and his classmates.
Christmas: We had a very lovely Christmas. We got to spend time with lots of family members, including Jude’s younger sister, Rosemary, and her two kids. I don’t think I took a picture of every house we did Christmas at (since three Christmases in one day, means you start to get tired at the end), but I wanted to at least say that we got to spend quality time with the people we love…and we slept like babies that night. Oh, and the boys wore their new pajamas all day, which made for a very comfy day. I guess it should also be acknowledged that it was a very warm Christmas, which was nice for playing outside at Mimi’s house.