Happy 2013!

Happy New Year (about 12 days late)!  We are back to school and in regularly scheduled mode again, but I wanted to share some pictures of our last few days of Christmas vacation.  Every year for Christmas, the kids get a little bit of money from Papa to buy themselves something.  This year they all picked out new shoes.  Interestingly enough, the shoes match their personality.  Andrew picked out “Tony Hawk” shoes because that’s what the cool kids wear.  Sophie wanted boots to be stylish, and Aidan chose bright neon orange and yellow tennies because he just doesn’t care what anyone thinks about his style sense.

They all donned their new clothes to go to a New Year’s eve party.



Since having kids, I don’t think Tony and I have done the same thing twice for New Year’s Eve.  Last year we spent it with just the boys at the IU basketball game.  This year, the entire family was invited to the home of some friends of ours from church.  There were four couples and their kids and we had a great time.  The guys watched football, the kids played and the women played board games.  Not your usual New Year’s eve celebration, but just our speed lately.  This is what Sophie looks like after playing nicely until midnight:


New Year’s Day we headed to Mom and Dad’s for our traditional New Year’s Day lunch – corned beef and cabbage.  They still had a significant amount of snow left at their house, so the kids had a ton of fun playing.  Papa had rounded up a couple of sled and the boys had a ball racing each other down the hill.  They had even more fun watching Grandma, Papa, and Aunt Connie race down!  Tony and I didn’t bring our snow gear, so we were the designated photographers.





Not a fan of sledding, Sophie called herself the cheerleader.  Then she and Aunt Connie built a snowman.  Somewhere there exists a similar picture of Aunt Connie and I playing in the snow when I was little.




Here’s a couple of random shots from the past few days.  Sophie loves her Disney World castle from Grandma and Papa.  She also adores her Mary statue.  So much, in fact, that I often catch her playing with it.  I walked through her room the other day and had to snap this picture.  I call it, “Our Lady of Disney”.


Going back to school was tough for all of us – but mostly for Sophie.  She came home from preschool and started playing with her Leap Pad only to fall fast asleep with the stylus in her hand and the game still going.


We have so many things to look forward to in 2013  – hope you have a wonderful year as well!





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