The Pox is Upon Us!

Lucia and Rose have Chicken Pox! They were exposed a couple of weeks ago, and we noticed the first pox on Monday night. Tuesday was OK, but things have gone downhill since then. Lucia has a ton, and quite a few on her face. Rose has about half as many as Lucia, but also some in some uncomfortable places. They are doing better now and we hope to see some improvement over the weekend. 

Mari’s Band Concert

Mari is an awesome tuba player! Here is her first band concert from 2018, well, one song. The tubas actually get to play the melody for part of the song, which is cool

 Two notes: 

  1. Mari really is good at tuba. She gets rave reviews from her teachers.
  2. Hearing the kids play in their bands is awesome. For one of the first times in their life they are part of something big and impressive.

Christmas Decorations

On our way back from Kansas City we stopped to pick out our Christmas tree at the Costco Christmas tree farm. This has sort of become a tradition as soon as we are back from Thanksgiving and we drive right by Costco on our way home from Kansas City, so it works well.

We got the tree installed right away when we got home.
settle in overnight and started decorating on Saturday morning.
Elliot finding the right spot.
Andrew and Susan finished things up.
It was a beautiful day, so in the afternoon we worked on the lights on the outside of the house. The older kids enjoyed their time on the roof.
Christmas Dancer

Thanksgiving in Kansas City

This year for Thanksgiving we headed south and spent the day with the Connors in Kansas City. It was fun. 

Aunt Mary bought a big table cloth that we all took turns helping to color in.
The weather was nice, so we went for a walk 
Before dessert the kids tried their hand at launching and catching whipped cream.
Dinner was so good that we forgot to take pictures. Dessert was pretty amazing, too.

Living History Farms Race

Andrew ran the Living History Farms race this morning, the unofficial end to the cross country season. It was about 26 degrees out, with a sharp wind out of the north. There are several creek crossings in the race and he was fairly wet. 

Cincinnati Trip

This weekend we made a quick trip to Cincinnati. We left Thursday afternoon and drove home on Monday. Holly’s 40th birthday party was on Saturday night and we thought it would be fun to show up for the weekend and surprise the Donleys and the Beinkempers. It was.