January in a few pictures

Apparently it is February already or at least that is what my bills are saying.  January really went fast but I suppose that is what happens when you are sick for about 2 weeks.

Right after Christmas break we took the kids out of school and went on our first big family vacation.  We went to Florida to visit Ted’s parents who vacation down there to escape the cold MN winter.  I had just gotten rid of my fever a day before we left so I was not feeling the best most of the vacation but that did not stop my kids from having fun.

They have all said they want to live down there so they can play on the beach when ever they want.  Luke and Ryan said it would be ok as long as we fly north every winter to go downhill skiing.  I think our kids think we are rich….. There is more I wanted to write about our trip and include some more pictures but I will do that at a different time.

About 1 week after we got home from Florida, our niece arrived into the world.  Luke was excited to be the first one to hold her besides baby’s Mom and Dad (and probably the doctor and nurse during deliver but we didn’t tell Luke that).  She was an hour old. IMG_5961IMG_5971 Jenna was the only other kid who wanted to hold the baby.  Ryan said he would do it after his cast was off.  Quinn had no desire to hold the baby but she has been pregnant at home with a stuffed animal up her shirt for most of last week. IMG_5964Speaking of Ryan’s cast, it came off at the beginning of the week.  Ryan was one excited little boy.  Hopefully now life will get back to normal, the kind of normal where Ryan is still the last one out the door, still clueless to where he left his socks, still the last one ready for bed but at least able to do it all on his own and not make someone else late in the process…well except we are all waiting in the car for him or in his bedroom for stories so maybe nothing has changed.  Hmmmm.  Well at least he is happy.IMG_5995


About tochinaandbackagain

I am a stay at home mom to two very active boys and soon we will bring home two Chinese twin girls with cleft lip and palate issues. I spend my day trying to be the best parent and wife I can be with God leading the way.
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