Monday, January 5, 2009

We're Baaack

After a long hiatus, I am FINALLY updating the blog. Unfortunately, I don't have time to write a proper account of all the happenings since Christmas, so I'll give you the highlights and spare you the details until I have more time to elaborate . . .

The kids and I had a wonderful Christmas at home. Santa was very generous with the toys and electronics and less generous with the live animals. Hence, we remain dogless. I cooked Christmas dinner [insert joke here] and made a ribeye roast and all the fixings. I even made a birthday cake for my friend, Tony (and for Baby Jesus, of course . . .). Yes--I can actually pull-out some domestic and culinary skills when the occasion requires it.

Two days after Christmas my basement flooded. We had been buried under snow and suffered frigid temperatures for most of the week preceding Christmas and then, inexplicably, in one day we were stricken with warm weather and rain (which melted all the snow right into my basement). This was easily the most impressive flood we've had in our basement. Therefore, I'm going to commemorate the occasion with new carpet and several thousand dollars worth of uninsured flood mitigation. Happy New Year to me!

While my basement was busy drying, I decided to take the kids to Nebraska for a few days. (This is the main reason there have been no recent blog entries--I don't like advertising the fact that my house is unoccupied on the internet . . .). We visited my sister and her family and their new baby, Bennet, who was born on December 29th. Aubrey and Regan have been appointed to be his Godmothers and are beside themselves with excitement.

We also visited several friends and one of Jeff's brothers in Lincoln. I was so happy to see friends that I haven't seen in so long and it was neat to see my kids and their kids playing together.

The kids behaved like perfect angels in the car--even Finn. I was so so proud of them. I like to think that traveling will get easier as Finn gets older. However, it looks like a convenience store exploded in my minivan there are so many candy wrappers and spilled sodas, and McDonald's cups, so, needless to say the van is getting detailed tomorrow. Maybe I'll have them put some flames on the doors while they're at it because I'm a Cool Mom.

It was, bar none, one of the best trips I've had to Nebraska and I'm so glad that when we had the chance, we took the opportunity to visit people that we don't see very often. Unfortunately, due to the constraints of school and work we won't likely take another trip any time soon. Which means you'll see more frequent blog updates! Yay!

Sorry, this is short, but I have more laundry to do and bills to pay and other "mom" things to do--poor Aubrey is sick and I really need to go check on her. Even though she's big, she's still my baby too. (I think I hear all her friends gagging right now . . .) Sorry, Aubrey. I didn't mean to embarrass you.

Until next time, take care and Happy New Year!

Kelly & Kids


Gretchen Viney said...

Humane Milwaukee. Here's a picture of Snickers (he's ours, so you can't have him, but there are so many other adult dogs and cats out there--). A cat is really not much trouble, especially with such well-behaved children to take care of them. (Hey kids, I'm trying to help here!)
Humane Milwaukee

Katie Clancy said...

Was wondering how the trip went - and so glad you made it there and back safely. With all the storms here in Iddeehoe as well as Chicago, I thought you might hit something. Hope you also got some rest while helping out your sis. Congrats new Auntie again! We'll talk soon I hope. Lots of love. K