It has been a while since I've done a family picture update! Here is the beginning of 2017 in pictures:
We have really been enjoying the mild beautiful winter. I don't think it's been below zero at all this winter, most days are warm enough to go out and enjoy the snow that has been falling pretty regularly. The woods are beautiful to hike in!
The kids love all of the great STEM activities we take advantage of at our local library.
One of our 12 days of Christmas activities was to watch the Star Wars Movie in the Theater as a family. I got to watch about 30 minutes of it before John was ready for a new activity so we went shopping at the outlet malls nearby.
The kids are old enough for family games and we're really enjoyed having family game nights together.
One day we went to New York so the kids could play at a water park. It was a lot of fun.
One day we went for a walk on Lake Champlain.
There was a brief January thaw and John took his van for a spin.
The kids' favorite evening activity is playing "Tornado" with Dad
Thomas poses mid-hop. He had to have a tooth pulled because it was infected. He was a trooper about it though and we love our dentist - he even played "light sabers" with Thomas to help him feel "at ease."
It's a bird, it's a plane....no it's super Thomas, here to protect football watchers from the fuzzy blue Monster attack.
The kids are enjoying a new to us teeter-totter.
Thomas working on his 100 days of school activity. The year is flying by!
Light saber fun. Thomas told me he changed his name to Thomas Skywalker.
John's favorite reading corner at the Library with the giant Teddy Bear.
Every night Luke's been requesting a chapter of Life of Fred and we're up to "Goldfish." He's doing some pretty challenging Math for a six year-old and loving it.
John's new skill is scooting around on his little trike. He insists I take him outside every day. His favorite sign is for "jacket" so he can go out. His San Diego born Mom is ready for Spring to come with its warmer weather! At least it's a bit warmer here than it was in Wisconsin.
Today was World Marriage Day and we went to Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral since Phil was part of organizing this beautiful celebration of the "significant anniversaries" for married couples in Vermont. There was even a couple there who was celebrating 70 years of marriage and all the couples present represented more than 1800 years of faithfully lived marriage. What a beautiful witness!
Doesn't John look handsome with his fresh haircut. His speech is really taking off and it's fun to hear John express his thoughts - most often in the form of commands right now but he will add a please when prompted.
Praise the Lord for His many blessings! We rejoice in His goodness and merciful love as we near the day of Phil's ordination to the permanent diaconate. We rely on your prayers! You are each in ours as well.