Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016

With Jackson and Emma both having birthdays in January, we always have a very busy month.

The second week of January, Jackson finally got his braces.  I took him to get his teeth cleaned at JC's office first.

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Jackson's braces  day 1

I took Emma out to do a birthday photo shoot at our soccer fields.  It was a beautiful January day.

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The kids were out of school both Monday and Tuesday of MLK weekend.  On Monday, Jackson got to go skiing with some friends.  It was 8 degrees that day.

On the way, Jackson asked the dad who took them to pull over so he could get a photo of the sunrise.

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Since there was also no school on Tuesday, JC and Brendan drove up for the night session to take a snowboarding lesson.  They had to take a few breaks to go in and warm up by the fire.

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I came home from work on MLK day to Emma making homemade play doh.  She loves to make things!

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We had a couple of days where it snowed about a half an inch.

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The dogs love to stay warm by our fireplace.  They cannot get close enough.

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We decided to trade our nice sofa for a sectional in the great room. That room is kind of small, and I was very worried about it overpowering the room, but I like it.  We needed some more seating for all 5 of us.

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We also were supposed to have a ton of snow Emma's birthday weekend from winter storm Jonas.  We ended up not getting as much as was predicted because it turned to sleet and freezing rain for the majority of the storm.

It didn't stop the kids from playing in it though.

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We didn't get a lot of snow, but I was still able to make a little snow cream.

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The storm hit the Friday of Emma's birthday weekend.  We were supposed to pick up her birthday cake that day from Costco.  JC made it out on Saturday and was able to get the cake for Emma's skating party on Sunday.



I will do a separate post for Emma's birthday party.  She had a rollerskating party and had so much fun.

After her party, we went to a neighbor's to watch the Panthers vs. Cardinals playoff game.

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Emma got a mini polaroid camera for her birthday, and she took that with her.  She got some cute photos.

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January also started Jackson's spring season of soccer.  Emma did not get to start because of the fields being soaked from the snow.  Jack's team did actually play in a tournament the last weekend of January.  He played in 2 out of the 3 games they had.  Jack started Confirmation at church on the 31st and missed the last game of the tourney.

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The last Saturday of January, we went back to Sugar Ski Resort (since Jack only had Friday and Sunday games), and this time we were able to meet up with JC's cousin, Hunter.

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Emma and Hunter hit it off beautifully.  He was so great to ski with her so that JC could keep checking on the boys.

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Emma did take a spill at the top of the mountain after someone cut her off, and she scraped her chin and busted her bottom lip pretty good.  Hunter was such a good sport and amazing skier that he carried her on his back and carried her skis in his hands the entire way down the slope.

Emma was quite worn out from the day's events.

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She even came in to sit with me for a while and fell asleep in my arms.  When she woke up she told her dad she was "fresh as a daisy" and went back out for a couple more runs! :)
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At one point Brendan took a break as well so JC and Jackson got to ski and snowboard together for a few runs.

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On the way home from Sugar, we stopped and had an early dinner in Boone at Makoto's again (same place as Jackson's birthday).  The kids love that place.

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The sunset was truly spectacular coming down the mountain.  This is not a great iPhone photo, but it was pretty.

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And just because, here is a photo of Brendan and Franklin.  Our dachshunds are beyond spoiled.

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The last day of the month was beautiful - sunny and 67.  We actually built a fire and enjoyed some time on the back porch.  Nothing better than to end your weekend like that!

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And Jackson and Rosey...Jackson had a busy day between soccer, chores and Confirmation.  He was out like a light on the sofa.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Emma's 8th Birthday Photo Shoot

The week before Emma's birthday, we had a beautiful Saturday afternoon so I decided to take Emma out for some photos.  We missed doing this for her 7th birthday so I was excited to get some new shots of our spunky girl.

First we started on the soccer field with a few fun shots.

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To get out to our fields, you have to drive under the I-40 bridges which also cross over the Yadkin River.  I've been wanting to do a shoot here for a long time so we ventured beyond the guard rails and got some amazing shots.

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We also took one more in her room with those balloons.

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Can't believe how grown up our girl is!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jackson's 13th Birthday

It's hard to believe that Jackson is a teenager now.  It seems like yesterday, he was just 3 or 4!

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The week of Jackson's birthday, he let me take a few photos of him at our house.  Both boys never like to have their picture taken so I was extremely happy just to get these.

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This year, Jackson really wanted to go skiing for his birthday especially since his birthday was on a  Saturday.  We found a really nice condo near Sugar Mountain ski resort that we rented for the weekend.  We went up after school on Friday and stopped in Boone to have dinner at the Japanese steakhouse that's been there for years.

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We were seated at a window by the courtyard.  They still had the Christmas tree decorated, and it looked beautiful!

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Our chef was really funny.  He kept trying to get Emma to catch these "rice balls" in her mouth.  I don't think she ever got one.

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On Saturday we went skiing.  I thought I would try it this time.  That was a mistake.  I am not cut out for skiing at all.

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Everyone else was able to pick up right where they left off.

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That night, Jackson blew out his candles and opened his birthday presents!

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I think Jackson had a great time!

This was the view from our condo Sunday morning right before we left.

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