Monday, December 7, 2015

November days...


Seems like we have nothing too grand to report, just every day happenings.  One morning as I was going around to open the blinds, I LOVE morning light, I looked out the window and saw this dreadful sight. A dead tree had decided to crash onto our trampoline.  Thankfully the fall happened during the night, no one was on the trampoline, and the tree fell away from the house! But, ugh!!! We had bought this for our kids for Christmas last year and I think I was as disappointed as they were! After we got the tree cut up and removed, we found that most of the trampoline was salvageable. Now we just need to find a few frame parts and we may be back in business! 
 
 After dinner one night I had cleaned up the entire kitchen, but forgot to put the syrup away.  Dylan took advantage of my oversight and proceeded to dump 1/2 of a new bottle of syrup onto the counter, and then eat/brush his teeth with the syrup.

The company Lucas works for has been working on a huge expansion, Great Country Timber Frames. They are finally up and running, and all the employees enjoyed an open house to see the new building and the new CNC machine. The machine hails from Italy, and I believe is one of only three in the United States.  This machine is programmed to cut beams and such for timber frame buildings. It allows for very customized work and is amazing to see in action!
 The new CNC machine
 This is taken from the meeting/lookout room. Customers will be able to come a see their project being made!
 
 One afternoon we made and decorated Christmas cookies...
 Dylan didn't want to finish his supper so he pretended to "fall asleep!"
 
We had a very nice Thanksgiving. Brent and Naomi Walder opened their table a bit more to allow us to join their family. The turkey was a gift from The BarnYard, Lucas' work. Each employee got an 18-20 pound turkey and we weren't sure we could've eaten it all. After the invitation was extended, Lucas told Naomi she could use the turkey and we would just enjoy her hard work!  Delicious! We played games with the kids, sang, and since the first feast wasn't enough, we had a round two!
 Kate, Kay, Lucas, Emily
 Dylan and Kate
 Ashton, Bryce, Collin
 Ken, Kay, Naomi, Rose, Dorothy, Collin, Lucas, Emily, Brent
 
The delightful evening was sobered when we heard news of a dear sister from Bradford who was killed in a car accident on her way to their own Thanksgiving. I think of her family often and pray they can feel God's presence. I can't imagine how their life has changed so much in just a moment. None of us is promised tomorrow and such tragedy seems to remind us of the brevity of life. I am thankful I was able to listen to her funeral service via the telephone.
 
The days after Thanksgiving we put up our few Christmas decorations and the kids got to decorate a gingerbread house. I took the easy way out and bought a kit. The decorated house lasted all of 3 days before it had been stripped of all the candy! 
 hard at work...
 all done before the candy snitches started tearing in...
 Dylan with our Dylan size tree, notice the big ornaments in the front, those are supposed to be on my coffee table with tealights in them.
 He was excited about his "sweatband"
Dylan loves to share Daddy's smoothies in the morning, but this one ended up all over  him and the floor when he tripped on my foot trying to carry it to the table!
 
Meanwhile...Lucas heads to work, only to call me about an hour later...he needed me to come check out his head. He had hit his head on the low soffit of one of the buildings and they were pondering if he needed stitches or not!? I decided they would most likely do something, staples was my vote. We were both right. He ended up with two stitches and 3 staples. Dylan enjoyed playing doctor and kept telling me he needed to "check it!"

Our fall has been a beauty, we are still enjoying some 50 degree days. Today was sunny and felt more like spring than winter. I'll take as many of these days as we can get, as winter is fast approaching, and is my LEAST favorite. Only a few good things happen in the winter, Christmas, some special birthdays, and our anniversary! Not much else.  We are looking forward to our trip back home for Christmas!  We think about Christmas so much throughout the year, then it's here and gone so fast. But we are going to try and soak up every moment!

Just found out this week though, we won't be coming back alone! Lucas' brother, Brandon and Sarah, will be joining us here in CT!  Not sure about the timeline for their move, but we are excited to have a few more familiar faces here! 

Lots of love and hugs from CT!!

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Birthday in Boston!

A lot has happened since I blogged last...we were anticipating Mom and Dad Gudeman's visit, and now that has come and gone, and now we are counting down the days until Christmas...only 44 more days until we head West for the holidays. But first things first.  Collin turned 11 last month. He invited a few boys for a bonfire to celebrate. I think they all had fun. They ate all my food, and nothing was destroyed, so I'd say it was a success!
Collin with his new ripstick from us, and a few of the boys
 
The following week Mom and Dad Gudeman arrived. Our plan was to build a swing set for our kiddos Friday and Saturday. Then head to Clarendon, Vermont to have church services at our small congregation there. Thankfully, after some trouble with the delivery of the wood, all the materials arrived and they were able to get to work! The sun was shining, but it was windy and cold! 
here is Dylan riding his "Christmas" present from Gpa and Gma
  
helping Grandpa with the lay out
 
Halle helping Dad
Collin pounding anchors in
Dylan..."I working!"
Almost done...the kiddos enjoying their first swing!
 
All day Friday Dad and Lucas smoked some pork shoulder roasts. They got it started a bit late, because they forgot to put the meat on the grill before they gallavanted off for donuts and coffee. We couldn't believe we were pulling out games at 11pm to pass the time until it was finished! Finally at midnight the roasts were done and the boys could get to shredding!
 
Saturday afternoon we headed up to Vermont. Just under a 3 hour trip. The scenery was so pretty! We enjoyed a pizza dinner with some of the locals, and the kids swam all evening. I didn't get many pictures because I was too busy visiting. Sunday we had a lovely day of worship with some others from Rockville joining us there, as well. After church we went for a walk, then enjoyed another delicious meal with the local brethren before we headed for home.  
 baby boy loves his daddy!
 The sun was shining thru the storm clouds and lit up the colors on this tree!  SO beautiful!
 
Monday was Collin's birthday, so we let him take the day off of school and headed to Boston with Mom and Dad. Dylan and the others were in good hands back home. We started downtown and walked the Freedom trail, enjoyed lots of good eats and even a ferry ride. 
 Grandma, Collin, Grandpa at Fanuiel Hall
 Collin's birthday cupcake from Grandpa!
Getting his hug from Aunt "Bub" via dad!
 
on the trail
Bunker Hill Memorial
Collin begged me to hike to the top of the Memorial. Since no one else would,  I reluctantly obliged...294 steps later I was regretting my choice!
trying on hats...
this one reminded me of the old football helmet my dad used to wear, back in the day!
Fishing hat for one of the cutest fishermen I know!
 
The next weekend was Halloween. We had been invited to join some friends for trick or treating!
Halle-Glinda the good witch

Cutest little elephant I've ever seen! 
Collin-stickman
Bryce-Ironman, with his loot                                 Collin with his loot! 
 
 
Halle playing dress-up, and some crazy dude behind her!
The pumpkins. Collin didn't get to carve his because he was gone the day we did the others
Snowboard Collin bought with some of his birthday $. 
 Dylan and Collin with Collin's cake...
 
The rest of these are just snapshots from the past few weeks.  As you can see, they are LOVING their new swingset! Dylan had his first run-in with the bottom of someone's shoe while they were all swinging. Hopefully that kick is the only one necessary for him to learn to be careful! Unfortunately for Dylan, there is no stopping when someone is swinging!
 
 
Halle 
Bryce pushing Dylan 
Dylan showing off his donut sprinkles. I got this picture from Lucas one morning. Dylan got to go with daddy and he was thrilled when that ride included a trip to Dunkin Donuts!  
 Bryce and Dylan
 Collin, Lucas, Halle-dinner at Red Robin 
Dylan and I stopped at Lucas' work to see him one morning...and enjoyed a trip out back to see the piggies! Yes, Lucas works for the BarnYard, but no they don't do livestock. They sell sheds, and custom buildings. However, out behind the office is a large pasture area and owner's son-in-law keeps his two pigs out back. Which makes for just one more fun thing to see when we visit daddy...which isn't too often!
 
The biggest change around our house lately is my re-entrance back into the work force. I am now on the substitute list for the Stafford School District, as a paraprofessional. Last week was the first week I was available and I worked 3 of 5 days. I had to turn down two calls because I already had appointments scheduled. I am excited to get out of the house a bit, and Dylan so far loves going to the sitter/daycare. Another mom from church just started an in-home daycare this summer. She has a little girl just a week older than Dylan, and a little baby too.  He loves the play time he is getting, and I love the adult interaction! Today I am home, catching up on housework, blogging and bills. Unfortunately for me, the housework doesn't do itself while I am at work! But I am thankful for the opportunity to work, and even for the work waiting for me when I get home. Because that means I have a house, a family, clothes, food to eat, and so much to be thankful for!
 
Lots of love and hugs from CT!