Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The next day, on a whim, he tipped the empty bottle over a glass. To his utter shock, a measure of beer trickled out! He gladly savored this, surely the final bit he'd get.
The third day, reasoning that it had worked before, he again tipped the empty bottle over a glass. Again, there was beer to be had! It was truly a miracle. Alas, this was the final quantity, but what joy at the miracle we had witnessed!
In honor of this miracle, C decided we should ever after (in early January) celebrate the Miracle of Beerika (so named, because, like Hanukkah, this occurred over multiple nights).
Each year thereafter, beginning in early 2009, we have celebrated Beerika with friends and family. A feast is prepared and beers are paired with every course, from appetizers to cheese to dessert.
This year, the sixth that we have celebrated, C had some fun with 3D glasses and a 3D-esque beer label.
We ended the night with Cards Against Humanity (proving that we are all truly depraved) while the kids watched Pokemon. It was glorious!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
|From my pregnancy with Dee. I miss this...Not that old phone though.|
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Then I decided to play with camera settings and take artsy pictures of the book on our couch. Because I'm weird. I notice now that there's a decent amount of beagle hair in this picture. Also, it turns out my phone takes way better pictures if I wipe the child-goo off the lens once in a while.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Oh, and don't mind Dee. She's... Dee.
In other news, I took the dogs on a walk today in the snowy, blowy cold. It was like 20 degrees out, and we made it a whole 1.38 miles. Yay! Almost 3 down...297 to go.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Nine years ago we brought this hound home and named him MacGuyver. Yes, like the show. It is spelled wrong, I know, and I have only myself to blame. C got him for me for my 22nd birthday/Christmas present. We adopted him from a family who had gotten him as a puppy and had hoped to train him as a hunting dog. A duck hunting dog. If you are familiar with beagles at all, you likely know that they are traditionally rabbit hunters, and they prefer to avoid water unless they have absolutely no other option other than, say, death. I once carried MacGuyver into a lake up to my thighs just to prove that the water wouldn't hurt him. He swam back to shore and gave me what can only be described as a withering look. He will get his paws wet on very hot days but will not willingly get anything else damp. You might say he's a little prissy. You might be right.
I will likely write more about him in about a month when he turns ten. In the meantime, he's napping on my bed in the beagle nest he's made.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
The kids were practicing their evil laughs and also wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
This was after we went on a 1.5 mile walk (the kids and me plus the dogs, though Dee was in the stroller). As we got home and returned to our garage (the door of which is not functioning as intended due to a busted gear in the opener, yay, but we can manually open and close it), one of the front wheels on the stroller broke off (like, the plastic snapped). So glad *that* didn't happen on our walk. Then about a minute after we got everyone inside, it started snowing. So what I'm saying is we had absolutely perfect timing.
J turned 5, and had a pirate party.
I turned 30, and C threw me a surprise party.
C turned 31, and I did not throw him a surprise party.
Dee turned 2.
I got the Mirena removed.
We went on a fabulous road trip this summer to visit my dad and step-mom in WA. The kids got to go to the beach for the first time, and they absolutely loved it. So did the dogs.
We refinanced (more or less) and now have no more budget issues. YAY! We aren't rich but we don't have to stress about money so much any more.
Dee graduated from diapers.
J lost his first tooth (and lost the second one a few weeks later)!
J started kindergarten.
The kids were dinosaurs (well, James was a pterosaur) for Halloween.
I had to put down my parents' 14 year old lab.
I read 51 books.
I ran/walked 43.7 miles (out of my goal of 300).
Quite a year, really. Let's see what 2014 will bring (other than the cold I have gotten since last night...)!
P.S. If you want to see my list of goals for 2014, there's a tab at the top of the page that should take you right to it :-).