Army Guys




DSC_1948One of my kids very favorite toys is Army Guys. DSC_1930

I know.


In this world of ipad, iphone, computers, etc. my  kids dream toy is the ultra low-tech plastic green army guys you get at the dollar store. I mean, these guys don’t even have bendable body parts!


They’ve been on the gift request list for every gift giving occasion since Calvin was 3. All of the kids love them and play with them. And at any moment in all those years since then, you’re liable to walk into a random room in my house and find an army gathered and positioned for battle. In fact, my very first Instagram post ever, years ago, was of an army guys set up.


It’s one of those things that just makes me laugh.

Sledding at the Cabin







My favorite day of the winter – the day we all pack up in our warmest snow gear and head up to the cabin. We load up our sleds with food and supplies and a small child or two, and pull it all in from the parking lot up the hill to the cabin.

DSC_1734Once inside kids ooh and ah at the Christmas tree that Santa has brought us, and eagerly unwrap the few presents he brings to us there . . . a fun left over of Christmas the week before. DSC_1885


DSC_1704Then everyone cuddles under the electric blankets while Daddy starts a fire in the big wood burning stove. It doesn’t take long for the cabin to get cozy and warm. DSC_1713


We sled, we eat chili and drink hot chocolate. We watch movies and play games. The afternoon slips away into the purple light of evening when we pack everything back into the sleds, add a small child or two, and hike back down to the parking lot for the cozy drive home.




One of my favorite days of the year.

Lighting the Tree of Life




DSC_1603Every year the Draper Park (which is about 300 yards from my house) lights up their trees. The grand central figure is one dubbed “The Tree of Life,” an old globe willow that they light up like a box of fire crackers. DSC_1610-3

This year, since we lived so very close, we went to the tree lighting ceremony and festivities. They had a marshmallow roast, hot chocolate, characters for the kids to meet, of course the beautiful trees to look at, and even Santa and Mrs. Clause came to the barn.

DSC_1619What a fun evening! DSC_1621