The Fog Between Christmas and New Year’s Day

Story told by: Lainey

We’ve been living in the fog that is the time between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It’s been a great time where we’re still in vacation mode (even though Daddy had to work a few days), there are new Christmas toys, and still tons of sugar in the house.

The day after Christmas we found out we needed to buy a new dishwasher, so Daddy spent a few hours installing it. Way to go, Daddy!

While Daddy worked on the dishwasher, we worked with Mommy on putting together our new Lego sets (while Brody slept because that kid is a nightmare when it comes to working patiently on anything).

I’m getting to the age where I can follow Lego directions on my own!

I needed very little help from Mommy for this castle.

I’ve enjoyed having lazy mornings with the boys.

We got out of the house one day to meet Mac and Ivy at Planet 3 (the trampoline place).

Mommy and Christy even got in on the action!

Our fantastic babysitter, Taylor, asked to take me on a special date. Of course!!!

She took me out to lunch, and then to get my first-ever pedicure!

After pedicures, she took me back to her house to watch a movie and eat lots of delicious treats. Thank you so much, Taylor! We love you!

We cheered on the Cougs in the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State. It didn’t go well. At all. But we still love our Cougs! See you guys in September!

Na Na and Ba Ba gave us these awesome activities for Christmas. We spent two full days coloring!

After the coloring was complete, we put them together!

The boys shared this rocket.

And here’s my gingerbread house!

Mommy took Henry and I to see “Coco.” We really liked it! (And Henry and I devoured that giant tub of popcorn.)

Mommy learned how to use her new Instant Pot. She made loaded cauliflower soup. It was delicious! (And she even used her new immersion blender for this recipe as well!)

On New Year’s Eve, we had yummy 2018 pancakes for dinner!

Brody also helped Mommy make cupcakes for New Year’s Eve. (Only the best sous chefs can pull off sunglasses and no pants.)

Our favorite tradition on New Year’s Eve is to stay home and play games all night. We love it! We started with this fun game from Uncle Jeff!

Next up was Zingo!

Then Hungry, Hungry Hippos!

And finally Zimbbos!

Next we pulled out hats and blowers for our 8 p.m. New Year’s Eve celebration! (We can’t quite make it to midnight. Nor do Mommy and Daddy want to attempt it with us.)

Netflix has countdowns on it, so we used one of those to count down to our celebration.

Mommy made special treats to toast to the New Year.

Cheers!

The treats were a hit!

And messy! We enjoyed our treats, and then were all in bed by 8:30! Happy New Year!

Mommy and Daddy stayed up until midnight playing Ticket to Ride and drinking wine. They laughed and danced and had so much fun! Favorite tradition!

Today we’ve had a great lazy morning watching the Rose Bowl parade.

Perfect way to start 2018! Happy New Year!

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