Hard to believe that January is nearly over and February is upon us.
I made a few modifications to my window boxes at our house and Aframe lake house to celebrate Valentines.
There is definitely a benefit to having two homes...more excuses and places to tuck decorations!
Happy "almost" February!
For my long time followers, you know that my husband loves Harry Potter and spends time each week reading Harry Potter during the lunch hour at two different elementary schools in his district.
Saturday night was their annual Harry Potter Yule Ball.
It’s a BIG deal and each year it gets more and more elaborate.
In the past, he has rented a Dumbledore costume for his special gathering, but this year he decided that he needed a costume of his very own to keep.
The pictures don’t do it justice. It turned out wonderful and he’ll be able to use it anytime he feels the need to be a Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Close to 200 students were in attendance this year.
Loads of creative food and several new activities were added to this year’s venue.
The potions class was a big hit.
Riding the Knight Bus (thank you Grand Rapids Trolley Company) was also very popular.
Several magical creatures were supplied by our local zoo.
We even had quidditch lessons provided by the Grand Valley State University Grindylowe’s team.
Once again, the decorations were nothing short of fantastic.
A truly magic evening.
Chris and all his amazing staff/parent volunteers really outdid themselves.
Have yourself a magical week.
I’m sorry if I scared some of you into thinking I was closing down my blog. I’ve got too much invested in my blog (the original purpose was to document our adoption journey) but it’s also been a great way to record our family’s adventures over the years, so I promise to keep this going. Thank you for all the sweet comments.
Christmas break was so nice. A bit crazy to start out with. Chris had a kidney stone that took 4 days to pass and right in the middle of his kidney stone issues, we lost power for over 72 hours (which meant candles/flashlights and being camped out in front of our gas fireplace on Christmas eve). I swear we are the only family in our subdivision that doesn’t own a generator.
As you can imagine, my favorite part of Christmas break was getting to the lake.
It finally snowed and we spent every waking minute outside.
I know I’ve said this before, but I love our Aframe more in the winter than in the summer.
We are such a winter sports family.
We took long snowy hikes.
We found new sledding hills.
Emma tested out her new snow shoes.
It was wonderfully peaceful.
So, now we are back into our school routines and my house and brain are disheveled.
Happy New Year to you, friends. I hope your January is filled with quiet and peace as we roll into 2016.
In 2008, we traveled to China to adopt a toddler who needed
heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot and hand surgery to remove an extra thumb. I'm always happy to share our experience with SN adoption. When I'm not at work, you might find me at an thrift/antique store or estate sale. I also love to sneak in a craft project and decorate our multiple dollhouses with my girls.
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In 2008, we went to the Jiangxi Province to adopt a little girl who needed open-heart surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot and hand surgery to remove an extra thumb. I'm always happy to share our experience with a SN adoption with others.
When I'm home from work, I love to sneak in a weekly craft project or a trip to my favorite antique/thrift stores. Come play with me!