Monday, January 19, 2015


Well if it isn't going to snow, we are going to at least enjoy the nice weather when it comes! It was so nice to get out and get a good bike ride in!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friends, snow tubing, and the cabin.

The kids love spending time with their friends and as a bonus Dan and I get to spend time with our friends! We had dinner with Tim/Lindsey/Tucker/Gracyn and the kids had a blast. Then we were lucky enough to visit the cabin at Massanutten with all 20 of us. It was a tight fit but we make it work and somehow manage to have an amazing time! We got to go snow tubing which was a bonus. It wasn't real snow this year, but that meant we went down the massive hill that much faster! I didn't get a lot of pics from the weekend but we sure do have a lot of great memories!
What a bunch of cuties!!

Time to hit the hill with our tubes! Carter had a blast! I was more scared than she was our first run down the hill!

They are a good bunch of kids!

Silly faces!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

An "Ice" day

We got our first "snow" day but it sure wasn't much fun to play outside. The kids insisted on playing outside in the dusting of ice we received over night. They came down the stairs fully dressed and ready to go outside. Sean found all the snow gear and helped Carter get dressed. They managed to make it out there for about 30 minutes. They even pulled each other around in the sled, on the grass with a thin layer of ice on it. They are dying for some real snow and Dan and I sure wouldn't mind either! Snow days are the best!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NYE Family Style

We didn't have any fancy plans for New Years Eve so we decided to have our own party, just the four of us. We watched a movie, ate appetizers for dinner in the living room, did some legos, wore our PJS and bathrobes and celebrated with a midnight, I mean 9:30 pm, sparkling cider toast! It was a great way to ring in the new year. Dan and I even managed to stay up until midnight!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sugar Shack-yum!

There is a new local donut shop around the corner from our house, we thought today was the perfect day to try it out! It was like eating dessert for breakfast! So good!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas in Cville (#3)

Even though they had opened up plenty of presents already that didn't stop the kids from being equally excited about our third Christmas Day. It was our first Christmas with the newest Rettig (well Ertel) and that brings the grandkid count to 4. Nana and Poppi were thrilled to have us all together for Christmas.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The cows

Walking down the road a bit to visit the cows is a favorite past time of the kids (and poppi!). So shortly after we arrived in Charlottesville for Christmas #3 we headed out on our walk. The cows were overly friendly this time, showing us all sorts of bodily functions! (ick)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Playground fun

It was time to get some fresh air and play outside. The weather was so nice so we took the kids to the local playground near my parents house. They had fun as usual. Sean enjoyed trying out his new walkie talkies that he received for Christmas.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas day in NC

As usual Nama and Poppy spoiled us all! The kids got a whole new slew of toys and gifts and were excited to play with them all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nama and Poppy's House-Christmas Eve

After our family Christmas in Richmond we drove to NC to spend a few days with my family, including my grandparents who drive from Buffalo each Christmas to spend the week with us. On Christmas Eve we have a tradition of decorating sugar cookies. The whole family helps, which is necessary since my mom makes so many cookies! Of course there is a fair amount of sampling along the way!

After that we head to an early Christmas Eve Service at church around 5pm, but not before family pictures around the Christmas Tree. We also exchange home made christmas gifts and have a huge appetizer dinner! We've had this tradition for so many years I cannot remember anything different. We stuffed ourselves with all sorts of delicious appetizers and desserts before heading off to bed to dream about Christmas (again!)

The Whole Fam!