Tuesday, January 01, 2013

adios 2012 ... part 1 where we've been

...and like that (cut to sound of lake city backyard fireworks) 2012 is gone

since my short term memory sucks, i'll start w more recent snippets and work my way back through the year.

...i'd told the boys we weren't going to do a lot of presents this year. instead we would go indoor skydiving as a family christmas gift. i figured if they will take kids as young as 3 then huggy's got a whole year on them and at 4 would surely be able to handle it.  j1 and his bro and i and the boys all suited up on a sunday morning.  wind speeds in the tunnel were in the 80s for the boys and went up from there depending on weight.  the boys were nervous but super brave and excited.  huggy still seemed suspect of the whole experience after the first round but had a blast nonetheless and stuck it out for another turn.  a pretty pricey outing but totally worth it for the looks on the boys faces.  so proud of them.

...whirlwind east coast tour. we took a 10 day trip to boston, ny and philly this spring.  

philly - the birth of 5-alarm casey was our excuse for the trip.  n.bay and j.bay were conquering the whole new parenting thing with ease. we took the boys to sesame place (woah, who knew people still wore fringe shirts over leopard print bikinis, work it).  most precious moment was catching fireflies with the muehlies and bakers.  we trapped them in mason jars and neglected to add airholes.  whoops.  hope karma goes easy on us for that one. 

boston - the boys latched onto their cousins and i finally got some qt w each of the girls. its really a shame we cant see them more often.  the boys adore them.

ny - seems like we always visit nyc during a heat wave.  too bad my little northwest babes melt with the thermometer over 80.  keeping the 5 and under set entertained and cool forced us to make a few detours and spend time in neighborhoods i'd never visited before.  caught up w tita ame as well as old friends.  and best of all we chanced upon the human tower.  at the base of the brooklyn bridge and in the shadow of janes carousel, 150 or so castellaners built several versions of the human tower.  the youngest seemed to be only a few years older the boys.  impressive.

...we took advantage of my flex fridays with lots of weekend getaways this year.  great wolf lodge, vancouver for the half marathon, camping at deception pass, san juan islands and hood canal, group getaway to cleellum, thanksgiving weekend in ellensburg w mototown.  j1 had the boys at home all summer so it was nice to always have a trip to look forward to.

...the rest of the year was full of the usual shenanigans.  we celebrated tacos 5th with a lego/swimming party.  huggies was a spongebob party in the park.  taco started kindergarten.  woah.  huge transition for all of us, but after a few months i feel like we're just getting into a routine.   he made friends pretty readily and now has to just work on paying attention.  

...mutton busting.  we hit the puyallup w mototown this year.  the boys got to go on a ton of rides but out of nowhere, taco insists that he wants to go mutton busting?  huh wah? really?  you want to hold onto a sheep bareback while it races across the pen?  that looks like fun to you?  ok.  even after an hour wait for the next race his inner cowboy was still calling to him.   now be it known, taco is not the bravest of little boys. not sure if it was because their big boy friend/hero drew was with us but taco insisted that he wanted to be a mutton buster.   little dude was wearing his soccer clothes while everyone else was sporting cabelas finest.  but he did it.  he held on for max, 2-3 seconds and was unfazed by falling off and being yanked off the ground by a buster wrangler. hi-larious.

...j1 finished the table and benches.  its lovely.  almost 2 years and a summer in the sliversons shed sanding and staining the wood while the boys played in the alley was totally worth it to have a substantial furniture addition to the back deck.  now lets hope the falling tree limbs dont smash it to bits this winter.

...i had fewer random diversions this year.  tried parkour and ran the vancouver half.  sewing class.  was woefully uncoordinated in a hip hop class. i tried to balance the relentless sports outings with a membership to the 5th ave.  between sounders huskies mariners and tball/soccer/oom yung doe, i figure a few musicals is the least i can squeeze in.  oh and we donned our jersey best for our first mud run.   super fun but oh so cold.  must bring portable shower for next year. 


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