A look back at the first month of 2016.
(And a little of the end of 2015)
That's a lot of candles. :)
And another year of my most favorite birthday gift ever.
Snow-Ice. We'll take what we can get this winter!
A slow/cozy afternoon of playing games.
Finally, a light over the table that doesn't feel like interrogation lighting.
The sun was out after a slew of gray, cloudy days.
Lunch out. (While the van got inspected.)
Rootbeer floats to ring in the new year.
And bananagrams until 9:30p for the small crew.
T rang in the new year sleeping in his raft. (Picture taken around 1a 1/1/2016.)
Happy New Year!
It was a chill day playing more games. (Kings in a Corner.)
We brought back 3 huge bags of these chips from Christmas with our family. (They didn't last very long.)
Last day of Christmas Vacation. J has been teaching them some card games. Except for Wednesday, he spent all week with us.
Also, I ditched coffee for the week and caffeine for at least a month. I kind-of really love coffee. So sad...
Cold, winter-like temperatures finally arrived and M made an infographic to let us know.
I love the afternoon light in January. Also, after a rough Monday without coffee/caffeine, I was feeling much more lively on this afternoon. ;) (Unloading the dishwasher during "rest time.")
We woke up to a beautiful frost.
They each made their own batch of energy bites. Beza even made hers nut-free to be school-friendly.
Then they each washed their own dishes. Oh my, they are too big to need a step-stool for the sink, but still little enough to not tower over it.
I had a cup of decaf coffee out and about. It was amazing. (Like the snow, I'll take it any way I can get it.)
We finally wrote our Christmas thank-yous.
T built a McDonald's in his room. (Of all of the places, I'm not sure why this one.)
We ended the night with coffee, popcorn and Amharic music to celebrate Ethiopian Christmas.
T insists on wearing these slippers that are at least 2 sizes too small. He has a strong case of sentimentality.
After Church, M and I ran errands and spied 2 different rainbows. This one on the way home was the largest rainbow I've ever seen. The bottom was crazy bright and so wide.
The sky when we got home.
Where J was busy putting new brakes on the van. (He is amazingly handy.)
Part 2 coming soon. (Due to some difficulties downloading my photos to the computer I decided to blog all of this month in two larger parts.)