On My Mind

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Running in under 15 degrees is the new norm.
I was a better baker in the UK. Hurumph.
Damn Lions. Damn damn damn.
The only way Andrew can turn off holiday music is if he puts on Ben Howard. He has 3 more days.
Macy’s Santaland was spectacular. I love how Minnesotans celebrate.
A proper White Christmas is going to be beautiful.
Birthday celebrations should, and did, go all week.
Dating during the day is highly underrated.
Christmas movies and more Christmas movies.

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Macy’s Santa Land

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We had to do the obligatory mall Santa, and after some interwebs searching I found out about Minneapolis’ Downtown Macy’s Santa Land. We asked around we were persuaded to go check it out.

It was awesome. Super festive for adults and tons of eye candy for the munchkins. Bonus, Rye kept it together for Santa. And if you can’t tell by the picture, he was asking for the second of his two front teeth.

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Twelve Month Anniversary

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Age: One WHOLE Year
Weight: Small sack full of toys
Best Moment: BIRTHDAY MAGIC. I have no idea why everyone was giving me gifts, but I got cake and it was awesome. The house looks like Toys R Us exploded everywhere.
Worst Moment: Mom told you about my ears? Total bummer.
Eating: My 5 1/2 teeth allow me the freedom to chomp on a lot of good stuff. I’m not too picky I am a big fan of fluffy carbs.
Notables:
The doctors tell me that I’m really vocal and have some solid verbal skills, which I’m choosing over walking at the moment. I can get the syllables down so people other than mom and dad know what I’m saying.
I love waving and saying hi and bye. Skype me more often!
I celebrated my first Thanksgiving, with just enough teeth to get by.
Christmas is everywhere. You should see our “tree.” Mom only lets me point at it, so I do that a lot.

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Simply Smashing!

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Joint birthday celebrations are all the rage. We had some terrific friends over, including an international aunt and uncle. Delicious snacks, too many desserts, and a big ol’ bar.

I took some serious pride in making Rye’s first ever cake, decked out for his birthday. He picked out the neon blue frosting; no way I could say no to that. We teased him and let him check out the cake so when we shoved it in his face later he wouldn’t be scared.

Smash cake success. I think the kid could have kept going but there’s only so much sugar you can watch your tiny child inhale.

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He loaded up on new toys and now our house looks like a toy aisle at Target…we love it.

What an awesome celebration and we can’t wait to kick off birthday week here at our house.

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Boo Boo

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I’ve strongly debated sharing this story, but maybe it will put someone else at ease.

Last week our babe had ear surgery for tubes. It was emergency, it was scary, it was the best thing we’ve done. I know these surgeries happen daily, but anytime your wee one has to go under it doesn’t sit well.

Since September he’s been fighting a chronic ear infection in the same ear. About every other week we’d have some bad days with long nights and no school. We were taking him in and out of the doctor, and after the 4th straight round of antibiotics we were nervous.

We knew he wasn’t himself in Atlanta and when we came home that night he hit some record high temps, which will scare the daylights out of any sane person. Doctor visit Monday for another round of antibiotics. The docs were hesitant to put him on another round, but the only other option was tubes so they tried one last shot. Not even 12 hours later we were on the phone with a nurse. Ryder was the color of a strawberry fighting a high fever. The following day we made an appointment with the Ear Nose and Throat specialist. They squeezed us in and after telling the Dr we were ready for tubes, he said that was the best decision and it needed to be as soon as possible.

Less than 24 hours later we found ourselves at a state-of-the-art medical center. I’ll fast forward…there were tears, but he was in the BEST of care.

48 hours later, standing, waving, belly laughs had all returned. Most importantly sleeping!! He’s a new lil dude.

Total side-note, he is a daddy’s boy. When he wasn’t well Roo could cheer him up and stop the crying in a matter of seconds. I am now starting to get offended:)

It’s crazy how quick it happened but how long he had to deal with not feeling well. We’re beyond bless to be in the states with top-notch care.

Ryder says thank you for the well wishes! Xx

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

A festive weekend here for our household. Christmas parties, Santa and one ginormous tree.
Our real estate agent was kind enough to host a holiday party for new homeowners where Ryder cried for Santa (exactly what dad wanted) and we Andrew picked out the BIGGEST tree they had.
We’ve been party planning for the little guy and enjoying a snowy weekend at home.
And Christmas miracles do happen, thank you Michigan State!

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Ho, Ho, Hold On Holidays

Thanksgiving came and went too fast. We had a wonderful visit back in Georgia. Chef Andrew made another perfect turkey, and I made a mess baking. We celebrated my old man’s 60th. And bout had a heart attack watching all the chaos of college football. I also managed to get an epic cold so that was fun. Thank you for the warmer weather.
I’m thankful we decorated for Christmas before we left for Georgia, because Ryder came home poorly. I’ll spare the drama but is been the longest week.
Oh, the weather. The North Pole is sitting on us for the next week. The only time we’ll break 10 is on a clock. 70, GA? Cram it.
The snow was awesome, beautiful and fun. Driving…um nothing closes!! We have no business being on the roads but it’s business as usual. Blows my damn mind.
That’s a snapshot of the past two months weeks. I need a nap.

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