The new year has started out with tons of fun activities.
Here are a few that we've shared the last few weeks.
Our Wine Club got together to welcome Dave and Rosann's daughter Jocelynn Anne into the our little group. Mary and Mike co-hosted with us and we had a great time catching up with everyone after the holidays. I didn't take many photos, but wanted to share a few.
Jocelyn intently watching Mama
I thought Kroger did a great job arranging these flowers.
I took in my simple vase and they made it look gorgeous!
We attending our local "Dancing with the Stars" event where local celebrities pair up with dance teachers and help raise funds for children's programming in our city.
This was our first time to attend and cheer on friends, neighbors, and (as it turns out) two of our principals!
The hotel ballroom was decorating beautifully for the matinee event that we went to. I understand the evening one is a rowdy good time.
Before everyone was seated.
We had snacks and drinks as we learned more about the organizations that were benefiting from the fundraiser. 6 local celebrities danced and then we voted (with our dollars) for our favorite duo.
We didn't have the best seats for photo taking, but there are plenty of great shots on facebook and in our local paper of the event. It was so much fun!
Our wine club friend Charlie, who was also Thomas's confirmation mentor, was the big winner of the coveted trophy! Charlie and his dance instructor partner, Ronda, did a "Dance Evolution" choreographed dance that included Thriller (note Charlie's sequined glove), the Twist, Party Rock, and Gangam Style. It was truly awesome to see!
In addition, the boys' first elementary school principal also danced. She choreographed and danced with one of our neighbors. And Brennan's current principal also danced with an all-male group as part of the post-contest entertainment. Really fun to watch.
David and me
Mike and Mary
This year David and I have started doing one-on-one activities with the boys, outside of our normal running to activities and doing errands. We tend to go about the same time on the weekend. The boys are LOVING this new weekly "boys' night" (as they call it).
This weekend I got one-on-one time with Thomas. We went to the library (his favorite place in the world), went to his tennis lesson with Coach Brad, then over to Yo Ma Ma for yogurt and a chat. Really fun!
Coach Brad videoing Thomas serving on his iPhone so he can play it back and talk about the arc
David took Thomas out to a really nice restaurant in town last weekend and told Brennan they'd go there this evening. Brennan of course headed straight to his room to change clothes (not necessary), and showed up in his suit and tie. Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed on Sundays so they headed to Puccini's for Italian.
This kid cracks me up. He so earnestly wants to look nice for his boys night out.
It's all about food with Brennan.
Last weekend I spent time with Brennan having sushi (his favorite, not mine) and we practiced roller skating the week before his big party.
Brennan is in Physical Therapy and one of the new thing we're doing is going to the gym a couple of times a week after school. I snapped these photos last week.
Thomas working his abs
And his arms
Brennan working his abs.
He loves that there are tv's hanging on the walls.
And I started architecture tour guide training last week. Here is a photo from our Visitors Center on facebook. I'm at the head of the table in cream. I'm looking forward to the training! And just realized I need to get on my homework. Stat.
Thomas asked that I share his photo with his coffee drink too.
They looooove coffee (in this case - decaf frappuccinos as a birthday treat)