Tuesday, March 7, 2017

January / February 2017

Well we made it to March.  I feel like this year I barely made it.  I have been sick on and off since CHRISTMAS.  Seriously, I am so done with this winter!  Can we please move on to spring??

Things seem to never slow down around here sometimes.  Dan is no longer working for the Raleigh division of the FDIC, he is now back here in Salt Lake!!  That is good news.  He hasn't been home for more than a week since August.  He finally got the position here in Salt Lake that he has been wanting for so long.  Good job Daniel!!!!  He got home at the end of February, and he has five weeks at home before he has to go anywhere.  Yay!!



Being trapped inside in the cold makes you go a little crazy sometimes.  When you go crazy, sometimes you put underwear on your dog and laugh.  Yep, we are going crazy here at the Hastings.




Emma was very happy to get her braces off last month.  She's had braces on and off for the last five years or so.  Look at her beautiful new (expensive) smile!






Hannah did her project for the Science Fair.  She is good at getting all her school stuff done.  We are very proud of her!





For a while we had a massive snow hill in our front yard.  The kids in the circle had a great time sledding down the hill.



We had a great time watching the Super Bowl with the family.  We had the kids put their name on a board, and the winners got prizes!




These last few months we have had someone working on finishing our basement.  As of last week, it is finally done!!!!!  We have been wanting to make a space for the girls for a long time and now we have it.  Furniture is coming this week and then I will get some pictures.




Dan and I always have the best time when we are together.  We spend President's Day at RCWilley searching for furniture for our new basement.  This is the couch set we finally decided on.  I love when I get to spend time with my Daniel!!



Even Tobi is done with the winter.  I found him hiding under a chair the other day.  I feel your pain, Tobi!



And into March we go!  The girls are starting up their volleyball again and I have volunteered to coach Emma's team this year.  We will see how it all goes.  Here's to warmer days!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

December 2016

I hate the winter.  Yep, I said it, I HATE the winter.  It seems that every time it starts to get cold, my body falls apart.  I usually have a sinus infection (or two, or three) between Dec and March every single year.  This year so far (knock on wood) I've managed to avoid the sinus infection but for the last five weeks I've managed to catch a horrible cold, followed by losing my voice for most of a week, and now I found out last week that I have Strep.  Seriously, I have never had Strep before in my adult life.  Dan and I need to start making some serious plans, because we NEED to have a winter home somewhere warmer.  I am so done getting sick during the winter.  

Anyway . . . let's get back to December.


My naughty dog tries to bite people (yep, that's my dog), but he's never dug through the garbage . . . until last month.  I came home to this mess.  Seriously Tobi!




I spend most of my dinners eating with a dog under my armpit.  I realize I could totally send him out side or something, but instead I deal with it.




I managed to get away for a few days last month.  I went out to Alexandria, Virginia to spend some time with my Dan-O.  He has been working out of town for months and I miss him so much.  Alexandria is a beautiful city full of history.

We visited George Washington's home Mount Vernon


These were his teeth

Did you know that at Christmastime they have a camel at Mount Vernon?  Well, now you do.


I find the different ways that people live are very interesting to me.  I don't know how it would be to live so close to people, have no yard, and have my front door open right up in front of the street.  


Me and my honey!


Washington's tomb


Looking across the Potomac at night


This guy was playing songs using the glasses full of water, it was pretty cool.


George Washington Masonic Temple


We took the tour here.  I was very interesting




We dined at a little place called Bilbo Baggins (I love The Lord of the Rings)





Our trip ended all too soon and before I knew it I was home again.  Emma had her orchestra concert.  She plays the cello and has been getting better.





We dressed up the dogs because, well, it was fun!



Tobi Holmes


We made gingerbread houses at my house one night.  It was messy, but a lot of fun.












And then it was Christmas Eve!

My little monsters waiting for their Christmas pajamas






Christmas Morning!

















The girls and their gifts from the Hastings' family party






I love giving books to the kids



























My brother made these shirts for all the grandkids.  They call them selves Squad 10.  It was cute to see them all in their shirts!




New years eve we spent the night playing minute to win it games, and doing a mystery escape game.  Never a dull moment around here.


































Alright, now on to trying to live through this winter.