May 18 2015

Meet Josie

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This little lady joined our family about 3 weeks ago and she’s settled in well.

We had been talking about getting a pet for a while but we’re quite ready for the commitment of a dog just yet. Plus, we enjoy our weekend get-aways out of town and a cat is easier in those situations too.

We got Josie when she was 5 weeks and we’re all really enjoying her. She sleeps a lot but she’s always ready to play with the kiddos when they’re home. She’s very playful in general, especially when we’re ready to go to sleep at night!

The kids are good about feeding her and checking on the “glitter” box (as Clay calls it). They sing to her whenever they think it’s time for her nap and make special beds for her.

We look forward to many fun memories with Josie Riddell!

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Jan 20 2015

Snow Days

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This has been such a fun winter already — enough snow to actually make a snow man, and warm enough to actually be outside to enjoy it!

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Jan 03 2015

Welcoming 2015 with our feet in the sand

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After a pit stop to celebrate with our KY Family, we made our way south to spend a week with Nana & Opa. The weather was in the low 70′s, the waves were just right and the quality time spent playing games, swimming, making sand castles or enjoying ice cream in downtown Venice was the perfect way to say good bye to 2014…and welcome 2015!

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Dec 25 2014

Christmas Events

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After a special night of celebrating with our dear friends – and a competitive game of indoor basketball – ┬áit was just the four of us for Christmas Eve. We had our traditional meal of lobster, steak and shrimp cocktail. Then we opened a few presents and went to the Candlelight Service at Church.

Santa made a stop at our house overnight and the kiddos were excited to find some fun new items in the morning.

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Dec 21 2014

Winter Wonderland

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When you’re off school and you have a craving for some amusement park fun, head down to Navy Pier and enjoy Winter Wonderland!

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Dec 15 2014

Trolley Ride

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Got ourselves some hot chocolates and took a trolley ride through our neighborhood to check out the holiday light decorations.

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Oct 31 2014

Halloween 2014

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Just like every year, the excitement for Halloween started in late September. We began talking about costumes for this year and how we hoped the weather would cooperate – since last year it rained and we barely had a 30 minute window to go out. Clay decided to be Batman, a costume he’d received for his birthday, and Sophie settled on a mermaid.

The weather predictions called for cold temps on the 31st so we did a dry run the weekend before, when it was sunny and the kiddos loved getting all dressed up and posing for the camera.

We woke up to snow flurries on Halloween morning — luckily there were parades planned at school for both kiddos so we sent them off with their costumes in their backpacks and hoped that somehow, the weather would improve before the afternoon. And it did!! We ended up with a chilly 45 degrees, but after a bit of layering under the costumes, we spent an hour outside, in the sunshine, and having a fun time. The kids ran into several of their school friends and filled their candy buckets in no time. It was a great Halloween and the sugar rush is still going strong:)

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Aug 15 2014

Circus Birthday

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There was a clown, cotton candy, face-painting, popcorn and lots of carnival games!! You both had several friends over and even though we had to move the party indoors due to rain, you still had a great time. Happy birthday kiddos!!

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Aug 07 2014

Catching Up

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It’s been almost a year since I’ve blogged….there have been many reasons for that…some great, and some not so great.

In any case, I just looked through our pictures from the last year and am going to do a series of short posts to catch up….get ready…here we go!!

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Jul 27 2014

Riddell family vacay

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To celebrate Pop’s retirement, we rented a house on Lake Michigan and spent a whole week making memories! We’d wake up and head straight to the beach, come back for a quick lunch and then jumped right into the pool. Evenings usually included some ice cream from Oink’s, corn hole, soccer or roasting s’mores on the beach.

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