Nova's preschool had a special day where family members could come. The older kids didn't have school that day, so Aria joined Tara and hung out with Nova. (The boys went to a friend's house).
Ryzen had been asking very politely for several days to go out mini-golfing, so we were able to find a little time and took him to Putters. When Zade heard Ryzen and I were going, he decided to get in on the action too.
Tara was able to get Zade's school to start up an after-school Lego class. He has been very excited, and loves building there.
At home, Zade even made this nice sign for Ryzen.
My sister Kari just bought a new house. While she was moving in, we took her kids out to Chuck E Cheese.
Afterward, we went to see the lights at the Oregon Garden.
The youth in our church went to a UO women's basketball game, and since Tara serves as a counselor for Young Women, she got to go with them. When Tara came home, she told me she actually had a good time. I was pleasantly surprised, as she's not one for watching sports.
Family comes to town
Tara's sister & her family came to visit around the holidays.
The kids had a good time and built a pirate ship!
Then my sister and her kids came from Florida, and the rest of my family joined us to celebrate Dwight and Dean's birthdays.
The kids were all so excited for Christmas, that they wanted to all sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve. While Tara and I were downstairs, they hauled mattresses and blankets into our room and setup shop. By the time we realized what they'd done, it was just too costly to try and undo it. So we let them stay.