It's a Wonderful Life…

with the Mace family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

While it’s been a few days since Christmas, I thought the title was appropriate since I am posting videos from that day.  I took a bunch of videos, pasted them together, and I am now providing them for you to watch, or not.  The boys had no knowledge of being recorded, but only thought I was taking pictures.  Though I suspect B had his suspicions.  I wanted you all to see what we usually do on Christmas day, every bit of it.  Now there were times I wasn’t taping and that was when the boys were busy playing with their toys or looking at something.  Since we’ve no place to go, we go at a slower pace, letting them enjoy what they got and from whom.

Now December was a blur, but a something remarkable did happen.  Gav got his first loose tooth, and lost it two days before Christmas!  It was so tiny and he’s just adorable with a small hole where that tooth used to be.  He was so excited to lose it because he “really hates having a loose tooth.  It hurts.”  And for a kid with a high pain tolerance, it must have been pretty bad.  He couldn’t eat much, and I was cutting things like his sandwich just to make it easier on him.  It won’t be long before it happens again, but for now all teeth are staying  put.

Also, as it tends to happen when we take our cars in for an oil change, we got new vehicles, or at least new to us.  Obviously this doesn’t happen every time we take a car in for an oil change, it’s just that when it does, it coincides with one.  N and I had been leasing and we had a year left.  Honestly, we didn’t plan on anything changing, but wanted to inquire about some things so we could think on them over the next year.  We wanted to own our cars, and we wanted to have a minivan or a vehicle with third row seating.  But we also needed to know if we could afford that and what we were looking at for monthly payments.  We looked at some things, test drove a few, and honestly we weren’t sure about the minivan.  I wasn’t thrilled with what we were shown, especially considering we would have to lease for 3 years and then pay on it for 6 years to buy it in order to lower our monthly payments (which really was our goal).  But lo and behold, a used one, only three years old with less than 30,000 miles on it was being shipped in.  So we filled out the paperwork in order to hold it, with the opportunity to say no to it if we did not like it.  While I wasn’t super crazy about going from my Prius to a minivan, I did really like it.  It was in great condition, and much nicer than the new one.  Also, we could buy it and still lower our monthly car payments.  So I got that, and N traded his Rav4 for a little Audi to drive back and forth to work.  And while I’m still not crazy about the minivan (I loved my Prius, perhaps a little too much!)  I love the space it gives us and with wanting to grow our family, we will need.  Trips are going to be so much nicer in such a roomier vehicle!

On another note, we start school back up again this week.  We took the week before and the week of Christmas off.  Gav will start learning cursive writing, at his request.  It was something he was begging me to teach him.  I gave him a goal of completely his spiderman writing book by Christmas break in order to start learning cursive, and he did it.  His desire to learn cursive stems from him wanting to be able to read it.  I’m not sure he will take to it, or even really learn it this year, but I am willing to give it a shot.  I’ll try to keep you informed on how it’s going.  Heading off into the second half of the year in a few weeks will bring some changes.  In science, we will start Botany, Math will be getting a little more difficult for B as he delves deeper into Pre-Algebra, and Gav might be starting the next math book if he keeps going like he is.  Gav has really taken off in reading, so I am hoping to be trying some easy chapter books with him by spring.  Music theory is going well for B.  He isn’t really thrilled but knows this will help him later learn an instrument.

At this time of night, that’s all I can really think of.   We love you and wish you all a great week!  xoxo



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Our youngest has a unique way of looking at things.  Here are just a few things we’ve remembered to write down as they’ve happened.  This has been just over the last year.  Wish we could record them all.

I’m not moving my feet, I’m twinkling my toes. (in response to my asking him to quit moving his feet while in bed)

Well that is part of the law. (Said this when questioned about being disobedient when asked to get dressed.  He put his clothes over his pj’s.)

We need to get a car that uses gasoline instead of gas.

I don’t have nightmares anymore, but once we return the movie (Bearenstein Bears and the bad dreams) I will have them again.

Do you know why they don’t play baseball at the zoo? Because (according to Gavin) the baseball could hit the dinosaurs’ glass and then they would get out and eat all the plants.

Last night, Gav shared with us that when he grows up he wants to be a deep sea diver so he can hunt cookie cutter sharks while wearing a chain mail suit. When asked why, he told us so they don’t bite anyone. Then he went on to tell us about five other species of sharks he would hunt down afterwards so shark bites would not happen.

While cuddling up with Gavin in my bed this morning, the following conversation ensues.
Gav: I have to lock your door to keep evil men out. If the police take their guns and they still come in…..Oh they can go in the bathroom and then come into your room and eat you. (After locking that door too) There, now they can’t eat you.
Me(chuckling): Gavy, no one’s gonna eat me.
Gav: Why not?
Me: I’m not tasty
Gav: Yes you are. I’ve licked you before and you taste good.

You’re doing manly things B.  Exercising and taking your shirt off.  Those are manly things.

(During a fill in the blank session in history) Me: Going against tradition, Martin Luther married a former _______, Katharina Von Bora.  Gav: Woman  (the correct answer was nun.)

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