What a whirlwind of a few weeks. Sick babes, unexpected news, Christmas and New Years! Yikes. Honestly, the month of December was not great- looking forward to starting fresh and our vacation in a few weeks.
Mr. Thacker, you are a year and a half now. You have been miserable for most of this month. You got hit the hardest, I think, with all the viruses. First a cold that lingered and lingered, then a stomach bug and your first ever vomiting experience (you were very confused), and then hand, foot and mouth virus which is just the pits. We spent most of December together, touching, all the time. We did not spending much time sleeping, that is for sure, but we were together nonetheless. I am happy to report that my happy baby is back. Yeah! Happy Baby. And when you are happy, boy are you fun. You love being chased by your brothers, to empty out every cupboard in the kitchen, and to eat. Seriously, we are making up for lost time last month. Man oh man can you eat, we can barely keep up with your appetite.
You love being outside but are not fond of mittens, which makes being outside right now a little difficult (especially in the Christmas snow).
You throw everything. Please stop this.
You understand everything and have a very definite head nod and shake. You do not like to use words, you have yet to say much, but you can communicate what you want. You have even made up a sign for lotion, which you like to have so you can rub in your hair.
Your favorite foods are scrambled eggs, yogurt and granola, toast, avocado, apples, and dried cranberries. You just started liking apples (no skin) and pieces of oranges. Really, this last week you will pretty much eat anything. We celebrated New Years Eve with a family adventure and you had an entire piece of your brothers pizza.
You were unimpressed with Christmas. You liked the lights and unwrapping things was sort of fun, but really, you were oblivious. Which was totally fine with your parents, by the way.
Oh Christmas. We were not all 100%, but we were together, it snowed and the boys, were, yet again, spoiled beyond belief. It wasn’t our best Christmas, but it was enjoyable. I have such a hard time with actual Christmas day, I realized this year I like the season, the preparations, the crafts and baking and making- but the day? Well, it is just a day to open presents and then it feels like the magic is over. I hope to work on this and make it so that it can continue for much longer. This year our minds were else where, which made it hard to be in the moment, but we made up for that this last weekend.
We decided after weeks (WEEKS!!!) of being cooped up at home for various illnesses that we were going to have a New Years Eve adventure. We took the troops up to Whidbey Island and did a hike we did almost 9 years ago with a young Henry. Ebey’s Landing is beautiful and just what we needed. I was feeling all the feels of being there 9 years ago with a sleeping Henry on my back to fast forward to this year with a sleeping Thacker and following a tall, wonderfully sweet and smart almost ten year old. Ugh, emotions…
The boys did great- four miles with only a few stops for snacks (trail mix, because we were on the trail) and a few times of Rory being carried by Dada (strategically planned for the uphill parts it seems). We ended our day at our go-to North Sound restaurant for pizza and burgers and made it home in time for baths and bed. It was such a great day and just what we needed. We decided that this year, once a month we would do an adventure like this. I can’t wait to see where we end up.
And this guy, we hung back, taking our time with our light saber and pistol and to pee on some driftwood (him, not me). He flung dirt, pretended he had a dog, dug up rocks and was so much fun. I love being around them when they are in the their element. Turns out it is my element too…
And the super moon on our way to dinner. It was HUGE!