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Christmastime in New Mexico and New Year’s in Utah

Christmas was a quiet affair for us this year.  We enjoyed my parents visiting from Oklahoma.  My mom always makes cookies and a gingerbread house with the boys.  It has become a tradition for the three of them to make a house and hope it doesn’t fall apart.  I enjoyed having 10 days off from the college and enjoying a nice vacation with the boys.  We enjoyed the lights at the River of Lights at the ABQ Biopark.  I have been wanting to go since we moved here and finally we made it.  Now, I want to go again.  It was cold, but worth it to see all of the neat lights scattered throughout the park.  On Christmas day, we Skyped with Bill’s family and with my brother and his family in California.  Even though we are far apart, it is so neat to be able to see and hear them.  A few days after Christmas we packed up our snow clothes and headed north to Utah.  We enjoyed sledding, playing games and making memories.  It was really, really cold!  We had a good time and rang in the New Year in Utah.

Decorating the tree
Decorating the tree
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The boys and Bebe building a gingerbread house.
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River of Lights at the Biopark.
Me and the boys enjoying the lights
Me and the boys enjoying the lights
Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad
Roar!
Roar!
Melting snowman cookies
Melting snowman cookies
Santa visited our house!
Santa visited our house!
A Beard Head for Christmas
A Beard Head for Christmas
Merry Christmas to all!
Merry Christmas to all!
Sledding fun!
Sledding fun!
It was really, really cold!
It was really, really cold!
Hanging out in the cold.
Hanging out in the cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My boys

I love my boys.  They keep me laughing and they give the best hugs and kisses.  They both seem to understand that I do not feel well and they show me compassion.  They also do and say funny things.

The Cookie Thief: While I was in the hospital, Bill took Baden to Walmart. As they were walking down the aisle, Bill looked down and Baden was eating a cookie.  This was before Valentine’s Day so there was a big display of cookies in the bakery section.  Baden opened one of the boxes and took a cookie. Bill went back, found the box and bought it.

Fat Legs: Because of all of the fluids pumped into me during my hospital stay I came home with very swollen legs.  When I got home from the hospital, I was in my room changing into a pair of pajama bottoms.  Billy walked in and said wow, mommy you have legs like a fat lady!  Thanks, Billy. :)

Women: Billy was trying to hide in the car, but I saw him and called him out.  He said how did you know I was there? I said I just know. He said yeah you must know because your a woman. Glad he’s learning these things early.

B: Baden calls Billy “B”.  He sees the bus coming down the road in the afternoon and he starts saying B, B!  It’s so cute. Billy doesn’t really like it and we are working on getting Baden to say Billy, but for now it works.

There are days I want to hide out, but I wouldn’t trade my boys for anything.

Moving up the food chain

I am happy to say I am not in the hospital at least for now.  I will be going to the hospital next week for an outpatient procedure to help stretch my insides.  I know, it sounds great doesn’t it. On a lighter note,  I have moved up the food chain and now can eat soft foods.  This means mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, eggs, ice cream, Reese Peanut Butter Cups ( I did my research and it’s okay because it is made with creamy peanut butter), pudding, and so much more.  I will revel in soft foods until Wednesday and it’s back to the clear liquid diet.   If all goes well, I can continue with a soft diet and then maybe one of these days I can eat regular food.  Right now, crab legs sound so good.  You would think I would be able to eat that now, but it’s shellfish and it’s on the excluded list for a soft diet. So not fair.   I appreciate everyone’s good thoughts streaming my way as I go through this Crohn’s bout.  Now do I want mashed potatoes or mac and cheese for lunch? Decisions, decisions.

New look

So I decided to change the theme on our blog. It needed something new.  I have just discovered that many of my friends have blogs and in comparison our theme was boring. So I guess I wanted to spruce things up.  You may also notice that I have added some photos to some entries that didn’t have any before.  I have also added some posts that actually happened awhile ago, but are back dated. I love that feature! Enjoy!