Thursday, December 31, 2015
Here we are at the end of another year already. I just looked over the list of blog posts from 2015, and I made a list of the things that stood out to me. Below is a recap of some of the events that will mark this year.
And the biggest excitement of the year happened on December 19 when Daniel asked Heidi to marry him. We are so excited to welcome her into our family!
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Just as we were leaving, it started snowing, so we asked someone to snap our photo on the porch of the restaurant. The greenery with lights ended up making a nice frame for the shot. The only thing missing was Katherine and Josh who are back in Marion and plan to spend New Year's Eve celebrating in Chicago with friends.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Don is either cold or he is trying to say something.
Daniel is teaching Heidi how to snowboard this week.
The Mini Mice (3 year-olds) learning to ski.
A sculpture by the creek outside Beaver Creek Lodge.
Peter and Kendall sent me a selfie from the chair lift (the beard keeps Peter warm - in case you wondered).
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Peter and Kendall made us the above plaque with those coordinates as a Christmas gift. They also gave one to Katherine & Josh and Daniel & Heidi.
Katherine and Josh's coordinates are 41.972 latitude and 87.712 longitude. That is the address of a specific building on the campus of North Park University where they met in 2007.
Daniel and Heidi met at the Stabucks in Cuyahoga Falls in 2015 where the coordinates are 41.148 latitude and 81.508 longitude.
This was such a creative gift! And Kendall has the most amazing lettering skills. She did all of that by hand.
Now we just need to find out what the coordinates are of the house where Peter and Kendall met at Lake Chautauqua in 2013.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Daniel didn't just get down on one knee to propose to Heidi. He lit up his whole backyard.
Fortunately, he had some help from Peter and his friend Jon.
It was no small feat to keep this secret from Heidi. Many lies were told, which we all feel very badly about.
But Heidi forgave us because Daniel asked her to marry him.
We were hoping she would say "yes!" and she did.
Thanks to Kendall and Peter, there were many fun decorations around the house.
And thanks to Liz and Carolyn, we had the cutest cookies ever!
Our family had fun.
And Heidi's family had fun.
Heidi was pretty excited about her ring! Which had a lot of bling!
Now we can't wait until they set a date!
Friday, December 18, 2015
The basement was piled high with goods.
And the living room wasn't much better.
But Don saw some potential, and he wanted to know what Peter, Kendall and I thought.
So we took a tour this morning, stepping over junk as we went.
One of the bathrooms had a stained glass window and a clawfoot tub.
Another bathroom had a lot of mold.
They left behind a piano and a stand-alone fireplace in one room.
A bed, a chair and sort of a couch in the bonus room.
Is it a flop? Or can it be fixed up and flipped? The house is not zoned as a duplex, so Don doesn't think it would be a good rental home. At least ten people could live here. It is a huge house. There are so many rooms!
The gold room.
The purple room.
The white room.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
On the foyer entryway table, is the nativity set Don's mom gave me many years ago.
I filled a basket from Target with Christmas crackers and set it on the small antique bar in our dining room.
This bird I picked up at Target looks adorable sitting on top of two Christmas pop-up books.
I've had this trusty moose for over 20 years, but the snowballs are a gift from a friend. So far no snowball fights have broken out, but Riley has enjoyed tossing a couple of balls around.
Another mouse I found at Home Goods sits on top of my antique card catalog in the study.
As always, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care.
Riley likes the red shaggy pillows I found at Marshall's. Don - not so much.