Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016: All Good Things Must Come To An End

Well, this is it, at least for now.  I have been struggling with keeping up with our little blog this year and it has become more of a chore than a joy.  I was going to try and keep up appearances until LWK turned 5 in April, but the new year is feeling like a natural ending place for Ridge Ramblings.

I started this blog as a baby book of sorts for LWK and I still love looking back on these first (almost) 5 years of our little family.  In some ways I love telling our story, but now that LWK has started school I feel like our story is really HIS story and maybe it isn't my place to tell it anymore.  Things in life are becoming more specific to him - his thoughts and feelings, the name of his school, teachers and friends.  He is making his own friends and his circle is growing beyond the people we have known and loved all these years to encompass new people to know and love.  I wouldn't want to share things that might embarrass him or make him uncomfortable now that he lives outside our "bubble."

It isn't as if I have some huge readership beyond our friends and family and almost all of you get more relevant updates with emails or social media posts anyway.  If you aren't getting those and want to be a part of all the excitement (haha), just let me know and I can give you my Facebook or Instagram information.  I will probably take the time to eventually turn this blog into a personal book for LWK that he can someday look at and enjoy when he begins a family of his own.

Thank you for following us here at Ridge Ramblings and watching LWK grow!  Happy 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cousin Playdate

I love when my sis and I have some time over breaks to get our boys together!  Her boys helped LWK learn how to use his new scooter and then we all want to the skating rink with the faux ice!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

I am so happy that we have this tradition of Christmas Eve with my family.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas #1

Like in years past, we like to have our Christmas the weekend before actual Christmas with just our little family of three.  We like hanging out in our jammies (or pajahhhmahs as LWK has taken to calling them), have abelskiver and open gifts slowly throughout the day.  It is a lovely way to celebrate before all the rest of the craziness begins with travelling and Santa, etc.
LWK did get his battery powered Percy from Santa (along with some more tracks and James, Diesel, Gordon and another Thomas).  He also got some Alphabots and some bingo dobbers.  J got a Lego book and a new ladder and I got a new food processor!  It was a lovely and fun morning!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Santa Take 2

Although we had an impromptu meeting with Santa last week, it wasn't our "tradition."  In years past we have gone to the local zoo that has reindeer and Santa.  Since LWK wasn't a big Santa fan, we always knew we would get some great reindeer photos.  

This year the weekends have all been stormy or we have been sick/had other obligations.  When we tried to go to the zoo on the one reasonably nice day, there was a line out the door!  We had a retirement party to go to, so we didn't have all afternoon to stay at the zoo to see Santa.  I was upset, LWK was upset, J was upset.  We were going to throw in the towel and just call our tree lighting our Santa photo this year, but then J had a great idea to visit the "Santa Shack" near our Panera and Target.  

I wasn't happy, but LWK was excited to see Santa, so we waited in line even though I was teary about not keeping with tradition.  You know what?  This Santa was the best Santa we have ever had!  The price was reasonable, LWK was dressed festively and was thrilled that he got to ask for a battery powered Percy again.  Most importantly, we got this great and genuine photo:

I think LWK will be happy about visiting Santa from now on and I won't be turning my nose up at the "Santa Shack" anymore!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tree Photos

I love having a tree as a background for my photos this month.  LWK loves playing and reading by it and looking at the ornaments. I just love taking photos of him.  :)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Santa Take One

I play in the community band and part of our "job" is to play some of our local events.  At the tree lighting this year it was POURING rain and super windy, but LWK and J braved the weather to hear me play and see Santa arrive.

LWK hasn't been much of a Santa kid.  I know we don't push it at all, but last week when he asked me for a toy at Target I said, "well, maybe you need to ask Santa for it for Christmas."  It slipped out of my mouth before I had thought it through.

At the tree lighting, after Santa arrives, the kids can go and sit on his lap.  LWK has NEVER wanted to do this, but this year he was all about it!  He waited in line patiently and then he had his big moment!  Unfortunately, I missed the moment where he was pretty happy to walk up to Santa and talk to him since I was with the band, but J did take some photos and the local realtor snapped this one:

Not perfect, totally impromptu and he wasn't dressed "cute," but he talked to Santa and asked him for a battery powered Percy for his track.  I am pretty sure this kid is never going to outgrow trains....