Today is the big day. According to the kids it might be a day that is Millions, if not Zillions, of years in the making. A day that has emerged from either somewhere near 10,000 BC or near the beginning of time, depending on which expert on such topics you ask. This particular day has waited more 20,454 days to emerge from wherever such days might come. A moment that has somehow squirmed its way through nearly two BILLION seconds of history, 1,767,225,600 specifically – but after 1.5 BILLION who really counts anyway, until it landed square in the lap of today.
Violet turned five this year while we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Indiana. Surrounded by grandparents, and great grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, second cousins and various other people whose relation isn’t quite known, Violet had a great turning of age. Lots of kids, lots of food, lots of gifts, and most importantly lots of cake…although I bet if you ask Violet it would be the gifts that won out, with the cake a close second.
Violet had a blast and I think we even found a genuine moment of both awe and surprise when she pulled out “Dreamlight“. She had been talking about this “thing” for a long while but there was no way daddy was shelling out $50 bucks for a glorified flashlight shoved into a stuffed animal – we did that as kids and while the stuffed animal might not have liked the extra orifice that was created, the effect was the same. Thankfully, Mommy Carol found a great deal on one and Violet’s precious “Green Kitty” was spared the agony that was certain to come otherwise (granted they make flashlights much smaller nowadays…)
On top of the normal birthday cheer it was great to be able to celebrate with the extended family. We don’t get to see them very often, let alone during birthdays or other non-holiday events, and it was refreshing to celebrate with everyone.
We couldn’t be there to tell you in person but we wanted to make sure that you got the message. Happy Anniversary Grandma and Grandpa. There aren’t any good songs for an anniversary like there are for birthdays so we took the easy route. All the munchkins send their love and wish you the best on your special day.
We took two videos. Piper was upset at the end of the first because she didn’t get to blow out the candles. After she calmed down we took another for fun. Enjoy!!!
It only took most of the summer, all of the fall and the early part of winter but we finally made it out to meet the newest member of the family, Hunter Brian Scheckles. Best of all we got to do this over Thanksgiving and were able to see not only Hunter but also Dad and Mom…oh yeah and those other three people as well.
The trip over from Atlanta to the middle of nowhere was much quicker than expected once we were well out of Atlanta (the leaving Atlanta part took two of the ten hours to travel the required 600 miles). Carol loaded up my new shiny work laptop as well as our family one (not so shiny or new) and a pile of movies. She put the movies in and played the sound over the car speakers and until dark I think for the most part I kept my eyes mostly on the road – after dark I am not so sure but we did arrive unscathed. I did get to see the majority of one of our favorite movies, Phantom of the Opera as well as some of the Love Actually and Avatar. We had just started National Lampoons Christmas Vacation when we pulled up.
Hunter was adorable to see. He was still tiny and little but cute and full of coos and slobber. We got to see him play a bit, mainly by eating his hands or a few different toys, roll over, which we heard was something new, and generally be happy – all the things babies do that are cute…and the absolute best part – well other than getting to see the happiness that Hunter has brought to Brian and Kim – was being on the visiting end instead of the mommy or daddy end…sorry Sis but it was great to sit back and let you take care of feeding and diapers and all that other “fun” stuff that comes along with the cuteness..especially the morning parts where we got to sleep in…I should stop now while I am ahead.
Piper and Violet were delighted to see Mamma and Pappa for Christmas. We prepped Piper for about a week prior to get her worked up and anticipating them coming to town to celebrate Christmas with us. Each year since the we have had the girls they have been in town, insisting on spoiling them moreso than they already are.
Mom and Dad whisked the girls away for a few fun filled days either running around town or looking at the various creatures in the aquarium. Piper absolutely loves going to the aquarium and Violet is just at the right age where she is, for the most part, easy to manage with an extra pair of hands.
Christmas Eve we spent building a gingerbread house that we never did actually end up eating. Violet certainly got her fill of the candy though. Every two or three pieces that made it onto the house were eventually picked off and deposited into her mouth. Continue reading →