Thursday, December 27, 2012

Good Bye Golf

Here is my poor baby..... I think the plastic sheeting adds to the salvage value of the car.  You can't tell it from the photo, but the axle and tie rod are damaged as well as the dashboard.  Poor little girl.  She didn't deserve this, she was in the correct lane, minding her own business.

I didn't want to be here to see her towed off, but VWs lock themselves after 2 minutes so I couldn't leave the keys in the glove box like they instructed.  Actually, the glove box doesn't close any more so that was out of the question anyway. 

I hope someone buys her and fixes her up.  She was a good car and deserved a better ending than this.  She would make an excellent first car for a student driver.  I know I loved zipping around town in her!  :)

I was feeling pretty bummed out about my car... then I got a text from Niko-chan and it made me smile.  He's really good at texting his name....

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Nerd-mas!

The stockings are hung by the fireplace with care...

Niko's stocking....

Ryker's stocking...

Santa brings the candy canes in our house...


Christmas tree!

 OMG!  Presents!


Assemble Avengers!!

Santa brought Ryker his own Buzz Lightyear... much to Niko's dismay.

This is how Daddy spent most of the day.  He got the flu last night....

 Ryker LOVES his new chair with a snap on toy.

 Niko is showing off Ryker's baby version of Batman and the Joker.

Ryker's hoard of toys.

Niko's hoard of toys. 

Mommy & Daddy bought Niko his own Optimus Prime.

 How Daddy spent Christmas.

  Christmas Dinner!

 This is what our living room looks like right now... and this is AFTER we cleaned!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

Tonight we opened family Christmas presents.  This way they aren't lumped into the onslaught of Santa presents.  Here is Niko opening up Do-Da and Grandpa's presents.

SWEET!  They have FINALLY made a Zurg the same size as the movie version.  Thanks Do-Da and Grandpa!!!

Niko is helping Ryker open his Do-Da and Grandpa present.  Ryker got a set of Finding Nemo nesting toys that double as bath toys. 

The Avengers LEGO set is from us.  Take that Santa.

Ryker gave Niko a vintage LEGO set!  Green Goblin from the original Spiderman movie.  Ryker must have gotten on eBay when I wasn't looking....

Ryker got a few baby toys from mom & dad.

Wow... Zurg got Buzz point-blank.

Cookies and carrots ready for Santa!

Friday, December 21, 2012


I was T-Boned in a Target parking lot on Monday.  I went to grab just a few items for Christmas over my lunch hour.  The good thing was that I was by myself and she had insurance.  Bad news is that they are going to total my car.  The impact did considerable frame damage and when you factor in the age of the car - totaled. 

I am supposed to hear back from the 'total loss division' soon so we can start looking for replacement vehicles.  Not exactly good news for us.... we were hoping to have our current cars work for the next two years until Ryker got out of the baby room.  Ouch.  Two kids in daycare and now a car payment.... booo.....

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snow Day

We kinda had an unexpected snow day today.  The truck's 4x4 was acting up and without that power, the truck couldn't get out of our neighborhood.  So Neil and I had to share the rent-a-car.  He took the morning shift and I took the afternoon. 

When I got home, Niko and I started making cookies.  We baked 5 batches of cookies for Niko's teachers and our neighbors.  Mmmm... look at him go!

While I was taking cookies out of the oven I looked over and caught this really cute moment. Ryker was getting a bit fussy and Niko climbed into the 'ghetto-fabulous'  floor mobile.   (You may remember this from Niko, click here.)  Niko was playing with Ryker and talking to him while I was busy.  It warms my heart to see Niko being a good big brother.

 Sooo..... how do you have your older kid play with snow when you are by yourself with a 3-month-old?  Grab the tupperware and scoop up some fun!

 He played with the snow for about 4 seconds, then cried because his hands were cold.

Note to self, buy Niko new gloves that actually fit.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Will Visit

 We put Ryker in the exersaucer this weekend.  Oh man, I have been waiting to put him in this bad boy for a while - this was my sanity savior when Niko was a baby.

By far, the bumble bee is his favorite.
Will came by to visit while Alyssa and Doug move into their new house.  They don't realize it yet, but they are destined to be best friends.

Ryker is starting to catch up with Will in size, but it's a lost cause son... too much Viking blood against you!  :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chubby Cheeks

Aww.... sleepy baby.

Holy Mackerel!  Look at those cheeks!  The Morris side is coming out strong in Ryker!  :)