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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Christmas Vacation

I'm back!  Back in FL, back to 70 degree temps, back to reality and regular life...kinda.  I don't technically start back to classes until Monday, but Jerry had to work today, kids went back to school today, and I am doing some catch-up before I resume work as well.
So, I figured I'd do the vacation run-down.
We had a fabulous time.  We were super busy, but had a lot of fun: Got to visit with lots of friends and family, traveled pretty much the entire state of MN, and had a great Christmas.  Here are a few highlights:
Caleb's 1st haircut, done by his Auntie Angie:

Caleb and Norah's first intro to snow: Norah liked it, Caleb not so much.  He mainly objected to all of the clothing that was required.

Norah being pulled behind the 4 wheeler: She really dug riding the 4 wheeler too.

Norah, Caleb, and I in Bemidji with Paul and Babe:

Norah on Christmas Eve prepping the necessities for Santa:

Caleb, below, on Christmas Day riding his cousin's John Deere: Christmas Day was both magic and madness.  Kids were up at 5:30 am, but were in bed by 6 pm if that gives any indication of how exciting and exhausting the day was.

Jerry and Caleb at Edinborough Park in Edina: Giant indoor play area.  Awesome.

Grandma's Christmas gift for Norah: An American Girl baby.  That store is amazing; Norah almost burst into flames she found it so fascinating.

All of us at the Mall of America: We rode rides (Norah was tall enough for the log flume, and it. was. awesome!), ate lunch, shopped a little...I forgot how massive that place is.

Phew!  Like I said, fun but busy.  Travel was smooth: everyone handled the airports and planes like pros.  But, I'm glad we're home.
I also did some running while on vacay, managed to actually run 23 miles the first week we were there -- success!  Then, the 2nd week, I only ran 5 -- epic fail!  Oh well, fresh new year, fresh new start to the running, right?
Hope everyone in the blogosphere had a great holiday and happy new year.  Now, it's time to buckle down and return to reality. 
Kinda sucks, doesn't it?


Jamoosh said...

Happy New Year!

Viper said...

First day back to work since Dec. 21, and I've already lost steam. Happy New Year! Looks like a fun trip to the land of snow. Cheers!

runner26 said...

great vacay! love all the snow you had. so pretty. nice job on the running too! happy new year

Carolina John said...

haha, oh yea the return from vacation always brings a nice depression. Looks like a really fun trip! very cool.

Nobel4Lit said...

Yeah, I had the week of Christmas off and then had to work on New Years Eve... so hard to get back into the swing of things!!

Carly said...

Happy New Year! It was fun seeing your MN photos. You were extremely close to me!!! We go to Edinborough all the time and we are a few seconds away from MOA.

Momshomerun said...

It does suck and yet it doesn't. I look forward to the kids going off to school again, and some peace and quiet around the house!

Agate Lake Girl said...

Glad you guys had a great trip. Hope to see you soon!

NICOLE said...

Happy New Year. Loved the pics and the snow.

Anonymous said...

Just as the gods used WWII to justify positioning an influx of new technologies so will they use the impending pestilence which kills over half the world's population to justify positioning historical medical advances, including the "cure of aging", initiating the "1000 years with Jesus on Earth", advances which have already occurred courtesy of biotechnology.
We've seen this tactic used recently with AIDS, targetted at homosexuals and blacks in Africa with the biotechnology product. The gods control everything on Earth, and althugh sold AIDS to your enemies as revenge, their real purpose was to enlighten you regarding sex:::Back-handed help. It was very effective with homosexuals in the USA, but sex is among the most powerful temptations with Africans. Remeber it is always the gods:::Slavery, AIDS, drive-bys, crack babies, pimps prostituting 10 year-old girls. And, contrary to your belief the victim doesn't go anywhere, they are reincarnated back to Earth like everyone else when we die.
Then, as promised, The End will come with fire::::Global tectonic subduction.

Don't forget the lessons the 'ole white preacher taught:::Dancing is a sin, spare the rod spoil the child.
The gods used the liberal tool to ridicule away so many taboos, paving the way for the decay of society and ultimately the End Times::::::
Black behavior was controlled by the "KKK". Men's behavior was controlled by marriage for thousands of years.
When married by 15 men never gained the taste of promiscuity. Once the gods used the budding liberalism tool the men set the tone for the deteriorating enviornment centered around their gross disfavor.
Women's relinquishing control of pre-arranged marriage will be what costs mankind everything in The End. It's all their fault. Men are pigs, essentially just primally responsive disfavored beings who if given the freedom will abuse based on the impulses the god's push them into. Whereas under pre-arranged marriage this behavior was contained now the promiscuous fraternity house epitomizes the pinnicle of what a "real man" should be like. And sadly the women fall into line.

The gods behave monsterously in the course of managing Planet Earth, matching our decay, but they demand people be good if you are to have a chance to ascend as a child in a future life.
Not only is doing the right things important (praying, attoning for your sins, thinking the right way:::accepting humility, modesty, vulnerability), so is avoiding the wrong things important as well:::"Go and sin no more".
You NEED active parents who share wisdom to have a real chance to ascend into heaven in a future life, and you MUST be a good parent as well to have that opportunity.

As with so many things in this life "less is more". Sex is one of those things. They used the liberal age to promote casual "free" sex intentionally::Combined with "women's lib" and their initiation into the "trenches" of the workplace as well as other issues like alcohol consumption the people experienced a mass masculinization of the females.
The gods use sex as temptation. This is why the most disfavored among us are preoccupied with it. While some may feel being well-endowed is a sign of favor the truth is just the opposite. And often the result is misogyny, a belittling of the favored gender, and stagnation of the people as a whole.
Less is more. When young women experience passing thoughts which say you're doing something wrong instead of fighting or dismissing the thought you should heed the warning. Sadly in today's world too many experience prolonged periods of promiscuity in their lives, whereas if married by 15 like throughout human history this disfavor was avoided.
Don't forget:::It is children who ascend into heaven, and the absence of sexual activity is one reason. Their general innocence is another, which should help you see the destructive nature of adult life in today's society.

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