There was plenty more time to fill over winter break besides our quick trip to NJ and hamster-sitting for our neighbors. Joseph went to hist first ever rock climbing birthday party for his friend Tomas. I would have loved to witness it first hand but all I got was one pic from Tomas' mom.
Joseph's kindergarden teacher was back in town for a holiday visit and invited her former students to visit with her and her daughter, Dylan.
We always have to find time for our annual god brother gift exchange. Aunt Missy keeps claiming her Harry Potter audio book presents are lame, but she has no idea how many hours upon hours Joseph spends lost in that magical world, and he loves every minute of it. It's also Aunt Missy's birthday right after Christmas, so we make sure to celebrate that too!
One day JT was invited over to his classmate Ethan's house to swim. I mean, WOW, they have an indoor lap pool!
Most importantly, we all enjoyed an almost week-long visit with Mimi. My parents had planned to come too for a few days but decided not to after our visit on Christmas. Mimi helped so much with Joseph when we had to work, but lucky Brent also got to take some time off just to spend with them.
The entirety of our New Year's plans consisted of this: frying a turkey in our backyard with our neighbors for a pseudo-Thanksgiving dinner, and we were all fast asleep before 10pm.